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Deborah Niemann
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Lived in Refugio, TX
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Addicted to the Internet? or just a casual user?
Do you think you spend too much time online or on some websites? Do you check your email every ten or fifteen minutes? Is your smart phone within three feet of your body 24/7? Does your two-year-old play with your smart phone? Do you worry that you might be...
Do you think you spend too much time online or on some websites? Do you check your email every ten or fifteen minutes? Is your smart phone within three feet of your body 24/7? Does your two-year-old play with your smart phone...
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Scaling back in one area of my life
If you've been hanging around here for very long, you know that I've produced most of my own body care products since 2003. I've even sold my own goat milk soap and a few other body care products. But we can't do it all, and I totally understand that some p...
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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Chick days!
I know most people get chicks in the spring, but when I'm getting chicks for breeding purposes, I like getting them in late summer or early fall so that they can mature over the fall and winter and be ready to lay in early spring. Ultimately we get a lot mo...
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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Two post-conference workshops this year
In response to requests to actually get on the farm for hands-on learning, this year we are adding a second post-conference workshop on Sunday. Speaker and author Patricia Foreman will be presenting a workshop on home processing of poultry. Pat will start o...
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Conference schedule finalized!
We are very excited to announce that the schedule for the 2015 conference has been finalized. In addition to some beginner-level topics, this year we are also providing some in-depth sessions presented by experts, which provide more advanced information. He...
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Excerpt from <i>Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs</i>
The Importance of Local I believe we should all have the ability to walk into our
backyard and pick what is needed for any minor home emergency. Western medicine and natural therapies have become polarized un-necessarily. It can be inappropriate to give awa...
The Importance of Local I believe we should all have the ability to walk into our backyard and pick what is needed for any minor home emergency. Western medicine and natural therapies have become polarized un-necessarily. It ...
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Early bird discount deadline is tonight!
Save $10 off the regular price of $89 if you register today! Imagine yourself becoming more self-sufficient! At the fourth annual Mid-America Homesteading Conference , you can choose from 18 sessions throughout the day. Learn how to keep chickens, raise goa...
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Chicken whisperer Pat Foreman speaking this year
Author Pat Foreman will be presenting three sessions during the conference on Saturday at the college and a full-day workshop on Sunday at Antiquity Oaks Farm, thanks to a sponsorship by New Country Organics. Pat is a sustainable agricultural author, local ...
Author Pat Foreman will be presenting three sessions during the conference on Saturday at the college and a full-day workshop on Sunday at Antiquity Oaks Farm, thanks to a sponsorship by New Country Organics. Pat is a sustain...
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One year anniversary of our second farm!
July 21, 2014 Tomorrow is our one year anniversary as owners of Mike's family farm in Henry, IL. I never wrote about it on here, but it was quite the drama. He's wanted the farm for as long as I can remember, but it was in a trust with his father and all of...
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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The next chapter
This blog post has been percolating in my head for months. It's a blog post I never wanted to write. It includes facts I don't want to be true. Many of you know I grew up as a "sickly" child, according to my mother and doctor. There was "nothing" that could...
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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Make your own mayonnaise!
Not only can you use mayonnaise on salads and in pasta salads or potato salad, it also is a necessary ingredient for ranch dressing, which you can make with homemade buttermilk. Mayonnaise falls into the “you can make that at home?” category because most pe...
Not only can you use mayonnaise on salads and in pasta salads or potato salad, it also is a necessary ingredient for ranch dressing, which you can make with homemade buttermilk. Mayonnaise falls into the “you can make that at...
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Conversation with author Dawn Combs
Today we're chatting with Dawn Combs, author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare . How did you get interested in medicinal herbs? I have been fascinated with ethnobotany since college. I was sitting in a lecture in college a...
Today we're chatting with Dawn Combs, author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare. How did you get interested in medicinal herbs? I have been fascinated with ethnobotany since college. I was...
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writer, speaker, homesteader
Employment
  • Self
    writer, present
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Previously
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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