We’ll be traveling all over the country this year to participate in 15 huge expositions featuring seminars, classes, hundreds of exhibitors, and thousands of participants, all with one thing in common — a desire to become more self-reliant, prepared, and educated. From canning and homesteading expert and author Jackie Clay-Atkinson to lunatic farmer Joel Salatin, these events are not to be missed. We’re excited to rub shoulders with some of the most prominent promoters of the self-reliance movement.… Read the rest
By Amanda Woodlee
Nothing warms my pioneer blood like clothes hanging on a line to dry. For me it’s a chance to unwind while I take care of household business. It’s a wonderful basic country skill, but, after so many years of doing it, I have found ways to make it easier and avoid its pitfalls, such as dust and scratchy towels.
There are also monetary benefits to line-drying your clothes. The most obvious is how considerably it lowers your electric bill — twofold!… Read the rest
By Melissa Souza
By Tom Kovach
There is an old maxim about exercise: “The best exercise is the one you are willing to do.”
For us rural folk, one of the exercises we are usually willing to do is gardening, because it is part of the lifestyle of living in the country. How lucky for us, because a growing body of scientific evidence says that gardening, even when compared to such strenuous exercises as swimming and jogging, is one of the best exercises a human being can do.… Read the rest