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How Do Blueberries Grow?
August 10, 2019 . · Growing

How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown blueberries. Not an …

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Selling Homemade Food: Laws and Considerations
June 15, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

Cottage food law is the legal permission or ban on selling homemade food. And it’s gotten a lot of attention lately. Within the past few years, states have either tightened …

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A Glimpse at Simple Homesteading Life in the 1800s

By Kathy Belt – In the September/October 2012 issue of Countryside, a reader wanted to know what homesteading life in the 1800s was like. Here’s my reply. I am a bit of a …

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Designing Your Ideal Homesteading Land

By Ken Wilson – Homesteading land is neither a farm nor a rural residence; therefore, it presents design challenges that are different from the others. A rural residence is basically nothing more …

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Building Planter Boxes for Strawberries

By Sue Robishaw – It wasn’t that the old chicken wire covers we’d constructed five years ago didn’t work, they did. I had an idea for building planter boxes that …

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Oh, Deer: Keeping Deer Out of Gardens

By Susan Gateley – Whitetail deer are charismatic, beautiful animals as they leap in graceful 20-foot bounds through your neighbor’s bean field. I like to watch them. Lately, I like to …

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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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Farming In The San Luis Valley, Then And Now

By Karin Deneke, Photos by Chuck Reel and Karin Deneke You cannot miss the hay trucks when traveling east on La Veta Pass. Loaded with heavy bales of alfalfa, they slowly …

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Surviving A Water Shortage

Even the best water system breaks down now and then. Pumps fail. Electricity mysteriously goes off and stays off for long periods. Bulldozers diabolically seek and destroy water mains. Repairs …

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Agritourism: A Profitable Idea?

By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Colorado The words, “fun on the farm,” were probably not coined by a farmer. After all, farming is hard work, but today, people around the country are looking …

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Family Trees

By Heather Smith Thomas, Idaho Ron Kelley and his family are enjoying their orchard business in southern Idaho, near Weiser. “My father and grandfather were citrus growers in southern California, …

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Why You Should KISS Emergency Preparedness

By Patrice Lewis, Idaho How many of you are confident the economy is solid, your employment is secure, the value of the dollar is sound and the power grid is permanent? …

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Turning Trash to Treats

By Justin Thaxton — Four years ago, my family broke free from the bondage of suburban living. After 10 years in a subdivision, we were thrilled by the prospects offered …

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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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