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How to Keep Cool This Summer

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee With summer fast approaching, we look forward to longer days, barbecues and more time to enjoy our family and farms.  Despite our appreciation for summer, …

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Foraging For Prickly Pear Cactus

Add to Favorites By Christopher Nyerges, California Though generally regarded as a desert plant, the prickly pear cactus is actually rather widespread. Perhaps the only area where you won’t find it …

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El Niño and La Niña

Add to Favorites By Rhonda Crank, The Farmer’s Lamp I’m not a meteorologist magnet; nor am I a weather wizard. But as a sustenance farmer, the weather plays a large part …

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A Quick Pack

Add to Favorites By Christopher Nyerges, California It’s always best to plan ahead. Carry essential gear, since you never know when you’ll need it: knife, fire-starter, water, cordage—that sort of thing. …

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Off-Grid Refrigeration

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink When buying appliances for a new home or a remodel, most people cruise the big box store looking for the right combination of features, …

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Installing a Backup Hand Pump
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites By Gail Damerow One of the disadvantages of having an electric well pump is that when the power fails, the pump stops de­livering water. If the water …

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Water Systems For Off-Grid Living

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink A steady supply of drinkable water is the single most important factor in deciding where to settle down and live. It has shaped humankind’s …

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Preparing For Power Outages

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb As the weather starts to warm, we typically see an increase in stormy weather. Along with the thunder and lightning comes the threat of …

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How To Build Your Own Solar Oven

Add to Favorites By  Jeff Hoard, HM Ranch One of the easiest and most productive projects I’ve built here at HM Ranch is a simple solar oven. The only expense …

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A Lesson In Outdoor Survival

Add to Favorites By Mike Dishnow, Wisconsin A simple outdoor excursion that will quickly bring you in touch with the basic needs universal to humanity uses three tenants: food, water …

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A Primer About Solar Electric

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink, Colorado Back when I was a young teenager, I saw something that changed my life forever — a solar electric panel. My parents had just bought remote, …

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Repairing Water Lines: Frost-Free And Flowing

Add to Favorites By Joseph D. Conwill, Maine Everyone wants to hear about homesteading experiences, as the Jan/Feb 2015 issue says, and I sure enjoy reading them all, even if they don’t apply …

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Building Bridges With Basil, Rosemary And Yarrow

Add to Favorites By Judith Andrews Starting a medicinal herb garden in early spring of 2013 was the beginning of bridge awareness—the bridge between fresh herbs and their equivalent essential oils, between traditional …

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Full Moon Names And Meanings

Add to Favorites By Shirley Kelly, Colorado Full moon names date back to Native Americans, of what now is Northern and Eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive …

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Agritourism: A Profitable Idea?

Add to Favorites By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Colorado The words, “fun on the farm,” were probably not coined by a farmer. After all, farming is hard work, but today, people around the …

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