The Fine Print

OK. Here’s the Fine Print Remix. In plain English.


The writers at Small Footprint Family are not doctors. What we do have is professional education and expertise in our respective areas, such as herbalism, food preservation, or organic farming, not to mention a mad passion for research. (More about us.)

We like to really take apart a subject, and look at it from many angles.

Please know that although we do our very best to provide credible, defensible information that might make a difference in your life, this site and it’s articles reflect the author’s personal experience and nothing published here is in any way meant to constitute medical advice, and should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment.

Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Ultimately you are response-able for making your own informed decisions about your diet, lifestyle, and healthcare. But where you get your information matters, a lot.

Websites, newsjournals and blogs like Small Footprint Family are SECONDARY sources of information, which is why we provide primary sources and references in our articles whenever possible, usually as links within the text and/or as footnotes at the end of the article. Primary sources of information are original or immediate, and therefore more reliable, and include peer-reviewed studies, scholarly articles, government reports, interview transcripts, and the like.

Print those out and nail your doctor with them.


This site contains referral or affiliate links to products or services we use, enjoy, and recommend. This means Small Footprint Family may earn a small commission if you purchase a product via one of these links.

By linking to the products we have tested and reviewed first-hand, we really hope to make it easy for you to find the ingredients and supplies you need to make those yummy, homemade dishes, or build that compost pile, or make your own household cleaners.

To a great extent, every dollar we spend is a vote for how we want the world to be. Small Footprint Family is all about making sustainable choices, so we are definitely trying to influence your vote!


Comments are moderated.

Feedback and dialogue are encouraged. It’s how we best learn new things and evolve in spirit—when we do it with an open mind and compassionate heart to each other, anyway.

And that’s why we moderate comments.

Trolls* and mean-spirited comments will not be published. Period.

Also, if you publish an anonymous comment, or a comment with an email address that doesn’t work, or a link to a private company, your comment will be considered spam.

* Troll – /trol/ noun. Someone who posts condescending, inflammatory, ad hominem, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. I would also include in this definition, people who buzz in for one comment to angrily disagree, but have no sense of the mission, history or audience of the blog, and no intention of staying for a respectful dialogue.


As a policy, Small Footprint Family does not use AI to write it’s articles or create photos. All the articles here are researched and written by humans who are experts in their field for other humans to enjoy and learn from. We also develop and photograph our own recipes, so you can be sure they were tested.

To the extent possible, we do not allow AI to crawl this site, because we believe that content creators and artists should receive the benefit of their hard work, and not be plagiarized by AI, who seldom links to its source.

We encourage responsible use of AI technology, including giving artists, writers and musicians credit for the source material that AI learns and creates from. Because of this, we also encourage healthy skepticism of AI, as the imagery and information it creates is often inaccurate, biased or harmfully unrealistic.

Be safe out there, folks.

P.S. For all you lawyers, FDA/FTC officials and fine-print-liking types, here are the official Terms and Conditions…

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The following are companies I affiliate with:

  • Botanical Interest Seed Company
  • Duluth Trading Company
  • Gardener’s Supply Company
  • GarrettWade
  • High Mowing Seed Company
  • Lehman’s
  • MIGardner Seed Company
  • Terrain
  • U.S. Wellness Meats
  • Vital Choice Seafood

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