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RFD | Sustainable Agriculture | Country Living with Cottage Craft Works old time products

Updated on February 3, 2012
RFD Living
RFD Living
Country Garden Tools
Country Garden Tools
Hoosier Kitchen Cabinets
Hoosier Kitchen Cabinets
Little Dutch Maid Mixer
Little Dutch Maid Mixer
E-Z Compact Manure Spreader
E-Z Compact Manure Spreader
Compact Tractor Implements
Compact Tractor Implements
Apple Cider Presses
Apple Cider Presses
American Made Pressure Cookers
American Made Pressure Cookers
Cream Separators
Cream Separators
Large Capacity Water Bath Canner
Large Capacity Water Bath Canner
Stainless Steel Drain Board
Stainless Steel Drain Board
Hoss Wheel Hoe Garden Cultivator
Hoss Wheel Hoe Garden Cultivator
Maple Syrup Cookers
Maple Syrup Cookers
Bee Hives
Bee Hives

RFD stands for Rural Free Mail Delivery. Today RFD means Rural Free Determination to continue to live a healthy rural independent self-sufficient life style.

RFD has become synonymous with those who live the rural country life.

Those who are still living a self-sufficient rural or a sustainable agriculture lifestyle depend on products that are simple, practical, but functional and long lasting.

The morning comes early and the evening sunset still sets with evening chores still left to be completed.

Rural living does not leave time for cheap imported products to break down in the middle of milking, planting, canning or just preparing the noon meal for a hungry group who last ate breakfast at 4:30 AM.

Cottage Craft Works provides old time products that have been used by generations on family farms, ranches, rural hobby farms and equestrian ranches.

With over 3000 products mostly made by those who still use them in a sustainable living rural culture, Cottage Craft Works products are quality built for years of service.

Many of the products are still made just like they did in the 50s before anyone ever figured out that products built for a lifetime meant people wouldn't have to return someday to buy them again.

Most of the products are made in small cottage based Amish shops, but Cottage Craft Works also serves as a market place for all types of small American owned businesses, who independently are unable to afford the marketing or Internet exposure they need to for people to find their quality craftsmanship, wares and products.

With over 30 years of exploring the back roads to find products for their own self-sufficient rural life style, the owners of Cottage Craft Works decided to connect the dots and develop a market place for such products to gain both national and worldwide exposure, but to also bring the pride in American made products back to the rural sustainable agriculture family.

Not all the products are American made, but over 90% of the products are and every product is selected based on quality, durability and functionality in daily self-sufficient living.

Cottage Craft Works owners continue to travel the back roads looking for new American made products that they can swap out and replace the few items that are imported.

Cottage Craft Works products fit perfectly in the RFD lifestyle as they are very rural connected. From the stainless steel frost proof hydrants, milk pails, to the stainless steel cookware Cottage Craft Works has the rural homestead covered in durable stainless steel products.

Homemakers will appreciate the old fashioned sewing and food processing equipment, American made canners, large batch cooking utensils and even a Stainless Steel kitchen sink drain board for those over sized pot and pans.

Homemakers can also gain valuable wisdom and advice from the popular Keepers at Home Magazine, a Mennonite based Christian publication read around the world by all faiths. It provides information on raising kids, cooking, gardening, budgeting and life’s other little twist and turns.

There is nothing as healthy as cooking from scratch using farm fresh ingredients, and staying away from processed foods, loaded with MSG and sodium. Cottage Craft Works carries many Amish cookbooks with recipes and mixes to cook from scratch.

The home gardener in the family will appreciate the American made garden tools, and gardening books from composting, saving seeds, building greenhouses, natural weed and pest control and even organic gardening methods.

Hobby farmers will appreciate the compact three point hitch implements for truck patch sized gardens, or for those who are in the bee business will appreciate the Homestead Top Bar Beehives. Maple syrup producers can find wood and gas fired stainless steel cookers as well as other maple syrup making products.

Gathering farm fresh eggs is easy using the Rollaway Chicken Nest Boxes. The eggs roll forward under a protective galvanized metal cover. Simply lift up the lid and the eggs are all lined up ready to be picked up without ever having to chase a hen off the nest. These nest boxes utilize thicker gauge galvanized metals than others on the market, plus there are no plastic parts to break. Best of all they can be taken out to power wash and disinfect.

With hunting wild game off the land as being a big part of rural life, Cottage Craft Works and CCW Hunting and Game Calls have a large selection of hunting gear, feeders, game food plot seeds, as well as one of the largest selections of hunting calls on the market. Whether you hunt game, waterfowl, upland birds or just need to rid the place of varmints and predators CCW probably has a call or trap for it.

If your gun stock got ran over by the farm truck CCW can also provide custom replacement gun stocks for almost any rifle or shot gun ever produced including some of the original models such as Winchester.

If a new business venture is in mind Cottage Craft Works carries over 200 books on sustainable agriculture, organic farming, dairy farming, and growing your own business from herbs to greenhouses.

RFD stands for Rural Free Delivery as known to those who receive rural mail delivery service. Today RFD means Rural Free Determination to continue to live a healthy rural independent self-sufficient life style and Cottage Craft Works is here to provide the quality products and resource to do so.


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    • Farmer Brown profile image

      Farmer Brown 

      7 years ago

      Great resource for living off of the land. I especially like that these are high quality products that support such a living. Perhaps this hub will encourage people to purchase items that are built to last a long time - something rare in this commercial world today. Voted up and useful.

    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great information and in this day and age info that is going to be needed by many. I call it getting back to basics and learning to live a more simple life.


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