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6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial:
Golf’s critical life lessons are under threat

63  Ask Jackie:
Shelf life of canned meats, arsenic in well water, elderberry extract, goat’s milk, planting in tires, etc.

30  Ayoob on Firearms:
The ammo shortage and what to do about it

43   Poem: Let in the Light

46  Irreverent joke page

79  Letters

84  The last word:
The “risks” with swine flu

87  Classified ads (pdf)

87  Classified advertising form

89   Advertiser Index

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Cover 118
This issue’s cover is a watercolor by Don Childers, BHM’s longtime artist. It is a summer scene with log home, big garden, and kids returning from a fishing trip in the lake. A photovoltaic array in the front yard and a wind turbine behind the house provide the electricity to this remote home. Chickens in the foreground add to the feeling of self-reliance.




Farm and garden

8  Saving money in the garden

By Gail Butler

16  Grasshopper control

By Tom Kovach

Food and recipes

42  Apple and berry pies

By Ilene Duffy

56  Wonderful wilderness teas

By Linda Gabris


44  Building basics

By Tony Jakacky


48  Solar hot water systems

By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E., CEM

68  Our energy crisis: Part 3

By John Silveira


18  Preparing for civil unrest

By Claire Wolfe

24  Cast iron

By Jackie Clay

36  Appleseed boot camp

By Susan Hogue

Making a living

40  Jamie Seegers: Buffalo soap maker

By Sylvia Gist

41  Keith Kirkpatrick: Gymnastics Coach

By Mackenna Marstall