Hemp has been touted recently for it’s useful properties and there’s good reason for it! It actually solves a lot of worldwide problems from deforestation to the oil crisis and most people have no idea. Up until last year it was illegal to grow industrial hemp in the United States but thanks to the passage of the farm bill it’s now legal to grow industrial hemp! I’ve grown up with the influence of hemp in my life having worked with hemp fibers to make jewelry as a kid. It’s useful for a lot more than jewelry and macrame though! Thanks
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I’ve lived in Mexico for three years but never tried to use Zote soap until this past week, partially inspired by a meme I found in Spanish online. Zote advertises that it’s great for laundry but realistically it’s got a lot more uses than just that, making it a perfect soap for a prepper. The best part? Made from all natural ingredients and it’s perfect for sensitive skin and delicate fabrics. It’s made from: beef tallow and coconut oil, sodium cocoate, citronella oil, glycerin, optical brightener and sometimes dye in the case of the blue and pink version. Some claim
Over the years I’ve tried all sorts of natural remedies from colloidal silver to essential oils and none of them has been so effective, so true to what it was advertised as activated charcoal. It took me a long time to try this natural remedy because if we’re being honest, many natural remedies just don’t work as well as they’re supposed to. But charcoal is the exception. Depending on how you use it you can experience relief immediately with things like nausea if you take it dissolved in water. It helps with virtually every digestive issue and more. If there’s
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200 silent farmers In a world of nearly nothing but tragic news updates and shootings, sometimes it’s nice when a little good news comes along, usually of some good deed. Recently 200 farmers in Nebraska did the unexpected when an 80 acre farm came up for sale at auction. It showed people have respect still for what’s known as the American dream, the ability to live off your own land and support yourself. More from the Homestead Guru: Colorado Ends Century Old Ban on Rain Water Collection A man named David and his father attended the auction determined to regain
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As the economy gets worse people look for new (or old) ways to preserve the things they care about most. Something often not thought about as far as canning is concerned for the average person is canning bacon. Most home canners stay away from it leaving it up to the people known as rebel canners, those who will can basically anything that’s edible just to see if it’s done. Now you can buy canned bacon, but from my understanding it’s pretty expensive for what it is especially when you consider how easy it is to make at home. People have
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The late American steel magnate Charles Michael Schwab was quoted as saying: “I find my greatest happiness in thinking of those days in Homestead when I labored to bring a thing to perfection entirely by myself. In the evenings, I would go into the hills and look down on my work, and I knew that it was good, and my heart was elated.” Summer is without a doubt the time of year that a homestead is at its most beautiful. It is, however, also a time of extremely hard work. If you are prone to be overwhelmed by the sheer
“I was looking for a place where I would have a sense of family and belonging, and where I could be more ecologically sustainable,” says Tanuki, age 34. Becky, 23, was seeking somewhere more natural, that would allow her to live more holistically. “I wanted to live somewhere where I could get to know people as whole people, not just as my room-mate, or my co-worker,” she explains. They’ve both chosen to make their homes in one of the six intentional communities located in Louisa County, a 45-minute drive from Charlottesville, Virginia. Born out of the counter-culture communes of
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Another blow comes to the herbicide giant Monsanto, as Los Angeles County decides to stop the use of all RoudUp weedkiller products for lawn control until further research has been conducted about the health benefits of the main ingredient, glyphosate. Ongoing Legal Actions Against Monstanto’s Roundup Weedkiller This news came the same day that a jury in the District Court for Northern California found Monsanto guilty of causing cancer in a California man named Edwin Hardeman. He used the product for years and often got the product on his hands or face, he testified. His verdict was the first of
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Solar passive houses are the name of ease – a brief discussion Passive solar houses have made it possible to live with minimal temperature variations. Without investing any money in heating or cooling, you can save dramatically on these bills. Of course, it sounds too good to be true, but it is a reality nonetheless. Many people are already making the most of solar passive homes. They are not only saving money but living a comfortable lifestyle too. This design keeps the residents inside the solar passive house at ease, here is how: Energy efficient When it comes to
Austin’s Tiny Home Community for the Chronically Homeless This week my friend Krista and I camped in a Tipi and took at tour of the intentional community comprised of custom tiny homes and RVs called Community First! Village. Located in Austin, Texas, this community was founded by Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a Christian based nonprofit that feeds the many hungry people who live in this region. The Community First! village was started in an effort to provide housing, stability, and opportunity for the chronically homeless in Austin. The first rule is, they must pay rent! Micro work opportunities are offered
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