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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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How To Build Your Own Solar Oven

Add to Favorites By  Jeff Hoard, HM Ranch One of the easiest and most productive projects I’ve built here at HM Ranch is a simple solar oven. The only expense …

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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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How (And Why) I Moved To A Straw Bale House

Add to Favorites By C. Gonzales, Port Republic, Maryland By August 2010, I had had enough. My home was lovely, warm when needed, cool when needed, pretty, functional, and safe. But it lacked natural …

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We Had So Much Fun Building The First Cabin, We Built Another

Add to Favorites By Chris Bordeleau OUR OFF-GRID ADVENTURE started in 2007. Little did we know that building cabins was fun and that our place would sprout four additional structures in the next …

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Preventing Fires On The Homestead

Add to Favorites By Eric Witter RESPONSIBILITY Starting a fire is a huge responsibility. You could burn friends or family members. Your property or your neighbor’s property could be damaged …

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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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The Countryside Tale
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Around 1969, JD Belanger, the founder of this magazine, combined Rabbit World, which was 32 pages long, with Dairy Goat Guide, which was 12 pages, and Countryside, which …

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Foraging Safely

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone If you want to meet a true forager, it is imperative to visit one who lives solely off five acres of land. I …

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A Simple Solar Electric Backup System

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman If the electrical grid goes down, I need a backup to keep my freezers and wood furnace going. The furnace, a wood gasifier connected …

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Wood-Burning Cook Stoves: How and Why

Add to Favorites The sound of wood cracking against an ax, the hollow thuds of the blocks hitting the ground, the popping and hissing of evaporating moisture as the fire …

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New Off-Grid Battery Technology

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink, Colorado The new Tesla Energy Powerwall home battery storage system made quite the media splash when Elon Musk officially launched the product on April 30, 2015. The …

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What to Cook in a Solar Oven
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Several years ago, we added a solar cooker to our homestead tools. We have long, hot summers and cook from scratch every day, which was taxing our …

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Safety Tips for Dangerous Tree Felling

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman, Maine – Straight trees are easiest to cut down, but leaning or rotting wood can make tree felling even more dangerous. Always, before cutting a …

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How to Fell Trees Safely

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman Felling timber is one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet, but knowing how to fell trees safely can greatly reduce the odds of accidents. …

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