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Sweetgrass Holds a Special Place in the Hearts of Charlestonians

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone Homesteaders, country crafts and cultural traditional art seem to thrive in a parallel universe across the globe. Regardless of location, everyone has become doorkeepers …

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Essential Oils, Non-Toxic Bug Repellents and More

Add to Favorites By Melissa Mink, The Homestead Moma To most homesteaders going green, natural or organic means that you are trying to reduce toxins that have crept into your everyday …

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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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Farming In The San Luis Valley, Then And Now

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke, Photos by Chuck Reel and Karin Deneke You cannot miss the hay trucks when traveling east on La Veta Pass. Loaded with heavy bales of …

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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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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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Surviving A Water Shortage

Add to Favorites Even the best water system breaks down now and then. Pumps fail. Electricity mysteriously goes off and stays off for long periods. Bulldozers diabolically seek and destroy …

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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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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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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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Wildlife Habitat On The Homestead

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone, Raleigh, North Carolina With an abundance of rural development, only smaller habitats remain for wildlife to thrive. As homesteaders, we can maintain the balance by serving the …

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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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My Experiments With Milking Plants

Add to Favorites By Daniel Strauss This cartoon was my first exposure as a child to the concept of non-dairy milk alternatives: After all the milk wells on the planet of Felina had gone …

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We Came To Our Senses And Now Live Within Our Means

Add to Favorites By Kimberly Hansen, Wisconsin You don’t have to live in the middle of nowhere in order to live the “backwoods life” that most of us dream about, but …

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Protesters And The Eucalyptus Trees

Add to Favorites By Christopher Nyerges Eucalyptus has been in the news because naked protesters are unhappy with the University of California-Berkeley’s plan to remove thousands of these Australian natives. When …

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