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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

How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms
November 29, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Like my grandmother, I have a hard time keeping any houseplant alive. She did know how to grow a Christmas cactus though. Hers was on a plant …

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Which Cover Crops for Gardens Work Best in Your Climate?
November 2, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites When it comes to cover crops for gardens, the list of benefits is extensive. Choosing the best cover crop to accomplish the job in your climate is where …

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7 Steps for Preparing Vegetable Gardens for Winter
October 31, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Rhonda Crank Our farm, Fairhaven Farm, is in U.S. growing zone 8, so we are able to have a garden pretty much year-round. Late January and February is …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

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 contradictions in the lifestyle.

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Wind Energy Pros and Cons You May Not Know
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Just as with any power source, there are wind energy pros and cons. The growing consumption and steady increase in cost of non-renewable energy sources have driven …

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How Does Wind Energy Work?
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Wind power is the invisible force able to save you money. But how does wind energy work? Wind power is one of the oldest forms of energy …

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What Does Homesteading Mean To You?
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Homesteading is on the rise here in the United States. I am often asked “What does homesteading mean?” To our ancestors it was clear. A homesteader was …

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