A Self-Sustaining Homestead

How To Create Your Own 1-Acre, Self-Sustaining Homestead Illustration by: Dorling Kindersley There are endless ways to create your own self-sustaining homestead using 1-acre of land. Some people prefer to keep cows, goats, pigs and hens, while others prefer to keep animal livestock to a minimum, or none at all. With or without livestock, your […] Read more »

Gardens On the Wild Side

This has some great information Gardens Gone Wild April 20, 2015 by Abby Quillen How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard Today’s environmental news is often alarming, especially the warnings that biodiversity, a term used to describe the immense variety of life on Earth, is under siege. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warns […] Read more »

Are we going to need outhouses in our future

The vanishing outhouse By Tom Kovach A person recently wrote to a large Midwest newspapers’ advice column asking for information about outdoor privies. It seems that this person’s family inherited a log cabin from out of the 1930s and it came with no indoor plumbing. Instead there was an outhouse. But the problem with the […] Read more »

How To Build An Underground, Off-Grid, Virtually Indestructible Home

We have all heard the one about how if you dig a hole straight down into the earth, eventually you come out the other side of the planet in China. While theoretically this might be true, in the real world it would not be possible. If the tremendous pressures you would encounter didn’t do you […] Read more »

Cool Affordable Battery Pack coming from TESLA

Tesla Motors Announces Plans for Affordable Battery Pack that Could Power Entire Home for Two Days I’ve heard about there car and how cool it is going from 0-60 in 2 sec. without a sound, I guess this would be the battery to give it much longer range. In a bold move by Tesla Motors, […] Read more »

Grid security is one of our greatest national vulnerabilities

An interview with James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency America’s power grid may be the nation’s proverbial Achilles heel. For over a decade, scientists and intelligence professionals have been shouting at the federal government to do something – anything – to protect and strengthen the grid from a cataclysmic collapse, which could leave […] Read more »

What if the electricity GOES OFF?

Issue #55 • January/February, 1999 of Backwoods Home Magazine Just as everyone was getting ready to throw the party of the century and millennium—out with the old and in with the new—someone springs Y2K on us. Power outages, banking woes, communication breakdowns, and even economic collapse are some of the predictions I’ve heard. There is […] Read more »

How To Make An Earth Battery

Never heard of this before so I thought I had better save it. This is from http://www.shtfpreparedness.com/make-earth-battery/ I knew from watching a documentary a few years ago that the ancient folks of Baghdad made batteries from earth. They are called the Baghdad batteries and have been dated to over 2000 years old. I don’t know why, […] Read more »

How to start a fire in the rain

Some great information to have, my brother starts a fire in the rain with a torch attached to a 5 gallon propane tank but most people are not going to have the availability of a weed burner. By Cliff Jacobson Illustrations by Steve Sanford From the January-February 2011 issue of Scouting magazine How to start […] Read more »

GoSun Sport Solar cooking

I saw this GoSun Sport and just thought I would include this on my blog, sounds nice, looks nice, seems kind of pricy for the size and it doesn’t seem like you could cook something big like a loaf of bread. Maybe something is in the works down the road, will see. Read on and see […] Read more »