6  Editor’s Note

7  Editorial:
The Government intimidation factor and its effect on the health of society

40  Book Review:The Modern Survival Manual

49  Irreverent joke page

56  Poem:Drop Out by Larry Cuthbert

61  Ask Jackie:
Dual-purpose chickens, canning ham, cooking beans, etc.

75  Ayoob on Firearms:
The current “Gun control” push: A cop’s eye view

81  The last word:
The false argument about defending our freedom

82  Letters

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84  Classified advertising form

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Cover 142
Our cover was painted by Don Childers, BHM’s main (and sometimes only) artist since 1989. It features a flock of sheep along with a stone wall. We had planned to include an article on building with field stone this issue, but due to space constraints, we had to hold it for another time. Instead, please enjoy Patrice Lewis’s article about sheep dairying on page 22.


8  The home dairy
By Patrice Lewis

22  Consider sheep dairying
By Patrice Lewis

26  Avoiding common canning mistakes
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

33  Preparing for an Appleseed event
By Massad Ayoob

58  Keep your vittles cool with a modern spring box
By Kai Moessle

Farm and garden

48  Slug zapper
By Joel Winters

66  Organic pest control
By Amy Alton, R.N. and Joe Alton, M.D.

69  Hog butchering — using everything but the squeal
By Charles Sanders

Alternative energy

43  Build your own battery charging station
By Jeff Yago, P.E., CEM

Making a living

55  A country business for K9s and their people
By Claire Wolfe


51  Homeschooling your dyslexic kid
By John Silveira