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7  Editorial:
Different approaches, but the same goal

36  The Gee-Whiz page

64  Irreverent joke page

65  Ayoob on Firearms:
The bolt-action rifle

77  Ask Jackie:
Flowers for honeybees, storing eggs, making fruit leather, goat milk soap, storing honey, thick jam, etc.

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Siccing the IRS on political opponents

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Cover 149
We might be just a bit partial to this issue’s cover since it is a beautiful photograph of BHM Publisher Dave Duffy’s grandkids walking across a field on their farm. Rural areas are still the heart of American life, where kids get to eat food they helped to grow, watch baby chicks hatch, hold newborn kittens, scamper with kid goats, and sleep soundly after spending the entire day in the great outdoors.


8  Annie on Everfree Farm
By Annie Tuttle

18  Venison — from the field to the fork
By Linda Gabris

38  Homestead medical supplies, Part 2
By Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P.

32  The state of freedom in America
By Claire Wolfe


25  A free-standing greenhouse built the economical way
By Dan Furtney

70  Easy awnings
By Dorothy Ainsworth

Alternative energy

72  Why you need to add solar to your emergency power backup plans
By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E., CEM

Farm and garden

42  Nut trees on your homestead
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

49  Grow citrus trees in tubs
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

60  Fall and winter greens
By Sylvia Gist

Food and recipes

52  What not to can
By Patrice Lewis