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Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Even on a small 1-acre farm, you can create a self-sufficient homestead by following these guidelines.
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Back to the land again: Folk schools teach skills for modern-day survival

Back to the land again: Folk schools teach skills for modern-day survival | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
A new generation of homesteaders heads to the woods to learn about beekeeping, artisanal bread making, how to make an electric car -- you know, the basics.
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Eugene loosens urban farm rules | The city clears the way for an oink, oink here and a buzz, buzz there in local neighborhoods

Eugene loosens urban farm rules | The city clears the way for an oink, oink here and a buzz, buzz there in local neighborhoods | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Backyard farming in Eugene just got a boost. The City Council on Wednesday approved new regulations allowing residents to have more and a greater variety of small farm animals in their backyards, such as chickens, rabbits and goats.
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Planting Potatoes: 7 Different Methods: Organic Gardening

Planting Potatoes: 7 Different Methods: Organic Gardening | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Planting potatoes is easy and fun. Here are seven different ways to plant them: hilled rows, mulch, raised beds, grow bags, garbage bags, wood boxes, and wire cylinders.
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Rent-A-Goat To Mow Your Lawn — The Pop-Up City

Rent-A-Goat To Mow Your Lawn — The Pop-Up City | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Urban farming has been all the rage, but what happens when you throw some multi-functionalism into the mix? How about goat rentals for mowing your lawn?

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Guide to Growing Watermelon - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Guide to Growing Watermelon - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know to grow watermelons, plus recipes for watermelon ice, watermelon pickles and a melon bowl.
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Local Energy, Local Ownership - Renewable Energy - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Local Energy, Local Ownership - Renewable Energy - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
When local energy combines with local ownership, the entire community benefits.
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Israel: Chocolate-colored bell peppers, black radishes and purple beans

Israel: Chocolate-colored bell peppers, black radishes and purple beans | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Arava center are rolling out the produce of the future, including floating mini-watermelons and the worlds only purple beans.Black tomatoes, banana-yellow eggplant and purple.....
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Katie Ketelsen's comment, February 1, 2013 7:51 PM
You've grown them?!? Jealous!
Wallace Gardens's comment, February 1, 2013 7:53 PM
No - I WISH I had, Katie...was just relishing that photo and thinking how much I'd like to get my hands on them!! Will look forward to hearing from anyone who is growing them.
Katie Ketelsen's comment, February 1, 2013 7:56 PM
Me too!!
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6000 lbs of food on 1/10th acre - Urban Farm - Urban Homestead - Growing Your Own Food

Over 6000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.
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Raising chickens in the city for eggs, meat on the increase

Raising chickens in the city for eggs, meat on the increase | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
John Bennett had always dreamed of having a 10-acre farm, but could never afford one. That didn't stop him from putting a little piece of the country into his half-acre backyard. (#Urban chicken farmers passionate about their hobby.

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Keeping Bees Using the Top-bar Beekeeping Method

Keeping Bees Using the Top-bar Beekeeping Method | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Top-bar beekeeping is a is less expensive method to raise bees that will pollinate your crops and provide natural, organic honey fresh from the comb.
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Paste Tomatoes for all Purposes: Organic Gardening

Paste Tomatoes for all Purposes: Organic Gardening | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
This is the golden age of tomatoes. Never before have gardeners had access to such a wide variety of heirloom and hybrid varieties—including paste tomatoes. Find out which ones make the thickest, heartiest sauce.
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Totally needed this. It's my goal this year to make my own paste!

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Do The Green Thing: Urban composting gets a makeover

Do The Green Thing: Urban composting gets a makeover | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Seven things you can do to lead a greener life (RT @Dothegreenthing: The perfect compost bin for urban homes.

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Day 24: Biggest Concerns About Raising Backyard Chickens

Day 24: Biggest Concerns About Raising Backyard Chickens | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
FAQs about Backyard Chickens As an urban homesteader who owns city chickens, I get asked a lot of questions about the care and maintenance of my flock.
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MOTHER EARTH NEWS Apps - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Apps - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Check out our ever-growing list of apps that let you take the best of MOTHER EARTH NEWS with you wherever you go.
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How to Build a Grain Bin House

How to Build a Grain Bin House | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Grain bin houses and storage buildings are constructed from round metal grain bins. After the bins are in place, they require virtually no maintenance.
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Katie Ketelsen's comment, February 1, 2013 1:16 PM
It would be pretty sweet and easy to do. My mom even works for a bin manufacturer: Sukups. We could totally do this
Bright Agrotech's comment, February 1, 2013 1:17 PM
That's what we call the hook up! What to new (although used would be nice) grain bins run these days?
Katie Ketelsen's comment, February 1, 2013 1:21 PM
I'm not sure....I'll have to ask her
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GIVEAWAY: Reinventing The Chicken Coop - New Life On A Homestead

GIVEAWAY: Reinventing The Chicken Coop - New Life On A Homestead | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Book Giveaway: Reinventing The Chicken Coop. Ends 2/8/13.

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If you love the idea of having a funky, more contemporary style chicken coop gracing your backyard, you’re gonna love the ideas and designs that authors Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy have to share in their new book Reinventing The Chicken Coop.

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Seeing Inspiration in Homesteading - Wall Street Journal

Seeing Inspiration in Homesteading - Wall Street Journal | Modern-Day Homesteader | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal Seeing Inspiration in Homesteading Wall Street Journal On an almost 10-acre property in Chester Springs, Pa., Eliza Zimmerman tends vegetable and herb gardens and helps her husband, Peter, an architect, tend to their three...
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