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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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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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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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The Countryside Tale
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Around 1969, JD Belanger, the founder of this magazine, combined Rabbit World, which was 32 pages long, with Dairy Goat Guide, which was 12 pages, and Countryside, which …

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The Catastrophic Dust Storms of the 1930s, in Retrospect

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke — More than eight decades ago, a serious transformation took place on the grasslands of the Midwest, commonly known as the Great Plains. Thousands …

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Solar Water Heating Off the Grid

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink, Colorado Solar electric systems are getting a lot of exposure these days, capturing media and public attention with massive utility-scale photovoltaic arrays covering acres, …

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New Off-Grid Battery Technology

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink, Colorado The new Tesla Energy Powerwall home battery storage system made quite the media splash when Elon Musk officially launched the product on April 30, 2015. The …

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Pros and Cons of Building a Pond

Add to Favorites By Joe Cadieux of midwestponds.com – So, you’re considering building a pond. Well, there are few things to think about before heading into a project of this nature. In this article, …

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Safety Tips for Dangerous Tree Felling

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman, Maine – Straight trees are easiest to cut down, but leaning or rotting wood can make tree felling even more dangerous. Always, before cutting a …

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How to Fell Trees Safely

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman Felling timber is one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet, but knowing how to fell trees safely can greatly reduce the odds of accidents. …

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Owning A Wood-Fueled Cookstove

Add to Favorites By Sue Robishaw Steve and I knew we wanted a wood-fueled cookstove when planning our homestead so many years ago, it was in the drawings from the …

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Igniting the American Homesteader Dream

Add to Favorites By Lori Davis, New York Changes are underway as the country’s demographics shift in significant ways, casting shadows on the traditional American homesteader dream and transforming it into …

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How to Dig a Well By Hand

Add to Favorites If you’re a homesteader, there’s value in knowing how to dig a well by hand. Of the three main types of wells—dug, drilled and driven—dug wells are …

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Tips For Farm Pond Design In Your Backyard

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone, Photographs by S. Tullock – Do you know the basics of farm pond design? If you’re ready to tap into a small backyard pond system …

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Wind Energy Facts: Is Wind Power For You?

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink – My interest in wind energy facts started with a particularly brutal winter up here off-grid in the Colorado mountains at 8,200 feet elevation. It …

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