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Cleaning Chicken Coops

Ok, the hens are off, but now it's time to clean the coop. Yup...my favorite. Get on your grubbies and join the dust bowl!

A Look at Goose Eggs

A rare treat, goose eggs are prized for their large yolks and tough shells.

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A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency
Planning a garden in advance can help you enjoy local, homegrown food year-round! Estimate how much to grow or buy and learn how to achieve food security with these guidelines.

Backyard Chicken Facts - 5 Things No One Told Us
A few facts that might help you decide whether or not to get chickens for your backyard.

Best Guard Dog for Your Homestead
Read guard dog training tips and advice on guard dog breeds best suited for your needs.

Build This Predator-Proof, Portable Chicken Coop
Our newest low-cost portable chicken coop plan makes raising backyard chickens easier for just about anyone.

Deep Litter Chicken Manure Management
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the deep litter system and how you can manage a small flock’s manure easily and efficiently.

Home Cheesemaking: From Hobby to Business
Artisan cheesemakers who aspire to make their passion a profession will face many challenges on the way to establishing a successful business. Find out what to consider before taking the leap.

How to Buy Farmland, Even If You Think You Can't
Dream of starting a farm? Here’s a guide to what questions to ask and where to find reliable answers, plus resources to help you obtain a farm loan.

Live on Less!
Try these 75 inspiring ideas and enjoy life more while spending and consuming less.

Living Well Without a Job and With (Almost) No Money
Get the good things in life without having to go to a boring, meaningless, frustrating job to get the money to buy them.

Simple Living: How to Save Money and Smile More
Are you drawn to the idea of simple living, but not sure where to start? Three families share the changes they’ve made that have allowed them to live with less cash income but greater security and life satisfaction.

A Better Rainwater-Harvesting System
Think beyond the rain barrel: This simpler, cheaper approach to rainwater harvesting will help you harvest much more water for your garden!

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead
Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management.

The Science of Stacking Firewood
From Shaker rounds to ricks, here's a primer on methods of stacking firewood for maximum seasoning.

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The How and Why of Free-Range Chickens

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MULTI-LEVEL JUNGLE GYM E-PLAN

  • Size - 8' x 8' x 10' high 96x96x120
  • Multi-level platforms create a unique play structure
  • Outdoor fun for children of all ages
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Multi-level platforms create a unique play structure, making this jungle gym a great source of outdoor fun for children of all ages. A complete list of materials is included with these step-by-step instructions. The finished product stands 96 by 96 by 120 inches tall.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


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DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

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21ST CENTURY HERBALISTS

21st Century Herbalists brings together interviews with 21 leading herbalists, who share their secrets, tools and tips. For this new and unique book, Jesse Wolf Hardin talked with the most inspiring plant healers and wild foods foragers of our time, including:

  • Rosemary Gladstar
  • David Hoffman
  • Susun Weed
  • Matthew Wood
  • Phyllis Light
  • Todd Caldecott
  • Kiva Rose Hardin
  • Juliet Blankespoor
  • Jim McDonald
  • Bevin Clare
  • Margi Flint
  • Ben Zappin
  • Phyllis Hogan
  • 7Song
  • Doug Elliott
  • Kevin Spelman
  • Sam Coffman
  • Charles "Doc" Garcia
  • Ryan Drum
  • Kristine Brown
  • Wildman Steve Brill

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MAKING TRANSPARENT SOAP

With common ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, crafters can produce transparent soaps that are milder, richer and creamier than any commercial soap on the market.

About the author:
Catherine Failor has been making soap for more than 20 years. Her entrepreneurial ventures include Copra Soap, a specialty soap manufacturing company, and Milky Way Molds, which produces “the finest selection of craft molds in the Milky Way Galaxy.” She is the author of Making Transparent Soap and Making Natural Liquid Soaps.

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KEY/MAIL HOLDER

  • Size - 11" x 3" x 9"
  • Easy way to keep track of your keys and important mail
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Never lose your keys again! Plus, keep important mail organized and accessible. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions. Finished product size: 11-by-3-by-9 inches.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


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INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$20.00

BITTER

What do coffee, IPA beer, dark chocolate and radicchio all have in common? They’re bitter. While some culinary cultures, such as in Italy and parts of Asia, have an inherent appreciation for bitter flavors (think Campari and Chinese bitter melon), little attention has been given to bitterness in North America: We’re much more likely to reach for salty or sweet. However, bitter is finally getting its due, with a surge in the popularity of craft beers; dark chocolate; coffee; greens like arugula, dandelion, radicchio and frisée; high-quality olive oil; and cocktails made with Campari and absinthe—all foods and drinks with elements of bitterness.

In this deep and fascinating exploration of bitter through science, culture, history and 100 deliciously idiosyncratic recipes (like Cardoon Beef Tagine, White Asparagus with Blood Orange Sauce, and Campari Granita), award-winning author Jennifer McLagan makes a case for this misunderstood flavor and explains how adding a touch of bitter to a dish creates an exciting taste dimension that will bring your cooking to life.

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