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The New Pioneer

The New Pioneer Summer 2019

The New Pioneer is your guide to everything the land has to offer. Every issue is packed with useful how-to information for back-to-the-landers, plus spotlight pieces on couples and families that have actually “been there, and done that” with success! The New Pioneer is also chock full of expert advice on must-have tools and homestead gear, planting and farming, strategies for achieving energy independence and buying rural land, do-it-yourself projects and how to get the most out of living the rural life.

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Athlon Media Group
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3 min.
summer daydreams

We kick off TNP’s “Raise and Grow Paradise” issue with features about two exotic creatures that show you just what can be done practicing today’s new approach to raising animals for profit. It’s called “gentle farming.” When done properly, it benefits man, the animals and the environment. To learn more, read about the Gardiners and their Suri alpacas, which give them six income streams and are an integral part of their permaculture practices. Using similar techniques, a non-profit group in Alaska is domesticating the mighty musk ox to revive the species and give natives a way to earn a living. For many of you having farm animals is still a dream but you can take part in the nationwide, backyard chicken craze. It’s easy to have fresh eggs and meat from…

4 min.
about our authors

Cody Assman writes for outdoor magazines all across the country. His interests include bowhunting, trapping, horses, primitive camping, living history and western history. Recently he published his first book The Wild Adventures of Old Bill Williams and will soon publish Journey of a Mountain Man. Check out Cody’s books and his creations at his website frontierlife.net. Marti Attoun is a freelance writer in Joplin, Missouri. She has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and national publications, including American Profile, Ladies’ Home Journal, Reader’s Digest and Family Circle. Dave Boyt has a degree in forest management and manages a family tree farm. He is a certified logger, and has been running band saw mills for 13 years. He is a contributor to Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine, and a technical writer for Norwood…

10 min.
awesome alpacas

“She fell in love with the finetextured, soft fleece that’s hypoallergenic, anti-microbial and flame retardant.” Roving a grassy pasture and guarded by big white dogs, fleecy alpacas of many colors graze safely in the winter sunlight. This charming, elegant herd of South American camels descend from ancestors who originated in North America about 30 million years ago. The alpacas of today come from Peru, Chile and Bolivia, where they still provide an economic foundation for the traditional economy. Arriving in the USA only about 30 years ago, they have provided an education and a modest income for John and Christine Gardiner of Siskiyou Alpaca (www.siskiyoualpaca.com). The former university professors came to farm life in a roundabout way. “We wanted to engage in a life that expresses the principles of permaculture,” Christine explains. John…

1 min.
pick your ’paca

Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years, and fiber is considered to be their primary product. Compared to llamas, another South American native camel, alpacas are smaller, about 3 feet tall at their shoulders. They typically weigh between 100 and 200 pounds compared to the heftier llama that can get up to 450 pounds. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 agricultural census (the most current available), there are more than 141,000 alpacas in the U.S., with Ohio, Washington, Oregon and Colorado noted as the top alpaca production states. Alpaca registries, however, cite unverified numbers as high as 250,000 in this country. Of the two breeds, the Huacaya (pronounced ‘wah-KI-ah’) alpaca is the most common at about 90 percent of the documented population compared to the Suri’s 10-percent representation. The primary…

1 min.
hemp for animals

Hemp is traditional livestock fodder, i.e. a crop grown for the purpose of feeding livestock. It is “feed” when fed to animals as seed to add oils and protein to their diet. As fresh “fodder,” the whole plant provides superior nutrition, providing fresh enzymes, chlorophylls and many other nutrients. All livestock will choose fresh food when given the chance. Alpacas also eat dried hemp leaves (hay) with enthusiasm. Whether as fodder or as feed, hemp contains the rich profile of cannabinoids that nourish the mammalian endocannabinoid system. When meat animals eat hemp, their cannabinoid needs are met, and they stay healthy more easily. Their meat is a rich source of these precious nutrients for the carnivore. Hemp fodder is easy to grow in many climates. It’s a ready solution to the hay…

9 min.
rugged. simple. paradise!

“So, where did you say you live?” “Next stop: Antarctica!” we often joke when asked to define our geographic location, and to be truthful, at latitude 45.5 degrees south, there really isn’t a lot between us and the icy continent. With seals, sea lions and penguins at our doorstep and the wild Pacific Ocean crashing just metres away from our cottage, it can sometimes feel more as if we’re living on a sub-antarctic island than on the southernmost tip of mainland New Zealand. Just why we chose such a remote location in which to survive off the land is easily answered by the view from our window of an azure-blue estuary fringed with golden sand dunes and pristine rainforest, and by the haunting calls of owls and sooty shearwater on moonlit nights.…