Previous Issues

Welcome to the August issue of AcreageLife magazine. As August arrives, we often get our first chance to take a breather while straddling the busy part of early-summer and the rash of fall activities just around the corner.Not to sound too “continental,” but I can’t say I disagree with the European tradition of using August rather than July as the vacation month of choice. August has an ease that July misses. Maybe it’s because July is full of obligations: Class reunions, big family get-togethers, mad-dash family vacations, and six different fireworks displays to see over the Fourth of July weekend.August, on the other hand, seems to take its time. Kids slow down and almost savor the last few weeks before school starts at the end—and increasingly in the middle—of the month. The air, while still plenty warm, feels just a touch crisper, and the wind carries just the slightest hint of the cooler weather that will follow.And here in the Midwest, August is when the corn and beans start looking like, well, honest-to-goodness corn and beans. I don’t know about you, but it just doesn’t feel right to me until the corn is at least as tall as I...
The Summer Getaways Issue of AcreageLife is here!This issue brings you: 
  • Vacationing in America’s National Parks
  • Unique livestock beyond alpaca and goats
  • Outdoor kitchen ideas
  • A 40V electric trimmer review
  • And a look at personal watercraft
 This month’s contributors include:
  • A FarmHer profile of women in farming
  • Growing hops in the Weekend Farmer
  • Expert avian advice from The Chicken Whisperer
  • More foal training tips from Buck’s Horse Barn 
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Welcome to the June issue of AcreageLife. As many of our more astute readers have likely figured out by now, we have themes for each issue. And our theme this month is “Summer Living.” We plan these themes, the articles, and the overall feel of these issues up to a year in advance. Most times this approach works fine, with experience and a little forethought keeping us on target. But this year—or this spring, more specifically—has been, to put it kindly, a bear to try to figure out. Each month seems to be 30 to 45 days in arrears: April felt more like March, May has felt more like April, and May, so far, has been following suit. It’s almost as if a committee was deciding things.As we go to print with the June issue, it’s still mid-May, which is all part of the show. And as was mentioned earlier, looking forward those few weeks or months, then making small adjustments as the deadline approaches usually works well to bring you timely information and entertaining articles. For instance, this very issue was supposed to include a look at a couple...
This is AcreageLife’s Gardening Guide issue. And all month long, as we did what we do to bring the magazine to you, I couldn’t help but think of my grandparent’s “garden.” While it wasn’t unlike many of their neighbor’s gardens at the time, it would definitely be considered a large-scale operation compared to most of today’s outfits. Heck, it was a respectable size compared to many of the produce markets I’ve seen spring up recently. ​​My grandparents lived in Northern Indiana where my grandpa supported his wife and four kids by working as a mechanic at a John Deere dealership. He was proudly blue collar, an inveterate tinkerer, and always put his family first. He was also a bit of a contrarian. Although he worked for a John Deere tractor dealership, he tilled their garden with an ancient Farmall Cub Cadet, which at the time was considered “well-used” and “thrifty,” not hip or vintage in the least. And it was that old Farmall, used to ready the garden each spring and help the occasional neighbor or passing stranger out of a snowy ditch, that best epitomized my grandfather’s ingenuity.When his...