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Keeping Chickens in Cold Climates

Raising chickens, whether egg layers or meat chickens, can be a challenge at times. Predators, sick animals, cleaning out the coops, or even just being home for feeding times can make life tough. Add freezing weather and snow to that mix and you get a whole new set of...

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5 Ways to Cook Outdoors

As the summer approaches, our family moves more and more of our cooking outdoors. Beyond the benefits of keeping heat out of the kitchen, establishing outdoor cooking systems also makes you more prepared. If your electric oven or electric-ignited gas stove loses power...

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Four Ways of Preserving Food

When the harvest is coming in heavy, it's often hard to know exactly what to do with it all. After all, your family can only eat so many jars of jelly in a year. Fortunately, there are many ways of preserving food so that your family can have a variety of food from...

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Get to Know Jami from An Oregon Cottage

This Month's Teacher Spotlight Self-Reliance is of great interest to our community, in fact in one form or another, it’s what Rootsy is all about. This month, we are honored to present a teacher whose experience and background will highlight the work, challenges, and...

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Cooking Up a Pantry Staple: Dried Bean Recipes

Rootsy’s May Membership content is all about Preparedness. One easy way to make your family more prepared for unexpected situations or natural disasters is to have a well-stocked pantry. Even if you’re just having a hectic week, it’s nice to know that you can count on...

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Make Flower Jellies to Preserve Blooms as Food

There's something so very special about flowers. They seem to be the very essence of form and function. It is enough, for me, that they simply exist. However, when I can take their beauty and turn them into delicious food and put them up into the pantry for winter...

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DIY Upcycled Chicken Coop

As chicken keepers, we all daydream of our ideal chicken setup.  An acreage with plenty of space for the flock to free-range (and it is predator-free). A variety of chicken breeds so the egg basket will display a natural rainbow of colors. And for the comfort of the...

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Upcycle Found Items into Garden Pots

Gardening can be an expensive hobby, fun, but expensive. If you hope to raise enough food for your family it can be difficult to find space suitable for growing large quantities of vegetables. Use these ideas to turn your upcycle items into garden pots. You’ll be...

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The Low Cost Kitchen

Whether we're starting out in our first apartment or expanding our cooking skills, we need to stock our kitchen with the essential equipment. In some cases that equipment can be expensive investments that lifetime. In many cases, however; secondhand shopping can...

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