About TFL

Posted on September 29, 2014


Thank you for visiting The Farmer’s Lamp. Because life is often chaotic, stressful, and sometimes painful The Farmer’s Lamp wants to be a source of encouragement, information, direction, and strength for all those seeking to live a more self-sustaining lifestyle.

We live as close to nature as is possible for us in a modern world. We use organic, non-gmo practices based on the wisdom and skills my grandparents taught me, with a little modern ingenuity mixed in.

The Farmer’s Lamp was started because so many people were asking us questions, seeking help, and just generally interested in how we live.

We have taken up a lesson from my grandfather, “There’s as many ways of gettin’ a farm job done as there’s farmers. Ya gotta be willing to listen, help, and learn from ’em, even if it’s just to see what not to do.”  

Sharing old-timey, down to earth, common sense knowledge, and experience, while striving to offer encouragement, direction, and strength to anyone seeking to live a more self-sustaining lifestyle is the goal and purpose of The Farmer’s Lamp. 

Please feel free to Contact Me. We will do our very best to assist, listen, encourage, or shed light in the right direction.

Safe and Happy Journey,

The Farmer’s Lamp







  • melissa

    pinned your asparagus read and came back to read more!! Looking forward to browsing your site! thanks for all the good info!

    July 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm Reply
    • Rhonda

      Awww…Thanks Melissa. You’ve no idea how much that means to me. Be sure to let me know if you need any help. If you don’t find what you need here, I’ll get you directed to best sources I know.

      August 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm Reply
  • Brenda

    My husband and I both enjoy your website. We have 12 hens which we got as chicks from the 4H club on Easter of this year. We started getting one egg after they were about four months old and we are getting seven eggs a day now.
    We have a garden near the chicken pen which is now covered with Jimson weeds Plus numerous other weeds. To get rid of these weeds, should I mow the garden, rake the weds and then burn them? I read on your website about growing buckwheat. I had thought I might grow wheat and grind into flour. I do not use pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Any tips for me? I live in middle Tennessee.
    Thank you if you can help me.

    August 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm Reply
    • Rhonda

      Brenda, I apologize for it taking so long for me to get back to you. Thank your for taking the time to visit the site and to let me hear from you. Yes, I would burn the garden off. You can cut it first if you like. Adding some dry leaves or pine straw to it before you burn it will help to ensure it gets hot enough to kill the weed and its seeds. It is poisonous to chickens, just in case you didn’t know that. 🙂 I’ve never grown wheat, although I’ve toyed with the idea. If you do go that way, please let me know how it works. If you have any other questions for me, you can email me using the contact me page or comment here again.

      August 29, 2015 at 8:45 am Reply
  • Brenda

    Another question– any suggestions on how to keep my hens from pecking my legs?? That hurts!


    August 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm Reply
    • Rhonda

      🙂 I know it hurts. I don’t have many that want to peck me, but the ones who did quit after I kept popping their beaks. I know many people think that “striking” an animal is bad, but I’m not talking about “Striking” them as in a beating, just thumping them will work. Hope this helps. Let me know if I can help you in any way. Thanks for letting me hear from you.

      August 29, 2015 at 8:47 am Reply
  • Karen King

    Rhonda, I just found you website and I am so excited to read about your ideas! Karen

    October 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm Reply
    • Rhonda

      Thank you Karen. I’m so happy you found me and that you like the site. Please let me know if I can assist you in any way.

      October 20, 2015 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Ammiee

    I’ve been looking for a gardening, beekeeping blog in zone 8 (north Louisiana) and you often come up, just wondering if you are near us?

    March 19, 2016 at 10:09 am Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      Hello Ammiee, I was born and raised in west central Louisiana. Until November of 2015 we lived there. We are now in Idaho! The panhandle to be exact! I will always help you in any way I can. I know the J&J Acres is in Mississippi so they are in zone 8 with you and Jared and his family are amazing people. If you connect with him, please let him know I sent you. I’m glad you found me and I do try to be universal in my information. I hope this helps.

      March 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply
  • dawn rae

    I am so glad to find your blog tonight. I’m in the slow process of moving to my little Shack. I’d like to be as off grid as possible. Good to find someone who is living the life.

    June 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      Thank you, Dawn, for stopping in to share with us. Life is a journey, we may not always be where we believe our ideal life is, but enjoying the journey is the important thing. We’re so glad to have you be a part of TFL Community 🙂

      June 17, 2016 at 10:01 am Reply
  • montanahappy.com

    Found your site on google communities. Love it – keep up the good work!

    July 1, 2016 at 9:17 pm Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing with me! I like your site too! Glad to get to know you 🙂

      July 2, 2016 at 1:02 pm Reply

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