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

Self-Watering Planters: DIY Containers to Combat Drought
December 17, 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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An Easy Guide to Tanning Rabbit Hides
December 14, 2021 · · Homesteading, Rabbits

Many homesteaders see the value of raising rabbits for meat. Rabbits reproduce well, grow fast, eat food you can grow yourself, and produce manure for the garden.

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Sprouting Seeds at Home for Winter Nutrition
December 9, 2021 · · Growing

Sprouting seeds at home has long been an easy and delicious way to gain nutrition when greens are scarce. You can do it for you or your chickens.

During the springtime and summer, sweet greens grow all over our yard in the forms of cultivated vegetables or simple grass and weeds

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How to Cook Venison and Elk: A Healthy Indulgence
November 30, 2021 · · 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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How Zombie Culture Shaped Homesteading Today
October 27, 2021 · · Homesteading

We can thank apocalyptic fiction and zombie mania for a giant surge in self-reliance and homesteading today. It’s amazing how people grow when they question, “What if?”

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How to Keep Plants from Freezing in Vegetable Gardens
October 12, 2021 · · Growing

Fall can be death to gardens if you don’t know how to keep plants from freezing. Follow these easy methods to extend your harvest.

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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
September 29, 2021 · · Holiday, Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to …

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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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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 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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How to Make Laundry Soap at Home
August 6, 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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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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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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