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11 October 2006 @ 09:40 pm
Hey there, this is my 1st post here.. I thought of you folks last night when I made dinner. Usually I'm all about using fresh foods, and cooking from cans was unusual for me (I was tired & didn't feel like cooking this time) so it made me think of ..well..what if there were circumstances in which I *had* to use all canned stuff for a while? In that case I'd definitely like to remember this odd green chili recipe for something a little different. ;) The fresh onion & chard could be optional, and it could be with chicken or vegetarian.

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01 August 2006 @ 11:34 pm
Does anyone have any? I'm in a new city, potentially interested in far more than I actively pursue. What should I do (today, this week, this month?) What do you do, that you wish other people would also do? What do other people do that you wish you did? What does no one seem to do, that you wished everyone did? I'd like to help by doing something differently! Thanks.
27 May 2006 @ 07:56 pm
Can anyone recommend a good wheat grinder? I would prefer if it had the ability to work using a hand crank also. Something that can grind fine enough for usable flour.

24 May 2006 @ 12:24 pm
Thinking about going Yellow? Think E85 might be the solution we're all looking for? Think again. Read Ed Wallace's Report on The Problems with E85 Then watch those Yellow Commercials for the Propaganda Campaign they really are.

xposted compost_wackos natural_family solar_cooking

(please delete this if you think it's too far off topic. k?)
30 March 2006 @ 11:52 pm
I'm glad I found this community, because I need to work on my dissaster survival skills. It's too bad this community hasn't been updates in a while, but it looks like there is a lot of great information in the posts. I live in Iowa, so I'm kind of worried about what would happen in a major bilzard that knocked out power for many days. Not incredibly likely in Iowa, but like you guys know, it's always better to be prepared. I guess right now I'm primarily looking around for what kind of backup supplies of power I should get in that case. If it's a blizard, chances are solar power isn't going to do me much good. My family does have a wood burning stove, which will help, but can't power any apliances or anything. Anyone have any sugesstions?

Also, if anyone is interested specifically in discussing how to prepare for peak oil, please come check out my community peakoil_prep :)
01 February 2006 @ 03:00 pm
The Coming of Deindustrial Society: A Practical Response

With the coming of Peak Oil and the beginning of long-term, irreversible declines in the availability of fossil fuels (along with many other resources), modern industrial civilization faces a wrenching series of unwelcome transitions. This comes as a surprise only for those who haven't been paying attention. More than thirty years ago, the Club of Rome's epochal study The Limits to Growth pointed out that unless something was done, a global economy based on fantasies of perpetual growth would collide disastrously with the hard limits of a finite planet sometime in the early twenty-first century.

The early twenty-first century is here, nothing was done, and the consequences are arriving on schedule. The road that would have brought industrial society through a transformation to sustainability turned out to be the road not taken. The question that remains is what we can do with the limited time we have left.

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29 January 2006 @ 07:45 am

NoNais a new blog from Walter, a Vermont homesteader and farmer. This will provide the latest news and info about the USDA's NAIS.

Cross-posted at not_quite_rural and pagan_homestead
28 January 2006 @ 08:26 am
Xposted at pagan_homestead and not_quite_rural


To protect against disease and terrorism, USDA will register and track domesticated animals, and the properties in which they reside, throughout the United States. This leads us to ask, “What impact will these good intentions have on small farmers, ranchers and hobbyists?”

This Saturday at 9AM Pacific (10am CT, 11am ET) the Food Chain with Michael Olson hosts Dr. Mary Zanoni, Founder of Farm For Life, and small farmers from around the United States for Part II of a conversation about the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

Listen anywhere, live or delayed, on your radio, computer or iPOD at MetroFarm.com. (This web link has a list of stations as well as the link for the MP3 file to listen on your computer.)

Topics include why animals and properties must be registered and tracked; how the tracking system has been designed to facilitate industrial-scaled production systems; and what impact this program may have on small-scale producers.

Listeners are invited to call the program at 1-800-624-2665 or on their local station or log on to the Forum page at www.metrofarm.com.
17 January 2006 @ 12:29 pm
Greetings! I have not posted here before but one of my lists mentioned this and I thought that perhaps the LJers in this group may be interested in this info. Please feel free to spread the word!



Perhaps leaving their desk job to pursue a dream of self-sufficiency in the great outdoors?

THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL is creating a new TV series and they are looking for families moving from the American suburbs to a self-sufficient life in the wilderness. They are looking for couples and families who are preparing to move, but have not yet moved, into the wilderness. They will film the entire process over a period of several months in a format called Observational Documentary.

They are also looking for someone currently living off-the-grid in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as well as local"wilderness guides" to mentor the families new to the homesteading lifestyle.

If this sounds like anyone you or anyone you know, and to find out more, please call Glenda Lehman Ervin at: 330-828-8828, ext. 2240,or e-mail at Glenda.Ervin@Lehmans.com. The show is scheduled to air in the fall of 2006.
16 January 2006 @ 01:52 pm
Here’s some crappy news for everybody. Loompanics is going out of business!!!!