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

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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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
March 17, 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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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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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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