Steve Maxwell

Manual Labour a Great Teacher for Kids

Manual Labour a Great Teacher for Kids

In the mid-1970s, my mom and dad hired a builder to add a garage onto our cookie cutter bungalow. The man’s name was Andy Steier, a Hungarian Jew from Budapest who had stories about riding on a Nazi prisoner train as a boy during WWII. Mr. Steier created ABP...

Frost Seeding

Frost Seeding

Watch this 5 1/2 minute lesson one way to improve pastures in cold climates. It’s called frost seeding, and you’ll see it happening with a 65-year-old classic tractor.

Unique Generator Empower Homeowners

Unique Generator Empower Homeowners

They don’t make things to be repaired like they used to, but every so often I find a company that bucks this trend. It happened most recently as I was researching home generators. These gasoline-powered devices provide electricity during power failures or for building...

Self-Directed Home Schooling

Self-Directed Home Schooling

Home schooling is increasing in popularity across North America, and over the years we’ve done some home schooling here at our homestead at the end of Bailey Line Road on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. In fact, we’re still doing it. But our approach is different than...

Woodstove door gasket replacement an easy necessity

Woodstove door gasket replacement an easy necessity

Woodstoves and air-tight fireplaces aren’t exactly a high-tech way to heat your home, but millions of northern people happily rely on them for two reasons. They’re the cheapest source of household heat for anyone who has even the most basic access to firewood, and...

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