Archive for July, 2012

When The Power Goes Out: Living Without Electricity

It’s going to happen. Sooner or later, the power will go off, and you won’t know when (or if) it will come back on. This doesn’t have to be the work of evil-doers, either. It could be a sudden ice storm that brings down the power lines. Recently in the news we see that over […]

Preparing for Severe Thunderstorms and Derecho Windstorm

With the start of a Northeastern Derecho storm front I thought it would be a good time to discuss how to prepare for a severe thunderstorm and derecho windstorms. Knowing what to do and where to going in a severe thunderstorm can greatly reduce your chances of injury or death. Why Prepare For Severe Thunderstorms? […]

The Basics of Raising Rabbits

Why rabbits? Farming with rabbits is becoming increasingly popular because: They can be kept in a relatively small space It is not expensive to keep them They eat almost anything They produce high-quality protein They can be sold to make money. Housing for Rabbits A big cage can be made of wire mesh or scrap […]

Wild Edible Plants: Wild Coffee (Triosteum Perfoliatum)

Wild Coffee (Triosteum Perfoliatum), also known as feverwort, late horse gentian, broad tinker’s weed. Protected in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The fruit can be dried, roasted, ground, and used as a coffee substitute. Wild Coffee (Triosteum Perfoliatum) is a 2′ to 4′ tall woodland wildflower. It is a coarse plant with multiple erect stems that […]

11 Emergency Food Items That Can Last a Lifetime

Honey Honey never really goes bad. In a tomb in Egypt 3,000 years ago, honey was found and was still edible. If there are temperature fluctuations and sunlight, then the consistency and color can change. Many honey harvesters say that when honey crystallizes, then it can be re-heated and used just like fresh honey. Because […]

How to Survive a Drought

While over half of the United States is experiencing a drought that threatens our nations breadbasket, many wonder what they can do to survive the current drought and prepare for the next one. One of the effects of droughts are dryness and lack of water. They are most commonly known to be in Africa. However, […]

Wild Edible Plants: Butternut (Juglans Cinerea)

Butternut (Juglans Cinerea) also known as White Walnut, is a species of walnut native to the eastern United States and southeast Canada. Its range extends east to New Brunswick, and from southern Quebec west to Minnesota, south to northern Alabama and southwest to northern Arkansas. It is absent from most of the Southern United States. […]

Home Remedies: The Many Medicinal Uses of Vinegar

Vinegar has been a useful medicine for thousands of years, crossing continents and cultures, assisting doctors and helping ailing populations. While current medicine focuses almost exclusively on complex chemical and drug treatments, vinegar is still being studied for its potential uses in both complementary and orthodox medicine. As a home remedy, it is reputed to […]

Edible Wild Plants: Wild Potato-Vine (Ipomoea Pandurata)

In dry soils, in fields or on roadsides, look for the large white morning-glory (up to three inches long and about as wide) with a reddish-purple “eye” in the center. Arising from a deep vertical root, this perennial vine with alternate leaves, entwines itself over other vegetation. The leaf-blades are thin, heart-shaped, occasionally fiddle-shaped (pandurate), […]

How To Make Your Own Emergency Survival Bars

Emergency Survival Bar Ingredients 3 C. cereal (oatmeal, cornmeal, or wheat flakes) 1/4 tsp. salt 3 T. honey 2 1/2 C. powdered milk 1 C. sugar 1/2 C. Jello (optional) 1/4 C. water add raisons if you like Instructions Place all dry ingredients except Jello in a bowl. Bring water, honey, and Jello to a […]

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