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Deborah Niemann
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Lived in Refugio, TX
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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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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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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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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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writer, speaker, homesteader
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  • 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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