About the Author

Marissa Ames

Editor of Goat Journal and Backyard Poultry magazines, Marissa Ames runs a small homestead in Fallon, Nevada, where she focuses on saving and propagating rare breeds of goats and garden vegetables. She and her husband, Russ, travel to Africa where they serve as agricultural advisors for the nonprofit I Am Zambia. She spends her free time eating lunch.
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Articles by Marissa Ames

How to Make Shea Butter Soap Three Ways
August 4, 2020 · · Soapmaking

If you’ve already made soap from scratch, you know how to make shea butter soap. Just add shea butter, then alter the other oils for proper saponification, and you have a moisturizing and luxurious bar.

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20 Easy Zucchini Recipes For Your Surplus
July 30, 2020 · · Canning & Kitchen

If you’re new to gardening, you’ve probably researched when to plant squash, how to grow zucchini and which zucchini varieties to choose, only to hear jokes about locking your car doors while at church or you’ll find your vehicle stuffed with produce.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Homestead
July 23, 2020 · · Homesteading

It’s a dream held by many: buying a homestead and getting back to the land, raising children in a wholesome environment or retiring with a slower, simpler life. But what should you know or research before buying a homestead that seems perfect at first glance?

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Combining the Best Essential Oils for Soap Making
July 6, 2020 · · Soapmaking

f you make soap, you probably do it for one of two reasons. First, it allows artistic creativity while making something useful. And second, it allows control over all the ingredients.

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Growing Potatoes in a Bag or a Bucket
June 21, 2020 · · Growing

Potatoes are almost foolproof. They’ll grow and produce as long as the soil is fertile, water is available, the sun shines, and the plant doesn’t freeze.

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An Easy Guide to Tanning Rabbit Hides
June 13, 2020 · · Homesteading

Many homesteaders see the value of raising rabbits for meat. Rabbits reproduce well, grow fast, eat food you can grow yourself, and produce manure for the garden.

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Avoid Plant Sunburn and Summer Garden Disasters
June 6, 2020 · · Growing

Plant sunburn, floods, heat and hailstorms. Planning now protects your garden from disaster later.

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Safety Precautions: A Vital Soap-Making Resource
May 20, 2020 · · Soapmaking

When learning how to make soap, attention to safety protocols is crucial. Learn from good soap-making resources before you begin.

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A List of the Best Meat Preservation Methods
May 15, 2020 · · Canning & Kitchen

What meat preservation methods can you use to sustain your hunt or protein harvest? There are many options.

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Soap Making Techniques: Which is Right for You?
May 7, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Soap making is an old art with changing history. And it’s not all made the same way. Different ingredients, temperatures, and curing times come into play. If you want to learn how to make soap, first decide which soap making techniques you’re most comfortable with using.

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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
May 1, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Emergency survival and preparation is a hot topic right now. You’ll find many articles online regarding what foods should be on your survival items list.

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How to Make Oatmeal Soap: 4 Techniques to Try
April 20, 2020 · · Soapmaking

You can learn how to make oatmeal soap within a few minutes of research. It’s one of the easiest and safest recipe additions.

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23 Ways to Use a Survival Bandana
March 20, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Do you have the simplest, most useful item that can fit in any bug out bag? A survival bandana can replace many other items on your gear list.

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What Should be in an EDC Bag?
March 18, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Every Day Carry or EDC bags are about prepping on the smallest scale. You’re more likely to use what’s inside this kit than your food storage or bug out bags.

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Justifying Extreme Survival Supply Lists and Toilet Paper
March 17, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

I watched a preppers show where a man used methane from his own poop to cook his food. It made me reconsider my own survival supply list.

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