Building and tools
8 The art of chimney building By David Lee
David Lee says, "An efficient chimney extracts more heat from your firewood." But the chimneys he designs and builds are not just efficient, they are marvels of beauty and can even enhance the sturdiness of your house.
52 Build a trail By Claire Wolfe
Claire Wolfe had about half an acre of her property overgrown with blackberries, brambles, and other weeds. What began as a project to just cut a swath so she could harvest more berries turned into an ongoing trail-building adventure that has made once inaccessible land her own little Eden
35 Build your own solar-powered water pumping station By Jeffrey Yago
ometimes, because of remoteness, a solar-powered water pump just makes sense. Jeff Yago explains how he designed and installed just such a system and tells you what considerations you should make if you decide to install one yourself.
18 Practical preparedness planning By Jeffrey Yago
Every family should have preparedness plans to meet life's uncertainties, whether they are earthquakes, storms, terrorist attacks, or whatever else may befall you. Jeff Yago discusses sensible plans and preparations that may just help you pull through.
26 Catch your own bait By Gary Gresh
29 The supermarket bait shop By Gary Gresh
41 Starting over again, part 2 By Jackie Clay
After moving onto their new land in the dead of winter, Jackie Clay describes how she and her family had to do road maintenance, build a goat barn to protect their animals from predators, lay the foundation for the house, start a garden, put in fruit trees, and a host of other things so they can start life overagain.
72 Walking on thin ice is risky business By Tom and Joanne O'Toole
90 Killing weeds with boiling water By Tom Kovach
Food and recipes
61 Pickled fish and rollmops By Linda Gabris
69 Maple syrup By Habeeb Salloum
57 Breaking ice on hard water fishinga cool introduction to a fun sport By Linda Gabris
Farm and garden
48 Blueberries: delicious and easy to grow By Alice Brantley Yeager