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Cover 154
Don Childers painted this cover showing a family enjoying one of the long days of summer. The greenhouse garden is still in full-swing and the geese have a bit of their pond left to splash in. Mom and daughter are picking berries to make jam and pie. The little ones play while Grandpa gets to relax with his pipe.


52  Dealing with heat stress
By Joe Alton M.D.


8  Build a lean-to greenhouse
By Dorothy Ainsworth

32  The off-grid cabin project
By Charles Sanders

68  Lenie in the chicken coop
By Ilene Duffy

Alternative energy

42  How to power your house from your car
By Steven Harris

54  Solar system codes — build it right!
By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E., CEM

Food and recipes

12  Cooking with wild berries
By Linda Gabris

37  Preserve the harvest naturally through wild fermentation
By Jereme Zimmerman

45  Dehydrate fruits, vegetables, and meats
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

Farm and garden

20  Save your own tomato seeds
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

24  An introduction to small-scale home hydroponics
By Ben Richards

78  Planting a windswept site
By Tom Kovach