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20 December 2008 @ 09:29 pm
I found this in another community and thought it would be helpful here. You can get a free menstrual cup sent to you by filling out a short survey here.

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15 October 2008 @ 10:38 am
Hello, I'm Winnie. My partner and I have been watching the economic crisis for a long while now, and we had decided it was time to start making arrangements in case something happened to necessitate living off grid for a while. So we've been doing a lot of research and I thought I would share some of the better sites we've found along the way that deal with off grid survival.

solar cooker We like this model best because it's the cheapest we've seen as far as materials, and because we feel it would be the easiest to transport if moving suddenly became necessary, and some very good recipes for it are available here, here, and here.

solar food dryer/ dehydrator I like this model because, again, it would be inexpensive and easy to construct.

Backwoods Homes magazine This site has a lot of useful articles, including 7 Mistakes of Food Storage.

Canning guides can be found here, here, here, and here.

Like I said, these are the best of what we've found so far. Please feel free to spam me with your favorites. :)

ETA: On the subject of rainwater collection I managed to find this, this, this. I'm trying to work out in my head a way to do this with some type of large funnel since we live in an apartment and wouldn't be able to divert from the down spout. And I would like to do it as inexpensively as possible. Any ideas?
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12 October 2008 @ 09:59 pm
I was wondering if I could use this solar oven to make these recipes? Or would the oven heat too much or too fast to be able to slow cook anything?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
28 September 2008 @ 12:11 am
I found these small trees/shrubs on my parents' land, and I'm looking for some help identifying them. I'm almost entirely sure they're autumn-olive, but just in case I want to have a few other people back me up on that before I chow down.

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x-posted to a bunch of places
18 May 2008 @ 11:38 am
Pictures of the Garden

Can anyone tell me how to do Notes on Flickr?

(xposted to compost_wackos not_quite_rural and gentlesurvival)
01 April 2008 @ 08:47 pm
DIY Vacuum Chamber Plans, complements of Cybertech writer "Wildflower": http://www.digivill.net/~ticom/WF0308.pdf
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19 December 2006 @ 04:01 pm
I think one of the best things anyone can do to prepare for extended future disasters like is to plant perennial food crops in their yards and on vacant land. Nut trees are especially good, including chestnuts, hickories, oaks, and for more southern areas, pecans and almonds, as these can provide protein in a fairly easy to store form. Chestnuts especially grow quickly and bear early (7 to 10 years), although the nuts don't keep as well and are largely carbs. People can get most of their yearly calories from them though, as they can be dried and ground into flour (which doesn't have gluten), so plant chestnuts! The best yields and largest nuts are from Chinese chestnuts or hybrids, the sweetest taste from American chestnuts, but they (American) are currently still extremely vulnerable to blight, which doesn't much bother the Chinese. Maybe plant one of each, as chestnuts need another tree for pollination anyway, and then there will be a local source for others who want to start their own trees. I intend to post more on this community on other food plants if I get a good response or questions on this post, so if you want to know more from someone who has spent WAY too much time learning about this stuff, ask away...:)
02 November 2006 @ 07:24 pm
I posted the below question to three other communities, but have gotten no answers. I'm wondering if anyone here has some suggestions to share?

Does anyone have any recipe or preservation suggestions for fresh Ginkgo seeds? I have a bunch drying on my counter. Tomorrow I plan to crack the inner shells and from there I haven't decided. I could roast or fry and then freeze them. I think I could just freeze them and then cook them as I need them, but am not sure. This is my first opportunity to use Ginkgo seeds, so I welcome any suggestions you may have.

Cross-posted to apothecarium, kitchen_witch, wildfoods, and my journal.