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Growing Food All Year in New York City

We’re in transit….just came back from an 8 months honey moon.  We’re now subletting a place with a small yard but winter has set in.  Come March we are hitting the road again looking to lear anything we can from people living off the grid so that we can post the knowledge and easy “Do It Yourself” plans.

There are tons of different way to get yourself off the grid “on the cheap” and as you may already know this is what this blog is about.  Sharing easily understandable knowledge and blue prints for all of us out there who are not millionaires!

So for now, if you want to stay in the big city and grow your own food, lettuce, strawberries, herbs, kale… it is possible even in the confines of a small apartment without a yard or balcony.  Hell you can even grow food if you don’t have a window in your small apartment with grow LED strips!

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Urban farming is where we need to head in cities if we want to survive, along with wasting and using less.  Roof top farms, taking over public land to turn into community gardens and window farming.  Window farming is something everyone can start doing on their own, save some cash and start saving the planet!

Click here for the plans they’re easy to build and cost very little especially if you upcycle most of the materials!

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Rocket Stove Water Heater Redux

Here an excellent little rocket stove water heater…. any big city apartment design are welcome please.

The GEET engine plans (for small engine conversion)

So I’ve been interested in this for a long while, but never looked into it too much.  I would like to convert a small engine one of these days soon….but in the mean time here are Paul Pantone’s plans: (Click here for the PDF) You can also find more info all over the net about Paul and his invention.

If anyone out there have any experience making this engine conversion, please tell us!

Ancient Technology, Free Energy and Moneyless Society.

This here is a kind of blue print to start moving yourselves towards a sustainable moneyless society…check it out, it’s a Video from Michael Telliger

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Sound seems to be the ultimate ancient source of power.

I watched a video from Michael Tellinger called Ancient technology and the Ubuntu movement.

I just can’t believe what I was watching.  This is just amazing, I want everyone to see it, I truly loved it. The first half is somewhat mixed in archeology and ancient technology using resonance to manipulate the laws of physics as we know them today.  It seems as though people long long long ago were using sound waves to move very large quantities of objects small and large (here we’re talking about gold, but it could have been anything…such as giant rocks to the top of an enormous building or boiling a cup of tea).  There are literally millions of circular rock formations in southern africa just like Stonehenge, we have no idea what they are and there are no remains of the people…

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DIY LIQUID Laundry Detergent… Lose the Chemicals!

Will have to try this very soon

The Stay at Home Hippie

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DIY LIQUID LAUNDRY SOAP! Okay, I don’t know about you, but I spend a small fortune on laundry detergent. Between my being a woman and Michael being a chef (gross chefs’ clothes), we go through quite a bit. And we are both allergic to certain brands. Awesome. So, yeah, this is a great way to not only have safer detergent, cheaper detergent, but also hypoallergenic detergent. WIN! It looks time consuming –it’s not. Making liquid detergent just has a few steps, but doesn’t take but a couple of more minutes. This is a TWO GALLON recipe (adjust as needed) and you only use half of a cup a load! Makin’ it rain.

Shall we start?

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/3 Bar of Soap

4 cups hot water
6 cups water
1 gallon water

STEP 1:

 allingredients

Gather your weapons, soldier. It only requires three, but…

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Home made mosquito Trap.

North America is home to more than 100 species of mosquitoes, and some may be more attracted to these homemade mosquito traps than others.

Mosquito

Items needed:

1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle

HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

mosquito trapILLUSTRATION: CHRISTINE ERIKSON

Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.

A similar but only a bit more complicated idea can be found at Mother Earth News.

Courtesy of  The Survivalists Blog.

 

Solar Cooker Building

This might be one of the easyest way to make a proper solar cooker! Thumbs up New England Permies…

Building a New England Homestead

My solar cooker was easy enough to build, that is, if I did it right.  All there is to my new cooker is two cardboard boxes plus scrap cardboard, tin foil, duct tape, glass or plastic, and newspaper.

You take the first (smaller) box and cover it inside and out with aluminum foil.  Do this first because you have to wait for the glue to dry.

Cooking chamber with tin foil

This smaller box is going to be your cooking chamber, so be sure that your pot or pan will fit in nicely.  There should not be too much space between the top of the box and the top of the pan as this will waste heat.  The pan should be black to help absorb sunlight.  A short fat pan is better than a tall skinny pan, greater surface area directed at the sun helps absorb more sunlight also.

Cardboard…

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