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|6 Publisher’s Note
7 Editorial: Freedom, guns, & boycotts
22 Think of it this way:The coming American dictatorship, Part VI
18 Ayoob on Firearms:
77 Book Review: Achieving Energy Independence—One Step at a Time
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8 Water: a safe supply when you’re off the grid By Jeffrey Yago
Securing a safe supply of potable water can be one of the things that confounds a move to the country. This is all the more difficult when you live off the grid. Jeffrey Yago explains how he designed and installed a water system in the remote mountains of Idaho to efficiently and effectively provide safe water.
14 Living the outlaw life: Beware the Great Guru of Freedom By Claire Wolfe
Freedom lovers, like the rest of overburdened humanity, often look for simple solutions to complex problems. Claire Wolfe tells us there are steps we can take, but warns against succumbing to the ubiquitous self-styled gurus who dispense bad advice, take our money, and can even land us in jail.
42 Tips and handy hints for 4X4 living By Jackie Clay
There are several things you should consider when selecting a 4X4 for backwoods living, and Jackie Clay guides us through the options.
Farm and garden
35 The good life starts with your garden By Alice Yeager
If you are looking to move to the backwoods for a life of self-sufficiency, the search should start with an eye as to what kind of ground you’re moving onto. Alice Yeager lets us in on a little secret on what to look for — garden strips.
Building and tools
27 Build your own log home in the woods: part 2 By Jackie Clay
In this, the second installment of Jackie Clay’s three-part series on building your own log home, she tells us how to put in the footings and floor, how to make provisions for electricity and water, how to “lay up the logs” while making room for windows, doors, fireplaces, and chimneys, how to plan for a loft or a second floor, and how to begin your roof.
39 This coop is for the birds: Mattie Sue, Splatty-Goo, and Fu-man-choo By Dorothy Ainsworth
Chickens are low-maintenance pets, inexpensive to feed, and they give back that little prize every day. All they ask for in return is a light and airy shelter, kept clean and dry and safe, and Dorothy Ainsworth tells you how to build them one.
70 Earth-sheltered homes and structures By Ruthanne and Marty Davis
Imagine a home where heating and cooling bills are low and changes in the outdoor temperature do not alter indoor temperatures by more than a few degrees, even in the coldest environments. These are just a few of the advantages you have when you live in an earth-sheltered home.
66 Storm Survivors By Anita Evangelista
46 Caribbean cooking By Richard Blunt