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

Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Soap’s Dirty Secrets
October 21, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Sodium laurel sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. What do those terms mean? And will they harm you or the environment?

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How to Make Oatmeal Soap: 4 Techniques to Try
October 6, 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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An Easy Guide to Tanning Rabbit Hides
October 4, 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 Laundry Soap at Home
September 18, 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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How to Make Shea Butter Soap Three Ways
September 16, 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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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
September 10, 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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Old-Fashioned Lard Soap Recipes, Then and Now
August 28, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Homesteaders cooked a lard soap recipe in kettles over fires. You can make it in your own kitchen.

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Rat-Hunting Dogs: A Historically Organic Option
August 27, 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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Self-Watering Planters: DIY Containers to Combat Drought
August 14, 2020 · · Growing

What holds five gallons of soil, uses 80% less water and costs less than a dollar? Self-watering planters! DIY instructions are simple and most materials can be recycled.

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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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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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