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7  Editorial:
A summer of energy fairs and politics

65  Ask Jackie:
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72  Ayoob on Firearms:
The pump shotgun: a backwoods home classic

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This issue’s cover is an original painting by our long-time artist, Don Childers. Two of the articles in this issue, both by one of our favorite writers, Charles Sanders, are about bees—beekeeping (page 18) and making your own bee equipment (page 26). Bees can be an important part of your homestead. Not only can well-kept apiaries supply all your needs for sweetener, but excess honey—and there’s sure to be some—is easy to barter or sell. On top of this, keeping your own bees is a surefire way to guarantee pollination in your garden and orchard.


Building and tools

8  Split shake siding the modern way   By David Lee

David Lee explains how he makes unique shake siding which can make a home more beautiful. It also offers the entrepreneurial minded a business opportunity.

26  Make your own bee equipment   By Charles A. Sanders

52  A portable mini-cabin   By Marvin B. Harper

Marvin Harper lives in Savannah, Georgia, seven hours from the land he bought to retire to in Tennessee. Constant trips to construct a cabin on the site would be, in the very least, inconvenient. So he did the next best thing: he built the cabin in Savannah, disassembled it, and trucked it in pieces to Tennessee

Food and recipes

31  Hungry enough to eat a horse?   By Don Chance

56  Wonderful wilderness wines   By Linda Gabris

59  Jams and jellies from Mother Nature’s wilderness picks   By Linda Gabris

Alternative energy

47  Solar Power 101: Batteries part 2   By Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM

In this second part of his discussion on batteries, Jeff Yago explains how to select and set up a battery system for your energy system.

Country Living

77  Fried chicken for breakfast   By Danny Fulks


18  Beekeeping basics   By Charles A. Sanders

The honey that an average colony will produce in a year is usually enough for a family to use with enough left over to sell some, as well, and selling or bartering your surplus can be a welcome shot in the arm to the homestead economy.


34  Controlling groundhogs   By Tom R. Kovach

43  Plantain   By Rick Brannan

63  Nursing — a perfect backwoods career   By John McLane

A career in nursing can provide a stable, livable income for both men and women when living in the backwoods.

Small Town America

35  Ashland, Oregon   By Dorothy Ainsworth