Self-Reliance

Water on the Homestead: Is Filtering Well Water Necessary?
April 13, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Many homesteads have wells drilled for their water source. But is filtering well water necessary? There are, as usual, different thoughts on the subject. I grew up …

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Build Your Own Outdoor Solar Shower for Pennies

I’m not sure when I decided to construct an outdoor solar shower for my family, but I do know that I was inspired by an article in either Countryside and Small Stock Journal or one of the other homesteading magazines.

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Dandelion Uses from Root to Fluff

Dandelions are considered a weed by most gardeners but the list of dandelion uses runs long. We spend a lot of time and effort weeding, plucking, and otherwise controlling or modifying our gardens and trying to get “invading” species like dandelions out so that our “edible” plants can grow.

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Bear Country? It Bears Watching!

They’re interesting. They’re unlike other animals. They’re wild. And they’re dangerous. Bears can inflict serious injury or even cause a fatality. They bear watching.

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Facts about Floods and Surviving Them
February 28, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

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

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Tornado Safety Tips to Keep You Ahead of the Storm

Add to Favorites By Amy G. Hadachek – “We have a tornado warning!” I yelled to our storm chasing team. “A tornado warning is now in effect until 7:30 pm,” squawked …

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Wintertime Epsom Salt Hacks
February 20, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Trying to stay healthy in the winter is a challenge so I have some Epsom salt hacks that will help when you’re feeling under the weather.

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Beat Colds and Flu with this Fire Cider Recipe
February 15, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

My eight-year-old son seems to bring home a new cough or cold from school every other week. Since busy moms and dads don’t often get sick days, I make sure that I make up plenty of my favorite fire cider recipe to keep on hand.

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Stocking Your Food Pantry with Emergency Essentials

When planning your emergency food pantry, you should first ask yourself two questions: If an emergency occurs, what are the things I will most likely lack; and, what cooking facilities will I have in an emergency?

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Fire Evacuation Procedures: Do You Have a Plan?
December 28, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Our recent fires in the state of Washington have been a lesson in preparing fire evacuation procedures. The fires swooped in so fast that there was little …

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Avoiding, Recognizing, and Treating Hypothermia Symptoms
December 28, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

An enemy lurks in the coldest depths of the land, taking thousands of victims. But it’s not wildlife. It’s the cold itself.

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What Size Generator Do I Need for My Farm, Ranch or Off-Grid Home?
December 22, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

When most people think of Connecticut they envision a state covered in pavement and cramped little houses stacked on top of one another, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Surprising as it may seem, the majority of New England is rural in nature, dotted with farms and homesteads averaging from five to 100+ acres per parcel. 

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A Guide to Natural Cold Remedies
December 21, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites As cold and flu season comes upon us, more and more people are looking for natural cold and flu remedies. My family has used and benefited from …

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Farm Pond Maintenance to Prevent Winterkill
November 23, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Ponds and lakes in the northern United States have in the past experienced what I will term a “fish kill” related to lack of dissolved oxygen present in the water. Oxygen is essential to the metabolism of all aerobic (air breathing) organisms.

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A Guide to Buying Your First Wood Stove

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee  Wood stoves are a great addition to any home. A home centered on a wood stove not only offers financial benefits and self-sufficiency, but adds …

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