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Rhonda Crank

We live as close to nature as is possible for us in a modern world. We use organic, non-gmo practices based on the wisdom and skills my grandparents taught me, with a little modern ingenuity mixed in.
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Articles by Rhonda Crank

What is the Best Way to Store Firewood?
July 19, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

You’ve put in all the hard work of chopping the tree, splitting the wood, and now you’re ready to stack it for storage. But what is the best way to …

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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
June 17, 2019 . · Homesteading

If your aim is self-sufficiency and you’re not a vegan, you will need a supply of milk, eggs and meat for self-sufficiency. From cow farming to chicken keeping, the peace …

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What is the Best Manure for Gardens?
May 28, 2019 . · Growing

The best manure for gardens is properly composted manure. It’s often called black gold, especially when it contains cow manure. When running a homestead, you have many different types of …

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Your Guide to Growing Lettuce in Containers
May 18, 2019 . · Growing

For years I struggled with how and when to grow lettuce. So, I decided to try growing lettuce in containers. For three years now, we’ve enjoyed more lettuce than I …

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A Guide to the Best Trees for Firewood
May 2, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

All of us who live off of renewable energy have to know what are the best trees for firewood. After all, if you’re going to put in the time to …

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A Free Choice Salt Lick is Vital for Livestock Health
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Don’t laugh, I’m sure I’m not the only farm kid who’s done this. When I was a girl I remember licking the salt lick block in the barnyard. I told …

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Help Your Animals Adjust to New Homesteading Land
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

You’ve made the successful move to your new homesteading land. The hardest part is behind you, but how are your animals coping? Moving to a new home is hard for people …

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Apple Cider Vinegar on The Homestead
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar is not a new trend among homesteaders. Using raw apple cider vinegar has been around for thousands of years, and has been traced as …

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The Truth About Farmsteading
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

By Rhonda Crank Among new or wannabe farmsteaders (or homesteaders), there is often a sense of romanticism. They begin their journey to a simpler, self-sufficient lifestyle and are quickly overwhelmed by what seems to be …

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Are Off-Grid Hydropower Systems Viable on the Homestead?
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

When my grandfather was a boy, his family operated the only grist mill in the parish. He had to quit school when he was in the third grade to help …

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What is Solar Water Heating and How Does it Work?
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

My Granny Brown didn’t have indoor plumbing until I was around 11 years old. There were no solar water heating systems then. Instead, they put a small pump on the …

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Knowledge of Snake Bite First Aid Can Save Lives
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Are snakes one of those things you’re afraid of? I can’t help but think of an old country song “I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes….” That’s the only line I …

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Solar Energy Efficiency Offers Better Power
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

In America, the ever fragile electrical grid has caused more people to consider alternative power sources. Solar energy efficiency has made powerful strides in the effectiveness of solar panels, initial …

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Determining The Best Renewable Energy Source For Your Homestead
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Living off-grid with the best renewable energy source has benefits and rewards. The most obvious is the saving of money on monthly power bills. Setting up your system requires upfront …

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Water on the Homestead: Is Filtering Well Water Necessary?
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Many homesteads have wells drilled for their water source. But is filtering well water necessary? There are, as usual, different thoughts on the subject. I grew up on artesian well …

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