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How to Make a Hydrosol

By Erin Oberlander, Certified Holistic Aromatherapist Hydrosols are becoming more well-known in the home and natural health care communities, and this is causing many to wonder how to make a …

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Tractor Comparison: Thinking About Buying an Old Tractor for Your Homestead?

By Ken Johnson – In the past 40 years or so, I have owned a few old tractors and liked most of them. When I was a teenager, I helped local farmers …

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
August 1, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings. These cookers are meant to prepare all different types of meat …

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Foot and Mouth Disease: What You Need to Know

By John Hibma, Connecticut – Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly contagious, viral disease that infects cloven-hoofed animals. All ruminants, including cows, meat and dairy goats, sheep, and deer as …

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Making Shampoo Bars
July 31, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Making shampoo bars is a very different process from making body soap in a lot of ways. Unlike body soap, it is important to limit the number of unsaponifiable substances …

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50 Must-Haves for TEOTWAWKI

By Thomas Sciacca – Arguably, the most important thing to store for a SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan) or complete TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) …

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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
July 29, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be uncomfortable. I had …

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A Garden of Simples Offers DIY Remedies
July 28, 2019 · · Growing

In the early days of our country, certain herbs were grown and used for the household and for simple medicinal remedies. There was no drug store around the corner so …

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Best Dairy Sheep Breeds for a Farm
July 28, 2019 · · Sheep

There are a few dairy sheep breeds you could add to your farm. The East Friesian sheep is considered the best breed of dairy sheep by researchers. The milk yield …

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What Size Generator Do I Need for My Farm, Ranch or Off-Grid Home?
July 28, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

When most people think of Connecticut they envision a state covered in pavement and cramped little houses stacked on top of one another, but nothing could be farther from the …

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Herbal Mason Jars Are One of The Best Fly Repellant Ideas
July 27, 2019 · · Homesteading

Flies are the bane of not only every backyard chicken keeper, but anyone who has ever tried to have an outdoor picnic, barbecue or birthday party. I hate using chemical …

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15 Essential First Aid Kit Contents
July 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Though we know we should carry a first aid kit, contents can vary box by box. Should you purchase ones sold on department store endcaps or build your own? Whether …

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Castrating Pigs, Lambs, and Goat Kids
July 25, 2019 · · Pigs

Castrating pigs and other livestock is often done right on the farm. The supplies needed are found in a farm first aid box. Healing usually occurs without complication. When you …

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First Aid Kit Contents List and Their Uses With Livestock
July 24, 2019 · · Homesteading

When it comes to a first aid kit contents list and their uses, you’ll find that many common items can be used on different species of livestock. Having some basic …

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Exploring the Numerous Calendula Benefits
July 23, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), or pot marigold as it’s sometimes called, is a multi-purpose edible and medicinal herb. The Shakers and early settlers knew the culinary value and superior healing qualities …

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