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

A Guide to Growing Vegetables in Pots and Containers
January 17, 2020 · · Growing

How often have you strolled through a farmer’s market or eyed a friend’s fresh produce and wished you had your own garden? Perhaps you lack space.

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How to Make Laundry Soap at Home
January 13, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Not long after I learned how to make homemade soap, I tweaked the recipe and learned how to make laundry soap. Those other “homemade laundry soap” recipes had flaws.

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Avoiding, Recognizing, and Treating Hypothermia Symptoms
January 6, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites An enemy lurks in the coldest depths of the land, taking thousands of victims. But it’s not wildlife. It’s the cold itself. Recognizing hypothermia symptoms can keep …

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Surviving Weather-Related Power Cuts and Outages
December 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

It’s all fun and games until it’s lights out. But a little preparation can help you survive power cuts and outages.

Losing power during summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring forehead then drink before the milk goes bad.

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Kids and Soap: Homemade Arts and Crafts for The Holidays
December 6, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Winter holidays often involve cold weather, hot drinks, and homemade arts and crafts. It also means the kids are out of school for one to three weeks. …

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Eliminating Weevils in Flour and Rice
December 4, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Their little legs wriggled on my spoon. How harmful could they be? Casting my eyes to each side, I watched for approaching family members as I dropped …

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Finding the Best Pumpkins for Pies
November 21, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites It’s not a pumpkin. Or is it? Three pies sat on my table. A sweetly spiced aroma wafted through the room while condensation glistened atop the baked …

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Sprouting Seeds at Home for Winter Nutrition
November 17, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Sprouting seeds at home has long been an easy and delicious way to gain nutrition when greens are scarce. You can do it for you or your …

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How to Stop Pipes from Freezing
November 16, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites You’ve acquired your dream homestead. But do you know how to stop pipes from freezing and keep your dream from becoming a winter nightmare? Freezing pipes are …

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How Zombie Culture Shaped Homesteading Today
October 31, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites We can thank apocalyptic fiction and zombie mania for a giant surge in self-reliance and homesteading today. It’s amazing how people grow when they question, “What if?” …

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How to Make Beeswax Soap
October 22, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Beeswax has more than 100 uses; knowing how to make beeswax soap harnesses natural benefits for your finished product.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Garlic
September 19, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Growing garlic in your garden is one of the easiest things you can do! Cultivated since ancient times, garlic receives mention in the Book of Numbers in …

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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Homestead
September 17, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites 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 …

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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
September 10, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites 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. Some are better …

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Rat-Hunting Dogs: A Historically Organic Option
September 1, 2019 · · Homesteading

Got a rat problem? You can try traps, poisons … or rat-hunting dogs. This organic concept is the reason rat terriers exist today.

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