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Culticycle Pedal Power Tractor


Watch as Farmhack demonstrates their Culticycle pedal power tractor.  This is quite simply one of the coolest Farm inventions I’ve seen in a while.  Alternative energy enthusiasts will love this.  Maybe the culticycle could be a solution for farming in developing nations. Survivalists may want to consider building one as a post economic collapse method of farming. Whatever the reason, I think we are going to start seeing a lot more of these.

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Sustainable Grow Tower: Instructions on how to build your own


Watch MIgardener demonstrate how to make your own sustainable grow tower.  Vertical tower gardens are great because not only can your vegetables be grown in tight spaces, but they also conserve water and nutrients.  Plus a sustainable grow tower is much easier to maintain, manage pests and eliminates the need to pull weeds.

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Floating Barge Home and Workshop Built by Teens and Dad


Watch this video from Kirsten Dirksen as she interviews Eddie Ebel and his teen sons who are constructing their floating barge home.

Floating Barge Home and Workshop

Teens and Dad start a mission to construct a floating barge and workshop to house their family of 12 in an effort to travel between Oregon and Alaska teaching communities how to become more self-reliant and to live sustainable.  They want to help people fix things and learn to fix things. Their barge is the beginning of a “Live-aboard” community that they call the Pacific Iceberg.  Using floats, they invented a construction technique that allows their barge to act as a floating dock that can be expanded in order to grow.

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Island made from plastic bottles


Watch this video from Rose Robin in an interview with Richart Sowa as he describes his floating island made from plastic bottles.  Amazing how he’s constructed it and how the plants and trees tie everything together.

Now I’m thinking Kickstarter project to build a free country out in the Pacific Ocean where all that floating trash is. Of course if it’s successful no country would ever allow it to last very long.

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Shipping Container House

Watch this video from Kirsten Dirksen about a Shipping Container “cabin” in the redwoods


If you’ve ever considered building a shipping container house, then here are some pros, cons, and some resources that you might want to use.

First for the Pros:

  • Abundance.  There is a huge surplus of shipping containers that pile up at ports in most western nations.  This is primarily due to the trade imbalances with Asia. Also, because of the high cost of transportation to ship empty containers back to their origin, it is often cheaper just to purchase new containers.
  • Price.  Because of the huge supply and low demand, most shipping containers can be purchased for less than $2,000, some even as low as $900.  They can make a great alternative for anyone wanting to save on the cost of building materials. But because of the explosive growth in the shipping container house movement don’t expect these prices to remain low for long.
  • Stackable  They are designed to be stacked.  This makes them great for building multiple levels if you wanted a 2, 3, or 4 story home.
  • Easy to customize.  With the right ingenuity, tools, and welding equipment, a shipping container house can easily be customized to your preference.
  • Expandable.  If you want to add more rooms, just add more containers!

Now for the cons

  • Transportation.  The cost of transporting your shipping containers to your location can get quite hefty depending on how far you have to transport them.  Depending on size, you’re only going to be able to fit 1 or two of them on a flatbed truck
  •  Harmful  Chemicals.  The paint and coatings on shipping containers are going to contain harmful chemicals such as lead, phosphorus, and chromate.  Pesticides are also used in the wood flooring of most containers.
  • Prep work.  With the additional prep work needed to make your shipping container house safe and habitable, you might not find the cost savings that you had previously expected.

You can read more here about the pros and cons of a shipping container house.

shipping container houseHow to build your own shipping container house

Some ideas for your first shipping container house

Where to get shipping containers

  • Check with your nearest shipping ports
  • Local equipment storage facilities
  • Equipment auction and salvage yards
  • Check your local classifieds and nickle ads.  Often times individuals will have one that they’d like to sell.
  • Ebay
  • Craigslist
  • Search Engines.  You can find many dealers just by searching online




5 Gallon Bucket Aeroponics DIY video for beginners

DIY 5 Gallon Bucket Aeroponics

Watch this video as Dennis McClung from Garden Pool shows how to construct your own DIY aeroponics system.

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Hydroponic Garden Tower – DIY


Watch this video as the narrator from Food Abundance shows how to build your own DIY hydroponic garden tower.

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Are you a Prepper or Survivalist?

Prepper or Survivalist

Prepper or Survivalist?

I get asked this question a lot.  But what people are really asking is “What really is a prepper, is that the same thing as a survivalist?”

A prepper, by definition, is someone who prepares.  Nothing more, nothing less.

It’s that simple.

But for argument’s sake, I’ll give some examples;  A homesteader is a prepper, so is a survivalist, so are first responders, and so is someone who has made a prudent choice to install a smoke alarm in their home and have an evacuation plan.

So what do all of those people have in common?  They all prepare for something in one form or another.

The question is sort of like asking “Is that a Humvee or is that a vehicle?”  Well, it’s both!  But not every vehicle is a Humvee, and likewise, not every prepper is a survivalist.  But all survivalists are preppers because they prepare.

Sure you can have whatever Adjective-Prepper you can think of like Doomsday Preppers, or  Homestead Prepper but that does not mean that every prepper has a homestead nor does it mean that they all believe in Doomsday.  Do we say Ice Road Trucker and automatically assume that all truckers drive on ice roads?  No, so then why should we believe every prepper is a “Doomsday” prepper?

Of course the media would like everyone to think that we’re all preparing for the end of the world, but we already know they’ll even throw their own people under the bus, or in front of a hurricane just to sell headlines.  (Don Henley’s Dirty Laundry comes to mind.) So I don’t put much faith in the opinions of the media.

But what about our confused government?  Here we have the Department of Homeland Security on one hand who considers us all as extremist groups while  FEMA actually tells us to prepare and have a 72 hour kit on and the CDC tells us to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.

The divide and conquer mentality is not surprising though. The concepts of self-reliance and individual preparedness is a threat to the powers that be.

Nowhere in the history of humankind has there ever been such a unified movement across the political spectrum.

Think about it, where else could you possibly see articles featuring the latest AR-15 accessories, the best gardening tips, news on peak oil, and how to knit a pair of socks all in the same place? It’s not always about zombie Apocalypses, doomsday asteroids, and alien invasions (domestic and intergalactic)

I’ve seen people new to the movement from every political persuasion say something like “I’m not a prepper, but I do prepare for_____”.…..

Oh you prepare do you? and you say your not a prepper? Hmmm, interesting.  Do you wear a seat belt? Own a gun? Have a smoke alarm?  Own insurance? Then you just might be a prepper! Welcome to our mighty band of misfits, welcome to the club of humanity.


Tomatoes All Winter- The Best Way To Ripen

Tomatoes all winterWritten by A. Page

When summer ends and your garden is ready to be ripped up, it’s heartbreaking to throw away the dozens of green tomatoes that didn’t quite make it to the ripening process. Often times, we struggle to find efficient ways to store those green beauties. Most stick them up on the window sill and hope they turn before they rot. Surprisingly, tomatoes need no sunlight to ripen. A good majority of the time, this causes the skins to be harder and makes them more susceptible to rotting.

So, how do you store those gems for ripening?

1. Plan out how long you want your tomatoes to last you. It’s possible to harvest in September and be feeding off the same crop in January. Separate your tomatoes in groups based on your needs.

2. Inspect and wash the tomatoes under running water. You’ll want to get rid of damaged,spotted, and soft tomatoes. Save those for the window sill because the chances they will rot are pretty high and you don’t want them having an effect on your healthy tomatoes. The cool running water will get rid of fungus and lower the cross-contamination rate. Washing one by one isn’t time efficient and often doesn’t get rid of dangerous bacteria.

3. Get a series of flat, wide, and liquid proof containers to store them in. Each container should be big enough to leave about two inches in-between your tomatoes. Put a line of thick absorbent material along the bottom, so in the event that one of your tomatoes does rot, it will not be in contact with the other tomatoes. Make sure the tomatoes are clean and dry before placing them in containers.

4. Pick a few areas in your house that are clean and dry. Humidity causes rot. These areas should have temperature differences but still should rest between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooler areas is where your winter tomatoes will ripen, and the warmer areas are for autumn tomatoes.

Periodically check your tomatoes. They will ripen over a period of two weeks to three months. It’s important you check them because if one begins to rot, they all will. Once tomatoes are about half way ripe, take them to the kitchen counter and cover them will a dry towel until they’re finished. Though it takes preparation and diligence, the tomatoes from your garden are much healthier for you than anything you’ll find in the grocery store during the cold months.