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Resources. The Future of Hope Foundation. Growing Food. Our little piece of this earth, trying to create an Urban Homestead. How to Build a Dry Toilet. For a new generation of canners, composters, homebrewers and knitters comes Making It (Rodale, 2010), the ultimate guidebook for living a homemade life.

How to Build a Dry Toilet

Frugal, do-it-yourself living is becoming a practical solution in an unsustainable world. Authors Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen help you navigate modern homesteading with easy, step-by-step instructions and projects ranging from the simple, such as making olive oil lamps, to the ambitious, such as developing a drip irrigation system for vegetables. Don’t waste your waste! Learn how to build a dry toilet and reuse the compost to nourish decorative plants or fruit trees. You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Making It. Building a Dry Toilet. How to Build A Sundial for the Garden - Do-It-Yourself. Build a sundial for your yard or garden, the ultimate in simple, practical technology for just a few dollars.

How to Build A Sundial for the Garden - Do-It-Yourself

(See the sundial illustrations in the image gallery.) Before there was the murderous regularity of a daily schedule, before there was the clicking, buzzing, chiming, and ticking of time, there was the sun and a shadow to mark the passing of the day. A stake driven into the ground was all the clock the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Etruscans and other ancient civilizations ever needed ... and while I'm working in the garden on a July afternoon, it's all the clock I ever want. Intensive Gardening: Grow More Food in Less Space (With the Least Work!) Whether you grow food on a spacious homestead or are digging into your first urban garden, ditching the plant-by-rows approach and instead adopting intensive gardening techniques can help you grow a more productive garden that’s also more efficient to manage.

Intensive Gardening: Grow More Food in Less Space (With the Least Work!)

These methods will open up a new world when it comes to small-space gardening, which can be so much more than just a few lone pots on a balcony. If you do it right, you can grow more food in less space and put an impressive dent in your household’s fresh-food needs. Comparing 2 Popular Intensive Gardening Methods Two gardening authors and their systems of intensive vegetable gardening have been highly influential in North America for more than 30 years. How to Build a Dry Toilet. DIY Recycled, Wooden Compost Bin. Recent studies show that modern commercial household cleaners are causing serious health issues for individuals and their families.

DIY Recycled, Wooden Compost Bin

The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money (Fair Winds Press, 2012) by Richard Freudenberger and the editors of Back Home Magazine shows you how to keep a clean and healthy home for just pennies a day. Using a collection of formula for effective cleaning, gardening and home maintenance. Don’t just clean your household, get the longest life out of every item. Build a Picnic Table from Five Easy Pieces. We realize that not everyone has the time or the facilities to construct the "polygonal picnicker" described in Build a Hexagon Picnic Table.

Build a Picnic Table from Five Easy Pieces

Some folks may just want to build a picnic table that is low-cost and easy to make. Building a Stone Retaining Wall. Stone Primer (Storey Publishing, 2007), by Charles McRaven, presents basic techniques of stonework and dozens of projects for inspiration and practical guidance.

Building a Stone Retaining Wall

Designs for the home include structural masonry and accents like fireplaces and countertops, while landscaping uses include retaining walls, stone bridges, and even stone sheds and water features. The following project is from chapter 4, “Drystone Walls.” You can buy this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Stone Primer. A drystone retaining wall is cheaper and easier to build than a mortared wall, having no footing or mortared joints. The Lost Ways. Intensive Gardening: Grow More Food in Less Space (With the Least Work!) Kiva - Loans that change lives.

Functional Skills

10 Skills That Urban Survivalists Should Learn. Skills are a major part of prepping.

10 Skills That Urban Survivalists Should Learn

Although it is important to have supplies in place; the belief is that skills, and not supplies, will give you a greater survival advantage during a long term emergency. Learning new survival skills and abilities creates a new platform of knowledge to draw on when times get tough. There are many preppers who taking the time to make skill building a priority. The Survival Sherpa is applying his vast knowledge to the field and showing his audience ways to learn skills and be more efficient. Vertical Strawberry Planter: Learn About Planting In Vertical Strawberry Towers. By Amy Grant I have strawberry plants – lots of them.

Vertical Strawberry Planter: Learn About Planting In Vertical Strawberry Towers

My strawberry field takes up a significant amount of space, but strawberries are my favorite berry, so there they will stay. Had I had a little foresight, I would probably have been more inclined to build a strawberry tower. Building a vertical strawberry planter would definitely save valuable garden space. 15 Fruits And Veggies You Can Grow In Buckets. Do you live in an apartment or a house with a small backyard?

15 Fruits And Veggies You Can Grow In Buckets

No-Bake Chocolate Quinoa Cookies - Simply Quinoa. Banana " Ice Cream "

Home Ec 101

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The photo showed a lovely, towel-clad model reclining on a smooth redwood bench in a handsomely paneled room. Healthy beads of perspiration trickled down her brow as she ladled water from a wooden bucket onto the stones in the heater below. Under the picture, the caption read: BUILD THIS BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHFUL FINNISH SAUNA. Untitled. In June 2004, my wife, Summer, and I arrived at the 40 vacant acres of grass and woods we had just purchased, nestled in the hills of southwest Wisconsin. Summer was six months pregnant, and we had our work cut out for us to get a warm shelter built before the cold set in. We came with high hopes and a solid work ethic. We also brought with us feelings of freedom, concern from our families, and anxiety over what we were about to embark upon.

Both of us had been preparing for this step into self-sufficient life since we were teenagers, saving money and learning old-fashioned skills, natural building techniques, and various arts and crafts (including blacksmithing and fiber arts). We worked on conventional and organic farms, learning to live simply within limited means. Untitled. Since the early 1800's the ice house has been one of the self-sufficient, non-electric homestead's most valuable buildings. The structure has taken many shapes and forms over the years but all have been calculated to do the same thing: exclude heat and outside air while draining water from the slowly melting ice. Ice houses are easy to build in a permafrost area: "just" dig a few feet into the continuously frozen ground.

In the temperate zone where most of us live, however, it's a somewhat different story. . . although there's nothing complicated about the theory or construction of such a building. Top 7 Things You Need for Sheltering in Place. In most disaster scenarios, the best place for you to be is at home. That’s where the bulk of your supplies are located. You’re familiar with the area. The fact is, that’s just where you’ll be the most comfortable. Pot-in-pot refrigerator. A pot-in-pot refrigerator, clay pot cooler[1] or zeer (Arabic: زير‎) is an evaporative cooling refrigeration device which does not use electricity. It uses a porous outer earthenware pot, lined with wet sand, contains an inner pot (which can be glazed to prevent penetration by the liquid) within which the food is placed - the evaporation of the outer liquid draws heat from the inner pot.

The device can be used to cool any substance. Amazon. Amazon. Amazon. Amazon. Amazon. 3 Ways To Make Bread When The Power Is Out. Early on in my survival preparations, I bought lots of whole wheat flour and yeast packets for making bread. Flour is a lot cheaper than MRE’s and it takes up less space. Then one day my wife said, “If a disaster happens and the power is out, how are you going to bake bread?” Good question. And I felt pretty stupid because I didn’t have an answer.

Homemade air conditioner DIY - Awesome Air Cooler! - EASY Instructions - can be solar powered! The Original Solar Oven & Solar Cooker. Cook, Bake, Dehydrate or Boil with the World’s Most Universal Power Source… Free Sunshine! Reaches Temperatures of 360 to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit! Bake, Boil or Steam Foods — Boil or Pasteurize Water! Shop — Solavore. The Solar Cooking Archive.

Solar oven. GoSun Stove: Fast, Portable and Practical Solar Oven. Solar Cookers International. Bake Bread Without an Oven: 12 Ways! - The Bread Geek. If you think you need an oven to bake bread, think again! If you have heat, you can eat. International and Area Studies 106, 001 - Spring 2014. Collection:buckminsterfuller. How it works. The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance: Jim Whitehurst, Gary Hamel: 9781625275271: Amazon.com: Books. The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook, Expanded Edition: Pressure Test, Plan, Launch and Scale Your Social Enterprise: Ian C. MacMillan, James D. Thompson: 9781613630327: Amazon.com: Books.

Amazon. Amazon. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses: Eric Ries: 9780307887894: Amazon.com: Books. Amazon. Kiva - Loans that change lives. Yunus Centre. Amazon.