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How to make self-rising flour

How to make self-rising flour

Diversify your all-purpose flour to make it truly all purpose

If you are a prepper then the odds are you have a supply of grain somewhere in your food storage. You may have all-purpose flour stored up and even some self-rising flour. Still, you need to know how to create your own various flours and backing ingredients from scratch. Produce and baking ingredients may not be available in a survivalist situation. Where many overlook ingredient preparation skills, it is a vital part in being able to make and cook your own food. As bread is one of the cheapest foods to make (and yes I now there is little nutritional value in it), understanding how to make self-rising flour is important. Here is a step by step guide on how to make your own self-rising flour.

Step One: Get some grain seed


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If you do not have wheat or nuts, you can generally find a supply at an orchard or a farmer’s market. As grain grows in an abundance (as of now) the seeds are relatively cheap. Wheat seeds have a light brown texture or a somewhat white appearance. You do not want to get dark or roasted seeds. If you do not want to use wheat you can substitute barley, oats, nuts, rye, corn, and such to make your flour. Keep in mind that for the best results wheat should be used as you are going to prepare the ingredients for a chemical reaction. ENSURE YOUR SEEDS ARE DRY. If you need to use a dehydrator to ensure that all the moisture is out of the seeds. It is better that you have a dry seed then to have anything wet. If using nuts, you will want to shell the nut. Keep in mind that certain nuts have a low shelf life and do not make good flour (such as walnuts) where other nuts are great for flour (such as almonds). Do a bit of research to see which choice is best for you.

Step Two: Grind it to a powder

The next step is to grind the seeds to a powder. You want to ensure that there are no big chunks of seed within the mixture. Personally, I use a food processor and put the setting to pulp. The flour should be nice and fluffy. If it looks like blue cheese or has a sandy feel to it you need to grind it more.  As there is no liquid in the seed you should not have a paste.  If your seeds do form a paste then you will need to remove the moisture from your remaining seeds and start over. Of course, you can always cheat and go to a health food store and they will usually grind it for you.

Step Three: Add Backing Powder

Backing powder is going to be the main substance that causes the flour to rise. However, you do not want to overdo it. The ratio is 1 and ½ teaspoon for every cup of flour that you have made.  One pound of unground wheat will make about 4 cups of flour when ground. This would be the easiest way to add the baking soda as it would be a full 6 teaspoons.

Mix the contents in thoroughly.  It is recommended that you put the flour and the baking powder into the food processor and hit the pulse button a few times. If you are making the flour in a wilderness situation then you will want to mix the flour until there are no visible signs of the powder in the flour.

Step Four: Add Salt

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¼ of a teaspoon of salt is added to every cup. Again, it is better that you add salt on a pound (4 cups) as it makes the math a bit easier. You do not want to use salt that has thick grains such as rock salt, sea salt, kosher salt, or Epson (as that should never be used in cooking). Salts should consist of iodized table salt. Mix

Ensure that you package the flour in an area that cannot get moist. Air tight containers are best. Also, label the flour so that you do not get it mixed up with your all-purpose flour.

Important Note:

While your bread may consist of fruits and nuts, it is not advised that you add anything to your flour except that which is needed to convert it to self-rising flour. As you are setting up the flour to create a chemical reaction, you should not add spices and other ingredients to the mixture which could compromise the process. Save your dehydrated fruits, nuts, and spices for when you are ready to bake your bread and then follow the recipe.

Why should you make self-rising flour?

From a prepper’s perspective, it may be more beneficial to stock up on bags of self-rising flour than to make it. Yet, this is not necessarily true. You will need to use all-purpose flour for many occasions and will rarely need to have the self-rising flour. Salt and Baking Powder should already be a part of your food storage. Therefore, you should already have everything that you need in order to make the flour. Why buy something extra that will take up additional space on your shelves?

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An additional benefit to making your own self-rising flour (or purchasing it) is that you will eliminate the need to store up on yeast. Granted, if you are planning on making wine you will need yeast, but for baking and other standard uses, the self-rising flour will work out just fine.

Financially making your own flour saves a ton of money. The average bag of all-purpose organic flour costs between $7 (for Gold Medal) to $54 (King Arthur Flour).  Making your own all-purpose flour costs you about $2. Plus, making your own self-rising flour eliminates the dyes and the bleach used in commercial brands. Bottom line, you get a better product that last longer for cheaper.

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Wait Til You See How This Family Grows 6,000 Lbs Of Food on Just 1/10th Acre

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to grow your own food? As preppers, we tend to think of the best way that we can get food in cases of emergencies. While some people think it might be impossible, you’ll see later just how possible it is.

If the Dervaes family can do it while living in Los Angeles, I think you can to.

The Dervaes family live on 1/10th of an acre 15 minutes from downtown L.A..

That’s a pretty normal thing, right?

The crazy thing is that they manage a sustainable and independent urban farm. Yep, they’ve even got animals as you’ll see in the video below.

In a year they produce around 4,300 pounds of vegetables, 900 chicken eggs, 1000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey and pounds of seasonal fruit. How amazing is that? All in their yard.

What the family doesn’t eat they sell from their porch, making around $20,000 a year. Local organic food is so popular that they don’t have any problems finding customs. Even chefs from restaurants seek them out.

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From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year!

To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activites, you can find them at http://urbanhomestead.org

Urban and near-urban farming can be highly productive, causing whatever size of land you have to work with to produce with more abundance. It is time to solve hunger worldwide, through creating local food abundance…. Anyone can do it, once you learn how.

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The Unconventional Guide to Home Aquaponics Systems

In today’s world of advanced technology and multi-national industrial expansion, there is constant and growing concern about ecology and how to grow natural foods in a clean, healthy environment.

One solution is to initiate and oversee the cultivation of aquatic animals and plants grown together in a completely health-promoting structured interior, called aquaponics.

The Unconventional Guide to Home Aquaponics Systems

What is an Aquaponics System and How Does It Work?

Aquaponics is symbiotic cultivation of aquatic species and plant life within an environment that continuously recirculates.

An aquaponics system combines the two types of aqua-farming—aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water).

Fish effluent (waste) accumulates in the system tank’s water supply, making the water rich in plant nutrients but toxic to the tank’s aquatic animals. Within this nutrient enriched water, plants are cultivated and absorb these nutrients.

During the process, the plants lower and sometimes eliminate toxicity levels in the tank water, rendering the water healthy for the fish. This cycle continues, benefiting growth of both plants and aquatic animals.

No water is drained or exchanged, and fresh water is added only when significant amounts of this tank water have evaporated or been absorbed by the plants.

When the fish produce ammonia, a bacteria named Nitrosomonas sp transforms this substance into nitrite.

Subsequently, a second form of bacteria, Nitrobacter, causes conversion of the nitrite into nitrate. Absorbing the nitrate, the plants cleanse the water, creating a purified tank environment once again for the fish.

Aquaponics systems can contain fresh or saltwater, and system sizes can range from compact indoor units to large commercial systems.

Plant and fish types cultivated vary according to water type and system capacity.

While fresh water aquaponics systems depend on plants, aquatic species and nitrifying bacteria for operation, saltwater systems need just the two life forms of saltwater fish and seaweed or algae.

Going Off-Grid with Solar Panels to Power Your Aquaponics System

A major reason for using an aquaponics system in your home or as a business venture is to increase your self-sustainability or promote this idea and system to other people.

For this reason, it is sensible to power your aqua-garden with solar energy.

300x250square01It also makes good sense to operate your ecologically sound, purifying aqua-farm with the natural power of the sun’s energy.

You will save a tremendous amount of money by eliminating your need for costly electrical power supplied by your local utility company.

Once you have installed solar panels for operating your aquaponics system, you will most likely want to convert your entire home energy source from electrical to solar energy power.

Important benefits to be gained from solar power for your aquaponics system include:

1. Major Energy Supply Problems Solved with Solar Panel Use

There are strong advantages to utilizing solar panels to power the operation of your aquaponics system.

If you have been practicing aquaponics cultivation for a while, you most likely have encountered problems with an electrical power interruption. You may have even had a power outage lasting a day or two, especially during harsh weather conditions.

If so, you probably had to rely on temporary power from a noisy gas-powered generator. By installing solar panels, you can start operating your aquaponics system with the sun’s pure, natural and reliable energy source.

2. Safe, Pure, Cost-Efficient Power Directly Harnessed from the Sun

Solar energy is a totally eco-friendly, inexpensive power source.

It is also completely safe.

 

 

You will never need to worry about fires or harmful gas fumes in your home when you use solar power.

In addition, generation of solar power produces no annoying sound like the noise from many gas generators. With batteries as a backup for power, you can benefit from energy from your solar panels for many hours at a time.

Although the presence of bright sunlight throughout the year in states like Florida and Arizona is a great benefit for consistent use of solar power, it is not a necessity.

Solar panels can store energy from the direct light on sunny days for use on cloudy or overcast days and, of course, during night hours.

3. Easy Installation of Your Solar-Powered Aquaponics Cultivation Environment

The first major item you will need for installing your solar-powered home aquaponics system is a pump with low amperage.

With an efficient, dependable pump, you can have steady power for your aqua-farm with fewer solar panels.

A pump drawing just 24 watts of power can support water elevation up to nine feet. It is best to install your solar panel or panels in close proximity to your aquaponics setup.

You may want to mount solar panels on the roof of your home or on a high pole support.

Your panels should face south if you live in the northern hemisphere and north if you are located in the southern hemisphere.

Taking into consideration the voltage of your solar panels and voltage needed for your pump, it may be necessary to wire a pair of panels placed together to achieve correct potential difference.

You should obtain a pump controller that will regulate the power flow from the solar panels to the pump.

This controller should also include a battery for storage of extra energy from the panels to be used during night hours or on cloudy and overcast days.

The solar panels and the pump should be properly wired to form a complete and secure control circuit for operation of your aquaponics system.

4. Simple Power Generation and Maintenance for Your Modern Aqua-Garden

You can charge your solar-powered aquaponics system using just a few essential elements for generating power.

A typical solar energy charging kit for a home aquaponics system includes four 15-watt solar panels with sturdy mounting frames and a 200-watt modified sine wave inverter device along with a 7-amp charge controller for solar power.

An installation wiring kit and accessories will also be provided. Nighttime battery discharge will be prevented by the diode blocking technology that is built-in.

This convenient kit has other handy capabilities as well.

It can be used to sustain a 12-volt battery charge. It can also be used as a charging source for electric-powered vehicles, equipment, boats, computers and other items.

With a 250-watt charging kit, you can gain more power, and with use of an expansion kit, you will have power increases of 310, 375 or more wattage.

Once your new aquaponics system is in place and powered with solar energy, you are ready to start populating this ecologically sound environment with aquatic animals and plant life.

You will soon be reaping the benefits of this pure, simultaneous cultivation of fish and plants.

This biologically balanced system will operate in continuous harmony. Now that your cultivation system is up and running, your role in the growing process is to maintain water levels, feeding and harvesting the fish appropriately so the tank is never overcrowded.

You, your family and friends can now enjoy the benefits of a completely safe, ecologically balanced source of sustainable food supply.

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10 Ways You’ll Fall In Love With A Prepper

10 Ways You'll Fall In Love With A Prepper

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Becoming more knowledgeable about preppers and their lifestyle will reveal how beneficial they are to society as a whole.

They focus on an individual lifestyle and fight for everyone’s freedom. Freedom to preppers includes freedom from government dependence, so they keep resources available to them to ensure they can be self-sustainable.

This way of life was normal, and even necessary for survival, only a few generations ago, yet modern thinking has shunned the entire notion of it.

Benefits of the prepping lifestyle

A true prepper is an independent, free-thinking, innovative individual who devotes a good amount of time to stocking resources and acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to be self-sustainable.

They conserve resources and wealth in contrast to most modern people today.

Most importantly, they highlight valid arguments against the seemingly invincible modern way of life.

1. Preppers have their own resources.

They have built an entire lifestyle revolving around having a stock of all necessary resources. If you are in need of some necessary or basic resource, then it is very likely your prepper friend already has the item.

Even in times of non-emergency having resources handy can be extremely helpful. For example, if a low-key storm happens to knock your power out then a prepper will likely have a generator or some strategy for continuing on with the day.

If you need a particular ingredient for dinner, there will be no trip to the store for that one item. Instead, it is probably already in your prepper’s stock room.

2. They are handy.

Preppers value a wide range of skills from planting gardens to building houses.

9 reasons I won't be trusting the government any time soonA good prepper has a strong knowledge base encompassing various skills that are useful in everyday life. From preparing meals from scratch to knowing the best fishing spots, the information a prepper acquires will prove to be helpful in the most unexpected ways.

3. They are generally conservative with their money and resources

Preppers are great partners because they are experts at cutting costs and reducing waste. Prepping strategy involves buying in bulk which will save money and leave you with plenty of spare resources.

Learning valuable skills, such as growing your own food or general car maintenance will also help reduce costs. By cutting wasteful spending and focusing on the future, you will have more money to save, invest, and prepare.

4. They are prepared for much more than just catastrophe.

The prepping that is done to protect from an apocalypse situation can also be just the thing that helps you pull through losing your job, the death of a loved one, or unexpected major medical expenses.

These situations are extremely common and you should most certainly expect to deal with at least one of these challenges during your lifetime.

Despite how likely we are to experience these events, most people fail to prepare for these events and have extreme difficulty recovering financially. Having plans and resources available will help you through.

5. They are realistic.

Most techniques that preppers use were actually historically necessary to survive not too long ago.

For example, in your grandmother’s early adulthood, she probably canned food for the winter, had guns in the house for protection, and may have even had a garden to help provide food.

Only a few generations ago people were much more independent and realistic about their needs. Back then it was not considered prepping, but living. Without planning for the future, you were doomed to fail.

6. They fight for freedom.

The Democratic Party usually argues for social freedoms, whereas Republicans promote economic freedom. Survivalists and preppers fight for all around freedom.

This group has been ostracized by the media and government and labeled as outcasts, doom-seekers, and even domestic terrorists. They strive for less government dependence and have viewpoints more in line with our founding fathers versus the modern socialistic trend.

7. They can be your insurance plan.

Obviously a preppers main goal is to prepare themselves for survival in the event of some catastrophe.

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They make plans, store up stock, gather resources, and ensure their safety during any kind of natural disaster, economic collapse, or even total societal meltdown. Though it is much wiser to prepare for yourself, if some emergency does happen then you will know right where to turn.

8. They help the entire community.

Even if you yourself don’t have an emergency kit or supplies, having survivalists in your community greatly increases your chances of survival in a disaster situation.

The more preppers you have in your community the more likely your area can survive any disaster or economic collapse. Together a group of preppers provide the area with a variety of imperative survival skills, stocked resources for immediate needs, and of course the ingenuity needed to rebuild.

9. They are independent.

A skilled prepper has all of the necessary resources he needs to survive on his own, independent of any external situation. They have learned to become problem-solvers, innovative, and most importantly, self-reliant.

They generally live their lives without the desire or need to be told what to do, and love the individualism within others as well. They tend to favor freedom, socially and economically, and are rarely swayed by twisted politics.

10. They see the world differently.

Preppers and survivalists alike have the knowledge of what it really takes to survive in a completely different world.

Today’s modern human does not take into consideration how convenient and easy meeting our basic needs has become. Preppers, on the other hand, tend to appreciate resources, hard work, and luxury much more than the average person.

They generally shy away from the excessive consumption and waste culture we have created today. A person with a greater appreciation for everything in life is generally a happier person.

Preppers have been portrayed by the main media and government as loners and crazy doomsday-seekers, but they couldn’t be further from the truth.

There are numerous advantages that preppers provide to not only their community but also to the nation as a whole for fighting for our freedoms and independent lifestyles. There are countless ways you will fall in love with a prepper, these ten just top the list!

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5 “Crazy Simple” Tips to Build Your Emergency Food Supply

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Your emergency food supply is probably the most important part of prepping for a SHTF scenario. What many people do not understand is that even when you shop on an extremely bare-minimum budget, you can still manage to buy reserves to put into your supply. In order to better help our readers, we have put together a list of five “crazy simple” ways to efficiently boost your food supply.

5) Buy Something Extra Every Trip

We know that many of you actually live on a really tight budget especially with the economy that we live in. We know that you may think that it is difficult to even spare a few extra bucks for food storage, but it does not have to be so.

Canned vegetables and macaroni and cheese are typically very cheap, so buying even one or two of these can boost your supply.

If you go to the grocery store on a daily basis, buy a canned good to put in storage. If you go shopping once a week, designate only a few dollars to donate to your supply.

It does not seem like much, but in a month’s time, you can certainly see what good it does.

You should remember to try to get a variety of things, but always keep it in your budget.

4) Coupon Coupon Coupon

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This may seem excessive, but the truth is that you can get many non-perishable items for less than you would pay for one item at full price.

You do not have to be an extreme couponer, but you should always keep an eye out for deals that are better than usual.

By doing this, you will be stocking up on your food supply, learn to purchase food at lower rates and even possibly cut back on your food costs so you can start getting more ammo and medical items.

3) Order Cases of Dehydrated Food

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When you get your yearly holiday bonus, a little bit of overtime or have a couple hundred dollars saved, you can always order a barrel or case of dehydrated food.

Some barrels could last a family of four for months at a time.

This is a cheap and useful alternative to basic foods that are typically bought from shopping centers.

The barrels and crates also take up way less space than tons of food stocked throughout your house.

2) Buy MREs

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If you do not know what an MRE is, we will explain it.

An MRE is a government food package that has a full balanced meal inside.

The package also contains things like toilet paper, so that the person eating it is somewhat accommodated in other ways as well.

While some survivalists say that you should not keep these, they are a good alternative to having no food stored, they each have 1,200 calories and they provide a full balanced meal.

If you are uncomfortable with purchasing actual MREs, you can always try one of the many alternatives that have been surfacing over the years.

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1) Save your Supply

When times get tough, finances get cut and cupboards get bare, do not eat your food supply.

In order to keep stocked up, you should learn to tough it out until you are certain that there is no other option than dipping into your supply.

By learning how to shop smart, stock and store and balance your money, you will be ensuring that your supply is only going to be used when it is absolutely necessary.

There are some situations that arise where one would be tempted to dip into the mass quantity of food that is stored, but it should not be done unless there is no other choice.

Keep in mind that we know that it is easier for some than it is for others to stock up on food items.

We also know that sometimes things like job loss, cut hours and other major disasters occur, but it should be known that while stocking up on your SHTF supply, you should also try to stock up your cupboards at home.

Buy plenty of non-perishables that can last you through the temporary emergencies so that you are able to keep your supply well-stocked and overflowing.

Hong Kong democracy protesters and Beijing dig in heels

 

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters and the Chinese government in Beijing headed for a showdown on Tuesday, as both sides refused to back down over demands for democratic reforms in this financial enclave.

Protesters blocked Hong Kong’s streets for a fifth day Tuesday over anger at China’s refusal to allow the open selection of candidates for Hong Kong’s leader in the city’s first democratic election, scheduled for 2017.

A major confrontation looms Wednesday, a national holiday that marks the 65th anniversary of the Communist Party’s seizure of power in China. With offices and schools closed for two days, the size of the protests could grow.

A statement on Twitter by the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement set the holiday as the deadline for Hong Kong’s leader, Leung Chun-ying, to meet their demands for genuine democracy or step down as the city’s chief executive.

The group said it would announce new civil disobedience plans if no action were taken to meet its demands.

Original Article Source:  Hong Kong democracy protesters and Beijing dig in heels

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11 Must Read Books To Get You Off The Grid

This collection of books will provide you with tutorials on many aspects of the off-grid lifestyle that we’re all focused on building.

We have books included that teach you how to build your own eco-home, how to harvest water, how to generate your own power and even growing your own food.

In today’s day and age, many of us are planning on going off-grid, downsizing, homesteading, survival prepping or simply living a more “down to earth” lifestyle, it’s great to have access to information and tips from people who have already done it.

Check out the selection we include below. If you don’t want to spend money on the books, remember that the information on our site is free (we have more detailed courses that you’ll pay for as well).

(Note – Sovereign Survival is an Amazon Affiliate and makes a small commission on sales).

By clicking the image of the book, you’ll be re-directed to Amazon where you can purchase the book.

Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home

Earth-sheltered houses utilize thermal mass in order to create a low-impact dwelling. Written by a former contractor and founder of an eco-building school with 27 years experience. Rave reviews.

Earth Sheltered Houses

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Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels

144 pages, a collection of 20 tutorials from turning old windows into a greenhouse, building a chicken coop, making rainwater collectors and even making an algae bioreactor from water bottles!

Projects to get you off the grid

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The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

This book is another “cult classic” and teaches organic gardening, keeping livestock, preserving meats and fruits, and more.

The Backyard Homestead

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OFF THE GRID: Live in a Van, Truck, Trailer, or Motorhome

Author JJ Luna is an “interesting cat” as they might say here in California. He’s written other books about how to “disappear” and live as anonymously as possible (legally). This book is in some ways an extension of those ideas. You can save a ton of money by living in a vehicle – and he gives all kinds of ideas on how to do so effectively.

Off the grid live in a wan truck trailer or motorhome

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Harvesting H2O: A prepper’s guide to the collection, treatment, and storage of drinking water while living off the grid

If you’re really living “out there” you’ll find out that while you can go without solar if you have to, you’re really stuffed without water. This book contains tutorials on the dangers of wild water, purifying your own water, water filter construction, distillation, rainwater collection, water storage, drilling wells and more.

Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution

I like the “realness” of this book. This is “real world” modern RV survival for someone who doesn’t have a huge budget to buy a big tract of land in the wilderness. Awesome for the modern nomad or drifter who wants freedom from the steel grip of the big mortgage.

Dirt cheap survival retreat

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DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home

All manner of solar projects from passive solar water heating through to photovoltaic systems, and plenty of simple innovations such as “thermosyphon” solar heat collectors and clever reflector projects that cost little and provide energy!

DIY Solar Projects how to put the sun to work in your home

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DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle

All manner of projects including building a beehive, solar electricity, cold frame gardening, setting up a root cellar and more.

DIY Projects for the self sufficient homeowner

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Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

Forget GMOs for increased yields. Aquaponics is the answer, because it uses closed loop systems (make a note of this phrase, closed loop systems are going to become incredibly important in the years to come.) Aquaponics is an incredible way of creating what is effectively a maximum-yield “ecosystem” designed to produce healthy food. An essential topic for the “off-gridder”.

Aquaponic Gardening a step by step guide to raising vegetables and fish together

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Earthship: How to Build Your Own, Vol. 1

The classic from Earthship pioneer Michael Reynolds. He has now created a whole series on this topic but this one is the original.

Earthship how to build your own

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Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition

This book is a “cult classic” covering how things used to be done before power tools and modern “conveniences”. Essential stuff from dyeing your own wool with plant pigments through to raising chickens and building a log cabin.

Back to basics a complete guide to traditional skills

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Top 10 Homesteading Blogs

Homesteading is quickly turning into a very popular lifestyle in these modern times.

Genuine homesteaders come from all backgrounds, ages, and family sizes.

They originate from every walk of life – from scientists to city-slickers to hippies.

They live on the tops of mountains, prairies, and even in cities. Homesteaders are known to be humble, sincere, and truly dedicated to their organic lifestyle.

Here are 10 inspiring homesteading blogs that offer a wealth of information about the authentic homesteading way of life – in no particular order:

1. Our One Acre Farm

Our One Acre Farm is a blog that offers advice on organic cooking and recipes, backyard farming principles, wildlife, wild edibles, and chicken habitat protocol. Other homesteading topics on the site include juicing and how to make homemade treats.

One Acre Farm

2. Little Mountain Haven

Little Mountain Haven is a great resource to learn about permaculture, eco-friendly gardening tips, mountain living, and how to parent on a homestead. Some homesteaders choose to experiment with permaculture and winter gardening in order to grow heirlooms that will help conserve seed genetic diversity.

Little Mountain Haven

3. Solar Homestead

This blog revolves around the concept of “going solar” and offers advice on a wide range of various energy saving resources such as off the grid electricity, wind and solar power, and energy saving appliances. Building and living off the grid is no easy task. Here you’ll find helpful information on these complex subjects along with information on aquaponics and how to raise chickens.

Solar Homestead

4. Voice from the Bush

This interesting blog offers advice to homesteaders on how to smoke meat, container gardening, wild foraging, and the teachings of ‘First Peoples from the Americas’ regarding honesty, bravery, respect, humility, truth, love, and wisdom.

Voice From The Bush

5. Earthworms and Marmalade

Topics from this fun blog include organic cooking and preserving, gardening tips, craftiness, and wholesome family traditions from two Texas sisters just learning and sharing their experience as they follow their journey of self-reliance.

Earthworms and Marmalade

6. The Backyard Farming Connection

Homesteading and backyard farming are a growing lifestyle for many people. They’re making the conscious decision to live in a more respectful manner with the earth through farming, crafting, gardening, and cooking.

The Backyard Farming Connection

7. Attainable Sustainable

Native cultures never seemed to have a problem with sustaining the natural ecological balance of nature. They cleverly used their resources on hand relative to their region and wasted nothing. This blog captures that forgotten spirit by talking about topics such as gardening, poultry, food preservation, DIY, and small changes that make a huge impact.

Attainable Sustainable

8. Urban Homestead

Urban Homestead is a ‘forward thinking’ blog about urban homesteading, simple living, biodiesel concepts, and information on a transformational Outreach Program.

Urban Homestead

9. Montana Homesteader

This is a blog to help people make the giant leap towards a more self-sufficient lifestyle on various subjects including garden planning, beekeeping, filleting fish, and solar energy. In other words, it shows people how to return to a simpler way of life.

Montana Homesteader

10. Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News is the quintessential homesteading blog. Topics include organic gardening, natural health, livestock, DIY, renewable energy, eco-friendly homes, green transportation, and general homesteading tips – a classic blog and guideline to clean, green living.

Mother Earth News

Living entirely off the grid is attainable, although not easy. And for those people who don’t have definite plans to live off the grid entirely, they’re still making a remarkable difference to both their communities and families with every step they take.

A few homesteaders embrace the latest innovative technology together with the old and attempt to put a unique spin on a traditional idea. They depend, to some extent, on the external world – perhaps for technology, schooling, groceries, or electricity. Many are adventure seekers and are simply willing to learn and progress.

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The Secrets to Mushroom Growing

If you are anything like me, you have always loved mushrooms. Let’s face it, mushrooms growing is a great way to assure your family of a regular supply of this excellent food.

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Most people put off mushroom growing because they feel like it takes some special skill-set, or at least extremely specialized growing conditions.

Guess what?

This is absolutely not true!!!

Mushrooms are actually just as easy to grow as anything else, and they can be a great deal easier to grow than many other kinds of food.

That’s a relief, right?

Right!

When I found that out I was pretty excited because it meant that I’d be able to grow mushrooms for my family.

Mushrooms often need less care and require growing conditions that even allow people in cities to grow them.

How crazy is it that you can grow mushrooms in your own apartment?

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There are many people who have gone through the Mushroom Growing for You Course and are now growing mushrooms in their homes and you can be one of them.

If you live in the countryside, you can grow mushrooms as well.

As someone who is into living off the grid and survivalist tips, this is great news for you because you can grow mushrooms on a far larger scale because you have much more space available.

But even if you live in the city, and have a garden shed, you could grow your mushrooms in it. 

All mushroom growing takes is some growth medium and some mushroom spores or spawn, as they are also called.

Yes, that’s all it takes to grow mushrooms. Now while mushrooms may not take up too much space and they don’t require too much care, you need to make sure that the ambiance they are growing in is optimal.

Mushrooms do not thrive in like, so make sure you keep light away from them.

If you are growing mushrooms in your house, you can grow them in a closed box that will keep the light out, and you want to keep the temperature inside the box stable. For further information on optimal conditions click here.

If you are growing mushrooms in a shed or in your green house, you’ll need to ensure that there is a very minimal amount of light that is on them, and also make sure you exclude draughts.

You’ll need to maintain a stable temperature range as well because mushrooms are extremely susceptible to changes in temperature. If you do not maintain the proper temperatures your mushrooms are in trouble. That’s why we recommend the course in the banner below.

On the other hand that’s all that it really takes to grow mushrooms. You just need spawn and the growing medium. Place the spawn in the growing medium and place it in a dark, moist place. Water it regularly every day, and pretty soon your mushrooms will be ready for harvest. There really isn’t all that much to mushroom growing.

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7 Tips for Raising Chickens

Have you ever wanted to be able to produce your own foods without having to settle for what comes in a plastic tub from who knows where?

Whether you want to know what goes into making your food, you are looking to create a healthier lifestyle, or you do not want to be dependent on your local meat department, raising chickens is a great step towards self sufficiency.

So, what are the best ways to ensure a healthy supply of fresh poultry and eggs?

1) Make sure you have enough space

Healthy chickens need a good area to run around in and get their muscles moving. Make sure you have enough room for a good sized chicken coop and a run. A ten foot by ten foot area is typically suggested when starting up a place for your chickens to live.

2) Be careful with your other pets

If you have cats, dogs, goats, or any other animals that might wander over to your chicken coop, make sure that they cannot get to the birds.

Cats, specifically those that live outside and are used to hunting field mice and other pests, might see your chickens as a threat or new play toys, and dogs will be aggressive to any unknown animal in their territory, especially if they have never seen chickens before.

Make sure to put chicken wire over the top of your chicken run so that nothing can climb up and over your fence.

If you are fearful that something might be able to stick its claws through the fence, kick the fence, or dig under the fence, consider building two fences around your coop; one to keep the chickens in and one to keep everything else out.

3) Figure out which breed you want

chickensDifferent types of birds are good for different things.

Figuring out what you want from your chickens can help you determine what breed to get.

For example, Rhode Island Reds are great for eggs and lay for quite a while.

They also produce good meat, but may be leaner than other chickens.

Buff Orpington chickens are fat and produce excellent meat, but they will not lay eggs for as long and their turnover rate is higher than with other birds.

Talk to a local breeder or seller to figure out which type of bird best fits your agenda.

4) Clipping Chickens’ Wings

If you leave your chicken run open at the top, your chickens may eventually be able to fly over the top of the fence.

They should not get very far, but it can be a hassle to find them and put them back in the pen, especially if you have other animals.

Clipping their wings does not hurt them if you do it correctly, will keep them from being able to fly out of the coop, and is highly encouraged around pets.

To learn how to clip your chickens’ wings, watch this video:

 

5) Keeping your chickens warm

If you live in a cooler climate, be aware that chickens do not lay eggs well when they are cold.

If the temperature drops dramatically, you can expect egg production to drop as well.

To avoid this, make sure you have a well insulated coop and a good coop design.

Chickens generally do well in the cold and are not in danger of being harmed by mild winter weather, but the warmer you keep them the more eggs you will be able to harvest.

6) Cleaning your coop

Making sure the coop is clean is a very important part of keeping your chickens happy.

The happier and healthier your chickens are, the more eggs you will receive and the fatter they will get. A good coop design is essential in making sure you can adequately clean out your chickens’ living area.

If you have a small coop that is hard to get in to, it may be harder for you to properly clean out the area.

Simple tricks, such as building your coop with a removable floor and/or side panel can make cleaning out the chicken coop quick and easy.

7) Coop design

As previously stated, happy chickens equals healthy chickens, and healthy chickens equals more food for you.

Make sure your coop is not just a box with a roof, make sure your coop has adequate laying and nesting areas that your chickens will feel comfortable in.

Make sure to choose a coop design that fits both your yard, your climate, and your chickens.

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