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Sunny or Windy By Casey Calouette "Each homesteader reaches a point in his research where it is decided that an alternate energy source is necessary due to location, thrift, or the need to get off the grid. However choosing between the available options can be a daunting challenge, especially when tens of thousands of dollars may be spent. Our two major options are solar power in the form of photovoltaics, and wind power. Solar power, also known as photovoltaics (PV), is one of the most prevalent forms of alternate energy.

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Emergency Communication & Ham Radio Emergency Communication is probably one of the least talked about aspects of preparedness, but in my opinion, it’s something that you can’t afford to overlook. Read the full story » In a survival situation, knowledge is going to be a critical factor in determining the outcome of your situation. Panther Chainsaw Mills The Panther Pro chainsaw mills are a carriage type, which are physically the easiest to use as well as very accurate due to the double clamp design, also logs can be left at ground level negating the need to raise logs to a comfortable working height which is recommended when using other style mills. These mills are very smooth and feature a throttle mounted on the push bar for added comfort. They are available in a homeowner’s/hobbyist or HH version which is meant for occasional hobbyist use and is a single post design. (15”, 18”, 22”) they are meant to be used with smaller chainsaws and some counter weighting or auxiliary oiler may be needed for larger saws.

Sustainable Living Skills: Stone Masonry, Log House, Alternative Construction. Build your own home! Building on a Budget "Our house may look expensive, but the reality is that we only have about $10 a square foot into it. The whole house cost about as much as the average new car. Yet I have seen some million dollar homes that looked like junk. How To Live A Country Self Sufficient Lifestyle Have you ever wanted to move to the country and become more self sufficient? If so, you are not alone. More and more people are choosing to move out to a more rural setting and acquire some land. You don’t have to go crazy and buy 10, 15 or 29 acres. Even 5 acres will allow you to live a country lifestyle and become more self sufficient. You have your land, now what?

How to Grow a Forest Really, Really Fast — TED Fellows Back in 2008, I was an industrial engineer at Toyota in India, helping prepare assembly lines and dispatch systems for car manufacture. One day, a scientist named Akira Miyawaki came to the factory to plant a forest on Toyota’s campus. He gave a presentation on his methods, and I became so fascinated that I decided I wanted to learn how to plant a forest myself. Miyawaki is quite famous, and very old; he’s now 87. He has planted around 40 million trees all over the world, and in 2006, he won the Blue Planet Prize, the equivalent to the Nobel Prize in the environmental field.

Adventures in Field Botany / Illustrated-Glossary Leaf Morphology: Phyllode/ Cladode: modifyed stems that act as leaves. Ensiform: leaves sharp edges, taper into a slender point (fern) Stellate: hairs come up like fingers. Looks like cluster of hair. Create Your Homestead Blog in 6 Steps Many of my readers are just getting started with their own homesteading journeys, and in some cases their own homesteading blogs. Today we’ve got a guest post from Rob Russo about how to get your blog off to a strong start – or give it a jump start if you’re not attracting as many readers as you would like. You are a homesteader if you’ve milked a cow, dyed your own wool and cleaned a coop — all before 10am. Or perhaps you are a city dweller with three chickens and the word “canned” reminds you of dinner options instead of “getting fired” from your desk job. Either way, if you are reading this via desktop, laptop, e-reader or mobile device, you don’t live off the land *so* much that you’ve given up the modern convenience of technology. It’s true, while my wife and I purchased a few acres and love our chickens, we each are connected to our iPhone and laptop.

MODERN HOMESTEADING A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency Planning a garden in advance can help you enjoy local, homegrown food year-round! Estimate how much to grow or buy and learn how to achieve food security with these guidelines. Backyard Chicken Facts - 5 Things No One Told Us A few facts that might help you decide whether or not to get chickens for your backyard. Best Guard Dog for Your Homestead

26 Steps To Self Sufficiency: 26 steps to self sufficiency. 1. Plant a garden : This is the basic building block for anyone looking to walk a simpler path in life in the modern world. Especially with rising fuel costs and resulting food costs increases it is imperative to minimize the impact on a families financial situation.

Herbal Supplements Don't Contain What They Claim If you buy illegal drugs on the street, you probably expect impurities. However, when it comes to herbal supplements bought at the largest chains in America, you might think the product will be a bit closer to what you are paying for. If so, you're probably wrong.

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