People and profiles from rural America
Choosing to live a life homesteading and off the grid is a challenge, with a great deal of work and responsibility. The rewards far out-weigh the negatives, though, and you are left with a simple, happy and fulfilling life.

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Growing Up Without Electricity
Arkansas Girl reminisces growing up without electricity and fond memories of her favorite childhood books.
Natural Laundry
After searching high and low for a natural laundry detergent that works, MaryAnn has discovered soapnuts get the job done time and time again.
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Rats In The Henhouse
An exciting day on the Scheckel farm in southwest Wisconsin near Seneca. The rats had to go!

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Meg finds a stash of vintage mason jars and provides a glimpse into canning history.


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