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This gouache cover was painted by BHM artist Don Childers.

Even in the middle of a snowy winter, the cows have homegrown hay to eat. In the distance, there is an old barn, a warm reminder of days gone by.



8  10 traits for better living
By Claire Wolfe

12  Everfree Farm’s new coop
By Annie Tuttle

31  The homesteader’s toolbox
By R.E. Rawlinson

39  Air power superiority
By Gary Lewis

44  Economizing on laundry
By David Olsen

53  Tanning snakeskins
By Frank H. Knebel

59  Make your own froe & split your own shakes
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

64  Ebola: Should we be worried?
By John Silveira

68  Survival infection control
By Joe Alton, M.D.




20  Build a compost tumbler
By Joe Mooney

Alternative energy

74  Solar power on a low budget
By Joel Simon

Farm and garden

14  Raise pigs on pasture
By Samantha Biggers

23  Growing your own hay
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

Food and recipes

18  Emergency food storage
By Dan Furtney

34  The big, wonderful world of rice
By Linda Gabris

56  Make sourdough with wild yeast
By Leah Leach


63  Barns: The centerpieces of farm life
By Tom Kovach