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Well hand pump.

All About Wells - Hand-Dug and Hand Pumps

Reclaiming an old well and pumping system is extremely rewar
Friday, June 8, 2012, 5:12 PM

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The best room and board for your backyard chickens

All chickens deserve dry, safe places to live
Friday, June 8, 2012, 5:22 PM

Offer them nutrition, too -- and they'll keep you in health.

http://groworganic.com/organic-gardening/videos/raising-chickens

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How to Cure an Egg-Bound Chicken

3 methods to help an egg-bound chicken
Monday, June 18, 2012, 12:14 PM

Has one of your chickens suddenly stopped laying? Is your hen walking a little differently?  Visiting the nesting box more frequently? It could be that your chicken is egg-bound. In this video by VideojugLifestyleandHome, a professional poultry breeder explains how to tell if your chicken is having trouble laying an egg and discusses three ways to help her out of her bind.


How to Cure an Egg-Bound Chicken by VideojugLifestyleandHome

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Building a Pallet Compost Bin

Learn how to build a sturdy and functional compost bin using
Monday, June 18, 2012, 4:49 PM

Learn how to build a great outdoor compost bin using recycled pallets.  Pallets can often be obtained for free by people who ask around, and they make a great starting material for small projects. Plus, by using pallets as building materials, you keep them out of the landfill and reduce the overall waste stream of your community. 

http://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Compost-Bin/ » Read more

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The National Heirloom Expo

The World's Pure Food Fair -- Sept. 11-13, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012, 6:33 PM

Do you love gardening? Are you interested in preserving rare and historic plant varieties for generations to come? Plan a trip to the National Heirloom Exposition to be immersed in real foods and meet people who are passionate about growing and saving our seed and food heritage.

From the Baker Creek Website:

The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. Our first annual event held mid-September, 2011, in Santa Rosa, California, drew more than 10,000 people from around the country and beyond. With more than 70 speakers and 250 natural food vendors, the event was the largest gathering in pure food history! The Heirloom Expo has gained incredible interest among home growers, farmers, school groups and the general public–so much so that it is being called the “World’s Fair” of the heirloom industry!

Visit their website for more information:  http://rareseeds.com/The_National_Heirloom_Exposition

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THE COUNTRYMAN PRESS

Cheap Gardening Containers: How to Find and Use Them

Don't let cost hold you back from starting your first contai
Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 11:21 AM

Limited space?  Have you been thinking about growing some of your own food to build resiliency?  You can start with some simple containers and pots to get things started and begin growing a bounty of wonderful food.  The following article will give you some great ideas and inspiration on container types and low-cost solutions.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/cheap-gardening-containers-ze0z1206zsch.aspx

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christinehennessey.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-make-rain-barrel.html

Setting up a Rain Barrel System to Water a Garden

Perfect for raised beds and square-foot gardens
Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 1:06 PM

A wonderful DIY tutorial with beautiful pictures and excellent instructions for a rain barrel setup for watering a raised-bed garden. 

http://christinehennessey.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-make-rain-barrel.html

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Firewise Communities Video - http://www.firewise.org

Making Your Home Firewise

Tips for protecting your property and community from wildfir
Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 2:00 PM

With all of the wildfires currently being battled in many states, it is always a good idea to learn and review wildfire/forest fire safety and precautions.  Here are some resources to refresh your knowledge and help build action plans to protect your property and community from the dangers of fire. 

Learn - Take Actions - Be Safe

From the Firewise Communities Website:

This video presents ideas and techniques for homeowners when constructing or modifying homes in the wildland/urban interface areas. Topics covered in the video are: Roof, Windows, Eaves, Decks, and Landscaping. The video also provides information that a prevention officer or anyone with cooperative duties can use in a presentation or as a basis of discussion for various local groups.

More Informational Videos to Learn More.  http://www.firewise.org/Information/Video/For-the-general-public.aspx

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Growing a Straw Bale Garden

Grow a great garden with minimal effort and soil
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 12:09 PM

Here is a great way to start growing some food in a backyard with poor soil and little space.  It is low-cost and pretty easy to set up. 

http://www.growandmake.com/straw_bale_garden

From the Grow and Make Website: » Read more

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Foraging for Food in Your Neighborhood

Find food locally and get to know your neighbors
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 1:29 PM

As you travel your neighborhood on walks or the daily commute, try to take notice of your environment and take stock of the various edible and medicinal plants growing in your area.  You will be amazed at what is available and growing.  Many can be harvested for free or shared with the neighbor who is growing them.  It is a great way to meet new people who are building resiliency. 

Learn about some of the rules of the road and find some other resources here:  http://www.urbansustainableliving.com/foraging-for-food-in-your-neighbor... » Read more