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

Facts about Floods and Surviving Them
March 4, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

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

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Growing Onions from Seeds or Sets
February 29, 2020 · · Growing

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

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How to Make Beeswax Soap
February 1, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Beeswax has more than 100 uses; knowing how to make beeswax soap harnesses natural benefits for your finished product.

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A Guide to Growing Vegetables in Pots and Containers
January 17, 2020 · · Growing

How often have you strolled through a farmer’s market or eyed a friend’s fresh produce and wished you had your own garden? Perhaps you lack space.

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Avoiding, Recognizing, and Treating Hypothermia Symptoms
January 6, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites An enemy lurks in the coldest depths of the land, taking thousands of victims. But it’s not wildlife. It’s the cold itself. Recognizing hypothermia symptoms can keep …

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Surviving Weather-Related Power Cuts and Outages
December 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

It’s all fun and games until it’s lights out. But a little preparation can help you survive power cuts and outages.

Losing power during summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring forehead then drink before the milk goes bad.

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Finding the Best Pumpkins for Pies
November 21, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites It’s not a pumpkin. Or is it? Three pies sat on my table. A sweetly spiced aroma wafted through the room while condensation glistened atop the baked …

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How to Stop Pipes from Freezing
November 16, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites You’ve acquired your dream homestead. But do you know how to stop pipes from freezing and keep your dream from becoming a winter nightmare? Freezing pipes are …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Garlic
September 19, 2019 · · 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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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
August 27, 2019 · · 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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15 Essential First Aid Kit Contents
July 27, 2019 · · 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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Selling Homemade Food: Laws and Considerations
June 15, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites 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 …

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What is the Best Mulch to Prevent Weeds?
May 19, 2019 · · 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
March 14, 2019 · · 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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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Orchards
March 14, 2019 · · 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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