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6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial:
I’m proud to be a “Losertarian” again

30  Ayoob on Firearms:
The subtleties of safe firearms handling

23  Ask Jackie:
Pressure canning, rotten fruit, squash in the pumpkin patch, drying venison, pickling sunflower seeds, getting rid of gophers, vinegar in canning water

22  Irreverent joke page

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Loading the gun for a dictatorship

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Cover 103
This issue’s cover of modern-day cowhands rounding up cattle was painted by BHM artist Don Childers. The red dirt is similar to that found in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon, location of Fall Creek Ranch, which is the subject of the lead article beginning on page 8. Childers has been the artist for Backwoods Home Magazine since 1989 when the magazine was founded.


Building and tools

71  How to build a good fence for your homestead   By Charles Sanders

Common sense and a few good tools are the main ingredients in building a good fence.

Alternative energy

35  Are hydrogen-fueled cars pie-in-the-sky?   By Jeffrey R. Yago, PE, CEM

Is hydrogen the solution to the high cost of fossil fuels? Jeff explains why this may not be the answer.


40  Tomatoes! growing, canning, drying   By Jackie Clay

Jackie shares the secrets of tomatoes from start to finish.

62  Clover – From livestock forage to medicinal tea, this humble plant is one of nature’s best gifts   By Eugene Mitchell

66  The best city garden   By Anita Evangelista

If you think you can’t grow a garden in the city, think again. In this article you will learn how to garden in containers, grow vertically, and use window boxes to produce healthy produce for your family.


8  The modern day small family ranch   By John Silveira

Always dreamed of being part of a cattle roundup? Be part of this one in southern Oregon without all the hard work. John Silveira looks on as the Fall Creek Ranch crew performs the job of processing cattle.


18  Hearty stews   By George Erdosh

28  Making good jerky   By Randy Neumann

51  The healthy kitchen—Not all fats are bad…but some will kill you   By Richard Blunt

Food guide pyramids allow you to compare how you’re eating to how you should be eating. Find out which fats are good for you and which will clog your plumbing.

83  Do you suffer from gout? Here are some recipes that might help   By Habeeb Salloum

Habeeb teaches us what foods to choose and how to prepare them for a delicious relief from gout symptoms.

86  Try Lentils for healthy, meatless, delicious meals    By Linda Gabris