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Countryside MagazineI ran across a new magazine a few weeks ago that many of you may be interested in --- Countryside & Small Stock Journal.  It's put together by the same folks who brought us Backyard Poultry, and it has the same in depth articles and lack of flashiness.  (Think Organic Gardening Magazine in the '70s before it turned into a mass of color photos and ads.)

Countryside is intriguing because of its large section by readers --- a full twenty pages of firsthand accounts from people who're living the homesteading dream on a big or small scale.  The one I read most recently also had an article by a couple who were homesteading in Canada, 100 air miles from the closest town.  Wow!

While Mother Earth News fills a similar niche, Mother is flashier and, after about a year, became very repetitive.  (I keep reading Mother only because every month or two it comes up with a really cool article like this one on biochar.)  I don't know yet whether Countryside will become equally repetitive, but from the breadth of topics covered in the three issues I've read, I suspect not.  If you're the magazine type, I recommend you check Countryside out.

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For now I just subscribe to the Mother Earth News feed. But I do get two subscriptions: Backwoods Home and Back Home. They are similar titles with similar content, but one is a more hardcore, survivalist, right-leaning Libertarian publication (BWH) while the other is closer to what Mother Earth News used to be. Back Home doesn't have nearly the depth that Backwoods Home does, but sometimes I like to read about living off the land without being lectured about how our freedoms are being threatened by "those crazy liberals".

I wonder if BWH realizes that they are constantly offending a significant portion of their readership? Or, more importantly, I wonder if they care? Either way - as long as they keep the meaty content in their otherwise great publication I'll continue skipping the editorials and subscribing to the magazine.

Thanks for the tip on the new mag. I'll have to see if I can find some old copies on Criagslist or something.



Comment by Everett Mon Apr 20 13:10:53 2009
I may have to check those magazines out (and the Mother Earth News feed!) It seems that all of the magazines I read are left-leaning --- probably self-selecting due to the people I know. :-)
Comment by anna Tue Apr 21 18:54:36 2009

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