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Tips For Farm Pond Design In Your Backyard

By Anita B. Stone, Photographs by S. Tullock – Do you know the basics of farm pond design? If you’re ready to tap into a small backyard pond system on your homesteading …

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Wind Energy Facts: Is Wind Power For You?

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 howled, it roared, …

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The Best Places to Hide Money and Secure Your Valuables

By Jim Cobb — Do you know the best places to hide money and secure your valuables? As you continue to become more independent at self-sufficient farm living, sometimes you …

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Earth-Sheltered, Earth-Conscious Homes

By Mike Oakes, Washington Building earth-conscious homes is becoming more relevant as we live in a world where we have increasing air and water pollution, reduction of green spaces due …

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Build Your Own Outdoor Solar Shower for Pennies

By Edward Shultz – I’m not sure when I decided to construct an outdoor solar shower for my family, but I do know that I was inspired by an article …

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The History of Countryside and Small Stock Journal
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Editor’s Note: This is a piece from Jd Belanger, who created the modern version of Countryside and Small Stock Journal in 1973. Specifically, this is from his column, “Beyond the Sidewalks,” …

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Gift Guide for Those Favoring Self-Sustaining Living
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Birthdays and holidays can be tough if you’re not familiar with self-sustaining living. What delights you may just be a sweet thought to someone who can make the same thing …

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How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

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 on other elements. …

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How to Start Living Off The Grid With Young Children

By Abby Stout – I kept wondering, where are all the articles for us moms who are trying to create a homestead or who want to learn how to start …

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Using and Seasoning Cast Iron Pans

By Paul Wheaton & Suzy Bean – Cooking with cast iron has many benefits. There are a few rules to follow however in order for your cookware to last. The first rule of …

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Middle Eastern Fish Dishes That I Pine For

By Habeeb Salloum, Canada – I have always enjoyed and cooked fish dishes including several Middle Eastern fish dishes. Even before I knew their health attributes I looked upon fish, one …

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Purslane: Benefits of an Annoying Weed

By Habeeb Salloum, Canada Rather than saving purslane benefits for the salad bowl, most gardeners weed it out for the compost heap. Yet, people have been eating purslane as a vegetable in …

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DIY: Make Peanut Butter

Grow Your Own Peanut Butter! By Jim Hunter, Arkansas Peanut butter is one of our favorite foods. We became disenchanted with the commercial brands after seeing other ingredients on their …

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Finding the Best Pumpkins for Pies
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

It’s not a pumpkin. Or is it? Three pies sat on my table. A sweetly spiced aroma wafted through the room while condensation glistened atop the baked custard. Freshly whipped …

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Health Benefits of Olives and Olive Oil

By Habeeb Salloum – In the world of mythology, the olive tree is supposed to have been first grown in the Garden of Eden. More realistically, according to historians, it has …

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