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5 Skills to Master for Self-Sufficiency

Self-sufficiency is a lofty and admirable goal that requires a laundry list of skills to be sustainable in the long run. But while going completely off-grid isnt realistic or even desirable for most …

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Dad Teaches Kids How to Build Their Own Floating Home

Our parents teach us lots of things throughout life, including, we hope, some useful life skills. One father in Oregon decided to take that to what some might view as an extreme, and others might v…

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Are Pesticides Making You Sick and Fat?

An apple a day might have kept the doctor away prior to the industrialization of food growing and preparation. Unless its a pesticide-free apple, not only is todays apple not sufficient to keep the…

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A Tale of Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency

In an era when "going green" is sometimes just a marketing slogan, it can really shake you (and perhaps greatly inspire you) when you learn of people who have wholeheartedly ditched a life of consumer…

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A Cool Tool for Choosing Backyard Chicken Breeds

As more people seek fresh, more healthful food and a sense of self-sufficiency, interest in keeping backyard chickens is growing. Chickens are the perfect "gateway" livestock, often showing would-b…

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Restoring Paradise in Costa Rica

Last month my kids and I were fortunate to spend two weeks at Rancho Margot, a self-sufficient farm, resort and education center in Costa Ricas Arenal District. Once a barren wasteland destroyed (lik…

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True Self-Sufficiency: Closing the Loop at Rancho Margot

My kids and I were fortunate to spend two weeks at Rancho Margot in Costa Ricas Arenal District last month. We ate well, played well and, perhaps most importantly, we saw sustainable agriculture and …

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