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Month: March 2018

A Primer For Extended Power Loss

    It’s the emergency situation no one wants to think about: An extended power outage lasting two or more weeks. The thought of losing lights, refrigeration, heat, washing machines, and hot water understandably leaves some people paralyzed with fear. If you’ve never lived without these resources, then their long-term absence is not just inconvenient, […]

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A Heritage to Farm | Part 2 of 3

[Note: start from the beginning of this memoir series here.] By Tom Reese III A woodpile sits just outside the back door, firewood soon to be rendered useless because Spring is on the horizon: birds are singing their songs, the creek is running pretty well after a few showers, and thunderstorms are on the forecast. The […]

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Herbs and Honey Bees

The buzzing of pollinators in a garden—it’s a sound every gardener loves to hear in the spring. It means healthy plants and vegetables will soon arrive, and our little bee friends are helping us along the way. Bees are essential to any homestead. In fact, they are like tiny herbalists that create natural concoctions that […]

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Lessons Learned From My First Sauerkraut Ferment

By Mark Spigos, Lehman’s Hardware Taking the great leap into home fermentation can be an intimidating proposition. The prospect of throwing a bunch of vegetables into a container for weeks on end can be, well, disconcerting. If you’ve left berries in your refrigerator too long, you know what fermented foods can look and smell like, […]

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