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Charlie Richie Sr.
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR/
REVIEW EDITOR/DIGITAL EDITOR
Charlie Richie Jr.
Charlene Richie Mohrle
Robin Richie Stewart
Dave Canterbury • Creek Stewart
Stephen J. Norling
H Self-RelianceHHistoryHPrimitive Living Skills
The Magazine for the Twenty-First Century Frontiersman
NOTES FROM CHARLIE JR.
Greetings to everyone out there! I am actually writing this editorial for our
fall issue in the middle of the summer and it’s literally hot as hell outside! Yep,
right square in the middle of the dog days of summer as I watch my one-year-
old Basenji dog, Benny lying around in the hottest part of the day making me
want to take a nap as well. I live in a valley at a pretty high elevation (6,000
feet) in Northern New Mexico, but that doesn’t seem to matter anymore as it’s
always blistering hot here every summer. When I moved to this area over 14
years ago, it was different. There are definitely noticeable and undeniable
changes happening all over the globe.
All of the thoughts about climate change are just more motivation for me
and my family to become even more self-reliant. Due to life and the curveballs
it throws you at a moments notice, our plan for a garden was put off for a while
but we were determined to break soil this summer. My wife and I were finally
able to find time to dig in and get dirty. Luckily, where we live in the south-
west, we have plenty of water located on our property and we try to use it
as efficiently as possible. If you don’t use your water in my state then you
could be impacted by the “use it or lose it” law meaning if you don’t use
your water in a specific time frame almost anyone can take your water from
your property, so we of course chose to use it.
I was quickly reminded how good it feels to the soul and mind to get
your hands in the soil and plant for the hope of growing your own food. My
parents who are the founders of this magazine have always had a garden, and
my grandfather and great grandfather farmed & gardened on a much bigger
scale, so I guess you can say it’s in my blood. I really think it’s in everyone if
given the opportunity. Nowadays, they even have home garden kits designed
for city dwellers, who wish to grow their own vegetables that maybe live on the
24th floor of an apartment in downtown Chicago. So it can be done anywhere
and we have featured tons of gardening articles over the years that we hope
have inspired people to get out and grow your own. I’ve always believed that
gardening strengthens your connection to the earth and can be therapeutic
in the way that it can improve your outlook on life and restore hope just by
planting seeds in the soil.
We have another excellent issue in store for you. Special Contributor,
Creek Stewart, discusses his favorite wilderness survival drinks like teas,
coffees, nectars, and saps. He’s even got a recipe included for the dandelion
plant. What’s funny is that my wife and I pulled several dandelions from our
garden area because they’re invasive by nature and will crowd vegetable root
systems. Now, Creek has personally given me an idea of what to do with some
of them. Also, we will be introducing a new writer to the Backwoodsman
family. Some of you might have heard of her before, Southern chef, author of
three best-selling cookbooks, co-host of the “The Sporting Chef” on the
Sportsman channel and much more, Stacy Lyn Harris educates us on the lost
art of sausage making. Expect to see more articles from Stacy in future issues
of the Backwoodsman. Even though I might be a little bias, I think that all of
the articles in this issue are excellent! There is always in my opinion some-
thing for everyone.
One last note, Richie’s Artifacts Of The West will be taking this issue off
and will be back for our November/December edition. Finally, as always, we
appreciate all of the articles and letters contributed by our audience.
Backwoodsman readers are truly the best readers in the world! I wish every-
one a safe & enjoyable fall! Till next time...
A. Brent Smith
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