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Issue #37

January/February, 1996

This issue is Sold Out.
Most articles are included in our print anthology
A Backwoods Home Anthology — The Seventh Year
Click on General Store to the left.
Click on items listed in red to read them.


Cover 37

Note from the publisher


   The new frontier


Think of it this way:
   Just how good a bet are those lotto tickets?

Where I live:
   Salvaged wood makes a good goat shed

Ayoob on firearms:
   My choice for the ideal backwoods gun is the four-inch .44 Magnum handgun

Homesteading on the electronic frontier:
   Find information fast on the Internet

   Salads for winter
   Try these bread recipes that are part of our heritage — and still delicious today
   Beans — they may be a poor man's meat, but they are also a gourmet's delight

Book Review:
   The Ayoob Files



  • Here's a cold storage house as good as our ancestors built
  • Propane is a multi-purpose fuel, and it has many key advantages

Self Sufficiency

  • You can earn a college degree without ever leaving home, thanks to TVs and computers
  • Our homestead motto: Make-do
  • For this resourceful couple, primitive survival skills are a path to self sufficiency


  • How I've started my child in a program of homeschooling

Country living

Making the move

  • When it comes to land contracts — be careful! Here are some critical points to remember


  • The Fuyugaki persimmon — it really is "food for the gods"
  • These are Jacob's sheep
  • Shiitake muchrooms for food and for cash — you "plant" them by inoculating logs
  • Try these smaller breeds of multi-purpose cattle


  • NASA says these plants will help clean the air in your home
  • The amazing aloe


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