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The Big Adventures of Piggy Smalls

Add to Favorites By Justin Thaxton, West Virginia People say pigs are smarter than dogs. I don’t know if dogs should be flattered  by the fact that their kind is the …

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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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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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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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Water Doesn’t Burn, Does It?

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman Not unless you break H2O down into H and O, both of which are highly flammable, and that doesn’t happen in your stove or furnace. …

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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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Ideas for National Preparedness Month

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb After the tragic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) sponsored designating September as National Preparedness Month. Throughout the month, DHS (Department of Homeland Security), the …

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Gas Refrigerator DIY Maintenance

Add to Favorites Most people don’t take care of their refrigerators. It doesn’t matter if they are electric or gas, both require maintenance to run efficiently. Gas refrigerators need attention to …

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On the Road Again (Hopefully)…

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb — For many, summer means vacation. Even homesteaders need to get away once in a while. Here in the United States, many families opt …

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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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Managing Healthy Farm Ponds

Add to Favorites By Joe Cadieux of midwestponds.com – Farm ponds are a fantastic resource for livestock, wildlife, fish, and irrigation for farming and homesteading today. They come in many shapes and sizes …

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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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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 Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Add to Favorites By Tom and JoAnne O’Toole – Knowing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can make the difference between life and death for you or your family. With more …

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