Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Novel Use For Old Pallets

Here is a cool use for those old pallets that are usually free for the taking.

Our pioneer ancestors spent a large portion of there days in the struggle to produce enough food to survive on. They didn't have access to the knowledge and ideas that are shared now on the internet. As a survivalist or a prepper, once your food stocks run out you will be faced with the same issues, unless you start utilizing these methods now!

Do you have a novel use for old pallets?
Would you consider sharing with the rest of us?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Suburban Homesteading - Edible Victory Garden on 1/10th of an Acre

Check it out!
You can do this too!
Get started ASAP!

I would suggest putting a layer of Landscape Cloth ($$$) between the rows and then cover with wood chips to keep down the weeds and mud.

DIY $200 Greenhouse

Here is a project that can get you started growing your own food if you have the space. Scale it down if need be, but get going!

If you live in the northern climes, you could heat you greenhouse with scrap wood from old pallets, burnt in a rocket stove that heats a thermal mass. There is a book out there that shows a how a guy did this in his house for heating. It is Rocket Mass Heaters: Superefficient Woodstoves YOU Can Build by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson. Find materials to build and upgrade your greenhouse design on Craigslist.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Survival Garden

Here is a covert method of gardening when SHTF.

Remember to practice with your hybrid seed and save the heirloom for later when you have mastered your methods.Stock up on seeds that have a short maturity date. Get seeds for sprouting that will give you food in mere days. Remember, Zucchini is a very prolific producer. Find recipes for using it in different methods. It is delicious to use when young in salads.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Over at

Around the world, amateur astronomers have been scanning the cloudtops of Jupiter for signs of debris from an explosion witnessed by Dan Peterson and George Hall on Sept. 10th. So far the cloud layer is blank. "Several observers have now obtained excellent images on the second and third rotations after the fireball, and there is nothing new nor distinctive at the impact site," reports John H. Rogers, director of the Jupiter Section of the British Astronomical Association:
The fireball was probably caused by a small asteroid or comet hitting Jupiter. Apparently, the giant planet swallowed the impactor whole.
When fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter in 1994, each major flash observed by NASA's Galileo spacecraft produced a "bruise," a murky mixture of incinerated comet dust and chemically altered Jovian gas twisting and swirling among the clouds. In July 2009, amateur astromer Anthony Wesley discovered a similar mark thought to be debris from a rogue asteroid crashing into the planet.
So where is the debris this time? Perhaps the impactor was small, packing just enough punch to make a flash, but without leaving much debris. Indeed, studies suggest that Jupiter is frequently struck by relatively small 10-meter-class asteroids. In such cases, minimal debris is to be expected.
Stay tuned for updates in case something surfaces.

Look's like the giants of our solar system are doing what they were made for.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Here is a great bit of video.

Lifted From The Ulsterman Report (and Youtube)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Over The Edge

Now I realize that some people question my sanity with my posts on The Model Community and Food Forest, my talk of permaculture and earth sheltered homes: they think I have gone Greeny, or have slipped over the edge.

My response is that you need to be a little more open minded about these things and think about how they would benefit you in and after a collapse situation has occured. The Food Forest, Edible Landscape and Permaculture will ensure you and your family will have Dinner well after the supermarkets have closed. Free food growing without having to constantly tend to its well-being is a huge benefit.

An earth sheltered or underground home gives you protection from Forest Fire and Rifle fire. It moderates the year round temperature so that you only have to warm the home from 50 degrees up to 70, or 80 if that is your wish instead of from 30 degrees or less, whatever your climate delivers. In the far north you will have permafrost so this concept is not practical up there. Cooling the house is much easier if you plan your home correctly. All this translates into less energy needed to heat and cool, which means that you can be free of the power companies and their outages by utilizing alternative power sources.

As far as using the example of the Model Community, you are only using it's legal structure to satisfy Government and to keep out those who would be a detriment to the Trybes existence as a community. By leasing the parcels instead of selling outright, troublemakers and scoundrels can be weeded out if need be by terminating their lease.

Now for the Trybe.
Why the spelling with a Y instead of an I?
Because the Trybe is made up individuals banding together for a common belief in a way of life. The Trybe is not recognized by the government as a group of Native Indian or African peoples. Tribes are composed of people of whom many are related and living together because of that and no other reason. If you leave, you are still "from" that tribe. With the Trybe, you would lose all affiliation if you left or were forced out.

The Trybe is made up of mostly non-related like minded individuals who agree to live by the agreements signed at their acceptance into the Trybe. Trybal government can be modeled after city government, or Trybal Council consisting of the Heads of each household in the Trybe as well as an elected Chief to break stalemates so as to be able to proceed with needed business. The chief would also fill the role of Emergency Management Director to deal with any issues needing immediate action. The forms of government can be what ever the Trybe agrees on and is legal.

The Trybe should be sized to whatever the land can support, through Food Forest, Permaculture, Edible Landscape, and other forms of gardening and farming. Being a member of the Trybe in good standing will get you assistance as you need it, a place to live, food while others go hungry, and protection by way of Trybal Defense/Militia members.

I could go on and on, but those of you with open minds are already seeing the benefits of all that I have presented, and probably have some ideas of your own. Those who are close minded will only see drawbacks and will shrug all this off as the delusions of someone who is wandering about in their own mind.

One parting comment on the people of the Model Community of Earthaven. I think some of their beliefs and pratices are way out there, bordering on the truly strange, but they have a Community of like minded individuals who are working together.

What have you got?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Food Forest

I have been researching Food Forests off and on over the last couple of years since I first heard of them. The concept was intriguing and I have collected a bit of info which I plan to share.

Watch these videos and imagine the possibilities:


 Not a Fairytale: America's First Public Food Forest

 When you and your Trybe members are designing your own Model Community, incorporate the Food Forest into its design to help with a sustainable food supply. Since you are incorporating earth sheltered homes into the planned community, you can easily create root cellars into the design to store your bounty from your Food Forest and your edible landscape.

More to come.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Three Empty Suits

Here's Barry with two of his most active supporters.
The teleprompter could not be reached for comment.

Very Interesting!

Now this is just too cool!!

I wonder when the motocross version will come out!!