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This family is camping out in the woods to take advantage of the last few warm days of summer. The cast-iron pot has been simmering stew all day, but the impatient kids cook hotdogs over the fire while the stew finishes up. Unlike the kids, the dog is exhausted from playing outside all day, so he steals a quick nap by the fire.

6  Editor’s Note

7  Editorial:
Dealing with a stressful world

56  Irreverent joke page

58  Ayoob on Firearms:
Understanding the gun debate, part 1

64  Book Review
The Survival Medicine Handbook and The Zika Virus Handbook

66  Ask Jackie:
Grease disposal, mulberry jam, growing apricot trees, canning tomato products, etc.

78  The gee-whiz! page

80  Rogue Photographer

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8  Preparing for winter
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

27  Start a fire in any weather
By Charles Sanders

43  How to split posts
By David Williams

48  Going off-grid off-the-shelf
By Philip Aiello


38  Finishing projects on the homestead
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson


74  Must-have battery-powered devices
By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E., CEM

Food and recipes

14  Hearty, one-pot, bush camp suppers
By Linda Gabris

35  Canning thick tomato sauce
By Joselle Germano-Presby

81  Refrigerator pickles
By Tammie Painter

Farm and garden

21  Gardening with a chicken tractor
By Brianna Stone

26  Make your own hoe
By Al Starner

30  Growing and using bamboo on the homestead
By Jereme Zimmerman

72  Grow yacón
By Tim Scullen

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