Self-Reliance

Alternative Heating Ideas for Price Hikes and Power Outages
November 20, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

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 the pigs, right? Actually, we did have a house rule prohibiting electric heat.  Firewood was much cheaper.

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Farm Pond Maintenance to Prevent Winterkill
November 15, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Ponds and lakes in the northern United States have in the past experienced what I will term a “fish kill” related to lack of dissolved oxygen present in the water. Oxygen is essential to the metabolism of all aerobic (air breathing) organisms.

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Know Your Firewood Moisture Content

Knowing firewood moisture content can make the difference between creating steam or heat. Most folks agree that water doesn’t burn, not unless you break H2O down into H and O, both of which are highly flammable, and that doesn’t happen in your stove or furnace.

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How to Process a Deer: Start with Sharp Knives
October 18, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Deer hunting and processing has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember. As kids, my brother and I would joke that this was our family’s “quality time.”

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Firewood Management 101
September 29, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Wood-splitting tools have enabled homesteaders to survive and thrive for centuries. Just like many of today’s tools we use on the homestead, there have been some marked improvements since the days of yore.

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Battery Maintenance Tips
September 19, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

In this article we discuss the common types of lead acid batteries you have around your farm or homestead, their uses, and battery maintenance tips for optimum life.

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Wood-Splitting Tools for Today’s Homestead
September 16, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Wood-splitting tools have enabled homesteaders to survive and thrive for centuries. Just like many of today’s tools we use on the homestead, there have been some marked improvements since the days of yore.

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Emergency Preparedness Plan Ideas

A disaster can occur at any time. Having an emergency preparedness plan ahead of time could make a difference in your survival.

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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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Elderberry Offers Edible and Medicinal Benefits
August 30, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

My first experience with elderberries came when my husband and I moved to the country to build our first home. We purchased land that was pretty much untouched as far as wild edibles went.

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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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