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Issue #162 • November/December, 2016

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In this cover by BHM artist Don Childers, a pair of bundled-up children collect acorns from their well-raked lawn. Mom will process the acorns into acorn flour later — and maybe even bake some acorn lace cookies, their favorite treat. A squirrel chatters away at them from the treehouse above, much to the dog's chagrin.

6  Editor's Note

7  Editorial:
Sure, I'll vote for Trump! What have I got to lose?

44  Ayoob on Firearms:
Understanding the gun debate, part 2

63  Irreverent joke page

64  Ask Jackie:
Storing eggs, solar panels, mulch, fungal disease on squash, canning bacon, etc.

77  Book Review: Lights On: The Non-Technical Guide to Battery Power When the Grid Goes Down

78  The gee-whiz! page

86  Letters

88  Classified ads/Classified advertising form (pdf)

89  Advertiser Index

90-96  BHM anthologies & books

97-98  Order form/Subscription Info

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8  Hunting, processing, and serving black bear
By Linda Gabris

21  Acorn extravaganza>
By Ellen Zachos

52  Harvesting and using rose hips
By Devon McMillen-Young

81  Stumped by a stump?
By Dan Reeves


16  Building a ferro-cement shed
By Robert Van Putten

84  Constructing a tiny house
By Sarah McKean

Food and recipes

40  Pumpkin dishes with international flair
By Habeeb Salloum

72  Make natural soda
By Jereme Zimmerman

Farm and garden

27  Growing strawberries
By Patrice Lewis

32  Build a heated kindle box
By Tim Johanns

34  Plan ahead to jump-start next year's garden
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

70  Protected salt block holder
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson


54  The election of 1800 was far more important than the current one
By John Silveira

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