Self-Reliance

A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
May 7, 2019 . · 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. Some are better for long-term storage …

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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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Know The Importance Of Basic Wilderness Survival Gear

By Jim Cobb, Wisconsin This is the time of year when families begin planning summer vacations. Quite often, those trips involve spending some quality time out in the forests and …

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How to Get Rid of a Skunk Smell on a Dog

How to get rid of a skunk smell on a dog is something many of us have unfortunately wondered. Whether it’s your livestock guardian dog or your family pet, we want …

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3 Natural Home Remedies for Fleas

Home remedies for fleas don’t have to be expensive, smelly or toxic. When I was a veterinary technician 20-odd years ago, the number one query of most of our clients …

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Farm Poo Paper: Don’t Pooh Pooh It!
March 14, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Why on Earth would you make paper out of farm feces? Turns out there are a lot of reasons. Typically, with normal paper which comes from trees, the trees are …

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Prepping Your Property for Emergencies
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Fire preparedness is an often overlooked issue on the farm and homestead. Have you looked at your homestead or farm through the eyes of a firefighter? Many people haven’t, but …

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Firearm Responsibility
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Owning a firearm for many homesteaders is merely a matter of course. Farmers and ranchers have been keeping guns to guard livestock even before life in the 1800’s, albeit a …

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A First Aid Kit for Rural Living
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Using a first aid kit contents checklist is an excellent way to build a customized emergency kit, but with so many lists on the internet, which do you follow? This …

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Firewood Management 101
March 13, 2019 . · 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 …

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We Prepare, But We Are Not Preppers

By Lori Davis, New York Because we raise our own food and run an organic farm, we are often asked if we are “preppers”. This often comes from people who’ve …

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Surviving Spring Power Outages
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

It’s all fun and games until the lights go out. Losing power during the summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring forehead then drink …

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Property Site Planning Around the Sun

Story & Photos By Ben Hoffman, Maine Many years ago, I borrowed a book from a landscape architect and remember a paragraph in the preface about how the prairie dog …

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Adding a Metal Roof
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

I built my house in the 90’s, and my roof is showing its age. I am finding a lot of asphalt particles in the gutter. And when I look at …

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From Famine to Feast

By Annie Flanzraich, Nevada The sun beats down on Laura Leonard’s toned, tanned arms as she rips a three-foot tall weed from the ground. She tosses the gnarly invader to the …

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