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How To Start A 1-Acre, Self-Sustaining Homestead

How To Start A 1-Acre, Self-Sustaining Homestead | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

by JOHN SEYMOUR Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management. Your 1-acre homestead can be divided into land for raising livestock and a garden for raising fruits, vegetables, plus some grain and forage crops.

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a "pro cow" approach... if you stick around the homestead 24/7, that's indeed a valid approach.

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22 Interactive Lessons to Bring Earth Day to Life

22 Interactive Lessons to Bring Earth Day to Life | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Some great resources to bring environmental science alive in the classroom.

 

Learn more:

 

http://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/practice-learning-about-sustainability-up-from-the-early-age-a-must/http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/for-a-better-world-test/

 


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Tom Whitford, Gust MEES
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most grownups I know would benefits from these resources!

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Several will emphasize character traits of thriftiness and/or resourcefulness.

Diane Johnson's curator insight, April 9, 8:28 AM

Nice range of topics to be used for Earth Day or with many topics aligned to the NGSS.

El Futuro deWaukesha's curator insight, April 18, 12:04 AM

Some great ideas

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Benefits of Milling Your Own Flour

Benefits of Milling Your Own Flour | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
The benefits of milling your own flour include your health, cost savings, shelf life, and better for preparedness.
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great info. wheat won't lose nutrients until crushed into flour
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Indian Runner Duck - Wikipedia

Indian Runner Duck

Indian Runners ( Anas platyrhynchos domesticus) are an unusual breed of domestic duck. They stand erect like penguins and, rather than waddling, they run. The females usually lay about 150 - 200 eggs a year or more, depending whether they are from exhibition or utility strains.

The ducks vary in weight between 1.4 and 2.3 kg (3-5 lbs). Their height (from crown to tail tip) ranges from 50 cm (20 inches) in small females to about 76 cm (30 inches) in the taller males. The eggs are often greenish-white in color, but these too vary.

Indian Runners love foraging

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egg layers + meat producers. Don't fly, eat slugs and are quiet. The perfect duck!

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Steve Solomon's "Gardening Without Irrigation"

"...Gardening Without Irrigation (ebook edition) can help anyone whose garden depends on a limited or undependable well, anyone who gardens on natural rainfall, for any place faced with the possibility of drought...."


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Why And How To Install A Green Roof

Why And How To Install A Green Roof | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Installation of a green roof provides a suite of advantages, to include: Stormwater management: reduces stormwater runoff so there is less water directed into storm drains Green roofs will intercept between 15 and 90% of rooftop runoff.
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quite complete overview
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Hydro Power | Otherpower

Hydro Power | Otherpower | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

"The 3 primary impulse turbine wheel types are Pelton, Turgo, and Cross-flow.  Pelton wheels are used in low flow, high head conditions, and Cross-flow wheels are for high flow, low head installations.  Turgo wheels are somewhere in the middle."

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a good overview at waterwheel vs turbines + tips on what to look after when considering the turbines

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Aquaponics with Citizen Peng

Aquaponics with Citizen Peng | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Citizen Peng is a man who built a greenhouse and fully operational aquaponics set up all on his own. It's all documented on his youtube channel here: His system only uses a mere 500 watts per hour,...
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nice YT channel! I am currently investigating wing turbine (savonius) to use torque mechanically, not to produce power, but to pump water.
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Forge and Burner Designs

Forge and Burner Designs | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

lots of valuable info on gas burner and forge designs

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valuable info

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Homemade furnace refractories

Homemade furnace refractories | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

This page will detail some of the refractory formulas that [the author] experiment with. [His] previous furnaces were all made from a clay form surrounded with regular concrete or mortar. The "2 bucks" furnace was [his] first use of an actual refractory formula.

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investigating refractory brick making for a brick kiln / cooking / rocket  stove.

 

Here are other articles with recipes using vermiculite, swadust, perlite and other easy to find ingredients

http://www.bioenergylists.org/stovesdoc/Still/VC%20Stove/vcstove.html

http://www.hedon.info/InsulativeCeramicsForImprovedCookingStoves

http://www.myheap.com/chapter-1-materials/how-to-make-irc.html

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Grow Your Own Cooking Oil

Grow Your Own Cooking Oil | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
   You want to be more self sufficient? Well here's a way to grow your own cooking oil.

Sunflower Seeds
Place to grow sunflowers
Seed oil Extractor
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sunflower black seeds oil

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Beer brewing could help make better bricks - tech - 28 November 2013 - New Scientist

Beer brewing could help make better bricks - tech - 28 November 2013 - New Scientist | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Adding a by-product of the brewing process – spent grain – to bricks can boost their strength and insulation
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5% spent grains to red clay bricks increase their insulation properties while maintaining their "strength"

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Grains of Possibility: Ways to Use Spent Brewing Grains

Grains of Possibility: Ways to Use Spent Brewing Grains | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

various uses of spent grains - including the large scale ethanol production project from Coors

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some interesting additional info following my previous posts on the topics of spent grain recycling.

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10 Years After Trying to Live off the Grid, Farmer Wonders, 'What am I Doing Living on This Little Island?'

10 Years After Trying to Live off the Grid, Farmer Wonders, 'What am I Doing Living on This Little Island?' | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Can the actions of a few people trying to live self-sufficiently in the woods truly make the world a better place? January 6, 2014 In spring 2003, Peter Janes decided to do something most people only dream of — that is, if they think about it at all.
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a true account of what it takes to be self-sustainable. enriching.
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Slugskin Trousers: A Solution to Wear

Slugskin Trousers: A Solution to Wear | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Rob Hopkins has come up with an ingenious solution to a surfeit of slugs in the permaculture garden: waterproof, tough and stylish trousers. They'll be de rigour at Transition meetings and every bushcrafter's ultimate garb.
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Rob Hopkins is one of a kind. Not only did he created the most inspiring movement I ever saw, but now he found an unusual use for slugs in the permaculture cycle: slug pants!
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Last Chance Foods: Growing Fish in a Barrel

Last Chance Foods: Growing Fish in a Barrel | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

Fish farmer Christopher Toole talks about raising fish in plastic bins in the Bronx and how it could be the future of urban farming. 

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and there's even a recipefor Pan Sautéed Tilapia with Invasive Weeds Pesto and Oyster Mushrooms!

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Synergistic Growing

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Juan Fran follows the synergistic agriculture method on his vegetable garden, creating a healthy, nutrient dense no-dig soil and plenty of abundant polycultures.


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great tips on no-till gardening.

 

"Synergistic Agriculture is not the same as “do-nothing” agriculture. With Synergistic Agriculture it is important to consider crop successions and companion plants over the years"

 

More on Emilia Hazelip's Synergistic approach in this VHS rip video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy_x5rXq19g

and additional resources here

http://www.thefrenchgardener.net/edu/synergistic.php

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35 Unexpected Things To Add To Your Compost Pile

35 Unexpected Things To Add To Your Compost Pile | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

From the usual suspect to the unexpected ones. A good list.

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caution with nail clippings and feathers because they will take way longer to decompose.

And ashes could unbalance the whole thing, but it's a quite exhaustive list

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wood stove runs a generator, produces gasoline, runs a fridge and heats hot water at the same time

This is the most efficient wood stove on the planet it will make gasoline run a generator and a propane fridge, heats hot water and your home at the same time
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an hour long video that blew my mind. The guy is very dedicated and his videos demonstrate clearly the processes at play.
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Backyard Aquaponics • Windmill aeration didcussion

pros and cons of wind powered aeration
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an interesting point is that this kind of setup cannot be used when it is needed most - on a hot sunny day. So backing it up with a solar system might be a good idea.
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Feather meal - Wikipedia

Feather meal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Worldwide, more than 25 billion chickens are used for human consumption. Feather meal is made through a process called rendering. Steam pressure cookers with temperatures over 140°C are used to "cook" and sterilize the feathers. This partially hydrolyzes the proteins, which denatures them.

Containing up to 12% nitrogen, it is a source of slow-release, organic, high-nitrogen fertilizer for organic gardens. It is not water soluble and does not make a good liquid fertilizer. It can be used to: Increase green leaf growth Activate compost decomposition Improve soil structure

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trying to find ways to use chicken feathers.

 

Feather meal allows for slow-release and sources suggest that mixed with chicken manure, there is no need for autoclaving it.

http://www.norganics.com/products/fertilizers/feather-meal.html

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Rocket Kitchen - YouTube

Rocket kitchen is made using three rocket stoves embedded into a rock & cob counter. It has multiple burners and even a small oven! The result is an affordable kitchen using local materials like soil, rocks and clay. Our hope is that people who are accustomed to using 3 rock fires will begin using fuel efficient, low emission Rocket Stoves instead. For more information go to www.RechoRoket.com

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Awesome Rocket Kitchen demonstration. The website has a "how to" section for more info http://www.rechoroket.com/%22How_to%22_Albums/%22How_to%22_Albums.html

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The Best 11 Aquaponics Fish Species for Your System

The Best 11 Aquaponics Fish Species for Your System | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Aquaponics fish species - all the secrets reveled. Find out all the secrets about the best aquaponics fish.
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Tilapia might be the usual suspect for obvious reasons, but there are other contenders out there

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Greenhouse Description

Greenhouse Description | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

The Perpetual Harvest Greenhouse System provides an indoor ecosystem capable of growing equal yields of organic produce 52 weeks per year.  This system creates 365 ideal growing days per year by optimizing light, carbon dioxide enrichment, and soluble nutrients in conjunction with continuous planting and harvesting. Because the geo-hydroponics (organic) based Perpetual Harvest system can economically simulate warm season growing conditions, crops that would otherwise be shipped from warmer climates can be grown profitably in colder climates during winter months 

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The article is VERY complete - apart from the bubble layer that might seem a little "out there", it covers topics such as heat management and CO2 use within the greenhouse.

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The Pro Bono Thinking Society | PBTS1: Spent Grains Need Spent

a report on the traditional use of spent grains as well as non-conventional approaches such as the production of peat pots.

 

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They discard the use of spent grains in biofuel production whereas other article include it. And they don't mention the use as a growing medium (mushrooms).

 

Investigation continue!

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