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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of dirt. The system …

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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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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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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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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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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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DIY Solutions For Off-Grid Cooking

By Jim Cobb Quite often, utility services are among the first things to go in the wake of a disaster. Tornadoes, blizzards, even just a bad thunderstorm can all result …

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Off-Grid Refrigeration

By Dan Fink When buying appliances for a new home or a remodel, most people cruise the big box store looking for the right combination of features, style, color and—as …

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Make Your Own Simple Drying Rack

By Daniel Strauss, Lockport, New York It was my sister-in-law’s 50th birthday and my wife wanted to give her a practical gift of a dry­ing rack for her laundry. I …

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Preparing For Power Outages

By Jim Cobb As the weather starts to warm, we typically see an increase in stormy weather. Along with the thunder and lightning comes the threat of losing power. While …

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How (And Why) I Moved To A Straw Bale House

By C. Gonzales, Port Republic, Maryland By August 2010, I had had enough. My home was lovely, warm when needed, cool when needed, pretty, functional, and safe. But it lacked natural heating, natural cooling …

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Preventing Fires On The Homestead

By Eric Witter RESPONSIBILITY Starting a fire is a huge responsibility. You could burn friends or family members. Your property or your neighbor’s property could be damaged or destroyed. In …

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Gas Refrigerator DIY Maintenance

Most people don’t take care of their refrigerators. It doesn’t matter if they are electric or gas, both require maintenance to run efficiently. Gas refrigerators need attention to save fuel, as …

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Wild Coffee Alternatives

By Christopher Nyerges You’ve heard all the pros and cons regarding regular coffee. Some are good, some are not good. Even if you’re a regular coffee drinker, there are times when …

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Homeopathy for the Homestead
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Alternative medicine holds a very important place in homesteading. Homeopathy is a natural, safe, holistic healing method that has been used for over 200 years. It is one of the …

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