Grit Magazine Review

This post is a Grit Magazine Review.  The tag line on Grit’s web site (www.grit.com/) is: “For more than 130 years, GRIT has helped its readers live more prosperously and happily while emphasizing the importance of community and a rural lifestyle tradition. In each bimonthly issue, GRIT includes helpful features, humorous and inspiring articles, captivating photos, gardening and cooking advice, do-it-yourself projects, and the practical reader advice you would expect to find in America’s premier rural lifestyle magazine.”

Grit Magazine Review - Grit Magazine

Grit Magazine Review – Grit Magazine

The magazine has a very colorful cover which outlines the anchor stories for that issue.  The first couple of pages are table of contents followed by two pages that give you the following information: Featured Comment, Reader Stats, Reader Blogs, recent Facebook Conversations and Grit Gear Sweepstakes.

After the above sections you start hitting various Department articles followed by the featured stories of the month.  All of the regular Departments are covered below followed by a sampling of the featured stories.

Departments:

  • Our View: This Department is a one-page editorial from the magazine.
  • Your View: This Department is one-page of pictures taken by readers. Some pictures are of farms, some of rainbows or waterfalls or kids playing in the country.
  • Facts & Folklore: This is a one-page section that consists of a mix of several items. The first that shows up in all the articles is a “Wit and Wisdom from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, always ‘useful, with a pleasant degree of humor’”.  This section also has a Best Days and Calendar section and has a special recipe.  There are also a few areas that change every week.  In the three issues in front of me they have: Cabbage Tips, Skywatch, Weather Proverbs, and Did You Know.
  • Mail Call: This Department consist of 3 or 4 pages of mail/letters sent in by users.
  • Friends & Neighbors: This Department is broken up into two pages. The first page is kind of a classified section with people that are looking for farm and garden related objects.  The second page goes over two different do-it-yourself self help ideas on how to make farm and garden chores easier.
  • Gazette: This 3-page section gives farm and agriculture news and information on festivals and educational events.
  • Heart of the Home: This is a reader share section where the readers share stories on a given subject. The subject could be restoration projects, dream careers, adventures or anything else.
  • Comfort Foods: This section gives cooking hints and ideas as well as some recipes.
  • Looking Back: This section covers life lessons learned and how they can be applied or used by us.
  • Recipe Box: Recipes from readers and staffers are shared here.
  • American Heirlooms: This section goes into heirloom plants and seeds. This means non-hybridized and non-GMO.  An heirloom is a plant that has offspring that is largely the same as the parent plant and has been around for many plant generations.

I’ll list the the headline featured stories from the magazines I have in front of me so you can get an idea of what GRIT offers:

  • May/June 2015 Magazine: Farming Lavender, Practical Pest Control, Outstanding in Your Field, In the Shop: Simple Homemade Fruit Picker, Country Tech: Blacksmithing on a Budget, Feed the Flock, Preparing Grain Corn for Cooking, Sow Hoe: All About Growing Sweet Corn.
  • July/August 2015 Magazine: Nectars in Nature, Fantastic Forage, The Incorrigible Caterpillar, About to Sprout, A Beginner’s Guide to Building With Cob, Ditch the Itch, Making Camp, Sow Howe: Sentinels and Signals, In the Wild: Helpful Hunter – The Black Ratsnake, In the Shop: Build Your Own Sprout Racks
  • November/December 2015 Magazine: Cordwood Construction: How to Build Your Dream Home, Arming the Homestead, Build Trust With Your Horse, Earthworms: Nature’s Compost Engineers, Keeping Cattle on the Small Farm, Holly Brings Joy to All Seasons, Unique Garden Plants

Near the rear of the magazine they have a Market Place section, a Livestock Exchange section, and a Classified section.

This magazine is my second favorite.  My favorite is Backwoods Home.  Like Backwoods Home, Grit constantly offers new ideas on how to grow things, do things, and introduces me to new plants that I had not run into before.  This magazine is a great education resource for anyone starting out with gardening, farming, and homesteading.  But it still has new and interesting information for the experienced gardener, farmer, and homesteader.

One-year subscription consists of 6 issues.  The subscription price is $14.95 if you order online at www.grit.com.  The cover price per issue is $4.99.

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