1. Splitting Wood


    November 15, 2014 by Mark Oliver Howes


    The Mrs. and I have been discussing meaningful activities for our children a lot lately.  It’s easy to let them …
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  2. Getting More Use Out of Each Rabbit – Pelt Tanning


    November 15, 2014 by Mark Oliver Howes

    tanning rabbit fur

    In the early days, I would toss the remains of each rabbit to the chickens, or to the neighbor’s dogs. …
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  3. Passing Along Skills


    November 14, 2014 by Mark Oliver Howes


    I’m not a very social person.  I’m too busy and too tired most days.  That all seems to go by …
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  4. Living, Breathing Composters

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    November 1, 2014 by Mark Oliver Howes

    using chickens to turn compost

    I’ve spent so much time not using my composter since we purchased it three years ago.  Our systems create so …
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  5. Crack of Dawn, the Rooster Crows

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    November 1, 2014 by Mark Oliver Howes

    how to stop a rooster from crowing

    As mentioned in previous posts, we adopted two young roosters a few months back.  The flocks have been reestablishing order ever …
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  6. On Fuel for Heating and Crosscut Saws


    October 26, 2014 by Mark Oliver Howes

    Children using a two man crosscut saw from harbor freight

    Now that we’ve talked about the stove, we need to talk about fuel.  Last spring, the boys and I burned …
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  7. Heating the Bus


    October 26, 2014 by Mark Oliver Howes

    how to heat a bus

    As I mentioned in my previous post, we spent the Friday evening into Saturday morning chattering our teeth in the …
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