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Become a Horse Farmer

Add to Favorites Ralph Rice is about to live his life-long dream — to become a full-time horse farmer. At age 56 years, Ralph is on target to retire from …

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Basic Horse Equipment List for the First-Time Owner

Add to Favorites Owning your first horse is exciting, but you likely have a million questions. With this basic horse equipment list, you’ll have a better idea of what to …

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Surviving Spring Power Outages
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites It’s all fun and games until the lights go out. Losing power during the summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring …

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Property Site Planning Around the Sun

Add to Favorites Story & Photos By Ben Hoffman, Maine Many years ago, I borrowed a book from a landscape architect and remember a paragraph in the preface about how …

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Adding a Metal Roof
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites I built my house in the 90’s, and my roof is showing its age. I am finding a lot of asphalt particles in the gutter. And when …

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Wood Heat: A Guide to Heating Your Home

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee, Florida As energy prices continue to soar, people are turning back to natural heating methods and away from gas and central heat. Woodstoves and fireplaces …

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Natural Ways for Dealing with Cold Temperatures

Add to Favorites By Christopher Nyerges, California Let’s start from the beginning. Let’s start with you and what you do and what you wear when it gets cold outside. Then we’ll …

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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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Farming, to the Nth Degree

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, universities and …

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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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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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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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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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One Weird Trick For Chopping Wood

Add to Favorites By Daniel Strauss, Lockport, New York Spend anytime on the internet and you will see weird tricks for losing belly fat or saving on car insurance or …

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Off-Grid Refrigeration

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink When buying appliances for a new home or a remodel, most people cruise the big box store looking for the right combination of features, …

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