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DIY Solutions For Off-Grid Cooking

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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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How To Build Your Own Rainwater Harvesting System

Add to Favorites By William L. Seavey We all have heard the news: California has been declared to be in Exceptional Drought, and a governor has declared a state of emergency. Here’s …

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Genetically Engineered Crops Divide The Food Movement

Add to Favorites By John Hibma Farmers find themselves squarely in the middle of the debate over genetically engineered (GE) crops and foods. Also referred to as genetically modified organisms—GMO—the concern over the genetic …

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My Experiments With Milking Plants

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Building With Straw Bales and Adobes

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke “This looks like the inside of a barn,” a friend of  mine exclaimed when she visited my unfinished straw bale  house years ago. And …

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Wild Coffee Alternatives

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Homeopathy for the Homestead
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites 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 …

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The Catastrophic Dust Storms of the 1930s, in Retrospect

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke — More than eight decades ago, a serious transformation took place on the grasslands of the Midwest, commonly known as the Great Plains. Thousands …

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Make Sure All’s Well With Your Well Water
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Well water, a treasured gift from our good earth, is relied upon by 43 million Americans every day — that’s 15 percent of the country’s population. And …

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How to Fell Trees Safely

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman Felling timber is one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet, but knowing how to fell trees safely can greatly reduce the odds of accidents. …

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How To Clean a Chimney
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Learning how to clean a chimney is one of those skills every homesteader should know. It’s not the most glamorous thing to do, but it’s exceptionally important. …

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Visit Sustainable Living Communities for Homesteading Inspiration
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Located in picturesque Iceland 60 miles from Reykjavík, Sólheimar Ecovillage offers a world-renowned sustainable community known for its artistic and ecological atmosphere where about 100 people live …

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Igniting the American Homesteader Dream

Add to Favorites By Lori Davis, New York Changes are underway as the country’s demographics shift in significant ways, casting shadows on the traditional American homesteader dream and transforming it into …

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8 Laws an Urban Homesteader Must Know
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Today’s urban homesteader can’t just raise food with wild abandon. Not if they want to coexist with neighbors. Being a successful urban homesteader involves researching laws first; …

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