Steve Maxwell





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2/5/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, share his make do tool tips with fellow DIY homeowners.
3/11/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, outlines some suggestions on how to become an expert carpenter who can work with wood anywhere.
2/11/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, explains just how easy it is to install laminate flooring yourself.
2/11/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, raves about his favourite hand held torch tool, the BernzOmatic Quickfire Hand Torch.
6/4/2012
Steve explains how he and his 11 year old son grew a crop of wheat entirely by hand, and why this is something you should try, too.
7/19/2012
Steve shares his time touring a plant that makes the kind of blades homesteaders use every day,
8/25/2012
Steve explains how our pursuit of environmental sustainability can also drive us crazy if it's not put in the correct philosophical context.
9/1/2011
Steve shows methods he's found for extending the life of new roofs and decreasing their environmental impact
5/4/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, sheds light on a new rural Canadian invention, Seg-Ins Big Bed, a truck extention that improves cargo capacity.
5/11/2011
A short lesson and video on stacking firewood in round piles
10/3/2013
Watch Steve tell you his homestead story and how his two trucks have helped make good things happen.
10/8/2013
Steve explains a little about why he chose to install reclaimed cast-iron radiators, including a video tour of his installation.
1/1/0001
Cut the confusion that accompanies buying a cordless drill with this information on which drill features and capabilities to look for.
4/9/2014
Learn how to eliminate mold growth in your home and improve indoor air quality by using Concrobium.
4/16/2014
How a hopelessly damaged apple tree has delivered lessons of hope since 2007.
4/23/2014
Download Steve Maxwell’s free list of tested and approved deck stains that have worked well in field tests.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
2/5/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, guides an inquiring homeowner on how to find the right circular saw.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
5/20/2011
Steve shares current results and recommendations from his 20 years of observing and applying deck finishing products and techniques.
8/2/2011
Steve offers a few thoughts on line trimmers and brush cutters.
10/31/2011
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
8/10/2011
Steve explains what he's learned over 20 years of using generators and monitoring advances in design.
7/19/2011
Learn how to install ceramic tiles that'll never let you down.
7/7/2011
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
3/30/2011
Carbide saw blades last a long time and typically perform very well. Learn about two ways to keep them sharp and effective.
5/25/2012
Steve explains the basics of refinishing wooden stairs, including an easily renewable finishing strategy.
5/21/2012
There are many more ways than ever to earn income without ever leaving the homestead. As energy prices rise, earning the money you need without traveling is key to success. It just might not come from the place you expect.
7/7/2011
Steve got curious and shares the results of a gruelling endurance test he completed to compare cordless tool battery performance
5/14/2011
Steve Maxwell spotlights the three myths that prevent people from realizing the full value of the self reliant lifestyle, and how to dispel them
3/19/2013
Steve explains why building a scale model is such a good way to design homestead structures, and how to do it.
1/17/2014
Join Steve for a no-cost 75 minute video tutorial on building and managing a root cellar
3/26/2014
Here’s what to look for when purchasing a portable table saw for DIY building projects around your homestead.
6/29/2011
Steve shares an approach he installed at a friend's place for easing the burden of priming seasonal water systems
11/18/2011
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
3/29/2012
See a video on how Steve finishes interior wood with waterbased stains, and why you might want to think beyond just brown colours.
12/5/2013
Steve shares 11 years of his experience with the newest mainstay power tool in the world, and offers three free chances to win an impact driver.
9/25/2013
With a few key supplies, you can revive worn wood flooring without heavy-duty sanding.
6/4/2014
Find all of the mulch you need for free in your own back yard.
5/16/2014
Jump start your tomato harvest two months before everyone else with these simple instructions!
5/21/2014
Understanding and effectively executing a breeding program depends on understanding the calving cycle and when and how to dry a cow off in preparation of calving.
5/28/2014
Silvopasture is a newfangled word for wooded pasture. Basically, all it means is that you are using wooded land with trees and forage for pasture. The trees can be managed for firewood production and/or saw logs and provide welcome shade and shelter for your livestock and forage.
7/18/2014
Why the cost of utilities won’t be drastically affected by renewable energy sources.
7/2/2014
For more than 40 years, The Farm Community in Tennessee has been on the forefront of farming, gardening and the green lifestyle.
2/28/2013
Discusses the similarities between the essential needs of children and seedlings in terms of what they need to grow and thrive.
8/15/2013
Simple suggestions on preserving vegetables and herbs
10/18/2013
A gourmet guide to preserving the last harvest from your garden.
11/14/2013
Helpful tips on keeping earth stewardship alive this holiday season.
7/3/2014
The Food Is Free Project has become a food revolution in Austin, Texas
3/15/2013
All land is not created equal when it comes to raising animals on a micro dairy.
1/1/0001
Use programmable watering timers in your garden to help you maintain a regular schedule, keeping your plants well hydrated with less work.
3/7/2013
This will be an ongoing series, which pays homage to Eco-conscious individuals by sharing their stories of hope, inspiration, challenges and insight into making the earth a better place for generations to come.
5/8/2013
Why do certain individuals care about the environment while others do not? Is it an intrinsic moral obligation? Are we born with an innate instinct to want to protect the earth and its natural resources?
6/10/2013
Spotlight on Earth Stewardship pays homage to eco-conscious individuals by sharing their stories of hope, inspiration, challenges and insight into making the earth a better place for generations to come.
6/20/2013
Allowing children the space to discover the beauty and wonder of plants through tending to their own garden builds character, teaches responsibility, gives insight into the beauty of nature and fosters their connection with where their food comes from.
6/27/2013
Learn a few tips for efficiency from seasoned CSA Farmers: La Vista CSA Farm.
4/15/2013
Get prepared for the season with useful tips for seed saving with Art Davidson, expert from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.
9/13/2013
Autumn offers not only a bountiful harvest, but also an abundance of art materials directly from nature.
12/19/2013
Tips on creating nature art, winter bird feeders and children's art.
1/10/2014
Gardening is as easy as you want it to be!
3/24/2014
In remembrance of a dear friend and steward of the Earth, a look at how others inspire us and how their legacy sculpts us.
5/30/2014
Permaculture is at the heart of the solution of many environmental crises. Permaculture is alive with the possibilities of positive change.
5/25/2012
Robert Maxwell shares tips on maintaining motivation.
4/21/2011
Do you dream about living in a tiny, super-efficient home but worry about living with less space? This list of reasons for living could help push you off the fence. Dream big, live small!
3/15/2013
DIY sprouting experiment to get kids interested in growing and eating sprouts.
3/27/2013
An interview with Jeremiah Gettle, discussing his thoughts on and solutions to pressing environmental issues facing the world today.
7/8/2014
A list of ways we could each show support or teach our friends and family to support the Local Foods Movement
4/13/2012
Robert Maxwell discusses the benefits of a rural lifestyle.
5/11/2012
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
6/19/2012
Robert Maxwell shares a story about how switching gears resulted in beauty.
4/5/2012
Young homesteader Robert Maxwell  explores his discoveries as he moves toward self-sufficiency and homesteading.
11/12/2012
When I designed my wilderness cabin back in 2009, I knew I wanted to go the extra mile to achieve beauty, and that included an attractive roof. If you’re interested in creating a roof structure that’s well insulated, pleasing to
6/28/2012
Another set of Great Quotations. These seven quotations have direct relevance to gardeners and farmers, but they offer wisdom that everyone can learn from and enjoy.
10/8/2013
Choosing the business model for Bob-White Systems micro dairy.
2/26/2013
One of my earliest vivid childhood memories is sitting on my father’s lap as a young girl reading the magazine together in the 1980s and all throughout my childhood. He would read aloud while I studied the pictures of passive solar building, vegetable gardening, sheep shearing, building your own sugar shack and the beautiful array of topics which he read to me frequently. Those images, along with the camping trips in the mountains, the whitewater and canoeing excursions, and our family trip to Alaska, have been etched in the catacombs of my childhood memories and have sculpted the person I have grown to become.
7/9/2013
Blogger Crystal Stevens discusses her time working at a nature-based summer camp for kids.
4/26/2012
Robert Maxwell discusses why he chose self-directed education over formal college, and how this option might work for others, too.
10/11/2011
Cam has been an Apple Mac fan since the beginning.
4/3/2013
After almost 50 years of raising cows and dairy farming in New England, I’ve developed what I consider to be 15 universal truths for micro dairy owners.
5/30/2013
How to finance your micro dairy and manage your budget for success.
6/20/2013
A guide to creating realistic goals for your micro dairy based on your own experience.
5/1/2013
Guidance for aspiring micro dairy owners and managers when navigating regulations and permitting on the local and state levels.
9/10/2013
How a small and inexpensive High Temperature-Short Time pasteurizer could change the dairy industry.
4/9/2014
Cows love routine. The more things stay the same for cows, the safer and more secure they feel. Here is my abbreviated list of best practices for milking a cow, learned over many decades in the barn.
4/16/2014
Cows are big, powerful animals, and milking puts you right beside the strong hind legs and feet. If you find yourself with what I call a kicky cow, there are steps you can take to manage the animal.
6/25/2014
The flavor and shelf life of the milk you sell directly to consumers are directly impacted by how the milk is produced and handled on your farm. Here are my best practices for handling and producing the highest-quality, most delicious milk on the farm.
7/16/2014
Cows, goats, sheep, water buffalo, camels and, even, horses have been successfully milked by hand for thousands of years. Though it's an age-old practice, milking a cow by hand is not as easy as it may first appear. It’s best to know what you are getting into before you take on this important farming task.
10/23/2012
The Obama Administration releases its plans for new renewable energy sources.  Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, explains that the new solar energy zones span six states and keep both domestic energy and environmental preservation in mind. If completed, the power generated from these solar energy zones would provide electricity to roughly seven-million homes.  
7/18/2013
Selecting the location for the Bob-White Systems’ micro dairy barn.
7/26/2013
Why we chose to build the Bob-White Systems barn we did.
8/20/2013
Choosing cows for the Bob-White Systems micro dairy.
2/13/2014
Cow manure is a key indicator of bovine health and well being. After milk, it is the most valuable thing your cows will produce. Micro-dairy expert Steve Judge explains why it pays to get comfortable with cow manure.
3/20/2014
Managing the feed regimen for cows in a micro dairy environment is a matter of setting clear goals and understanding what your cows need.
9/5/2012
Bob-White Systems is bringing the cows back home by providing supplies, equipment and support for Micro Dairies, Home & Farmstead cheesemakers and small-scale producers of local and farm fresh dairy products.
9/27/2012
Steve Judge of Bob-White Systems in Vermont offers his Micro Dairy expertise in this blog series on how to start and manage a Micro Dairy, from farm and barn planning to selecting dairy cows, goats and sheep to daily operations and being profitable.


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