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Revisiting the Past with Sorghum

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Gumweed…Weed? Or Jet Fuel?

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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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Measuring Your Pond Volume in Gallons

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Solar Gadgets on the Homestead

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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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Life in a Domespace

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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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The Archimedes Screw

Add to Favorites Archimedes, somewhere between 287 BC and 212 BC, began to apply mathematics to physics, and that changed the world forever. Indeed, we would not have had levers, pumps …

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A Guide to Buying Your First Wood Stove

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee, Florida Wood stoves are a great addition to any home. A home centered on a wood stove not only offers financial benefits and self-sufficiency, but …

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Grassroots — Mike Oehler, 1938-2016

Add to Favorites David Michael Oehler, a writer, back-to-the-land hippy, and a pioneer of underground housing and earth-sheltered greenhouses, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at age 78, of natural causes at …

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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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How to Keep Cool This Summer

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee With summer fast approaching, we look forward to longer days, barbecues and more time to enjoy our family and farms.  Despite our appreciation for summer, …

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