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Countryside Magazine Articles 1995 and 1997 ...First Year On The Ranch ...

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"Rural people usually start from trust; don't give them reason to distrust you.  Don't bring your city ways and try to impose them on the community. Rural life is based on agriculture. Manure stinks and bees sting. It's a fact of life. If this bothers you, go back to the city." Dave in SC

20 years ago, I fed my family of 5 (3 children ages 3, 5 and 7) for $20 a week. With the prices today, I can still do it ... easily! I am putting together a recipe book with advice on how I did it, with recipes and grocery lists. If you are interested in being on the waiting list for the book, let me know. hlrinc@yahoo.com



 See our adorable Potbelly pigs on our new LillyWhite Farm site
New Litter Due March 2014


QUAIL! The New chicken!

Quail Eggs and Meat for Sale   Visit our new webpage for healthy quail meat, fresh quail eggs, pastured chicken, turkey and duck eggs and meat for sale!   Pastured Poultry 

Check out my blog on how to raise chickens. 

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ARM ANIMALS: Bunnies, Chickens,  Ducks  Goats, Potbelly & Farm Pigs, Sheep


CHECK OUT Farmageddon The Unseen War on Family Farms and know that it is affecting YOUR life and health. We need small farms to provide healthy, safe food.

PET SHOPS ON-LINEI am writing a book on our experiences the first year living here. The book also includes how we built our block house without electricity. If you are interested in this book, email me and I will put you on the waiting list.
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I am also writing a book on how I fed my family of 5 for $20 a week. I can still make inexpensive meals, using what I find in a very rural grocery store. This cookbook will not have any fancy ingredients at all. Just simple, inexpensive meals. When I see some of the cookbooks stating "only $2.00 per plate"... to me that would be too expensive. I made meals for our family that I could create for 50 cents a person, if possible. And by using inexpensive ingredients in many ways, some meals cost $0 to make.


"Two roads diverged in a wood and I ... I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."  -Robert Frost

We live in the middle of nowhere. This was taken from a
cell tower less than 1/2 mile from home.
More pictures from High Lonesome Ranch 



"Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries of life disappear and life stands explained.." (Mark Twain)

"Your life is only as good as your attitude" Dr. Laura

***Currently we are not open to the public,  due to illness, changes and construction.***

High Lonesome Ranch, Inc. started in 1993 as a self-sufficient homestead. We lived without electricity for many years, using oil lamps for light.  We built our home with our children's help, using hand tools. We still build all our pens, barns, sheds by ourselves. (See pictures of our First Year)

We continue to collect water in cisterns, and can still use the hand pump in the house.  Circumstances and growth here, though, has led to the addition of electricity to power the water pump in the barn and the incubators.   (UPDATE: In 2002 we  put electricity into the house.)

We began with 2 ducks and 3 chickens. The following year we added some goats and pigs. Our love of animals led us to meet many new people, and discover the world of animals. Our first exotic animals were our emu. (Pronounced "ee-mew" in native Australia - not "ee-moo"!!!)
We grew to over 30 species of animals and close to 100 animals! However, we are much smaller now.

Some of our farm animals have been:  goats, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, horses, pigs, sheep.
Our exotic birds ranged from the common to the not so common: cockatiels, dove, red-golden pheasant, wild turkey, peafowl, rhea,  emu and  ostrich. We are currently raising quail for meat.

The exotic mammals that were housed on the ranch were coati, Patagonian cavy, wallaby, watusi cow, silver fox, raccoons, skunk, prairie dogs, wolf dog,  llama, porcupine,  opossum, We have had mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, Richardson's ground squirrel,  degu, rats, chinchilla, hedgehog. Our reptile collection  housed an iguana, red-eared slider turtle, box turtle and snapping turtles.
We also raise   Shepadoodles, and

Do Wild Animals Only Belong In the Wild?

 "They will be masters over all life -- the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky and all the livestock, wild animals, and all the earth" Genesis 1:26b

Our 3 children started their own business called Country Kids Critters in 1994...
The animals they have raised  include rabbits,( Rex, Jersey Wooley, Dutch, Fuzzy Lop, Lop, Dwarf, English and French angora), guinea pigs, degus, African pygmy hedgehogs, sugar gliders,  raccoons, coati, domestic skunksprairie dogs, ducklings, pigs and many varieties of chickens.

They have had goats and have given milking demonstrations.

They have delivered babies, administered inoculations and vaccinations, and doctored the sick.

Easter was a busy time for them as chicks, bunnies and ducklings are in high demand!
Our "Kiss the Pig" contest for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life was very successful in raising money for cancer research and programs.

Mariann, Brandon, and Bethany at Brandon's wedding

My New Blog - includes what is going on here, frugal tips, recipes, etc...


Mariann has traveled on two trips the summer of 2006 ~ one to Europe with People to People and a mission trip to Peru with Global Expeditions. Christmas 2006 found her in the Panama Jungle. She has become a world traveler spreading the Word. In the summer of 2007 she went to Mexico. She became one of the youngest a shift managers at McDonald's and  graduated from her homeschool studies at age 17.
She is currently residing in North Carolina, and is the GM of a McDonald's in High Point.
She has traveled to Haiti and is currently finding sponsors for some children in dire need of help.  If you would like to sponsor a child, for more information, click here

Bethany  worked for 2 years in Mt. Gilead, Ohio with Stacy Westfall. She is now on her own training horses and has a waiting list. www.newworldtrainingcenter.com

She is a capable young woman who is ready to help you and your horse with ground work, colt starting, or the general 'tune-up' that your horse may need.

To contact Bethany please  email her at: bethanyhorsetraining@yahoo.com

Bethany has been an apprentice with Clinton Anderson at his Down Under Horsemanship Ranch, in Belle Center, Ohio  and Seutter's Performance Horses in Anthony, Florida. She worked for Stacy Westfall of Westfall Horsemanship for 2 years.  She has trained horses for pleasure riding.

She is a  woodburner, and has done custom projects. She is also a very talented musician and played the mandolin with a group called Possum Fats and the Skillet Likkers

Bethany married Ryan in July 2009. Donald arrived July 2011, and Rhys arrived on Bethany's birthday in April 2013. The family resides in Mount Gilead, Ohio., raises Normandy cows, and hogs.
New World Training Center


Brandon  When he was 16 he had a business called Omega Computers. He sold custom built computers to the public and local businesses at a lower price.

 At age 16, Brandon took a 2 month mission trip to New Zealand June - Aug 2002 with Teen Mania Ministries.  

He went  to Botswana, Africa summer of 2003 for 2 months!

 He graduated from Teen Mania's Honor Academy 2005. He has a business called Sumo Toad Marketing a full-service marketing and advertising agency located in the beautiful mile high city Denver,  Colorado. He also works at Madwire


  We rarely heard the words "I'm bored!"  Homeschoolers learn to think "outside the box"! Homeschoolers actually enjoy their family! Find out more reasons to Homeschool...

Check out our homeschooling page.

Articles on our experiences appeared in Countryside Magazine in Nov/Dec 1995 and Nov/Dec 1997

More information about us on our First Year page.



Our Favorite Links
Listed by : publications, petting zoos, animal info sites, on-line pet stores, animal programs

Homesteading              Homeschooling!

CHECK OUT Farmageddon The Unseen War on Family Farms and know that it is affecting YOUR life and health. We need small farms to provide healthy, safe food.

PET SHOPS ON-LINE AAAnimal Control is a nuisance wildlife control company

  First they Came for the Cows: In 2006 a USDA mandate called National Animal Identification System (NAIS) came to the attention of a middle-aged homesteader in NW Vermont and she finds herself thrown into the role of a reluctant activist. First They Came for the Cows is a fictionalized account of her experience.


*** If you own a domestic or exotic animal go to Exotic Law for information on NAIS!!!

PLEASE HELP PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF WV ANIMAL OWNERS   It is our duty as citizens (local, WV and U.S.) to know the laws. It's time to spread the word to the WV animal owning population that there are people out there trying to create laws that have the potential to affect every aspect of all animal ownership. Please join our group, and help preserve your right to keep animals!
Our Tax Dollars at Work: Chasing a cow over 5 states  

If you own a domestic or exotic animal - please join Phoenix Exotic Wildlife Association, Inc.  This is a group of private owners from all across America which includes individuals, sanctuaries and breeders. They are an organization of active members working to protect and maintain the rights of private ownership through responsible behavior.  We need to organize to stop groups that want to ban ownership of our beloved animals and let the government take over. Click here for more info

For those of you that raise any type of animal, be sure to arm yourself with the facts against the proposed NAIS program that the government has in mind...  Here is a site to review:   Farm and Ranch http://farmandranchfreedom.org/what-is-nais

Go to Exotic Law for information

Rocky Raccoon, our first and most loved...