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Pressing Apple Cider with my Neighbor

Pressing Apple Cider with my Neighbor

Background My next door neighbor, from a family that values the traditional self-sufficiency skills, is an avid maker and consumer of apple cider. Every year he is out with friends in the fall making gallon after gallon of delicious fresh cider. For the most part, he stores it in a dedicated freezer, having developed the habit of drinking cider regularly throughout the year. I, on the other hand, have realized that I rarely think to drink fresh cider if it…

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Books: The Owner-Built Homestead

Books: The Owner-Built Homestead

“Reduced to its simplest terms, a homestead is an ecosystem in which humans evolve in mutual association and coexistence with plants, animals, and other life forces. In this cohabitation the various components of the homestead germinate, develop, and mature at varying rates for varying purposes, all interdependent and individually supportive of life therein.” – Barbara and Ken Kern, The Owner-Built Homestead.  The Owner-Built Homestead, Barbara and Ken Kern, 1977 (Second Edition). The Owner-Built Homestead is a classic text on neo-homesteading…

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