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Remembering the Heroes of the Homestead

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone, The Homesteader’s Bits and Pieces If given a choice of lifestyles, homesteading would be my number one pick because there is a self-sufficiency …

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Grassroots — Mike Oehler, 1938-2016

Add to Favorites David Michael Oehler, a writer, back-to-the-land hippy, and a pioneer of underground housing and earth-sheltered greenhouses, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at age 78, of natural causes at …

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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 Mushrooms

Add to Favorites By Christopher Nyerges, California Knowledge of edible wild mushrooms can really enhance your outdoor experience and give you a little bit of self-reliance. Yet, there is this mystique …

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Dealing With Dangerous Trees

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman, Maine Always, before cutting a tree, carefully examine the tree, the trees around it and the ground where it will fall. Are there any …

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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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Make Your Own Simple Drying Rack

Add to Favorites By Daniel Strauss, Lockport, New York It was my sister-in-law’s 50th birthday and my wife wanted to give her a practical gift of a dry­ing rack for …

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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 Rainwater Harvesting System

Add to Favorites By William L. Seavey We all have heard the news: California has been declared to be in Exceptional Drought, and a governor has declared a state of emergency. Here’s …

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What I Learned From My Life As A Forester

Add to Favorites By F. Diane Pickett If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? You’re darn right it does …

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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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A Guide To Planting Banatka Wheat

Add to Favorites By Benjamin Hoffman I ran across banatka winter wheat, a Hungarian landrace variety, in the FEDCO catalog, and it sounded like an interesting variety to play with. So I …

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