24 A solar primer: How it works, how it's made, what it costs By Jeffrey R. Yago
This is an easy-to-understand article that discusses the different types of solar energy components, how they work, and what they cost. Jeff Yago has provided an excellent beginner's primer.
16 Knowing survival fire craft can save your life By Robert N. Anderson
Anderson talks about the fire-making tools that may one day save your life.
32 Living the outlaw life By Claire Wolfe
Claire Wolfe explains why and how to fight back against the people who compile databases on us.
40 Reading animal tracks and signs By Tony Nester
Winter is a great time of year to take the family out to find and identify the tracks of those critters that live around us. Tony Nester gives us some handy hints on how to read those tracks.
57 Spinning fiber for the homestead By Susan Shephard
75 Homemade toys! Easy to make, fun to play with, great for gifts! By Cynthia Andal
Farm and garden
66 Precious persimmons By Marcella Shaffer
Winter is the time of year when persimmons come into their own. Marcella Shaffer talks about how to plant and care for persimmon trees, then how to harvest, preserve, and cook their fruit.
Building and tools
8 Build your own log home in the woods: part 3 By Jackie Clay
In this, the third installment of Jackie's popular "build your own log home series," she finally puts windows, doors, and a porch on the log home we've watched going up for the last two issues.
36 Build a house for less than $10,000We did it! By Judy Statezny Ulch
Believe it or not, Judy Ulch and her husband built their own beautiful home for less than $10,000. They did it by getting most of the materials that went into it either for free or for next to nothing. In this article she tells you how you can do it, too
62 Build a split-rail fence in impossible soil By Dorothy Ainsworth
Dorothy's back and she shows us how she built a beautiful but inexpensive split-rail fence on her property with just split logs, some rebar, and a little copper wire.
64 Cookies in a jar By Sharon L. Palmer, RD