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The Lost Ways ~ How To Make The Ultimate Survival Food

These are hundreds of years old “forgotten” skills that were learned the hard way by the early pioneers. They lived in harsh conditions, conditions that most of us would deem totally unacceptable or even survivable.

Back in those days, they had no electricity, no running water, no refrigerators

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Automatic Watering Cups For Chickens

This is a super cool watering system that I found through a friend. I think I will try this system for my chickens in the near future. It should be easy to use this as an extension of a garden hose to provide constant, clean water. When used that way, it would need a pressure regulator to work properly. Something

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5 Simple Gardening Tips


My daughter and I in the garden early one morning.

I practically grew up in the garden and still love to grow things in my raised beds. My mom and dad were avid gardeners and I learned a ton of stuff about gardening from them. My mom has since passed away but my dad still gardens some, even at almost 70 years old!

When my wife and I first started our own homestead

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Hot Water With Compost!

Have you ever wanted a better way to heat your water in the winter or summer without an enormous electric bill? Or want an alternative to supplement heat in the winter for your house? This may just be what you are looking for! This fascinating video shows you how it’s

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An Easier Way To Chop/Split Wood

Photo credit ~ fieldandstream.com

Photo credit ~ fieldandstream.com

I used to split a LOT of wood when I was a kid and even after I got married and had kids. I grew up in a house with only wood heat, and absolutely loved it.

But I certainly wish I would have tried this method. It seems to me that it would be a much easier way (in some instances) to keep the log upright and in

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Photo source ~ twotwentyone.net

Do you fight with hard water that leaves a calcium layer behind? Ever wanted a better, easier way to clean that nasty calcium off of your faucets? This may be a good technique if you’ve tried vinegar or some other concoction that didn’t work very well for you!

 This article gives you step by step instructions on how to clean that calcium off with very little effort! Follow the instructions, and you may be surprised by the results! Let us know how it worked for you!

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~ Joe

How To Build Your Own Chicken Feeder!


DIY PVC Chicken Feeder

I built this chicken feeder a few years ago and it has held up very well. In the next few photos you will see how I built it. It’s very simple and easy, and can be built very cheap!

For the main part I used a section of 4 inch schedule 40 PVC pipe that I had lying around. As you can see in the photo, the hanger

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Build Your Own Chicken Waterer…

Simple DIY Chicken Waterer

Simple DIY Chicken Waterer

Not too long ago I was needing a chicken watering system, and I decided to use an old plastic bucket of sorts. I don’t know where it came from, but it is more of a tub than a bucket I guess. It is fully enclosed except for a small screw in lid.

With my pocket knife I cut a small hole in the side of the

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Solar Food Dehydrator

DIY Solar Food Dehydrator

DIY Solar Food Dehydrator

I’ve always wanted to build a solar food dehydrator, so when I ran across a scrap piece of glass from a throwaway 9-lite door I decided it was time.

There are always wood scraps laying around the old homestead so I scrounged up some pieces that I had previously salvaged from a scrap pile at a storage building

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Living Off Grid

DIY solar system.

Our solar system…

It’s early morning. My alarm clock next to my bed begins it’s morning routine. I am suddenly shaken into reality. Another night has come and gone. As I fully awaken, my mind drifts back three years in time. It seems in some ways that it’s been much longer. In other ways, it only seems like

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