Old Farmer’s Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a tradition in American rural life, but it is not at all antiquated. Don’t be fooled by the name – the Old Farmer’s Almanac is very useful for anyone in 2014, whether you live in a rural or urban area, no matter what you do. Containing all manner of advice, calculations, tips, and stories, the Almanac makes a great reference manual for everyone.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a sort of guide and reference book. A good portion of it explains all sorts of natural phenomenon. It contains weather predictions and lists dates for eclipses and lunar cycles. Anyone with even a passing interest in astronomy should check out the Almanac’s convenient charts and tables. They easily allow you to learn more about the planets and stars – all the little things that you may feel it would be natural to know but were never taught.

A large portion of the Almanac is devoted to weather predictions. These describe the expected seasonal trends and temperature patterns for various regions of the country. The Almanac even predicts rain and snowfall amounts, along with predictions about solar activity and intensity. Of course today, for alerting us to the weather, you need the best emergency radio you can find.

The many calendars in the Almanac include calendars to guide you in planting and harvesting. Not just for serious farmers, it contains advice about when to plant common vegetables and flowers to ensure that you have healthy, fruitful results. It can also be a life-saver when it comes to preventing harmful bugs or disease from ruining your plants. The Almanac is well-known for its many guidelines, tips, and tricks when it comes to managing a garden or household plants.

One of the most popular and convenient aspects of the Almanac are its so-called “best days” listings. These suggest particular days or date ranges when it is best to plant certain produce or flowers or undertake some other project. The Old Farmer’s Almanac also dabbles in astrology, claiming to predict good days for weddings and providing zodiac-based horoscopes.

The Almanac also contains a number of convenient tips for household management. These can range from cooking substitutes to stain-fighting secrets. With information on organization, washing, repairing, and more, it is, in short, a little household manual that anyone can benefit from. The Almanac also gives advice on caring for pets and farm animals and even raising children.

Other popular items in the Almanac are recipes, simple crafts, trivia, folklore, and history. Most recipes focus on simple foods such as bread or vegetable and meat dishes. The stories and trivia are often interesting tidbits of information that share a lesson or simply tell a story from American history that will engage readers’ attention.

Finally, The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2015 is simply an interesting magazine to look through and pick up some quick tips and information. They also have a large website that contains hundreds of tips and calendars alongside an active community of users ready to share advice of their own. With podcasts, videos, and slideshows, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is up-to-date for 2014 and beyond.

How to Get Licensed to Sell Real Estate in Utah

We’ve been talking a lot about buying land in rural areas. But what about selling land? Utah is one of the best places in the US to buy rural land, why not look at selling it?

Monument Valley Utah


If you’re interested in selling real estate in Utah, there are a few things you should know. I’ve found that, maybe not surprisingly, the Utah Division of Real Estate website has the best information for prospective real estate agents.

It is important to have a solid understanding of what steps you need take in order to get a license to sell estate in Utah. Once you understand what is required to become a licensed agent, you can better determine if you’re able to take those steps now or if you need more preparation.

Utah requires its real estate agent candidates to complete a 120-hour course. While it sounds like a lot, I can say that Utah has some good options to help you get through it more easily than you might expect. You can, of course, take the class in person, but you can also take it online or even do a hybrid course where you take part online and part in the classroom. These courses must be certified by Utah Division of Real Estate to ensure that they are teaching the appropriate materials and that the instructors are qualified.

After the course is completed, there is an exam over what you have learned. The course is designed specifically to help you pass the exam, but both aim to prepare you for a successful real-world real estate career in Utah. Once you pass the exam, you have ninety days to apply of a real estate license. If you don’t make a license request and submit the required materials within that time, you’ll have to re-take the test.

The Division of Real Estate has a convenient checklist to explain everything you’ll need in order for your license application to be successful. One of the major requirements is that you have a high school diploma or a GED. Many of the other materials you need when applying will be given to you by the testing center.

It’s important that you have do not have a criminal background, as a background check (and fingerprinting) will be performed. The background check is related to Utah’s character requirements – honesty, for example. If you do have a criminal background, it is possible to appeal to the licensing agency if you can demonstrate how you have changed your life.

It does cost $152 (July 2014) to apply for a license. This fee isn’t refundable.

If you are already a licensed agent in Mississippi or Georgia, you may be able to obtain a license without going through Utah’s course, but must submit a number of documents to support your case. Those with real estate experience without licenses from either of those states can request an education waiver.

The process of getting a license to sell real estate in Utah is pretty straightforward. If you meet the age, educational, and background requirements, then it’s time to research a little more into the world of Utah real estate. Once you’re sure that you want to go forward, enroll in a certified course and start preparing to do your best on the exam and in the field.

Homes, Land and You: 3 Places to Seek Your New Home on the Range

homes and landWhen choosing to buy land or a home in the United States, the possibilities can be overwhelming. This is a huge country and you may have no idea where you want to live. Knowing a location certainly narrows the choice, but you still have numerous properties to choose from. Without a location, you can consider price, environment, and your needs to help you narrow down the search.

Thanks to the internet, investigating the prices and types of land and homes that are available for sale is far easier than it used to be. Using online search tools specifically designed to help you find the ideal property for you and your family, you can conveniently and easily access all the important information you need to plan your future.

There are realty listing websites that are designed for certain locations, land types, price ranges, lifestyles, and other categories. Many are specifically made to help people find cheap, beautiful land suitable for homes, farms, or retreats. These websites are constructed with these needs in mind.

There are many websites that can help you find your new home or land, but here are a few that are especially convenient for locating properties in rural areas:

Homes & Land

Homes & Land is a very convenient website for anyone looking to compare land and home prices in order to get the best deals. It has a great search engine that allows you to specifically search for land or lots according to price range and location. Locations can be as general as whole states or as specific as a particular zip code. The vast majority of listings contain photos and important information about not only the land or home but the surrounding area, such as if it is in a rural or urban setting, has access to roads, etc. Users can advertise cheap land and also get useful advice about getting the most out of their real estate transactions.

Land and Farm

Land and Farm is an excellent realty listing for both undeveloped land as well as properties with buildings, including well-outfitted farms. There are tens of thousands of listings for land throughout the United States. While the database includes many expensive properties, there are also many cheap land opportunities, too. You can sort by type of land (such as hunting or farming land), by state, by size, and by price. Designed specifically to advertise rural properties, this may be exactly the tool you need to find your new home.


LandWatch is one of the best real estate searches for rural land, both developed and undeveloped. With the site’s convenient search tools you can enter keywords related to location, size, and more. Designed specifically to promote rural areas and retreats, LandWatch is dedicated to helping people find cheap land in the United States. You can search not only by size, price, and location, but even by what activity the land is ideally suited for. They also have international listings.

Wherever you choose to make your home, these tools will help make your search and your life much easier.

Cheapest Land in America – 3 Cheap Retreats

Land in Alabama

Land is one of the most durable and valuable investments you can make. Countless people have seen the value of their land skyrocket while just a few years before it was worth no more than average. Thanks to changes in housing and job markets as well as environmentally-related issues, the price of land can increase rapidly. Even if it does not increase significantly in value, investment in land is a sound choice and with a little land of your own you can create a great retreat away from the world.

If you’re looking to purchase land, consider looking for the cheapest land in America. You’ll be able to get more land for your money and secure a sound investment for the future or a cheap retreat to enjoy yourself on your very own property.

Some of the cheapest land in the United States is found in the Midwest (North Dakota, Kansas) and south (Missouri, Arkansas), but can also be found in rural areas throughout the country, such as in upper New York.

The United States has always had an abundance of land suited for people because of its enormous size and its varied, but almost all inhabitable, climates. There is cheap land available in part because it is often located in rural areas, where there is less infrastructure and less demand. It is possible to find cheap land near to towns and even urban centers, however. Land prices have dropped in many areas due to the recent economic crisis and like any other commodity land is subject to various trends in price.

Listings for land in these areas can be found through internet searches on general search engines, but there are few land realty searches that are especially useful and will yield clearer results.

Here are just a few properties that can serve as examples for what types of cheap land you can find online:

Acreage in Wyoming

I found 160 Acres in Carbon County for sale. This property shows the unbelievable land deals that can be found in the United States today. A price tag of $34,400 gets you 160 acres of gorgeous undeveloped land in Wyoming. The down payment is only $1,400 for an extraordinary chance to live your dream.

Land in Alabama

I found 2.65 Acres in Birmingham, Alabama using the link above. This property is undeveloped land conveniently located near town but still with its own separate environment. Sixteen lots are contained in one parcel on this property. Wooded and containing a paved road, this is a great deal on some beautiful land in Alabama. This property shows how cheap, good land can be found even close to all the modern conveniences one could desire.

Retreats in South Dakota

Using the link above, I found 480 Acres in Hand County, South Dakota. This is is the perfect opportunity for ranchers and anyone else who needs or love wide open land. These 480 acres of beautiful South Dakota grassland also contain mature trees and is being auctioned off in August of 2014. There are many similar opportunities to place your bid on rich land all the time and the internet is a great way to keep an eye on the latest opportunities across the country.

However you choose to search for it, there is definitely an abundance of cheap land available across the United States.

3 Ways Buying Land and Farms is Different from other Real Estate

I recently bought some land that I plan to farm on, and I’ve learned a few things that I’d like to share.

Buying Rural Land

When purchasing land or a farm, there are many things that buyers should consider that may not immediately come to their minds. Buying a farm, ranch, or other tract of land is different than buying other forms of real estate, like houses and apartments. Particularly in rural areas where there is a lot of farming, ranching, or mining activity, buyers need to be aware of these issues.

Buyers who are inexperienced in these types of purchases should be especially careful. By educating yourself, you can ensure that you really get the deal you’re looking for.

Here are 3 important ways that buying land and farms differs from purchasing other real estate:

Mineral and water rights

Particularly when buying rural and undeveloped land – and especially in the western or upper Midwest regions of the United States – buyers should be sure to ask about mineral and water rights. Sometimes mineral and water agreements are entirely separate from the purchase and sale of land. A previous owner, a corporation, or a government agency may have the rights to any mineral wealth or water that is known or discovered on the property. Occasionally, there may be split agreements: a previous owner or other entity may retain, for example, 50% of the rights while you, as the new owner, gain the remaining portion. Be sure to ask before you buy!

Restrictions and Rules

Just because a piece of land is undeveloped or devoted to farming doesn’t mean that there aren’t rules. Some land may be suitable for some type of farming, ranching, or building, but restrictions may be in place that will prevent you from undertaking these activities. For example, there may be a ban on having a certain number of livestock in an area. You may learn that there are special rules about water use (see above) that prevent you from putting in an irrigation system or pond, for example. Always inquire about building and other restrictions that may be in place on the land you’re looking at.

If you’re looking to live on the land in an RV or a trailer full time, you’ll also need to check to see that the county will allow this.


Everyone knows that new neighbors can result in both unexpected benefits and unexpected horrors. When purchasing land or a farm, it’s especially important to not only meet your future neighbors but to inquire about how they use their land. When purchasing land in a rural area, you’ll want to know if there is a farmer next door whose activities, equipment, or chemicals may affect your land, home, or routine. Sometimes you may find that a corporation or a government body owns the land nearby, and that access is restricted or there are activities that may interfere with your own.

In other cases, the issue with a neighbor may simply be about the future of their property. You may be looking to get away from it all only to learn that your potential neighbor is in the middle of selling their farm to a developer who plans to build a subdivision. By asking neighbors and your realtor about the situation around the property you are considering, you can save yourself many headaches and regrets.

Picking Apples from my Neighbors Yard

The apples on my neighbor’s tree are starting to get quite big. Don’t worry about the holes. They’ll get picked out when we process them in a month or so!

Have you ever picked free apples from a neighbor’s yard? I just love these “trespass fruits” – but we always ask first, so we’re not really trespassing. We’re just taking advantage of the bounty all around us. It will go into applesauce, apple pie filling, dried apples and perhaps a bit of apple cider. Applesauce is super easy to make and it’s soooooo much better than storebought, dontchathink?

I found a great site that has info on apple picking – it’s one of my favorites for putting things away for the winter. The site is a bit, well, dated. But the information is really really good. I visit it often to find out how to can or dry or where to pick something.

Here is the unidentified breed of apple growing:

Apple Picking


We think it might be a Gravenstein or just a plain old yellow delicious. What do you think?