64 Do-it-yourself hydro survey By Michael Hackleman
Are you a candidate for hydropower as your independent energy source? Michael Hackleman tells you how to survey your land to see if it's suitable for hydro and he hints you may even get financial help, through local wildlife and erosion control programs, to help defer your costs.
Farm and Garden
8 Tomatoes! What would we do without them? By Alice B. Yeager
Alice Yeager provides a brief history of the tomato and discusses several sinfully delicious varieties you won't find at your local market but which you can begin growing in your garden this spring.
29 The homestead greenhouse By Charles Sanders
By building a simple and inexpensive greenhouse, Charles Sanders gets a head start on his spring garden by starting his plants inside, where it's still warm. And, when next winter rolls around, he'll still be picking succulent tomatoes Christmas Eve.
32 Garden seeds — a great winter pastime By Jackie Clay
Jackie Clay gives you tips for starting your garden while the snow is still on the ground.
38 Know your goat By Jan Palmer
Goats can be a great asset to the homestead, but each has its own characteristics and Jan Palmer tells you how to choose among them to meet your needs.
14 Cutting dangerous trees By Don Fallick
What you don't know about cutting down trees can kill you. Don Fallick tells you how to take them down safely.
57 Get out of debt — stay out of debt By Darlene Campbell
Darlene Campbell offers some common sense and easy-to-follow advice that will get you out of debt and keep you out of debt.
44 Dairy treats are easy to make with these low-tech recipes By Rev. J.D. Hooker
Yogurt, butter, cheese, and ice cream. Reverend J.D. Hooker tells you how to make each of these treats, simply and inexpensively, and provides plans so you can make a simple butter churn and a low-tech ice cream maker.
49 Make hard cider By Richard Blunt
Roaming the New England countryside Richard Blunt tells how he finds varieties of apples you're not going to find in your supermarket and fresh sweet cider from which he makes that all-American brew — hard cider.
43 Death of a farm By Hugo De Santo