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    Timber Frame Pond Update for 8-6-18

    Timber Frame Pond Update for 8-6-18
  6. tall and narrow hugelkultur with volunteer potatoes and round wood timber framing
  7. Copy of Bristle Free Grill Brush by Gven Review and Demo
  8. Bristle Free Grill Brush by Gven Review and Demo
  9. berms and big hugelkultur plus a quick dry stack retaining wall
  10. apricot tree and other fruit trees from seed
  11. I got a five gal bucket of chlorine granules today as they store better and don't degrade like javex does. Be careful when buying a smaller package as this one was 5$ less for 3 gals more product! I have a felling I'm good for five years now but I said one just to be sure. I was told to make sure I didn't get the granules wet until I had too as you cold make chlorine gas. What a great barter item as well. Create bleach and have repeat customers. Another plus for using calcium hypochlorite to disinfect water for emergency use is that a little goes a very long way. A 1-pound pag of calcium hypochlorite in granular form typically costs only a few US dollars and can be obtained in any swimming pool supply section of your hardware store or online. This amount will treat up to 10,000 gallons of drinking water, which is enough for a family of four for some six or seven years at a gallon per day per person! from this site: https://readynutrition.com/resources/better-than-bleach-use-calcium-hypochlorite-to-disinfect-water_19062010/ What's your recipes for using this product in cleaning and water purification?
  12. I'm happy you've experienced different. My greenhous is going much better too. Thanks for posting. You're lucky to have such a great growing season. You're slow season is like my summer from what I've heard. Peace
  13. My big post lately got me a visit to a MAG at their BOL. Their actually doing and building something. Spending time working on their BOL. I also have tow more possible families. Hopes are high. The way we're set up is well be the secondary BOL at best being 10hrs away but in the mean time I would have a southern location to grow food and good people to exchange ideas with. ______________________________________ I'm no expert but posting everyday is key to a website working. They need information like what you were saying previously about courses that would make you valuable to a MAG. Security guarantees would do a lot to attract serious folks. Giveaways and the manuals must have helped. Leading by example and having your group with their own club would help us believe this is possible. Right now I see facebook, meetups, messenging apps like BBM forums, craigslist, kijiji and and sites like yours. It's hard for me because their isn't too many Ppl from Canada to link with. I've invited probably thousands at this point to visit the site. We seem to get more visitors now. We just need to give them a reason to stay. I haven't heard one person besides you and me talk about thrivethrough.com so that's a huge problem. Out of sight. Out of mind. I know you've got things in the works so I'm being patient. I still think secure instant chat within the group and a main chat would make this a great place. If their is security you need to post that and independent verification. My two cents.
  14. PaulWheaton

    rocket ovens with dan ohmann

    rocket ovens with dan ohmann
  15. My General Thoughts: I like to think of M.A.G and forming M.A.G like church groups (clubs). First, we need to see that there are others in the area with the same religion (belief system of it's smart to be prepared). Then we need someone (or a couple someones) to be brave and reach out to those other people in the area. Tell them you want to start the church group and what possible plans are for the group. Hopefully, the previous step will lead to someone having a common place for everybody interested in the group to gather. If not, find a common area that will work. A rec center, a public park, whatever. Start having meetings. I think a great start is to have everybody explain what they hope to get out of the group. A list of common things every prepper should have or be doing. Schedule an event for your next meeting where you will work on one of the items on the list. If someone builds this list, we can all help to expand and to critique this list. With those steps completed, we can build on what is best to do next. You can be as anonymous as you want. You don't have to use your real name, your exact location, you don't have to share with others what your preps are. If you have ever been a member of a church or church group, you know that this information is not required either. You participate as much as you feel comfortable. What to do on ThriveThrough: ThriveThrough has multiple features to offer these groups right now and we will build more as we move forward and see what else would help these groups form and organize. This is a place where we can all find potential members to form the group with. All you need is one other person in your general area. It is a place where you can create private clubs for the members of your group to join, organize, schedule events, log meeting notes, etc etc. Finally, it is a place where we can learn from each other. Build courses that educate others to help others build and organize their M.A.G. Form discussions on the best way to move forward. What are your thoughts? This has been my dream for ThriveThrough. When I think through this process and other potentials for ThriveThrough, I understand I am not thinking of everything that could possibly be done or could be done better and I rely on folks like you, the first in this community, to help me fill those gaps and to help us grow.
  16. The first time I called the fire department to ask for tips he was laughing. I was like WTF my family never had a stove and I don't wanna burn the house down. He changed his tune. Using a wood stove is a skill. Be careful and you can overheat a stove. Get a temperature gage and stay within the safe burning zone. Anyone that starts a fire without water or an extinguisher is irresponsible. Be smart with fire!
  17. NOW you tell me that tomatoes and cukes don't grow well together.. My GARDEN doesn't grow well... LOL the rain gave me 3/4 inch tomato plant stems and white cucumbers.. So today I took CUTTINGS of my thick tomato stems.. going to start new plants for a second crop of tomatoes. (Alabama. Zone 8B)
  18. Your taking chances hidding too. To me a group a the tried and tested castle could protected everyone and help a community and keep the peace in an area. it woulds take a lot of money and a big group to pull off. What pisses me off is I see all these great people homesteading and I know we would get 4 times more done if two hard working people would work together. Just 2 imagine a group! I've done it before. It wasn't repaid but their fences and animals/ roofs thanked me everyday and still do today. The effects of working together on a homestead is long lasting through time. Just look at Elisa Spring farm. Those families are going to have enough perennial fruit to sell and feed their families! Its like its a badge of honor to suffer alone! People are going to say wives help and thank goodness I have one that does but brute strength really make a difference along with experience. You try to give people land to farm on and they won't take it! Large cities do better for this because of population density. This is why being in an extremely low density area I have to span my net so wide. I'm thinking about having land in an eco village just to be near like minded folks working together. Preppers are the most paranoid folk I know! Everyone wants a MAG and harps about it. Nobody is truly willing to put the perrenial systems in place to support such a community. What if they don't return my help? Then you don't need to waste anymore time on them! Plus karmas a bitch! I wouldn't want that kind of luck clouding over me. You got experience and are even more valuable to a group. I learned bare hand fence building from these type of people and I'm greatfull for that. I used to cut and then drag the firewood home for an old lady on a kids sled lol That's hard work! What if they find my homestead and come take it come TEOTWAWKI? I would never mess with a homesteader. Their much stronger than you and would beat you with experience. We're hunters/ trappers and protecting our land is what we do to survive. It's everything to us because the land protects our families in absence of a MAG. They'll pick easer targets than us and if not nobody will have o worry about them anymore. I don't have time? You have time to mess around on the Internet. You have time to fumble around trying to get things done by yourself. Taking months to build a small garden when a larger one could be made in a week and you'd be years ahead. Just continue working alone and being alone. The second one of you gets sick the whole homestead shuts down to a trickle and you'll be another good example of why homesteading doesn't work. Do you live in a great place and would like a family like mine helping you have a real self sufficient homestead? Do you want to do the same on mine? MSG me here or g r e n i e r @ g a r d e n e r . c o m
  19. For sure I get what you all are saying but local here is very hard. I'm trying not to get down about not having a close prepping partner. I like fighting to advance as part of a team with Nobel goals. One day someone will see what I'm doing and will want us to be part of what their doing or want us in their MAG. If I work hard enough good things will come of it.
  20. Josiah, he makes a good point, though. Its gonna be difficult to find preppers nearby. It happens, but most preppers I know aren't telling anybody. My friends would think I was sick if I didn't share homesteading videos and talk about my gardening adventures. Not everyone knows how deep my rabbit hole goes, though. It would be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff if everyone local knew my business. I can come here, share and learn, and more than likely, none of you live within 100 miles of me. Better to do as SouthernPrepper1 suggests and join/form your own local group. If SHTF, my friends I met here in Arizona and Texas can't help me and I can't help them. But my neighbor 6 miles down the road and I can help each other from time to time. We may even double up...
  21. The Movie Alone with Victor mortheson really cemented my need to prep. Wandering a TEOTWAWKI world with 4 instead of 1 kid. Eating my dogs and cat to survive. Never safe. Never knowing where my next meal will come from. Bearly surviving. Knowing you can't run away from danger because you can't carry all those kids very far. I started to prepare because I wanted to give my family the best chance to survive and thrive in this changing world. Everyone's more and more in debt. Crazy temperature swings, Terrorism, natural disasters, job loss, sickness, medication dependency, ppls inability to grow their own food. Bugging out was the very last resort after this movie.
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    • I liked this one because the guy actually has a MAG and speaks from experience. For sure I'm one of the guys that pushes hard for a MAG. Probably because I've got a lot going and I'd rather have 500 perennials for five families than the 100 or so we have now. If your in central Canada and don't mind travelling once in a while check out my looking for a MAG post
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    • Today we are creating a two hour long video about how to build a Rocket Oven.  This design is for indoor use although we show versions that have been modified to be weather resistant.  A Rocket Oven will do all of your baking without the environmental disaster associated with natural gas or electric ovens.  For those of you living or considering off grid, this uses fuel that is plentiful and readily found - as opposed to off-grid's dirty little grid secret: "propane".  As an added bonus, the environmental impact is far smaller than any other type of oven.

      Rocket Ovens use the same "engine" as a rocket mass heater.  An  insulated j-tube that pushes the burn temp so high that the smoke and creosote from a fire is also used as fuel.  The exhaust is very clean and the heat is hyper focused on the task at hand.  The designs in this video are "white oven" designs - the exhaust does not mingle with the food.
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    • That's my great grandfather's barn. Must be over 50yrs old and straight as when it was first built. He helped enough others and built enough community to get this feat done. His kids and even great-grandchildren see this barn and know anything is possible. If he could build this with horses. There are no excuses for any of us.

      That is one of the stories I'm going to outline below. I'm going...
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      1. Don't forget nothing.
      2. Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute's warning.
      3. When you're on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.
      4. Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don't never lie to a Ranger or officer.
      5. Don't never take a chance you don't have to.
      6. When we're on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can't go through two men.
      7. If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it's hard to track us.
      8. When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.
      9. When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.
      10. If we take prisoners, we keep' em separate till we have had time to examine them, so they can't cook up a story between' em.
      11. Don't ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you won't be ambushed.
      12. No matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20 yards ahead, 20 yards on each flank, and 20 yards in the rear so the main body can't be surprised and wiped out.
      13. Every night you'll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.
      14. Don't sit down to eat without posting sentries.
      15. Don't sleep beyond dawn. Dawn's when the French and Indians attack.
      16. Don't cross a river by a regular ford.
      17. If somebody's trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.
      18. Don't stand up when the enemy's coming against you. Kneel down, lie down, hide behind a tree.
      19. Let the enemy come till he's almost close enough to touch, then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet.
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    • How to use Member Maps including adding yourself to the map and choosing which category you would like to drop a marker down on.
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