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Deborah Niemann
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Book review of <i>Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs</i>
New Society Publishers initially contacted me a few months ago and asked if I would be interested in reading a pre-publication galley for Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare , and if I liked it, write up a short blurb that coul...
New Society Publishers initially contacted me a few months ago and asked if I would be interested in reading a pre-publication galley for Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare, and if I liked it, w...
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7 tips for keeping bucks healthy
When you raise goats, it's easy to forget that bucks have needs too. Since does are the ones producing the kids and the milk, it's obvious that they need special attention. Because bucks are only producing sperm, it seems like their needs should be less tha...
When you raise goats, it's easy to forget that bucks have needs too. Since does are the ones producing the kids and the milk, it's obvious that they need special attention. Because bucks are only producing sperm, it seems lik...
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And the winner is ...
Kristin is the winner of the $20 gift certificate for the conference bookstore. We are still working on firming up the last couple of speakers for this year's conference, although we do have a partial list of speakers available on the speaker page of the we...
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Registration now open for 4th annual conference!
You can now register for the Fourth Annual Mid-America Homesteading Conference, and if you register by midnight, Friday, May 8, you'll be entered into a drawing and could win a $20 gift certificate for the conference bookstore, where you can buy books on pe...
You can now register for the Fourth Annual Mid-America Homesteading Conference, and if you register by midnight, Friday, May 8, you'll be entered into a drawing and could win a $20 gift certificate for the conference bookstor...
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The Time-Honored Tradition of Bone Broth
Bone broth is made from bones with a little bit of meat on them, which you

cook for longer than you would a meat stock. You can introduce bone broths

into your diet once you’re through the Intro Diet and following Full GAPS.

It’s a good idea to prepar...
Bone broth is made from bones with a little bit of meat on them, which you cook for longer than you would a meat stock. You can introduce bone broths into your diet once you’re through the Intro Diet and following Full GAPS. ...
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Q&A with authors of the Heal Your Gut cookbook!
If you have health challenges, you may have read about or considered the GAPS diet at some point. If it seemed complicated or challenging, you'll want to check out today's Q&A with the authors of a new book that was written t...
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The faces and story behind the conference
by Deborah Niemann Deborah speaking at the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania People sometimes ask who exactly puts the conference together, so here's our story. Back in 2010, the folks at Mother Earth News Magazine decided to have their first ever "Fai...
by Deborah Niemann Deborah speaking at the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania People sometimes ask who exactly puts the conference together, so here's our story. Back in 2010, the folks at Mother Earth News Magazine dec...
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The recliner -- and why you should live your dream NOW!
I haven't written a decent blog post in almost two months -- and that one was entitled " Catching Up ," because I hadn't posted in a couple of weeks, during which time I had severely injured my back. And my back has now been re-injured so many times that I'...
In 2002, my professor-husband, three kids, and I left the Chicago suburbs to live the adventure that Thoreau never imagined on a 32-acre homestead on a creek in the middle of nowhere. As clueless city slickers, we made a lot of mistakes, learned a little, and had a lot of fun.
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Is my goat kid fat?
A lot of people new to goats think a kid is "fat" when it has a big belly. However, a big belly -- sometimes called "hay belly" -- is a sign of malnutrition, either from a parasite overload or not getting enough milk. And not enough milk leads to parasite p...
A lot of people new to goats think a kid is "fat" when it has a big belly. However, a big belly -- sometimes called "hay belly" -- is a sign of malnutrition, either from a parasite overload or not getting enough milk. And not...
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Video recap of 2014 conference
If you're wondering what it's like at one of our conferences, this video gives you an idea ...
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The Fourth Annual Farm Crawl will be Aug. 22-23, and Antiquity Oaks is one of five farms that open their gates to the public on those days.
This is what spring looks like on Antiquity Oaks!  Plum tree blooming
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Raising Goats Naturally webinar
If you'd like to attend a conference on goats, but there is never one in your area, then you might be interested in the Raising Goats Naturally webinar, which will be held this Friday at 11 a.m. central time. You can attend from the comfort of your own desk...
If you'd like to attend a conference on goats, but there is never one in your area, then you might be interested in the Raising Goats Naturally webinar, which will be held this Friday at 11 a.m. central time. You can attend f...
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writer, speaker, homesteader
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  • Self
    writer, present
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Refugio, TX - Houston, TX - Bremerton, WA - Willimantic, CT - Providence, RI - Groton, CT - Orlando, FL - Honolulu, HI - St. Charles, IL - Joliet, IL
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Author, homesteader, self sufficiency expert, soap maker
Introduction
I'm the mother of three young adults, living on 32 acres in the middle of nowhere, where we built our own house, grow our own food organically, milk goats, make cheese and soap, raise sheep, spin wool, tend a flock of free-range chickens and turkeys. In addition to speaking nationally on sustainable living, I also teach an online course in goat husbandry for the University of Massachusetts.
Bragging rights
author of Homegrown & Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living (2011) and Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life (2012) and Raising Goats Naturally: The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat, & More (2013)
Education
  • Illinois State University
    MA, Communication, 2008
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
    BA, English, 1985
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