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COVID-19: A Few Food Safety...
Is our food safe? Reassuringly, there’s currently no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through food. However, there are a few precautions regarding how we
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Take a Breath! Breathing to Relax.
From the moment we take that first breath, we keep breathing until we stop for good. As with...
Reuse, Renew, and Refresh: In the Kitchen
Tired of the disposable lifestyle? It’s expensive and wasteful. Here are 10 simple ways to get...
How to Make Fire Cider
Fire cider is a traditional tonic made with herbs stewed in apple cider vinegar. It’s been used...
How to Carve a Pumpkin
When it comes to pumpkin carving, “Farmer Mike” Valladao is an expert. He shares his tips, tricks, ...
Where the Wild Things Are: November
November the first. You’ve unmothballed your winter sweaters and laid in a supply of hand-warmers....
The Best Uses for Baking Soda
Baking soda is amazing! This versatile substance can be used to remove stains, keep your sneakers...
Celery: Bland and Boring? Not So Fast!
Celery is one of the most underrated vegetables. Most people would never think of this humble stalk...
Sharpening the New Year's Resolution: 10x
I was given a magnifying glass for Christmas. It’s a fine brass one, with all sorts of knobs and...
Stir-Fry Recipe With Bone Broth
Here’s one of my favorite Stir-Fry recipes using bone broth. It’s good for you and good tasting!...
Surviving Winter Travel Weather!
Hello Almanac readers, Do you know what Old Farmers really do in the winter? They travel to...
Cranberries: Get ’Em While You Can
Among only a few native North American fruits cultivated commercially in the modern era,...
How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore
Cold sores can be a real pain in the… lip. Learn what causes cold sores and some natural cold sore ...
10 Easy Recipes to Cook When You're Self-Quarantined
By now, most American households have hunkered down. What do we cook during this uncertain period...
Home Remedies for Cough Relief
Coughs, while rarely serious, can be really annoying. Some of these natural remedies can provide...
COVID-19: A Few Food Safety Precautions
Is our food safe? Reassuringly, there’s currently no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through...
Raising Chickens 101: How to Raise Baby Chickens
Want to learn how to raise chicks? Here’s a beginner’s guide to bringing up baby, from purchasing...
Natural Remedies for Dry Hands, Itchy Skin, and Brittle Hair
If you suffer from frizzy hair, dry and cracked hands, itchy skin, chapped lips, or one of many...
COVID-19: Disinfecting Your House
It’s time for spring-cleaning. With COVID-19, we’re also thinking about disinfecting the home. The...
Hey, Kids! Stuck at Home?
WELCOME, ALMANAC KIDS!EXPLORE FREE STORIES AND FUN PROJECTS Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac for...
What’s a Spring Tonic? While the vernal equinox may mark the moment of spring, the appearance of...
COVID-19: Social Distancing? Quarantine? Self-Isolation?
Social Distancing? Quarantine? Isolation? Lockdown? With the COVID-19 cases growing, we’re learning...
Eating Weeds: Why Not?
In the spring, I venture into fields, looking for signs of the first wild foods of spring. Yes, I...
The Dirt Cure for the Winter Cough
In 1849, a farmer prescribed a “dirt cure” for a winter cough. Janice Stillman, editor of The Old...
5 Tips to Help Your Body Adjust to the Time Change
Time changes in the fall and spring affect each of us differently. For many folks, it can take...
6 Handy Garden Tips and Clever Shortcuts!
Whether you want to make eggshell seed starters, kitchen scrap fertilizer or an organic weedkiller...
2020 Great Backyard Bird Count | Citizen Science Projects
Join a citizen science project! If you can count birds, bees, or garden bugs, you’ve got the skills...
Mid-Winter Stress Relief
Light deprivation, snow and ice storms, dangerous driving conditions, power outages, frozen pipes,...
Eat the Rainbow of Fruit and Vegetables for Health
We’ve all been told to “eat your veggies.” Let’s advance that to say, “eat your colorful veggies.”...
Sourdough Starters and Recipes
The early pioneers used yeast batters to make their distinctive sourdough, and the “tang” of their...
What is Witch Hazel?
Our witch hazel started blooming in February. Its yellow to orange-red flowers add a slash of color...
How to Find Your Perfect Mate
Herewith, from science and folklore, are more than 20 “surefire” techniques for finding, attracting...
Aphrodisiac Foods: Chocolate, Oysters, and Spanish Fly?
Since the beginning of time, stories about aphrodisiac foods have abounded. Who hasn’t heard that...
Test Your Marriage IQ
Get out your pencils and sharpen your wit—this is the test you’ve all been waiting for. It’s time...
15 Cheesy Pickup Lines and Romance
Let’s amuse ourselves with the silly side of romance. Here are 15 pickup lines guaranteed to lose...
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up the Garden
By now, many of you have heard of Marie Kondo’s book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. ...
Wondering About Oat Milk? Make Your Own!
Feelin’ your oats? Sowing your oats? Or maybe you’re eating your oats. (Yes! They’re good for you...
100 Ways to Avoid Dying
“Don’t let a lizard count your teeth.” Discover 100 ways to avoid dying—without giving up any of...
Herbs for Health? Think Soup!
Think of soup as a great way to boost your health by adding herbs. It’s an easy way to create your...
Raising Chickens 101: Choosing the Right Chicken Breeds
Choosing the right chicken breed is an important part of raising chickens. Here are some things to...
5 Home Remedies for Winter Colds and Coughs
Feeling tired and achy? Scratchy throat? Queasy stomach? Suspect you may be coming down with that...
Good Luck Superstitions and Old Wives' Tales
There are many superstitions for “good luck” around the home. Many of these would be called “Old...
What Is CBD? Is It Safe and Effective?
Many readers have asked us about CBD. “It has surpassed all other supplements in history in terms...