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

What Should be in an EDC Bag?
September 14, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Every Day Carry or EDC bags are about prepping on the smallest scale. You’re more likely to use what’s inside this kit than your food storage or bug out bags.

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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
September 14, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Emergency survival and preparation is a hot topic right now. You’ll find many articles online regarding what foods should be on your survival items list.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Garlic
September 8, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Growing garlic in your garden is one of the easiest things you can do! Cultivated since ancient times, garlic receives mention in the Book of Numbers in …

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15 Essential First Aid Kit Contents
August 31, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Though we know we should carry a first aid kit, contents can vary box by box. Should you purchase ones sold on department store endcaps or build …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Orchards
July 20, 2021 · · Growing

Brian Eubanks knows what he’s talking about. He’s an ISA-certified arborist and horticulture consultant in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. And he wants to tell you about natural pest control.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Homestead
June 17, 2021 · · Homesteading

It’s a dream held by many: buying a homestead and getting back to the land, raising children in a wholesome environment or retiring with a slower, simpler life. But what should you know or research before buying a homestead that seems perfect at first glance?

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Self-Watering Planters: DIY Containers to Combat Drought
May 27, 2021 · · Growing

What holds five gallons of soil, uses 80% less water and costs less than a dollar? Self-watering planters! DIY instructions are simple and most materials can be recycled.

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How to Make Laundry Soap at Home
May 22, 2021 · · Soapmaking

Not long after I learned how to make homemade soap, I tweaked the recipe and learned how to make laundry soap. Those other “homemade laundry soap” recipes had flaws.

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Why Rotating Vegetables in the Garden is Crucial
May 6, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Could over a million lives have been saved between 1844 and 1846 by rotating vegetables in the garden? Several factors contributed to the Great Famine. Irish families lived …

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Growing Onions from Seeds or Sets
May 2, 2021 · · Growing

Beginners and master gardeners are successfully growing onions. Among the hardiest crops, they are almost foolproof.

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How to Make Shea Butter Soap Three Ways
March 20, 2021 · · Soapmaking

If you’ve already made soap from scratch, you know how to make shea butter soap. Just add shea butter, then alter the other oils for proper saponification, and you have a moisturizing and luxurious bar.

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Why the Ball Canning Book is My #1 Guide to Safe Food Preservation

Add to Favorites What’s the best food preservation guide to buy? The Ball canning book is my most trusted source. And here’s why:  The Ball Brothers started making jars in …

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Garden Hoops: Low Tunnels for Frost and Insect Protection
March 12, 2021 · · 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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How to Make Green Soap: An Excursion Through Time
February 19, 2021 · · Soapmaking

Ancient Syrians knew how to make green soap used by Queens Cleopatra of Egypt and Zenobia of Syria. It’s a timeless method that abounds today.

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Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Soap’s Dirty Secrets
January 23, 2021 · · Soapmaking

Sodium laurel sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. What do those terms mean? And will they harm you or the environment?

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