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14 Ways to Cut Costs on the Sheep Farm
May 12, 2019 . · Sheep

By Marvin R. Gray – With spiraling sheep feed costs and unpredictable fuel prices, flockmasters raising sheep for profit are seeking ways to operate their flocks more profitably and efficiently. Here are 14 cost-cutting and …

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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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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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Eliminating Weevils in Flour and Rice
March 14, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

Their little legs wriggled on my spoon. How harmful could they be? Casting my eyes to each side, I watched for approaching family members as I dropped the little bugs …

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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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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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El Niño and La Niña

By Rhonda Crank, The Farmer’s Lamp I’m not a meteorologist magnet; nor am I a weather wizard. But as a sustenance farmer, the weather plays a large part in my life. …

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My Experiments With Milking Plants

By Daniel Strauss This cartoon was my first exposure as a child to the concept of non-dairy milk alternatives: After all the milk wells on the planet of Felina had gone dry, Overcat came …

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What to Cook in a Solar Oven
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Several years ago, we added a solar cooker to our homestead tools. We have long, hot summers and cook from scratch every day, which was taxing our air conditioning unit …

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Owning A Wood-Fueled Cookstove

By Sue Robishaw Steve and I knew we wanted a wood-fueled cookstove when planning our homestead so many years ago, it was in the drawings from the start. I grew …

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10 Homesteading Blogs That Inspire and Educate
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Are you on the hunt for helpful homesteading blogs? You’re in luck. The Countryside Network features some of the most influential homesteading bloggers today. You’ll hear from these knowledgeable bloggers (and many more!) on …

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Do You Know What are Toxins in Your Home?
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

In order to protect our homes and loved ones, we have to know what are toxins in our home. It seems we can’t escape them. They’re everywhere around us in …

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How to Use a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

When my companion and I began our 18-month transition period of moving to and living in the woods, we also began a period of education. We discussed and planned much. …

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Masonry Stove Plans: An Ancient Art Re-Discovered

By Heike Holthaus – Much has been written about the construction of masonry stoves. Plans, materials and the finished products are as versatile as the masonry stove itself. Though originally meant to …

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Off-Grid Battery Banks: The Heart of the System

By Dan Fink – Anyone who owns a vehicle likely already has a love-hate relationship with the starting battery inside. It’s heavy, dirty, expensive, dangerous, and always seems to fail at …

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