About the Author

Marissa Ames

Editor of Goat Journal and Backyard Poultry magazines, Marissa Ames runs a small homestead in Fallon, Nevada, where she focuses on saving and propagating rare breeds of goats and garden vegetables. She and her husband, Russ, travel to Africa where they serve as agricultural advisors for the nonprofit I Am Zambia. She spends her free time eating lunch.
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Articles by Marissa Ames

How to Cook Venison and Elk: A Healthy Indulgence
September 21, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

Toward the end of the year, deer and elk seasons open. Avid hunters trek into the wilderness in search of wild game.

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Finding the Best Pumpkins for Pies
September 21, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

What are the best pumpkins for pies? Well… it’s not even a pumpkin… depending on your definition of “pumpkin.”

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Putting Agritourism Ideas to Work on Family Farms
September 9, 2022 · · Homesteading, Horses-Donkeys

Farming is tough. But agritourism ideas help people pay bills and create the lives they want for their families.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Garlic
September 5, 2022 · · Growing

Growing garlic in your garden is one of the easiest things you can do! Many cultures developed their own varieties, such as southern Europe, eastern Europe, and Asia.

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Facts about Floods and Surviving Them
August 23, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes come on fast and strong. But floods can be just as devastating.

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Combining the Best Essential Oils for Soap Making
August 6, 2022 · · Soapmaking

f you make soap, you probably do it for one of two reasons. First, it allows artistic creativity while making something useful. And second, it allows control over all the ingredients.

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An Easier Way of Making Tomato Sauce From Scratch
August 5, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites You’ve mastered how to care for tomato plants. Now you want a tomato canning recipe, or just an easier way of making tomato sauce from scratch. Would …

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Selling Homemade Food: Laws and Considerations
August 5, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

Cottage food law is the legal permission or ban on selling homemade food. And it’s gotten a lot of attention lately. Within the past few years, states have either tightened or loosened their laws concerning who can sell their breads, pickles, and jellies; and the ways they can go about doing it.

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How to Sell Produce to Restaurants: 11 Tips for Modern Farmers
August 5, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Knowing how to sell produce to restaurants is another part of farming, says Wendy Baroli. “If you’re in the business of farming, you also have to be …

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Avoid Plant Sunburn and Summer Garden Disasters
July 1, 2022 · · Growing

Plant sunburn, floods, heat and hailstorms. Planning now protects your garden from disaster later.

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Families Learning Together
June 3, 2022 · · Homesteading

Deep in Appalachia lies a verdant paradise of sustainability. The brainchild of Eustace Conway, mountain man and naturalist, Turtle Island Preserve now serves to teach forgotten skills back to the community while protecting a pristine environment that would have otherwise become a development for the wealthy.

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What is the Best Mulch to Prevent Weeds?
May 9, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites All Photos By Shelley Dedauw The best mulch to prevent weeds depends on where the mulch lies, what else you need it to do…and, of course, cost. …

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Garden Hoops: Low Tunnels for Frost and Insect Protection
April 20, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites When you’re itching to get your hands dirty, garden hoops can extend the season enough to avoid disaster. Midway between full-sized greenhouses and the gamble of throwing …

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Early Spring Vegetables List: Don’t Wait on Winter Waning
March 24, 2022 · · Growing

The snow is melting and daytime temperatures are calling you outside. Leaf buds swell on trees and your hands long to feel the soil once again.

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Planting for Seasons and Garden Zones
March 19, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Knowing when to plant your garden involves a combination of researching garden zones and knowing the individual crops. If you’re new to gardening, you may not know …

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