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Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« on: June 01, 2012, 08:41:21 PM »
I rely on information from the University of Nebraska Extension Service in our farming operation all of the time because it's tested and provided as a free service that I can trust.  This is a treasure-trove of great downloadable reliable educational publications and information that has been tested at taxpayer expense.  It's FREEEEE folks, so take advantage of it.  Here ya' go.........

http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/pages/index.jsp?what=list&orderBy=topic

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2012, 10:25:16 AM »
Good stuff Wolfy.

Here is another source I use from time to time.  Oklahoma State Extension Service Pubs

http://pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/View/Collection-297
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 09:28:22 PM »
Good topic!  I'm making it a sticky.

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 09:42:34 PM »
Thanks.....I was beginning to wonder if anyone else thought it was :shrug:  I know that I've gleaned a bunch of good solid information from these types of sites.   I hope others add to this list with similar reliable information that is available to them.  It makes for a good reference 'library' for all of the forum members to draw from.
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2012, 11:36:26 PM »
I have 20 pound of suet to turn into bird feeding cakes, and the link in the OP gave me the "recipe"!
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012, 06:08:09 PM »
Thanks for the link Wolfy!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2012, 06:23:45 PM »
Here is the the link for the University of Florida extension services.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topics/index.html

Here is the link for the west coast of Florida water managment district.

http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/documents/
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2012, 10:17:05 PM »

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Greyhound352 posted this elsewhere today, but I've been going through it and there's a bunch of good stuff in here that needs a place for country people to access easily.  It won't get lost or buried so easily here as it will in the General Discussion section.    Thanks greyhound :thumbsup:
   

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2012, 09:03:25 AM »
I rely on information from the University of Nebraska Extension Service in our farming operation all of the time because it's tested and provided as a free service that I can trust.  This is a treasure-trove of great downloadable reliable educational publications and information that has been tested at taxpayer expense.  It's FREEEEE folks, so take advantage of it.  Here ya' go.........

http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/pages/index.jsp?what=list&orderBy=topic

You're  :welcome:

As a business owner and tax payer, I say - free is relative - In this case I can get some of my money back in the form of educational publications

It is good info and I look forward to spending some time reading everything
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2012, 09:44:11 AM »
JC, you may rest assured that as a farmer and landowner, I am all too familiar with paying my fair share of taxes 8).   That government website is one from which we can all benefit and is not 'earmarked' for only a select few.  A rare gem in a vast pool of wildly spent and wasted taxpayer dollars :-\
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2012, 09:56:38 AM »
JC, you may rest assured that as a farmer and landowner, I am all too familiar with paying my fair share of taxes 8).   That government website is one from which we can all benefit and is not 'earmarked' for only a select few.  A rare gem in a vast pool of wildly spent and wasted taxpayer dollars :-\

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2012, 06:49:54 AM »
Hey guys, posted this link in the general discussion area. Didn't see this thread. So here is the link again. It is an old publication with some good info.

NE Loggers Handbook

http://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/CAT87208315/PDF

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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2012, 09:03:25 AM »
Thanks for contributing to the 'library', treez :cheers:
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2012, 07:52:10 PM »
 Years ago I bought a triplex dirt cheap mainly because it had one of the worse cockroach infestations I'D ever seen . Google cockroach and up popped U. of Nebraska  page . Followed reccomendations and about $100 and a month later all were gone . Triplex recently appraised for about fout times what I paid for it .

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2012, 08:04:29 PM »
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Joe!  There's lots of good useful stuff in there 8).  I'm sure glad to see that you joined us here.   I look forward to seeing some of your adventures out on the trail, again :cheers:
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2012, 06:41:32 AM »
 Thanks Wolfy . All my favorite posters seem to be over here .

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2012, 07:49:19 PM »
excellent post yet once again wolfy!!!...thanks for the link amigo...woods
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2012, 08:17:48 PM »
Thanks Dave and Joe.......glad you could find something of use in there!   Hard not to 8)
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2013, 04:10:54 PM »
Here's a list of all kinds of good information that I found at the Colorado State University website.  I was looking for info on harvesting and drying seed and found a goldmine of good stuff, so I swiped it for all of us to use 8).   Here ya' go.....

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/pubs.html

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2013, 11:47:42 PM »
Sweet find, Wolfy! Thanks for sharing
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2013, 09:36:12 PM »
RoadLessTraveled brought this site to our attention in his thread on suitable plants for spindles, fire boards, etc.    It covers the whole country and is an excellent place to find out if a particular plant grows in your area and there are excellent photos to identify them.  I moved it here so it doesn't get lost and for reference.....

http://plants.usda.gov/java/
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2013, 04:31:01 PM »
HOME STORAGE OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.....also tips & a plan for building a home storage area.

http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/store/wisc_vegetables.pdf

That basement storage area plan has some good ideas in it! :thumbsup:
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2013, 10:28:03 AM »
This is a great old set of instructions that Double Ott brought to the forum for sharpening CROSSCUT SAWS........

http://www.crosscutsawyer.com/download/file.php?id=1225&sid=c1d5b0d36cce3f6e9b3b4f4ef50f894d

I thought I'd stick it here, so it would be easier to find!
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2013, 08:27:18 PM »
I found this site tonite as I was trying to help WoodsWoman with an answer on how we freeze our sweet corn on the ear for best results.  As I was poking around on it, I found LOTS of good stuff for preserving garden produce, making jams & jellies, etc.

Just scroll down this LONG list for the possibilities.....

http://www.pickyourown.org/allaboutcanning.htm
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2013, 10:22:09 PM »
***** Yells to Wolfy from over there ***  Hey Wolfy.. did you see you can make SWEET CORN ICE CREAM????


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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #25 on: August 19, 2013, 01:51:52 AM »
I think this is a good collection of PDF's. Many have been seen, many are new to me. I thought it might be worth a look for everyone...

http://familysurvivalcourse.net/ebooks/
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2013, 06:02:02 PM »
Xj35s just brought this to the General Discussion section and suggested that it should be preserved in a 'sticky' place......I most wholeheartedly agree.   There is a wealth of good 'survival' information in here, but it's MUCH, MUCH MORE than that.......


http://www.pssurvival.com/PS/index.htm



Thanks xj.....great find!
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #27 on: October 06, 2013, 08:46:12 AM »
Lots of good information available here
http://extension.psu.edu/

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #28 on: October 06, 2013, 10:06:55 AM »
Lots of good information available here
http://extension.psu.edu/
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #29 on: October 06, 2013, 12:43:47 PM »
Mother Earth News has been a great resource for homesteaders since the earls 1970's.
http://www.motherearthnews.com/

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« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2013, 01:46:20 PM »
Mother Earth News has been a great resource for homesteaders since the earls 1970's.
http://www.motherearthnews.com/

That's another good online source!  :)

I was a loyal subscriber to TMEN up until issue #100, when I quit subscribing in the dark days of the pre-internet.    At that point, I felt it was becoming too 'yuppified' for this crusty old coot. >:(.   I was a BIG fan of Stewert Brand's Whole Earth Catalogs too, which BTW, it has been revealed, was one of the driving forces that spawned the concept & idea of the Internet in the first place........much to Al Gore's chagrin, I might add. O:-)
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #31 on: October 11, 2013, 08:29:14 PM »
I don't normally add commercial sources for gear to the forum, but the equipment that this acclaimed NEBRASKA-based business carries is definitely the cream o' the crop when it comes to QUALITY, LONG LASTING, top of the line equipment & FAMILY FOOD PAKS for if or when the SHTF :-\.   They stand behind their products and you talk to REAL people if a problem comes up or you need repairs. :thumbsup:

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/

Take some time to look around at what they have to offer......amazing quality from worldwide sources! :banana:
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #33 on: October 12, 2013, 02:51:44 PM »
I can personally recommend Lehman's  https://www.lehmans.com/default.aspx  I  was introduced to them when I was searching for a mantle for my Alladin oil lamp.  They have many items you didn't realize you want.  Tony

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #34 on: November 24, 2013, 08:02:36 PM »
FROM DOUBLE OTT

I posted this in the Axes, Saws and Tomahawks forum and Wolfy thought it would  be a nice sticky here.

Crosscut Saw Information that all owners and admires can use.

    I was recently sharing some information with another crosscut saw owner about crosscut saws and I sent him some information that is available from The USDA Forest Service about crosscut saws. While you can request these from the Forest Service, they are now available online for you to read and review.

    I thought that I would share them with all that maybe interested.

    An excellent book is "Saws That Sing A Guide to Using Crosscut Saws. (illust. 62 pages)
    LINK:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/fs_publications/04232822/lc04232822.cfm

    Next is another good book from the Forest Service. Crosscut Saw Manual (illust. 30 pages)
    LINK:
   http://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/pdfpubs/pdf77712508/pdf77712508dpi72.pdf

    An excellent DVD by Warren Miller (an expert saw filer) is online. It includes 14 sections on saw sharpening tools, saw cleaning, tuning and sharpening a crosscut saw.
    LINK:


    And one last book from the USDA Forest Service that describes sharpening tolls for crosscut saws. New Tools for Old Saws (illust. 16 pages).
    LINK:
   http://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/pdfpubs/pdf05232815/pdf05232815dpi300.pdf

    I sincerely hope that you will find them interesting and of value to all crosscut saw lovers, Tom

I took the liberty of moving in here so it remains at the top of the section in the 'sticky', too!  Thanks, again, Tom  :thumbsup:
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2014, 08:21:49 AM »
This is a great resource too. Lots of good info on lots of topics. I highly recommend his Recipes For Hard Times!!

Please take some time to enjoy this site...

http://www.grandpappy.info/indexwil.htm 
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2014, 08:52:54 AM »
HOLY COW.... A  treasure trove of information!  Thanks for adding, xj :thumbsup:
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2014, 11:34:40 AM »
I cannot get that grandpappy site open at all.  :(   

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« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2014, 12:13:35 PM »
try going to the home page directly, I hope it works. I know you will enjoy it.

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2014, 12:31:10 PM »
OH yes.. there's some fun reading there.  Thanks!

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #40 on: June 02, 2014, 11:34:54 AM »
Just found this in POPULAR SCIENCE MAGAZINE this morning.  Looks like it might be useful to some of us who hate to throw something out that you might be able to fix yourself..... www.ifixit.com  :thumbsup:

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #41 on: June 02, 2014, 02:40:41 PM »
Great concept, good to see it gaining popularity in this throw away culture....nice find wolf-man  :cheers:
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #42 on: June 07, 2014, 08:18:40 AM »
Once again, zammer found another good place for identifying common wild edibles.  Good photos, parts of the plant to utilize, maps, etc.   I thought it would be good to include it here for finding it quickly when needing reference material.  It's a GOOD one.....THANK YOU, ZAMMER! :cheers:

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #43 on: June 07, 2014, 08:28:14 AM »
No problem Wolfy... thanks for adding it to this thread  :cheers:


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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #44 on: November 06, 2015, 10:22:17 AM »
Unknown brought this to the forum this morning and it has a LOT of good usable information that I thought was worthy of 'Sticky Status'.......so, here it is.

http://wkfinetools.com/index.asp
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #45 on: November 06, 2015, 04:30:20 PM »
Unknown brought this to the forum this morning and it has a LOT of good usable information that I thought was worthy of 'Sticky Status'.......so, here it is.

http://wkfinetools.com/index.asp

Very cool link, thanks wolfy and Unknown   8)
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #46 on: April 05, 2016, 09:45:31 AM »
I just found an old bookmark that I thought was gone forever. While searching internet archive I googled the authors name and found it is now an https site instead of http.


There is a lot of great information and practical to everyday life. A lot of topics. I am wondering if drumrunners is alive somewhere?

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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #47 on: April 05, 2016, 10:10:10 AM »
I just found an old bookmark that I thought was gone forever. While searching internet archive I googled the authors name and found it is now an https site instead of http.

There is a lot of great information and practical to everyday life. A lot of topics. I am wondering if drumrunners is alive somewhere?

https://www.grandpappy.org/index.htm

Thanks for post Pete, I thought this website was gone forever, I looked for it the other day and could not find it.
Mike
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #48 on: April 05, 2016, 10:26:33 AM »
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Re: Reliable Information for Homesteading Skills
« Reply #49 on: April 23, 2016, 12:03:39 PM »
I found this site today. Many old books on blacksmithing, carpentry and stuff like that for download, printing-whatever you want to do with it

http://www.evenfallstudios.com/woodworks_library/woodworks_library.html