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4 Homestead Kitchen Tips for the Visually Impaired

Add to Favorites By Jackie Waters – My husband’s sister, who has been visually impaired since childhood, recently came to live with us. While we were excited to welcome her, …

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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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Are Off-Grid Hydropower Systems Viable on the Homestead?
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites When my grandfather was a boy, his family operated the only grist mill in the parish. He had to quit school when he was in the third …

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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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The Best Places to Hide Money and Secure Your Valuables

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb — Do you know the best places to hide money and secure your valuables? As you continue to become more independent at self-sufficient farm …

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What is Solar Water Heating and How Does it Work?
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites My Granny Brown didn’t have indoor plumbing until I was around 11 years old. There were no solar water heating systems then. Instead, they put a small …

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Solar Energy Efficiency Offers Better Power
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites In America, the ever fragile electrical grid has caused more people to consider alternative power sources. Solar energy efficiency has made powerful strides in the effectiveness of …

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Determining The Best Renewable Energy Source For Your Homestead
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Living off-grid with the best renewable energy source has benefits and rewards. The most obvious is the saving of money on monthly power bills. Setting up your …

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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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Wind Energy Pros and Cons You May Not Know
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Just as with any power source, there are wind energy pros and cons. The growing consumption and steady increase in cost of non-renewable energy sources have driven …

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How Does Wind Energy Work?
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Wind power is the invisible force able to save you money. But how does wind energy work? Wind power is one of the oldest forms of energy …

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What Does Homesteading Mean To You?
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Homesteading is on the rise here in the United States. I am often asked “What does homesteading mean?” To our ancestors it was clear. A homesteader was …

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A Day in My Life in an Off-The-Grid Home
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Are you thinking of moving to an off-the-grid home? Ever wonder what it would be like to live off grid? Come spend the day with me. Hopefully, …

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Old Adages From Our Homestead Heritage
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Have you ever wondered about the meanings of the old adages from our homestead heritage? Have you ever said, “I wonder where that saying comes from?” I …

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