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.

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

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


Writers with The Farmer's Lamp


Rhonda and her family have farmed and lived off the land their whole lives.

"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.

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.”


Adelle is a metallurgist, mommy, seamstress and small-scale homesteader in northern Indiana.

Adele is an accomplished seamstress and makes 1800's & early 1900's period clothes.


  1. melissa on July 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm

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

    • Rhonda on August 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      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.

  2. Brenda on August 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    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.

    • Rhonda on August 29, 2015 at 8:45 am

      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.

  3. Brenda on August 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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


    • Rhonda on August 29, 2015 at 8:47 am

      🙂 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.

  4. Karen King on October 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm

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

    • Rhonda on October 20, 2015 at 11:59 am

      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.

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