Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

How to Make Canning Jar Lights

By Gary and Gina Blocker

Think outside the jar to create inexpensive, country-chic lighting fixtures using Ball canning jars.

A Simple Homemade Lap Quilt

By Brandi Woolf

A fun, but informative tutorial on making your own unique lap quilt, from the first-hand experience of a novice quilter. A perfect single day project and a great gift idea!

Make a DIY Cheese Press for Home, Part 2

By Michelle Martin

How to make a homemade cheese press in order to make a massive cheese.

Free 'How to Build a Root Cellar' Video Seminar

By Steve Maxwell

Join Steve for a no-cost 75 minute video tutorial on building and managing a root cellar


Make a DIY Cheese Press For Home, Part 1

By Michelle Martin

Reuse various household materials to make a functional cheese press.

Preserving Vitamins Through the Lean Months

By Brian Kaller

People have found many techniques for preserving vitamins in winter, which still work today. One of the most basic involves fooling plants, as it were, into thinking they are not dead yet.

Ginger Beer Recipe Remix

By Ashley Cain

Who knew that making a soda so delicious was so darn easy?! This office experiment is our most rewarding yet. I mean, Marlin is cool with his aquaponic system and all, but I definitely don’t want to drink fish water. (See aquaponic blog.) Our ginger beer is so refreshing, surprisingly effervescent and just plain awesome! So you’d like to know how to make it yourself, right? Well, I will gladly share the steps and recipe with you.

Office Trials - Aquaponic System

By Ashley Cain

Join the FAIR staff and our (current) fish, Marlin as we dive into office aquaponics. We'll keep a log of our progress with the hope that others can learn from our experiences. We're also excited to use our office-grown wheatgrass!

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.