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A [Virtual] Tour of Attainable Sustainable Headquarters

http://youtu.be/mQ8Kfou8T0k One of the bonus features of our new place is the 10,000 gallon catchment tank/water tank/cistern. Call it what you will, turns out it makes a great place for grabbing a 360-degree view of a good portion of our active project areas. We've made tons of headway just in the month that we've been […] Read More

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Summer Canning Recipes Galore

Whether from your own garden or orchard, or from your CSA box or farmers market, the abundance of summer is at its peak. Here, I give you a collection of some of my family's favorite recipes for bottling up the flavor of summer. Oh, how you will enjoy these in the depths of winter! Tomato […] Read More

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Deals on Three Great Resources for Self-Reliant Living

  As we head into the weekend, let me pop onto your screen very quickly to point out a few deals and discounts on some of the products I've recommended here in the past. 1. The folks over at Kitchen Stewardship are my kind of people. Not only are they all about transforming our kitchens with real food […] Read More

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Reversing Desertification: One Amazingly Simple Solution

Desertification of the land. About two-thirds of the world's grasslands are at risk. This accelerates climate change and impacts the societies where it's happening, causing food and water shortages. Allan Savory proposes doing something unthinkable. Unthinkable because for years, we've been told it's the problem. Turns out, grazing animals are the solution. One more reason to choose grass fed beef and […] Read More

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12 Awesome Things to Do With a Few Homestead Friends

Have you met Erin from Blue Yurt Farms? That girl is a FIREBALL. Full of positive energy, full of ideas about homesteading. And her latest idea? Sheer brilliance. Whether you're wading through the idea of homesteading or actively doing it, Erin's newest idea is going to rock your world. She's developing the Homestead Hub, an online site where people […] Read More

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Snake Oil or Miracle Cure? What Essential Oils Can’t Do

You've probably noticed that essential oils are all the rage lately. Bloggers are blogging about them, your co-worker assures you that essential oils cured her [insert sad medical condition here], your neighbor has invited you to an essential oils party, and essential oil classes and groups are popping up both on your screen and in your community. […] Read More

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9 Reasons Buckwheat Belongs in Your Garden

When a farmer I know mentioned a couple of years ago that he uses buckwheat alongside his crops, I was intrigued; I peppered him with lots of questions. I'd never heard of this tactic, one he claimed would help deter pests. So of course, I had to try it. It's been awhile since I've tried something […] Read More

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Five for Friday: Pickles

Pickling is one of the easiest ways to preserve some of your garden bounty, whether you're processing your pickles to be shelf stable or just whipping up a batch of refrigerator pickles. And we're not talking just cucumbers, here... Pickled Beets from Homegrown and Healthy: Old fashioned Bread and Butter Pickles from Daily Pea: Refrigerator Pickles […] Read More

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Joel Salatin Talks About Just DOING It

Yes, yes, yes! Joel Salatin's preamble here is spot on. NO we're not going to get it right the first time! We are all learning as we go, each of us learning new skills. Watch and be inspired to dive in and try something new. You might make a mess of it, but you will […] Read More

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Butchering Chickens: Tips from the Trenches

My lone experience with butchering came as happenstance (read about that, here) but I'm hoping that meat birds will be part of our future plan. I asked for some advice over on the Attainable Sustainable Facebook page from those who've done it. There were so many good tips, it seemed selfish to keep them to myself. So […] Read More