Article Index

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Fall 2017 – Volume 2, Issue 3

A sturdy, inexpensive, easy-to-move chicken tractor by Dave Duffy
Gardening after 60 by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Canning class, Part 5: Pressure canning by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Homemade condiments add a gourmet touch to almost any meal by Linda Gabris
Stocking your wetland pantry: A short list of the edible and useful plants that await the knowledgeable forager by Hazel Corey
An old-school cache to store food and supplies by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
Working my way up, Part 6: A whole year on the new homestead by 
Setanta O’Ceillaigh
Homegrown, homemade pumpkin pie by Ilene Duffy
Healthy dips from around the world by Habeeb Salloum
A home funeral is a loving, legal, and inexpensive final gesture by Becky Calcutt
Little ones on the homestead by Melissa Souza
Fall gardening by Tom Kovach

Summer 2017 – Volume 2, Issue 2

Sweet corn by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Jersey Giants: The triple-purpose chicken by Patrice Lewis
Campfire baking by Linda Gabris
Fresh figs by Kristina Seleshanko
Canning class, Part 4: Tomatoes by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
The best chicken house I ever built by Dave Duffy
Working my way up, Part 5: Outfitting my new home by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
This homemade auger stand makes installation a breeze by Patrice Lewis
Do-it-yourself cultured stone by Allen Easterly
Toothbrush rag rugs by Annie Brazier
Make a Viking style drinking or blowing horn by Kevin W. Austin
Bike foraging by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
A sack of potatoes by Tom Kovach
Poppy’s Kettle Corn: A Sweet Success by Allen Easterly
Freeze your garden vegetables to enjoy them all year ‘round by Jennifer Stein Barker
Turmeric milk: What it is and how to make it by Katelynn Bond

Spring 2017 – Volume 2, Issue 1

Spring cleaning by Linda Gabris
Laundry line tips from an old hat by Amanda Woodlee
Hatch your own eggs with an incubator by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
What to expect when you’re expecting goat kids by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Grow food — not grass by Melissa Souza
How we built our garden on a hill by Carol Hill
Why gardening is such good exercise, especially for women by Tom Kovach
Build a solitary bee house for your native pollinators by Miranda Rommel
Strike Master Survival Fire Starter — It’s the original “fire-starter” tool and it is still the best by Dave Duffy
Working my way up, Part 4: Buying a new lot and building a new cabin by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
Feta cheese by Melissa Souza
Canning class, Part 3: Pickles by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Building a calf transport cage by Patrice Lewis
Starting my backyard flock by Setanta O’Ceillaigh

Winter 2016 – Volume 1, Issue 3

A predator-proof chicken coop by Dorothy Ainsworth
A hand-held GPS and solar charger makes it easy to find your way in any situation by Jeffrey R. Yago
Your homestead dog by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Canning class Part 2: Jellies, jams, preserves, marmalades, butters, and conserves by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Try harvesting smaller diameter firewood with a bow saw and sawbuck by Setanta O’Ceillaigh 
Essential spices that define my kitchen by Habeeb Salloum 
Working my way up, Part 3: Improving my cabin by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
How to make carved wooden bowls by Evan Hoffman
A cheerful giver by Jenny Flores 
Homemade Korean kimchi by Melissa Souza
Radish tails, garlic scapes, and other tasty garden treats by Linda Gabris
A grocery store in your home: The making of a canning closet by Patrice Lewis
The sillcock key by Christopher J. Ranallo 

Fall 2016 – Volume 1, Issue 2

Canning class (part 1) by Jackie Clay-Atkinson 
Grow garlic! by Miranda Rommel
Putting chicken in the freezer by Melissa Souza
Raising children to be self-reliant by Anna Twitto
Save seeds, save money, grow better by Gail Butler
Tanning sheepskins by Lacey Jean 
Solar-powered water pumping by Jeffrey R. Yago
Working my way up, Part 2: Moving up to a storage barn by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
Rainwater diverter project by Christopher J. Ranallo
Avoiding botulism when canning food by Joe and Amy Alton
Add spice to your life with fire cider by Katelynn Bond
Microwave bread by Al Starner 
Bean and pumpkin soup by Ilene Duffy
Drying food by a wood stove by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
Quinoa by Linda Gabris 
Apple pie brandy by Gail Butler
Let’s talk MREs! by Christopher J. Ranallo
Spice up your homeschool with these 12 creative activities by Lisa Tanner

Summer 2016 – Volume 1, Issue 1

Cooking in an earth oven by Diana Van Driesche
Off-the-shelf solar kits make rural life easier by Jeffrey R. Yago
Build a rabbit hutch and tractor by Melissa Souza
Raising quail for dinner by Carole West
8 things kids learn in the garden by Tom Kovach
Starting your home apple orchard by Charles Sanders
Melon pits, sheet composting, and compost tea by David Goodman
Make a minnow trap for bait and catfood by Setanta O’Ceillaigh 
A-frame huts for small animals by Dave Duffy
Build an easy pig shelter by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Construct a simple swamp well by Setanta O’Ceillaigh 
Delicious recipes for home-raised rabbit by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Farmer’s cheese by Miranda Rommel 
Fresh herbs and shepherd’s pie by Ilene Duffy
Healthy grains — rediscovered by Habeeb Salloum 
Herbal tea for urinary tract infection by Angeline Hawkes
Easy plum wine by Melissa Souza 
Working my way up, Part 1: Living in a storage shed by Setanta O’Ceillaigh 
A few tips for cutting firewood by Chuck Klein 
Organized couponing can save you big bucks by Melissa Souza
Dandelion, a magical plant by Johny Alives
A recipe for dandelion honey by Melissa Souza
Foraging and using wild elderberries by Gail Butler
7 plants to forage in summer by Karen M. House


Issues below were digitally published on Kindle only. No printed back issue exists. However some articles are available as part of Self-Reliance Book One and Self-Reliance Book Two, available in our store. Those articles are denoted with a star  (– click the star to go right to the store).

Issue 14 – March/April 2016

Off-grid living on a shoestring budget by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
 Building a small (not tiny) house by Scott McIntire
Laundry day in the desert by Joel Simon
 Long-term fuel storage by Rich Goss
Three easy PVC projects for your property by Erwin Wunderlich
Recycling matchless socks by Angeline Hawkes
Make a therapeutic rice bag by Angeline Hawkes
Apple cider vinegar by Melissa Souza
The salad primer by Pamela Gilsenan
Common-sense gardening by Phil Biggs
 Vine peaches by Angeline Hawkes

Issue 13 – January/February 2016

Workplace preparedness by Rich Goss
Growing our own food by Melissa Souza
Dehydrating eggs and making a manual vacuum-sealer by Monika Williams
Lessons learned from livestock by Donna Insco
Simple, easy-to-sew tote bags by Angeline Hawkes
Make thermal window quilts by Pamela Gilsenan
Sew it yourself: flannel cosmetic rounds by Angeline Hawkes
 Sourdough starter and bread by Melissa Souza
Growing honeyberries by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
The truth about poke salad by Karen M. House
 Wild asparagus of the backwoods by John Murray
Alternative maple syrup by Setanta O’Ceillaigh

Issue 12 – November/December 2015

 Practical prepping by Melissa Souza
Mom’s purse by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Aftermarket vehicle lighting for improved vision and safety by Len Torney
 The pill vial survival stash by Kim Robertson
 Honey remedies by Linda Zimnick
Garlic — an antibiotic you can grow in your garden by Linda Zimnick
Rebuilding an old garden tool by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
Sew reusable gift bags by Angeline Hawkes
 Make a solar pizza box oven by Becky Oberg
 Catching and cooking crayfish by John Murray
Northern and Southern traditions: How I cook a stuffed Thanksgiving turkey by Angeline Hawkes
Chicken dishes from the Arab Middle East by Habeeb Salloum

Issue 11 – September/October 2015

Why not add a dairy goat to your homestead? by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
 When are top-bar hives a good decision? by Phillip Meeks
Confessions of a desert rat: Life in the boonies on $30 a week by Joel Simon
A home for free by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
 Marriage on the homestead: A guide to help prepare for and prevent marital crisis by Jay Wiese
Profiting from acorns by John Murray
 Homestead vegetables for winter storage by Phillip Meeks
Simple, cheap power in any outbuilding by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
Making rustic doors for pennies by Robert L. Williams
Fast and easy homemade toys by Angeline Hawkes
 A plethora of plums by Melissa Souza
 Chicken dishes from East Africa by Habeeb Salloum

Issue 10 – July/August 2015

Cut garden costs by saving seeds by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Long-term emergency food storage by Melissa Souza
Make your own wood ash lye by Winston Foster
10 uses for… by Angeline Hawkes
Making kombucha tea at home by Melissa Souza
Healing trees by Katelynn Bond
 Mobile home roof repair by Daniel Motz
Those aren’t moccasins by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
 Sewing washable baby wipes by Angeline Hawkes
The care and feeding of a wood-burning range by Donna Insco
“Just right” biscuits by Katie Martin
 Harvesting wild blackberries by Karen M. House
Make $300 a cord for pine, poplar, and cottonwood by Setanta O’Ceillaigh

Issue 9 – May/June 2015

Growing carrots and parsnips by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
Growing summer squash by Sylvia Gist
The garden water retention ring by Larry B. Bramble
Zucchini: The most versatile fruit in your garden by Tanya Kelley
 Squash delights by Katie Martin
Liven up your cooking with lemons by Linda Gabris
Making meat broth by James S. Juczak
 How we homeschool by Melissa Souza
Alternative uses for lemons by Linda Gabris
Foraging for ramps and dandelions by Miriam Szkup
 Pitch — treasure of the woods by Katelynn Bond
Dangerous snakes of the backwoods by John Murray
The Freebarrow: How to make a wooden wheel for a broken wheelbarrow by Setanta O’Ceillaigh

Issue 8 – March/April 2015

Grow your own salad greens by Sylvia Gist
Growing and eating rhubarb by Rose Nagel Brooks
Healthy and tasty salads by Habeeb Salloum
 Make your own salad dressings by Katie Martin
 Make homemade butter — without owning a cow by James Kash
Storing food the right way by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
 Knife sharpening: The coarse truth about a fine skill by Wayne Adair
Antique tools by R. E. Rawlinson
The modular woodshed by Setanta O’Ceillaigh 
 Broth, stew, and sauce: Recipes for good health by Kimberly Hartke
The health benefits of keeping pets by Tom Kovach 
Inexpensive natural relief for dry skin by Melisa Mink
How to (not) butcher a cow by Julie Kinney

Issue 7 – January/February 2015

 Basic long-term food storage by James Kash
Recycling containers for better storage by Len McDougall
 Setting up a home bakery by Ruth Collins
Healthy, budget-friendly, delicious grains by Linda Gabris
The Nashville sourdough by Karen M. House
The incredible edible rabbit by John Murray
The drunken Northman by Setanta O’Ceillaigh
 Rhubarb: the pioneers’ pie plant by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
How we water our organic garden off-grid by Merlyn Seeley
 Make homestead milk soap by Melisa Mink
Make felted mittens by Carol Freiberg
Nature photography — art anyone can make by Karen M. House

Issue 6 – November/December 2014

Build a feeder to reduce waste by Jeanne Bilder
An ATV, the homesteaders’ small tractor by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
 Are there holes in your preparedness plan? by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
 Restoring the stable by David Eddings
Holiday treats by Linda Gabris
Dry beans by Sylvia Gist
 Keeping dairy goats by Karen M. House
An alternative way to remove goat horns by Donna Insco
Living off the grid: My five-year adventure by Donna Insco
Pruning shrubs by Tom Kovach
Build a goat-proof dog feeding area by Robby Lockeby
Hard lessons learned: First winter camp by Len McDougall

Issue 5 – September/October 2014

A beginner’s guide to preparedness by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
The new wood stove by Donna Insco
To build a fire by Jim Comstock
 What to do when the power goes off by Karen M. House
 Apple preserves by Kristina Jensen
 Homemade bread and jam by Katy Runacres
Dumplings by Habeeb Salloum
Gourmet meals made from ground meats by Linda Gabris
GPS versus compass: Which is best? by Len McDougall
Harvesting wild plants for food and medicinal purposes by Karen M. House
Build a solar wall to heat your garage by Brad Miller
Tire maintenance and repair by Steven Gregerson
Build a goat barn by Whit Erwin
Log building maintenance by Donna Insco

Issue 4 – July/August 2014

Creating community through work parties by Brie Malarkey
Rex: A story of love by David Eddings
 Being udderly inept: My adventures in “goat-sitting” by Ruth Dixon
 Build a milking stand for your goat by Whit Erwin
Hunting with the ancient atlatl by Jason Akers
Building a rocket stove and cooking on it, too! by Tanya Kelley
Homemade Lazy Susan by Lucas Crouch
Pass the pasta, please by Linda Gabris
Spicy eggplant and vegetable preserves by Kristina Jensen
Mangel wine by Katy Runacres
Healthy desserts by Habeeb Salloum
Rhubarb the garden’s tart treat by Charles Sanders
Wildflower warfare by Sharon Cassano-Lochman
Using an unheated greenhouse in fall, winter, and spring by Sylvia Gist

Issue 3 – May/June 2014

 Grow fruit by Jackie Clay-Atkinson
 Self-seeding plants by Tom Kovach
 Growing, preserving, and using sweet corn by Charles Sanders
Radicchio by Tom Kovach
 Useful gardening tips by Lucas Crouch
How to brew mead at home by Steff Green
Frivolous fondues… a fun way to feed family and friends by Linda Gabris
Vacuum-pack dry foods by James Melton
 Pear, walnut, and apple chutney by Katy Runacres
Raising meat rabbits by James Kash
Little Vampires by Whit Erwin
 Things to think about when planning a chicken coop by Katy Runacres
 “Alternative” libraries by Pamela Gilsenan
Before buying that place in the country… by Donna Insco
How to start and maintain a prepper group by Avery Horton 

Issue 2 – March/April 2014

 Home canning meat by James Kash
 Homemade sauerkraut by Catherine Cousins
Old-fashioned canned beans done the modern, New World way by Linda Gabris
Homer, Aunt Ruby, and cucumber onion mustard pickles by Janet Henderson
Feasting on dandelions by Kristina Seleshanko
 Bug-out bags beyond the basics by Jim Cobb
 Three first aid kits by Donna Insco
Wealthsteading: the buy and hold myth by John Pugliano
Make a red oak longbow: hunt with a handmade weapon by Jason Akers
 A quickly-made, cheap minnow trap by Winston Foster
Curing a country ham by Gerald Medlin
Babywearing for the backwoods mom by Amy Kelly
 Fly tying for profit by David O’Farrell
Amaranth: The herb that keeps on giving by Ansel Oommen
 The trouble with groundhogs by Ruth O’Neil
 The Veggie Wagon project by Sylvia Gist
 Gardening for small spaces: Patio tomatoes and herbs by Tom Kovach
Ten nutritious plants to forage or grow by Jesse Vernon Trail

Issue 1 – November December 2013

 Plant your own orchard by Jackie Clay-Atkinson 
 Ten of the most nutritious herbs by Jesse Trail
The (almost) effortless garden by Tanya Kelley
Callaloo: The best green for the worst gardener by Carolyn Evans-Dean 
 Natural minerals for the garden  by Tom Kovach
 Stuffed vegetables by Linda Gabris
 Making soup stock by Sylvia Gist
Benefit from freezing your own food by Gladys J. Richter
 Making baby food by Anissa Patten
Faux pumpkin pie by Donna Insco 
A chip off the old potato by Tim Murphy
 Harvesting wild grapes and making jelly by Donna Adams
The many uses of the slippery elm tree by Rev. J.D. Hooker 
Use the Internet for easy plant identification by Jason Akers 
 Maitake mushrooms will make you dance with joy by Susan Vetrone
Build a pizza oven by Mike Lorenzen 
Creating an attractive farmers’ market display by Steff Green
 Composting with worms by Leila Bolster
Recycle clothes pegs into fishing lures by Winston Foster
Home-built canned food dispenser by Harry McCarty 
 Recycle coffee cans into a gardening bucket by Winston Foster
Shoot, frame, and shut up! by Tanya Kelley 


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