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From Famine to Feast

By Annie Flanzraich, Nevada The sun beats down on Laura Leonard’s toned, tanned arms as she rips a three-foot tall weed from the ground. She tosses the gnarly invader to the …

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Igniting the American Dream

By Lori Davis, New York Changes are underway as the country’s demographics shift in significant ways, casting shadows on the traditional American Dream and transforming it into something entirely new. In …

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Wood Heat: A Guide to Heating Your Home

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 are making a …

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How to Deskunk Your Dog

We want to encourage their curiosity, but when our friendly canines stick their nose somewhere they shouldn’t, sometimes they come back smelling like a skunk. And if your dog is like …

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Natural Ways for Dealing with Cold Temperatures

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 get to the …

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Revisiting the Past with Sorghum

By Ed Dane It was a warm October afternoon in Hanover, Michigan, a small rural community on the south edge of Jackson County. People were gathering for the annual Corn …

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Gumweed…Weed? Or Jet Fuel?

Glenn Miller is leading the effort in a project at the University of Nevada, Reno, to convert roadside gumweed into biofuel, which could help contribute to fuel supplies for the …

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The Big Adventures of Piggy Smalls

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 standard by which …

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Farming, to the Nth Degree

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 colleges are training …

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Measuring Your Pond Volume in Gallons

Ponds. They seem so harmless. Until, one day, when you wake up and algae is blooming all over and you find a dead fish in strange weeds that shot to the …

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Solar Gadgets on the Homestead

By Alexis Griffee Often times, solar power is viewed as a desired, yet unaffordable option to the farmer and homesteader. While a full solar system may not be in the budget …

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How to Build a Bar

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 was always an …

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Remembering the Heroes of the Homestead

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 and reliance on …

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The Fall and Resurrection of Hemp

By Karin Deneke, Colorado A COMMON CROP George Washington raised during the 1760s on his farms in Virginia was declared illegal in the 1930s. Known as cannabis sativa, or hemp, …

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Life in a Domespace

By Linda Fletcher A movement is taking place all over the world in natural, alternative, sustainable building techniques and architecture. There is an incredible array of building techniques using various …

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