Building and tools
52 Teaching your kids to use tools By Dorothy Ainsworth
Start them out young. Kids can learn about safety, how-to, and self-reliance through the use of basic tools.
46 Sewing and using cloth diapers is easier than you think By Annie Tuttle
Annie tells us the health benefits of using cloth diapers and she provides an easy pattern so you can sew your own.
85 The many benefits of garlic By Joe Knight
19 Energy class: Part 3 By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E., CEM
73 Our energy crisis By John Silveira
Part 1 of 3: It's our creation, but we can fix it
Farm and garden
36 Grow your own grain By Jackie Clay
It's easier than you think. With today's grain prices, you might want to learn how to grow and store enough for your family.
Food and recipes
8 Alternative food preservation By Jackie Clay
There's more to preserving foods than just canning. Jackie shows us how to dry, pickle, and smoke foods.
56 Brining pickles By Vicky Rose
59 Grape juice, jam, and jelly By Sylvia Gist
64 Plums By Sylvia Gist
80 Garlic in the garden By Linda Gabris
31 Homemade breada metaphor for life By Claire Wolfe
This isn't about how to be self-reliant, but why we want to be.