Self-Reliance

Fire Evacuation Procedures for Your Livestock

The year 2013 was an informative and challenging year for Half Creek Farm in Bickleton, Washington. In late July and early August, we got our first “opportunity” to give farm fire evacuation procedures a try.

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Exploring the Numerous Calendula Benefits
July 3, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), or pot marigold as it’s sometimes called, is a multi-purpose edible and medicinal herb. The Shakers and early settlers knew the culinary value and superior healing qualities of this beautiful golden herb.

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What is the Best Way to Store Firewood?
July 2, 2020 · · 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 store firewood?

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Nominate a Homesteader for the I Am Countryside Feature

Add to Favorites Know a homesteader who inspires others? Want to see them featured in Countryside & Small Stock Journal? Send a note and have them fill out the questionnaire below …

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
June 18, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings.

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DIY Yellow Jacket Trap

Imagine it’s noontime on the farm and your family is ready to enjoy a great lunch outside. The plates are full and the view is postcard gorgeous. But, oh no! They are back!

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Why You Should KISS Emergency Preparedness

How many of you are confident the economy is solid, your employment is secure, the value of the dollar is sound and the power grid is permanent? It’s no wonder the subject of preparedness has gone mainstream.

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Water Storage Tanks for a Low-Flow Well

Water storage tanks can be a practical solution if your well doesn’t fill fast enough for normal household use. But how do you get a building permit if the flow is less than local code re­quires?

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9 Common Homesteading Supplies and Hacks
May 21, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Nifty gadgets have their place on the homestead but sometimes you just can’t go down that often-pricey path. Don’t get me wrong — I’m a hopeless fan of wonky inventions (think egg flashlights and nut wizards), but even if you have the cash, you might not feel like cramming yet another single-purpose item into your barn or basement.

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Collecting Wild Mushrooms

Collecting wild mushrooms is a fascinating hobby rewarding us with tasty wild food. Nature’s bounty is endless.

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A Guide to the Best Trees for Firewood
May 7, 2020 · · 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 cut, split and properly store firewood, you want to know you’re being as efficient as possible.

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Why That Homemade Insecticidal Soap Might Kill Your Garden

One of the most prevalent DIY gardening hacks is to make homemade insecticidal soap, but I am here to tell you that it just might kill your garden.

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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
May 1, 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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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
April 17, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be uncomfortable.

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Stocking Your Food Pantry with Emergency Essentials

When planning your emergency food pantry, you should first ask yourself two questions: If an emergency occurs, what are the things I will most likely lack; and, what cooking facilities will I have in an emergency?

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