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

Ask the Expert
September 16, 2019 · · Soapmaking Ask the Expert

Do you have a soapmaking question? You’re not alone! Check here to see if your question has already been answered.

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How to Make Coconut Oil Soap
April 27, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Sold in several forms, coconut oil is used for cooking, in candies, within lotions and lip balms, and rubbed directly onto dry skin. You can also learn how to make coconut oil soap and harness its cleansing properties.

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Alternative Heating Ideas for Price Hikes and Power Outages
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Photos By Shelley Dedauw Growing up, I got in big trouble for turning on the heat. And we walked to school uphill both ways and then came home to milk …

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How Rabbit Farming Differs in the Winter
February 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Whether you’re raising meat rabbits or rabbits for show, rabbit farming changes seasonally. What works in summer may not work in winter. And though rabbits are one of the easiest …

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Sewing Rabbit Hides
February 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Leather is notoriously difficult to work with, but stitching rabbit hides isn’t much different from sewing thick cloth. Different rabbit breeds produce different types of fur. Most pelts come from …

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Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes for Holiday Giving
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Want a fun project that kids can do? Try easy melt and pour soap recipes for holiday giving. Use as stocking stuffers or quick gifts for friends or coworkers. The …

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