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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Homestead
September 17, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites It’s a dream held by many: buying a homestead and getting back to the land, raising children in a wholesome environment or retiring with a slower, simpler …

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Valais Blacknose Coming to the U.S.
September 14, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Alan Harman Originating from Switzerland, Valais Blacknose are a world heritage breed with an estimated global population of just 13,000 or 14,000, verging on an endangered …

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Tornado Safety Tips to Keep You Ahead of the Storm

Add to Favorites By Amy G. Hadachek – “We have a tornado warning!” I yelled to our storm chasing team. “A tornado warning is now in effect until 7:30 pm,” squawked …

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Starting a Petting Zoo Business

Add to Favorites By Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg Have you ever thought of starting a petting zoo business? Have you ever smiled at the sight of a teen’s cool facade vanishing, …

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Water Systems For Off-Grid Living

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink A steady supply of drinkable water is the single most important factor in deciding where to settle down and live. It has shaped humankind’s …

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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 Dig a Well By Hand

Add to Favorites If you’re a homesteader, there’s value in knowing how to dig a well by hand. Of the three main types of wells—dug, drilled and driven—dug wells are …

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Are Off-Grid Hydropower Systems Viable on the Homestead?
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites When my grandfather was a boy, his family operated the only grist mill in the parish. He had to quit school when he was in the third …

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Wind Energy Facts: Is Wind Power For You?

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink – My interest in wind energy facts started with a particularly brutal winter up here off-grid in the Colorado mountains at 8,200 feet elevation. It …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Wind Energy Pros and Cons You May Not Know
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Just as with any power source, there are wind energy pros and cons. The growing consumption and steady increase in cost of non-renewable energy sources have driven …

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How Does Wind Energy Work?
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Wind power is the invisible force able to save you money. But how does wind energy work? Wind power is one of the oldest forms of energy …

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Pavlova Dessert: Easy and Elegant
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Pavlova. Does the name intrigue you? Well, you’re not alone. I first encountered a recipe for Pavlova years ago in cooking school. I was intrigued and impressed …

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Cooking Duck Breasts

Add to Favorites Photos & Story By Janice Cole, Minnesota If you’re looking for something special to serve this holiday season, think duck. That is, duck breasts. Yes, you can …

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On to Cuba

Add to Favorites By Habeeb Salloum, A Taste of Homesteading Around the World In the late 1970S, a colleague of mine asked when I told him I was going on a …

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