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Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardens How to

Last Updated on: July 6, 2020. Series of posts on fall and winter vegetable gardens. We included lots of info on planting, structures, great pruning shears review and winter garden care. Many of you were inspired to keep your summer gardens going longer or to plant seeds just for fall and winter harvesting.  Again this fall there has been a lot of interest in extended-season gardening. Rural Living Today’s Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardens Grow Potatoes … Read more

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Path to Sustainability is Preserving Fresh Food

Last Updated on: June 1, 2020. Path to Sustainability, what does that mean? These days many people rely highly on packaged mixes, precooked dishes, and ready-to-serve meals. Some don’t know how to prepare anything much from scratch. It’s really not their fault, since our culture has veered in the direction of fast food and easy meals.  Home economics classes are no longer required in many schools. The majority of TV commercials for food are selling … Read more

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Path to Sustainability is Gardens and Orchards to Supply Food

Last Updated on: June 17, 2020. Path to Sustainability is Gardens and Orchards – We’ve been talking about various steps along the path to sustainability. That is, practices that will carry us over from year to year, even if our outside resources fail us. Like sustainable production of livestock, ongoing success growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs depends on a few specific factors. We can keep gardens and orchards going year after year without outside resources … Read more

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Raising Livestock is the Path to Sustainability

Last Updated on: April 26, 2020. Path to Sustainability is Raising Livestock – When it comes to living a more sustainable lifestyle, raising our own food plays a key role. Dependence on grocery stores just won’t do! We’ve been disappointed in the quality, freshness, and availability of many commercial food products anyway. Even though we are big supporters of other local producers and farmers, we don’t want to totally rely on them, either. Besides, we … Read more

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Affordable Living Off the Grid Guide How to Live Cheap

Last Updated on: June 24, 2020. Affordable Living Off the Grid – Our last post, The Challenge: Affordably Living Off of the Grid, got so much response that I decided to tell a little more about our backstory. This is a detailed post with lots of experience and lessons we learned about moving from a fast-paced lifestyle to a remote location. I want to share our “get to the country” plan and how things changed … Read more

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Building and Living Off of the Grid Homesteader Life Affordably

Last Updated on: April 26, 2020. Affordably Building and Living Off of the Grid, As many of you know, my husband and I have been working and planning towards our homesteader life for many years now. Affordably Building and Living Off of the Grid While many people don’t start on their rural living journey until after retirement, or spending several decades building a nest egg, we opted for a different route. Living off of the … Read more

Holiday Gift Ideas From Rural Living Today

Holiday Gift Ideas From Rural Living Today

Last Updated on: July 6, 2020. Holiday Gift Ideas – Is it that time of year again? Our family truly enjoys this special month of December. We celebrate Christmas in many ways, from a birthday cake for Jesus to special holiday menus, from stockings on the mantle to a fragrant Christmas tree. But our favorite facet of the month has to be the warm and festive gatherings with family, friends, and neighbors. And some of those … Read more

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10 Realistic Ways to Overcome Food Crisis

Last Updated on: June 16, 2020. Overcome Food Crisis – Prepare for rising food prices and potential shortages—starting right now. Our well-being is dramatically affected by things we can’t control: weather, inflation, politics, etc. More immediately, now there are worldwide concerns. Many popular processed foods are based on corn and soy. These two products and other grains are the foundation of commercial livestock feeds. Survival Food: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners Mini Milking Cows: What Are … Read more

Big Deal GMOs

What’s the Big Deal GMOs?

Last Updated on: June 16, 2020. You may be hearing a lot about Big Deal GMOs. Most likely, you eat them regularly. The acronym GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” Bayer’s Monsanto, with the support of many businesses, organizations, and agencies, has been steadily increasing its use of GMOs since the first GMO tomato was introduced over a decade ago. It’s gotten out of control. Ever eat a product containing soy or corn products? If … Read more

Ten Things to Love About Rural Living

10 Things to Love About Rural Living

Last Updated on: July 6, 2020. Things to Love About Rural Living, After living for a long time in urban and suburban environments, I am now living a rural lifestyle. Is this for everybody? Maybe not. But I sure do enjoy rural living 52 weeks a year in a place where I used to vacation for 2 weeks a year. Things to Love About Rural Living Apart from a few years that I spent as … Read more