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9  Editorial:
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21  Book Review: The Self-Reliant Homestead

26  Ask Jackie:
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Jeff Yago’s initial goal didn’t include building a solar home. He wanted it to be so energy efficient that it could easily operate on only solar electricity and propane heat. After the recent wrath of Hurricane Isabel, many of Yago’s Virginia neighbors waited up to two weeks for power and water to be restored. His home’s automatic power system met all their energy needs until the local power grid was restored.



24  Shopping to beat inflation   By Darlene Campbell

Independent energy

61  Solar & propane powered super home   By Jeffrey R. Yago P.E, CEM


18  Benefits of mulching   By Tom Kovach

36  Grow your own dishrags   By Alice Yeager

50  Exotic plants for the homestead   By Corcceigh Green

70  The $12 self-aerating compost bin   By Rick Brannan

86  Water and winter tree injury   By Tom Kovach


19  Raising cattle on your own place   By Charles Sanders

45  Selecting a breed of chicken   By Sylvia Gist

Country living

22  Birch tree syrup   By Cynthia Andal

53  Wild neighbors, Part 2   By Jackie Clay

72  The “chocolate tree” isn’t just for kids   By Rev. J.D. Hooker


79  A homeschooling lesson in physics   By John Silveira

Why do rockets work? Newton’s Three Laws of Motion

82  Homeschooling Jacob — The basics of writing   By Dave and Jacob Duffy

Small Town America

40  Thermopolis, WY — Horses and hot springs   By Emily Salinger