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How to Create a Chicken Dust Bath for Winter Bathing

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When you live in a rainforest, it rains.  (Right about now you’re probably thinking, “No kidding [or insert expletive here], Sherlock.”) Stay with me here. Are you ready for another ridiculously obvious statement? (I’m on a roll!)  Lots of rain means lots of mud. So What’s the Problem, Lady? Are You Scared of Getting Mud […]

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What is ‘Modern Homesteading’, Anyway?

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A few weeks ago a particularly ornery guy called me a ‘poser’ on my Facebook page.  And then he went on and on an on in post after post about how I wasn’t really ‘homesteading’ and I should call my page something else. Sure Mr. Grumpy Pants.  OK. Thankfully, a bunch of awesome people came […]

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Planning for Modern Homesteading in 2013 – 7 Tools to Use

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As you begin to delve into the world of self-sufficient living and transitioning from a more conventional (dependent) lifestyle,  you learn one thing – you can’t do it all at once (or alone). For most people, it takes years – literally.  I’m sure there are some lucky folks with the resources to do it all […]

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The Day the Internet Died – 5 Lessons from a Rural Web Business Owner from a Month without Internet

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My satellite internet died one morning at the beginning of December. An hour on the phone with tech support and it turned out the issue was probably one of having to recalibrate the dish (i.e., seems it had shifted and was off the signal beam).  Which meant waiting for their local installer to come out […]

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Tough (and Valuable) Lessons from the Homestead

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The world didn’t end on December 21, 2012.  At least for most of us. One of our little roosters wasn’t so lucky. He was a beautiful boy – half Buff Orpington and half ISA Brown (which I guess means half Buff and ¼ Rhode Island Red/¼ Rhode Island White).  Lovely red feathers and a shiny […]

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11 Things to Think About When Picking a Plan for Housing your New Chickens

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Picture this:  you’ve decided to add chickens to your backyard or homestead.  You’ve spent hours researching basic healthcare and anatomy, you’ve visited all the forums (and become totally overwhelmed), and you think you know what chickens need to be happy.  Now comes the big job – deciding on how you’re going to house them. Once […]

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How to Care for a Refinished Cast Iron Sink

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Nothing says ‘country decor’ more than a vintage cast iron sink.  Except maybe a log cabin.  Or a big pick-up truck.  But nothing says ‘botulism’ or some other sort of nasty bacterial infection more than a vintage cast iron sink that’s been scratched and chipped and generally uncared for to the point where you couldn’t […]

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Gift Ideas for Modern Homesteaders, Self-Sufficiency Fans, Off-Grid Dwellers, and Preppers

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Looking for some practical, sure to be loved gift ideas for the modern homesteaders (or modern homesteader hopefuls), rural living fans, self-sufficiency fans, off-grid dwellers and preppers on your holiday list?  Or just looking for practical gifts for your friends and family that will help them get a little closer to a self-reliant lifestyle?  Here […]

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Rural Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit Checklist

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You’re driving down a long country road on the way to your weekend retreat, or maybe you’re on your way back to your rural home from the winter market. It’s freezing out.  It’s snowing hard.  And you’re miles from your destination. Suddenly, an animal darts across the road right in front of you.  You instinctively […]

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The Fear Factor: Modern Homesteading Style

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The fear started before we even moved in. Staying in our old cabin alone had been on my bucket list for years. Along with sleeping in a tent alone (which, I have to admit, I still haven’t done). The cabin we now live in had been in our family for about a decade before we […]

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