Like most life rafts, it comes with an emergency pack containing basic survival gear, such as raft-maintenance items, signaling equipment, drinking water, a first-aid kit and seasickness tablets. Our ditch bag contains many additional things that we …
Atlas Shrugged Atlas Shrugged (A novel by Ayn Rand) “Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.” This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world – and did. “Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life – from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy – to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working
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We are continuing on with this article about my wife’s and my journey in mid-scale grain gardening. Yesterday, I explained our reasons for believing it was time to build self-sufficiency, and now let’s move on to the food production part, specifically our grain gardening efforts.
Definition of Mid-Scale Grain Gardening
Grain plots may vary in size, ranging from, at the minimum, a small plot using a rototiller or shovel and rake for soil preparation, hand sowing the grain, reaping with a scythe or sickle, threshing with a flail, and winnowing with a kitchen fan or a windy day. The small-scale plot is very labor and time-intensive per unit of grain harvested, and the total quantity of grain harvested may not meet the needs of a large family. By contrast a commercial operation may utilize hundreds of acres and a heavy investment in machinery (or utilize the services of a commercial … Continue reading →
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Food sufficiency is a large part of self sufficiency, so my wife and I pursued mid-scale grain gardening, though our home was in Alaska. Here is our story and how we have done this.
Breakdown of My Article
My article will cover the following:
Preamble: Why We All Should Become Increasingly Self-sufficient– The First Steps
Definition of Mid-Scale Grain Gardening
Reaping and Drying
Threshing and Winnowing
Scaling Up Harvesting Operations
So, What To Do With All This Grain?
Preamble: Why We Should All Become Increasingly Self-sufficient
People’s outlook and actions are largely a product of their experiences, both real and vicarious. My wife and I have spent most of the 23 years prior to 2007 visiting much of the world via sailboat, and our observations have made a big impact on our view of the world.
Trade deficits are a reality. In … Continue reading →
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On December 6th, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, ending the institution of slavery. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” With these words, the single greatest change wrought by the Civil War was officially noted in the Constitution.
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Today features another entry for Round 74 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:
A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used … Continue reading →
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(Ken’s Stihl chainsaw (and my new battery powered electric)) Guest article by Bogan Why a Gas powered Chainsaw? This article is tailored toward a preparedness-minded individual who has little to no exposure to the gas (petrol) powered chainsaw, but who foresees the need. Pros: They make short work of big projects involving wood: downing trees, clearing roads (getting home or to your BOL), firewood and more. Cons: They make noise and smell – which may attract undesirable attention after WROL hits. Also, like any gas powered machinery, they take a bit of work to maintain. I will
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The natural balance of human population if unassisted by today’s modern world of countless safety nets, mass agriculture, modern medicine, and social civility, would be stunning fraction of what it is today. Today’s world population is nearly 7.5 billion. 100 years ago it was just 1.6 billion. 100 years before that, 1 billion. 2,000 years ago, 200 million. 2000 BC, 27 million. The world population graph shown above might trigger a sense of alarm. And in my opinion it should. I pretty much fully understand how and why the world population has exploded upwards. However the sudden tremendous growth
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“Every individual necessarily labors to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention.” – Adam Smith
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