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Apple Cider Vinegar on the Homestead
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar is not a new trend among homesteaders. Using raw apple cider vinegar has been around for thousands of years, and has …

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Homestead Hints — Control Ants

Add to Favorites By Lil Roberts, California This is the time of year when the ants decide it might be great to come in the building to see what they can …

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We Learned A Lot When We Established Our Small Farm

Add to Favorites By Janice Bever, Highland Hills Farm, Charleston, New York The summer of 1996 began a new episode in our lives. My fiancé and I had been searching for a place to …

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Healing Herbs For Herding Dogs

Add to Favorites By Judith Toth Bigham, Ohio Although herding is first and foremost an agricultural enterprise it has in recent years “morphed” into a competitive sport that attracts enthusiasts from all walks of …

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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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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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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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Turning Trash to Treats

Add to Favorites By Justin Thaxton — Four years ago, my family broke free from the bondage of suburban living. After 10 years in a subdivision, we were thrilled by …

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Owning A Firearm Responsibly
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Owning a firearm for many homesteaders is merely a matter of course. Farmers and ranchers have been keeping guns to guard livestock even before life in the …

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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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Earth-Sheltered, Earth-Conscious Homes

Add to Favorites By Mike Oakes, Washington Building earth-conscious homes is becoming more relevant as we live in a world where we have increasing air and water pollution, reduction of …

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Water on the Homestead: Is Filtering Well Water Necessary?
March 13, 2019 · · 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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10 Homesteading Blogs That Inspire and Educate
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Are you on the hunt for helpful homesteading blogs? You’re in luck. The Countryside Network features some of the most influential homesteading bloggers today. You’ll hear from these knowledgeable bloggers (and …

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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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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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