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

Surviving Spring Power Outages
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites It’s all fun and games until the lights go out. Losing power during the summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring …

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8 Laws an Urban Homesteader Must Know
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Today’s urban homesteader can’t just raise food with wild abandon. Not if they want to coexist with neighbors. Being a successful urban homesteader involves researching laws first; …

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Why Vodka Belongs on Your Survival Items List
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Even if you don’t drink, vodka belongs on your survival items list. It has value without ever being consumed. As someone who doesn’t drink, by religion combined …

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Building Simple Homesteading Partnerships
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Establishing simple homesteading partnerships can start with a casual conversation. I caught up with Bryce as he loaded a pair of speed skis into his beat-up pickup truck. …

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What is Sous Vide Cooking Off the Grid?
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites If you lose power, how will you cook your food? Whether you have acreage or an apartment, cooking methods are crucial no matter what. Is sous vide …

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Jobs Created Within Homesteading Communities
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Homesteading communities make a difference. From hobby farmers cherishing idyllic lifestyles to families who have ranched hundreds of acres for generations, each piece of actively managed homesteading land …

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A Complete Bug Out Bag List
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Some call it a 72-hour kit; others call it a get home bag. List what you need for three days, pack it in a portable container, and …

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Fighting to Save a Homestead Heritage in Salmon, Idaho
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Nestled in an isolated river valley, Lemhi County’s homestead heritage hadn’t changed much in a century. Sacajawea, Shoshone guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition, was born …

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Gift Guide for Those Favoring Self-Sustaining Living
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Birthdays and holidays can be tough if you’re not familiar with self-sustaining living. What delights you may just be a sweet thought to someone who can make …

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Homesteaders Are Not the Enemy
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites I’m not a popular person. Sure, Facebook shows a different image. Snow peas and fresh eggs adorn my photo albums. As a homesteader, I post updates about caring …

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How to Save Electricity at Home During the Holidays
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites City streetlights blink bright red and green. Even Rudolph’s nose shines so bright. The most wonderful time of the year is also the season with the highest …

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Simple Homesteading: Food Culture is About Sharing
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites I’ve always gardened and cooked for my family. But I didn’t realize how much my simple homesteading centered on them until I no longer had family to …

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How to Make Fresh Pasta
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites If you already grow tomatoes and keep chickens, why haven’t you learned how to make fresh pasta? It’s not difficult. First comes the garden. An overabundance of …

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How to Eat a Persimmon
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites If you haven’t tried a persimmon yet, you’re missing out. It takes a little light reading to learn how to eat a persimmon and add it to …

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4 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Western culture seems to focus on three ways to cook sweet potatoes: as pie, as French fries, and smothered in butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows for the …

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