22 High voltage ac, low voltage dc By Michael Hackleman
Most independent energy systems are built around alternating current, but Michael Hackleman presents a 12-point argument in favor of incorporating direct current into your own system.
77 Sunny solutions for north slope applications By Michael Hackleman
When confronted with the difficult task of providing energy to pump water using a PV system that lay in the shadow of a mountain, Michael Hackleman provides a simple solution: if the sun won't reach your solar panels on the ground, raise the panels to meet the sun.
8 A (very) short history of the earth By John Silveira
John Silveira shows how to build a timeline that describes just how "large" the history of the earth is. Included are some surprises about how recently higher life-forms arrived on this planet.
70 Cooking for a crowd By Marjorie Burris
74 Bologna sandwiches and roasted rabbit By Habeeb Salloum
Farm and Garden
18 Plant your trees in the spring By Tom R. Kovach
38 The villain dodder By Alice Brantley Yeager
64 Indian pear trees By Alice Brantley Yeager
14 Wild greens: when weeds become vegetables By Jackie Clay
Jackie Clay has two gardens. One is in her yard but the other stretches from her front door to beyond the horizon. In this article she tells you how to identify, harvest, cook, and can delicious "weeds" that can become regular table fare at your house.
35 Start a self-sufficiency garden even in a cramped apartment By Nancy Wolcott
42 A Yankee father remembered By Natalie McKnight Haugaard as told to Kay Haugaard
47 Keeping poison ivy under control By George Griebe
34 A portable bench for your better half By Dana Martin Batory
49 Preparation for successful painting By Oliver Del Signore