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7  Editorial:
Lessons for My Children, Chapter 2

42 & 45  Two Book Reviews :
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The time for modern; the time for traditional

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Canning artichokes, sourdough starter, healthy chickens, etc.

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Turn the poor into capitalists

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Cover 137
You would think that after painting more than 100 magazine covers you would be out of ideas, but Don Childers came through again. During a rare get together, Don and Dave Duffy had a chance to brainstorm some ideas for future covers. Don came up with this beautiful fall birch forest for this issue.


6  Meat for the homestead
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

21  Animal disease traceability
By Patrice Lewis

36  Journey to the backwoods, part 5
By David Lee

51  Closing wounds in a remote setting
By Joe and Amy Alton

Alternative energy

28  Prepper power! Part 2
By Jeff Yago, P.E., CEM

Farm and garden

14  The potato hole
By Sylvia Gist

54  Build a simple DIY hoop house
By Vern Harris

Food and recipes

18  Easy homemade dairy products
By Maggie Howe

67  Pickling — it’s not just for cucumbers
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson


74  How public-employee unions torpedo a state’s economy
By John Silveira

Making a Living

27  Wilson and Chaya Foedus: Pantry Paratus

70  The Featherman: Chicken processing equipment
By Claire Wolfe