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

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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Growing Potatoes in a Bag or a Bucket
March 13, 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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Facts about Floods and Surviving Them
March 4, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes come on fast and strong. But floods can be just as devastating.

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Growing Onions from Seeds or Sets
February 29, 2020 · · Growing

Beginners and master gardeners are successfully growing onions. Among the hardiest crops, they are almost foolproof.

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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice
February 9, 2020 · · Homesteading

For the safest, most natural ways to get rid of mice, start with the most minimum impact and work up from there. I have a friend who insists on using only the level of protection necessary in a situation.

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An Easy Guide to Tanning Rabbit Hides
February 7, 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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How to Make Beeswax Soap
February 1, 2020 · · Soapmaking

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

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Rat-Hunting Dogs: A Historically Organic Option
January 25, 2020 · · 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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