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

What is the Best Mulch to Prevent Weeds?
May 19, 2019 . · Growing

All Photos By Shelley Dedauw The best mulch to prevent weeds depends on where the mulch lies, what else you need it to do…and, of course, cost. What is the …

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Rat-Hunting Dogs: A Historically Organic Option
May 10, 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. Back to His Roots, Back in History …

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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
May 7, 2019 . · 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. Some are better for long-term storage …

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Garden Hoops: Low Tunnels for Frost and Insect Protection
March 14, 2019 . · Growing

When you’re itching to get your hands dirty, garden hoops can extend the season enough to avoid disaster. Midway between full-sized greenhouses and the gamble of throwing seeds into cold …

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Eliminating Weevils in Flour and Rice
March 14, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

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 the little bugs …

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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice
March 14, 2019 . · 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 …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Orchards
March 14, 2019 . · Growing

Brian Eubanks knows what he’s talking about. He’s an ISA-certified arborist and horticulture consultant in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. And he wants to tell you about natural pest control. For …

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Surviving Spring Power Outages
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

It’s all fun and games until the lights go out. Losing power during the summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring forehead then drink …

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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Homestead
March 13, 2019 . · 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 …

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Surviving Weather-Related Power Cuts and Outages
March 13, 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 …

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8 Laws an Urban Homesteader Must Know
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Today’s urban homesteader can’t just raise food with wild abandon. Not if they want to coexist with neighbors. Being a successful urban homesteader involves researching laws first; it’s a lot …

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15 Essential First Aid Kit Contents
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Though we know we should carry a first aid kit, contents can vary box by box. Should you purchase ones sold on department store endcaps or build your own? Whether …

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23 Ways to Use a Survival Bandana
March 13, 2019 . · 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. It’s small, …

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What Should be in an EDC Bag?
March 13, 2019 . · 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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Why Vodka Belongs on Your Survival Items List
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Even if you don’t drink, vodka belongs on your survival items list. It has value without ever being consumed. As someone who doesn’t drink, by religion combined with personal choice, …

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