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Farm And Home

Household Solutions

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3 Time-Tested, Multipurpose Herbal Remedies

Most of us understand the value of eating and buying local products, but what about our medicine? In Heal Local (New Society Publishers, 2015), author Dawn Combs argues that local healthcare is just as valuable to our well-being as local food. The following excerpt provides three tried-and-true, multipurpose herbs to keep stocked in your natural medicine chest. Echinacea (Echinacea ...

Dawn Combs | Aug 27, 2021

Health And Retirement

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More on Medicare

The Medicare Annual Election Period is Here: Are You Covered for 2021?   Each year, we urge you to review your Medicare coverage to ensure it’s still the right plan for you. Your needs may have changed, and the Medicare plan you’re on may have changed. Either way, it’s smart to review your plan to ensure you’re on the best plan for you. Capper’s Insurance Service can ...

Staff | Oct 15, 2020

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Pets

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Homemade Dog Treats

I often joke that my two terriers never miss a meal. Well, truth be told, they never miss a treat either.I'm a person that when I go to buy treats for myself, I look at the ingredients and sometimes scratch my head trying to pronounce some of them. Then I wonder, "Am I going to have this same problem when I buy treats for Jake and Buddy"Then, horror struck. Their favorite treat, ...

Mel Boone | Oct 8, 2019

Outdoor Living

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Dealing With Mosquitoes Naturally

As a ninth-generation Floridian, it is safe to say that I am no stranger to insects. Growing up I often heard people joke that the mosquito should actually be listed as our state bird. As amusing as that may seem, these little bugs are more than just annoying, they can also be very hazardous to people and animals. Mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus, which can cause ...

Michelle R. | Jun 6, 2021

Outbuildings

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The Barn Gets a Whole New Front

Dear readers, The men were determined to save the barn the fall of 2011, so soon after finishing the north side, Larry made three more trips out to the farm to work on the front. Oh, how those “Nebraska Through The Lens” people would have loved the above photo! The other three sides of the barn were in fair shape, so it was hard to believe the deterioration of the front. ...

Mary Conley | Aug 19, 2021

Livestock

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Lambing Season

Every year as January draws to a close, and February begins, I start to count sheep. Lambing time is always near, and I have to keep track of my girls. So out comes the cold weather outfit, and I make several trips to the barn a day, accompanied by my faithful companions. I've had these particular sheep for three years now, and I'm just beginning to learn their habits. ...

Leah | Feb 22, 2019

Crops

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Save the Seeds!

As small seed companies have been gradually overtaken by food conglomerates, hundreds of varieties of plants have been lost in favor of only a few hardy varieties of daily vegetables. In the meantime, heirloom seed savers have worked tireless to preserve the genetic diversity of different crops. These collectors provide a much-needed alternative to corporate agriculture. This book ...

Bill Best | Aug 17, 2021

Poultry

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How to Manage Chickens in the Garden

Keeping chickens isn’t rocket science, but doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and The Chicken Keeper’s Problem Solver (Quarry Books, 2015)by Chris Graham contains 100 common problems faced by chicken keepers, spelling out in clear and simple terms the underlying causes and ...

Chris Graham | Jun 9, 2021