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DIY Felted Soap

The oldest known textile used by humans isn’t woven. It uses no loom to make and needs no special equipment or ingredients. It’s the stuff of myths and legends — quite literally. Feltmaking is older than spinning and weaving, and many cultures have legends about how it was invented, from travelers wearing wool-packed sandals while on the run to a frustrated shepherd crying ...

Staff | Jul 18, 2021


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Be a Fan of Fat

Around the world and throughout history, people have had vastly different relationships with fat than we have in our culture today. Fat has been highly valued as food, medicine, and resource, and fat on the physical body as a sign of security, wealth, wisdom, and even health. But today, many images of beauty and health have become inseparable from a worldview that sees deprivation ...

Staff | Jul 24, 2021

Heart Of The Home

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4 Mindsets Homesteaders Must Have to Succeed

I suppose with a title like that you may be expecting an exhaustive list of must-have supplies and resources for your homestead. However, with every homestead and family completely unique, that would be impossible and impractical. Instead, I would like to give you the mindset of tools you will need on absolutely every homestead. Willingness to Learn Oh my goodness, you cannot skip ...

Staff | May 27, 2021


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Preserving Giant Trees

Did you know that trees have their own beauty pageant? Well, they do. In 1940, American Forests (called American Forestry Association at the time) spearheaded the National Register of Champion Trees to locate the largest living trees throughout the United States. The goal was to raise awareness of the importance of preserving mature trees, not only for their beauty, but also for ...

Kristi Cook | Dec 8, 2020


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10 Things You Learn on a Farm

I grew up in a rural farming community. From my parents’ kitchen window, I could see the farmhouse my father was born and raised in. Living in the country was nice, but I never dreamed I’d actually live on a farm when I grew up. It’s not that I thought I was too good for farm life; I simply had dreams of a career in the city. That all changed when I met a farmer’s ...

Staff | Jul 14, 2020

Mail Call

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Mail Call: Homemade Wheat Bread

Homemade Wheat Bread In the May/June 2021 issue, you featured an article by Maggie Bullington titled "Growing Wheat in Our Garden." As an enthusiastic miller of wheat and grain, the thought occurred to me that fellow Grit readers may be inspired to try baking a loaf of bread from their own homegrown wheat. For those without prior experience, I'd like to share a recipe to help ...

Staff | Aug 14, 2021

Nostalgic Stories

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A Secretly Decorated Forest Evergreen Becomes a Farm Family Tradition

While winter and the holiday season holds many allures for each of us, my favorite seasonal rituals center around trees. When I was a wee girl, we lived on a 50-acre farm in central Missouri. Much of the property was woodland comprised of oak and hickory interspersed with cedar. From a very young age, my brother, 6 years my elder, and I owned the task of providing our family ...

Sarah Joplin | Dec 29, 2020


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Make Healthy Eating a Family Affair

This article is also available in audio form.  Scroll down just a bit to find the link and enjoy listening. Food can be a source of great joy for children, but it can also be a source of stress for their caregivers. Our brains and bodies aren’t equipped to deal with the vast array of food options we have available to us today. Consider, for a moment, the limited options our ...

Staff | Aug 19, 2021

Reader Letters

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Timeless Chicken Advice

We write to you the good old-fashioned way, firmly believing that the world of electricity and electronics is having its last heyday. We really appreciate the encouragement we feel from Grit to keep up the good work of small farming! We hope you find some benefit from our tips and the historical (and true!) advice below. Our favorite pet hen, Henny Penny, is a black bantam ...

Staff | Apr 23, 2021


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Travel by Water With Kayaks or Canoes

 Photo by Dana BennerPeople often ask me what I consider my most important tool. I’ve learned that the most important tool is the one you need at that moment. One item that could be useful to many people is a canoe or kayak. When a disaster hits, your life may depend on your ability to move quickly and silently. A canoe or kayak will allow you to do this. Since ...

Dana Benner | Dec 8, 2020


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Weather Info for All Seasons

Over the past five years, I’ve written many articles for Grit about weather, from life-threatening storms to weather folklore. This time, I want to tell you where to get weather information and how to use it. All the sources I’ve cited are from the United States and Canadian governments’ official purveyors of such data, and all the information is free. You can break down ...

Ed Brotak | Feb 15, 2021

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