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Basic Horse Equipment List for the First-Time Owner
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Owning your first horse is exciting, but you likely have a million questions. With this basic horse equipment list, you’ll have a better idea of what to …

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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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Surviving Spring Power Outages
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites It’s all fun and games until the lights go out. Losing power during the summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring …

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Life in a Domespace

Add to Favorites By Linda Fletcher A movement is taking place all over the world in natural, alternative, sustainable building techniques and architecture. There is an incredible array of building …

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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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How (And Why) I Moved To A Straw Bale House

Add to Favorites By C. Gonzales, Port Republic, Maryland By August 2010, I had had enough. My home was lovely, warm when needed, cool when needed, pretty, functional, and safe. But it lacked natural …

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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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The Countryside Tale
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Around 1969, JD Belanger, the founder of this magazine, combined Rabbit World, which was 32 pages long, with Dairy Goat Guide, which was 12 pages, and Countryside, which …

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Foraging Safely

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone If you want to meet a true forager, it is imperative to visit one who lives solely off five acres of land. I …

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Cattails: A Useful Pond Plant
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites The cattail plant is ubiquitous in many parts of the United States. In Ohio, it grows in drainage ditches and along roadsides, ponds, and lakes. There are …

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Grow the Cattail Plant in Your Farm Pond
March 13, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites The cattail plant is ubiquitous in many parts of the United States. In Ohio, it grows in drainage ditches and along roadsides, ponds, and lakes. There are …

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Tips For Farm Pond Design In Your Backyard

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Old Adages From Our Homestead Heritage
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Have you ever wondered about the meanings of the old adages from our homestead heritage? Have you ever said, “I wonder where that saying comes from?” I …

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Simple Homesteading – How to Start Successfully
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Starting a new homestead can be an overwhelming experience. We start out full of hopes and vision. We look for a better quality of life through simple …

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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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