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How to Build a Bar

Add to Favorites Story & Photos by Romie Holl, Wisconsin I want to thank my co-worker Steve Zwolinski for letting me tell his story of how he built this bar. There …

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A Guide to Buying Your First Wood Stove

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee, Florida Wood stoves are a great addition to any home. A home centered on a wood stove not only offers financial benefits and self-sufficiency, but …

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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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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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Animal Care and Family Matter the Most

Add to Favorites By Heather SmithThomas, Idaho Andrew Lewis and his family live on a farm in the southern tier of New York that was originally purchased by his great-grandparents. “I’m …

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Post Rock Country

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke They were heading for the Kansas prairies, prepared to take on the many challenges of homesteading. Covered wagons, tightly loaded, often pulled by teams of …

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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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DIY Vehicle Emergency Kits

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb Torrential rain, ice storms, engine breakdown, blizzards, flash floods—all of these and more could result in you being stranded on the side of the …

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DIY Solutions For Off-Grid Cooking

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb Quite often, utility services are among the first things to go in the wake of a disaster. Tornadoes, blizzards, even just a bad thunderstorm …

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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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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 Unique Earthship Community

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke, Colorado How would you like to own a home that harvests water from the sky, harnesses energy from wind and sun, can grow its …

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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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Genetically Engineered Crops Divide The Food Movement

Add to Favorites By John Hibma Farmers find themselves squarely in the middle of the debate over genetically engineered (GE) crops and foods. Also referred to as genetically modified organisms—GMO—the concern over the genetic …

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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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