Bringing your children into land-based jobs at home teach intergenerational skill-sharing, offer a break from screen time, and install a lifelong work ethic.
Soap making in the woods can be almost automatic. Hardwood ashes are some of the best producers of lye. Add a bucket of rain water and some left-over cooking fat and you can easily brew up enough soap to clean everybody and everything. Originally published as "Soap Making in the Bush" in the January/February 1972 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn about the basic soap making process. Instructions for preparing fats, making a variety of soap types, and rescuing a bad batch are included. Originally published as "General Notes On Soap Making" in the January/February 1972 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
By choosing apple varieties and rootstocks adapted to your area's climate and pests, keeping trees healthy through good site selection, and using biological controls, you can grow high-quality, low-spray apples.
By Heidi Hunt
Collect apples from old homestead trees for the best in flavor for sauce and pies.
For those folks who can't abide a 9 to 5 job, apple picking is a seasonal job with little experience needed, just hard work to earn a decent wage. Originally published as "How To Be a Fruit Tramp" July/August 1970 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
This article introduces GrowingDeer.tv to our hunters, homesteaders and self-sufficient individuals who harvest deer each year to feed their families.
Chickens get bored easily, so they need a lot of enrichment activities. Here are some tactics Claire E. and her family have tried, including a few misadventures.
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