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The Best of Our Knowledge #1717: Homesteading on a Half-Acre and Lyme Disease Research

Eric Smassanow at his home in Saratoga County, New York
Lucas Willard
Eric Smassanow at his home in Saratoga County, New York  

The harvest season is here. We’ll learn about homesteading from planning to canning. New research suggests an old cancer treatment is effective in fighting tick-borne illness. And education officials in New York announce funding for mental health.  


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