Self-Reliance

Wood Heat: A Guide to Heating Your Home

By Alexis Griffee, Florida As energy prices continue to soar, people are turning back to natural heating methods and away from gas and central heat. Woodstoves and fireplaces are making a …

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How to Deskunk Your Dog

We want to encourage their curiosity, but when our friendly canines stick their nose somewhere they shouldn’t, sometimes they come back smelling like a skunk. And if your dog is like …

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Natural Ways for Dealing with Cold Temperatures

By Christopher Nyerges, California Let’s start from the beginning. Let’s start with you and what you do and what you wear when it gets cold outside. Then we’ll get to the …

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Alternative Heating Ideas for Price Hikes and Power Outages
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Photos By Shelley Dedauw 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 …

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Gumweed…Weed? Or Jet Fuel?

Glenn Miller is leading the effort in a project at the University of Nevada, Reno, to convert roadside gumweed into biofuel, which could help contribute to fuel supplies for the …

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Farming, to the Nth Degree

By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, universities and colleges are training …

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Identify and Store Nuts for the Winter
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Scarlet leaves are among us as the nights become cooler. If you are starting to feel a little squirrelly, you are not alone. It is the chilly fall that encourages those …

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Measuring Your Pond Volume in Gallons

Ponds. They seem so harmless. Until, one day, when you wake up and algae is blooming all over and you find a dead fish in strange weeds that shot to the …

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Solar Gadgets on the Homestead

By Alexis Griffee Often times, solar power is viewed as a desired, yet unaffordable option to the farmer and homesteader. While a full solar system may not be in the budget …

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How to Build a Bar

Story & Photos by Romie Holl, Wisconsin I want to thank my co-worker Steve Zwolinski for letting me tell his story of how he built this bar. There was always an …

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Life in a Domespace

By Linda Fletcher A movement is taking place all over the world in natural, alternative, sustainable building techniques and architecture. There is an incredible array of building techniques using various …

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The Archimedes Screw

Archimedes, somewhere between 287 BC and 212 BC, began to apply mathematics to physics, and that changed the world forever. Indeed, we would not have had levers, pumps or pulleys so …

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A Guide to Buying Your First Wood Stove

By Alexis Griffee, Florida Wood stoves are a great addition to any home. A home centered on a wood stove not only offers financial benefits and self-sufficiency, but adds a place …

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Grassroots — Mike Oehler, 1938-2016

David Michael Oehler, a writer, back-to-the-land hippy, and a pioneer of underground housing and earth-sheltered greenhouses, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at age 78, of natural causes at his home near …

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Essential Oils, Non-Toxic Bug Repellents and More

By Melissa Mink, The Homestead Moma To most homesteaders going green, natural or organic means that you are trying to reduce toxins that have crept into your everyday products. It can …

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