Issue #176 cover


In this cover by Don Childers, a family collects maple sap from their trees to boil it down into syrup in the nearby shack. Mom drives the ATV carefully over the snow while Dad lifts the heavy bucket filled with sap. They are making memories that their daughter will fondly look back on for the rest of her life.

6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial:
Socialism’s promises always end in disaster

63  Ask Jackie:
Growing yellow squash, rotating tomatoes, canning pork, buying bagged soil, etc.

48 Ayoob on Firearms:
Lethal force against a mob

67  The Irreverent Joke Page

90  Letters

92  Advertiser index

93  Classified ads

94-96  BHM anthologies & books

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8  16 tips to manage time on the homestead
By Patrice Lewis

15  Foraging for wild berries
By Kristina Seleshanko

41  Urban maple sugaring
By Dana Benner

60  Make your own gardener’s hand balm
By Lorinda McKinnon

74  How to resurrect old, rusted tools
By R.E. Rawlinson

88  Rebind your towels to save money
By Gail Butler

Alternative energy

19  Battery-powered tools on a self-reliant homestead
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

24  Battery-powered tools are changing
By Jeff Yago

37  My off-grid water system
By R.E. Rawlinson

54  Build your own adjustable solar frame
By Kai Moessle

Food and recipes

68  Meatloaf recipes from around the world
By Linda Gabris

Farm and garden

26  Preparing your garden
By Melissa Souza

44  Growing microgreens
By Lisa Nourse

58  Hügelkultur for the homestead
By Rose Shelton

78  Gardening with children (without losing your mind)
By Kristina Seleshanko

82  Growing seed poppies
By Patrice Lewis

86  Tips for growing cucumbers
By Tom Kovach

Americana and history

30  Oregon Trail preparedness: What supplies did the settlers carry?
By Don Lewis

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