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Countryside Contributor

Guest contributors stop by from time to time to share insight into their homesteading practices. Take a minute and learn something new from one of our Countryside guest contributors.
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Articles by Countryside Contributor

Learn How to Felt Wool for Fun or Profit
September 28, 2022 · · Homesteading

Usually, people think of sculpting as an art form using clay or stone. However, there are other media and methods that can be used, such as wool. This has led many to discover how to felt wool and create beautiful wool sculptures.

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Holiday Cranberry Recipes

Here in Maine, leaves have aged to rich, deep shades of red and orange, the nights are chilly, and the days crisp–though often gloriously sunny at the same time.

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Sourdough From Scratch

Baking Bread has to be one of my favorite things to do (and eat), and while I love all types of bread, sourdough is my absolute number one! Why?

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The Underutilized American Acorn
September 21, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

To see how most Americans view the acorn, one would think that they are useless tree droppings, something inevitable we just have to deal with in the autumn, like garden-killing frosts, pumpkin spice everything, and way-too-early Christmas decorations.

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African Swine Fever
September 12, 2022 · · Pigs

While ASF is not transmittable to humans, it spreads easily and rapidly among swine, and humans can transport the disease. Learn how to recognize African swine fever symptoms to protect your and your neighbors’ animals, and how to practice good biosecurity.

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10 Agritourism Ideas for Your Farm
September 12, 2022 · · Homesteading

Agritourism, while it sounds fancy, is not a new concept. Earning extra cash on your farm is possible with these agritourism ideas.

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Making Herb Salts and Garlic Oil: Recipes for Imperfect Harvests
September 5, 2022 · · Growing, Recipes

When insects attack your growing basil or your garlic doesn’t grow to a desired size, don’t worry, you can still make delicious, infused garlic oil recipes and salts with your imperfect herbs.

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Winter Cover Crops And Green Manure Strategies
September 2, 2022 · · Growing

Winter cover crop strategies refer to cover crops scheduled into a crop rotation plan. Organic farming relies on soil health and cycling of nutrients through the soil using natural processes.

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Winter Wheat: The Good of Grain
September 2, 2022 · · Growing

Winter wheat may have the potential of changing agriculture across the Great Plains.

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Preserving Sweet Corn

Whether you’ve grown it yourself or found a wonderful deal at your local farmers market, fresh sweet corn is an absolute delight! This is a guide to preserving sweet corn.

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Preserving Peaches for Easy, Delicious Desserts

50 pounds of peaches is a decent amount of fruit to preserve, but we managed it. So how do you go about preserving all those peaches?

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Making Fruit-Scrap Vinegar

Don’t toss your fruit scraps, use them to make vinegar. My excursion into fruit vinegar came after canning peaches, pears, and apples. I looked at the scraps and decided to play with the garbage.

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Old-Fashioned Potato Pie

This old-fashioned potato pie is a creamy and delicious way to use up some homegrown potatoes.

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Homesteading as a Family
September 1, 2022 · · Homesteading

While wanting clean, healthy food for my family was my motivation for homesteading, the richness of life it has provided is immeasurable.

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Survival Essentials for Safe Adventures
September 1, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Giving 10 “essentials” for survival and emergencies is Royce Jones, Wilderness Patroller I of the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness which is located on the mountain that overlooks Palm Springs, California.

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