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Upping the Ante with Tractor Bucket Attachments

Add to Favorites Scoop, scrape and push are really the only things a tractor bucket was meant to do, but with the right tractor bucket attachments, there’s so much more we can do …

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The Care of Aging Guardian Dogs

Add to Favorites By Brenda M. Negri Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) research studies have shown that a working LGD often suffers a short lifespan, the average full time working flock …

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Building Elevated Planter Boxes for Easier Gardening

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone Building elevated planter boxes helps bring plants closer. They’re great for children, disabled gardeners, or the elderly. Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding …

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A Glimpse at Simple Homesteading Life in the 1800s

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Building Planter Boxes for Strawberries

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Know The Importance Of Basic Wilderness Survival Gear

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Start Keeping Donkeys on the Homestead

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone – When you think of keeping donkeys, the first thing that comes to mind is big ears, a comical, rusty, door-hinge bray, and …

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Shoo Flies from Livestock

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee As you know, every farm needs to have a pest control program in place, as flies can be far more than just an annoyance. They …

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Natural Ways for Dealing with Cold Temperatures

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Keep Cool This Summer

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee With summer fast approaching, we look forward to longer days, barbecues and more time to enjoy our family and farms.  Despite our appreciation for summer, …

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DIY Vehicle Emergency Kits

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb Torrential rain, ice storms, engine breakdown, blizzards, flash floods—all of these and more could result in you being stranded on the side of the …

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On the Road Again (Hopefully)…

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb — For many, summer means vacation. Even homesteaders need to get away once in a while. Here in the United States, many families opt …

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Solar Water Heating Off the Grid

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink, Colorado Solar electric systems are getting a lot of exposure these days, capturing media and public attention with massive utility-scale photovoltaic arrays covering acres, …

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How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

Add to Favorites The challenge of learning how to build an energy-efficient home is not in the engineering and design: it’s in juggling the trade-offs. Every element of a home has ramifications …

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How to Save Electricity at Home During the Holidays
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites City streetlights blink bright red and green. Even Rudolph’s nose shines so bright. The most wonderful time of the year is also the season with the highest …

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