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

Safety Precautions: A Vital Soap-Making Resource
May 20, 2020 · · Soapmaking

When learning how to make soap, attention to safety protocols is crucial. Learn from good soap-making resources before you begin.

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A List of the Best Meat Preservation Methods
May 15, 2020 · · Canning & Kitchen

What meat preservation methods can you use to sustain your hunt or protein harvest? There are many options.

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Soap Making Techniques: Which is Right for You?
May 7, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Soap making is an old art with changing history. And it’s not all made the same way. Different ingredients, temperatures, and curing times come into play. If you want to learn how to make soap, first decide which soap making techniques you’re most comfortable with using.

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23 Ways to Use a Survival Bandana
March 20, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Do you have the simplest, most useful item that can fit in any bug out bag? A survival bandana can replace many other items on your gear list.

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Justifying Extreme Survival Supply Lists and Toilet Paper
March 17, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

I watched a preppers show where a man used methane from his own poop to cook his food. It made me reconsider my own survival supply list.

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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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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

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?

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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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