How to Turn Your Home into a Homestead

The idea of gardening as a means of extending our food stockpile and have enough food to eat during a long-term survival situation has been well-accepted in the prepping community for some time. Even so, I wonder how many of us have any idea what that entails.

As I’ve spoken with various preppers and prepping groups, one of the things I constantly see is them underestimating the amount of food they’ll need to grow to survive. From the people who have an aquaponics “farm” made from an IBC to those who build a four-foot square vertical garden, these people are all vastly underestimating just how much work they’re going to do to feed their families or survival groups.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe that we can grow enough food in our backyards to feed our families. I think it’s going to take a much bigger garden than what these people are doing. There have been enough examples of people who have raised all or almost all of their food in the back yard of their suburban home to prove the concept. But in every one of those cases I’ve seen, they’ve turned their entire backyard into a garden, not just a few feet of it.

Some Facts About Raising Food

Let’s look at a few facts about this. To start with, the average American adult eats roughly a ton of food a year. Of that, 50 to 60 percent of our daily caloric intake is in carbohydrates, broken down by our bodies into simple sugars to provide energy to our muscles. Most of those carbohydrates come from grains, plus of course, the American favorite, the potato.

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Unknown to most people, grains aren’t pollinated by bees or even mosquitoes, like most vegetables are. Instead, they are wind-pollinated. The wind carries billions of pollen grains through the air. Only a tiny percentage of those grains of pollen succeeding in landing on other stalks of wheat and completing the fertilization process so that the grains of wheat can form. This pollination process requires that grains be planted en masse rather than just a few lone rows. So if we want to continue eating bread, we’re going to need a lot of space planted in wheat.

Unfortunately, grains take a lot of room to grow. A single 10′ x 10′ garden plot might produce enough wheat to bake one pound loaf of bread. If we want to raise enough wheat to provide 50 percent of our calories, we’re going to need an awful lot of space dedicated to it; probably more than we can successfully grow with the primitive methods, we’d be limited to after a major disaster. We’d be much better off growing corn and turning it into cornmeal. That will produce about three loaves of bread in that same garden plot.

So, if we can’t grow enough grains in…

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Cryptocurrency Revealed Starts TONIGHT: Is this the future of money?

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Digital currency is something most preppers would like to avoid. We like tangible goods and wealth. But it may not be that easy. Here are a few reasons that you need to understand crypto, even if you never intend to use it. And here’s where you need to go to learn more about cryptocurrency.

Please understand I’m not saying that you should immediately go purchase a whole bunch of Bitcoin or whatever. I just think we all need to learn more about it to keep up with the curve.

1)  It may be a way to protect your money.

As the government seems more and more interested in the money we have in our bank accounts, holding some funds in a crypto wallet is one way to keep their noses out of our financial business. If you haven’t been paying attention, the Biden administration believes they can make an extra 3 billion dollars in taxes by forcing banks to report accounts that have more than $600 in them. (Gosh, sure glad he’s going after those giant corporations.) Crypto can be a way to protect your privacy.

2) Crypto is easily portable.

If you were to leave the country, you don’t have to worry about carrying tons of cash or transporting precious metals -all you have to do is log in when you get there.

3) It holds its value and even increases in value.

Let’s face it. The dollar is going nowhere good right now. Cryptocurrency, when used properly, can be a way to maintain wealth during a financial crisis. While we deal with inflation, or even hyperinflation, spending our dollars, cryptocurrency may be a far safer hedge.

4) It’s the future of money.

Love it or hate it, digital currency is here to stay. At the very least, you should understand it so that you don’t get left behind as the world speeds ahead. You don’t want to be listening to the news wondering what on earth people are talking about.

Is this really a good idea?

I’ll be perfectly honest. I don’t know enough about cryptocurrency to tell you whether to hold ’em or fold ’em. But I want to learn because it is a part of our financial future, regardless of our thoughts about it. I’m not suggesting you divest yourself of everything else and invest only in crypto. I’m only suggesting that you learn about it. I know that I am going to because I think it’s very important, and I don’t want to get left behind, lost when conversations turn to digital transactions….

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An Insightful Understanding of Our Soils

But looking back, Mary was doubted by farmers telling her what she was talking about was rubbish and nonsense because at that time no one understood her point of view. Thanks for the encouragement of some scientists that told her to keep going and continue what her advocate and what she is doing is right. The world needed people like her and then finally over time she was able to get the recognition she deserves.

Farmers between the age of 60 and 70 go to her to ask for help if she can test their soils to lessen the chemical input because they have grandchildren having allergies or eating problems. They think it’s because of the number of chemicals they put in their crops which is true. Now with more recognition, especially with younger people that she finds there is more not well thought in the universities because she has students coming from universities doing research and intern telling her that in 14 weeks they were able to learn more from her rather than a 4-year course in the university, and we can say Agpath has a great role in that.

The world is full of life. However, most people don’t know that all the growth in the natural world can be directly attributed to what is happening underground. All the plants and animals are alive because of roots within the soil. Soil is very important to live, and humans should not destroy it, because if we did, there would be no life on Earth.

From a personal perspective, Mary defines regenerative agriculture as the foundation of caring for the soil that supports life. It’s about caring for the country in all that we do.

At some point, fire and climate change impact weed management. Weeds are negatively seen, but they can be useful in terms of mulch potential. Weedy species may seem like the initial growth when the fire burns through an area, they are fast-growing and short-lived, but when the rain comes, soils are pushed down to the rivers. Weed management with compost tea is a cutting-edge application of an age-old practice. They protect the soil with a cover.

Farmers have been taught that weeds aren’t good  and they should be eradicated at all costs. However, evidence shows that farmers need to change their way of thinking about weeds if they want an effective solution. In place, through succession and evolution, you got to listen. There’s a difference in hearing and listening by explaining the concept. If they got it? That will be awesome!

Mary also knows that farmers suffer because of how they sell their products. She wants people to know the value of good food and why it is important not to waste it. People should grow their food, which is much better than buying it. 

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Can Rabbits Drink Tea? (Green, Chamomile, Peppermint + Herbal)

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Some teas are poisonous to rabbits, however. Many plants, herbs, and flowers can be poisonous, even to herbivores like rabbits.

Several herbal teas can be consumed by rabbits. These include teas made from peppermint and chamomile, as well as lavender and oregano. Rabbits can benefit from herbal tea and are known to eat a variety of different herbs in the wild and in captivity. Among these advantages are relief from joint pain, reduced anxiety and stress, and improved digestion. Tea can also be used to entice rabbits to drink more fluids by providing an enticing aroma. Caffeine-rich black and green tea should not be given to rabbits.

While giving your rabbit tea has many health benefits, there are some precautions to be taken. It’s important to serve tea cold, never hot, and don’t add any sweeteners or milk to it. Rabbits cannot digest large amounts of sugar because they are lactose intolerant.

Is Tea Safe for Rabbits?

There are a variety of plants, flowers, and herbs used to make tea in various forms. Chai tea blends, for example, contain spices derived from plant parts. Despite being strict herbivores, rabbits cannot safely consume or drink tea made from many plants, despite this fact.

The vast majority of teas that are poisonous to rabbits are perfectly safe for humans to consume in moderation. Other teas are safe for rabbits to consume, and many of them have legitimate health benefits as well.s.

Keep in mind that rabbits are unable to throw up. Tea is one example of a substance that a rabbit cannot refuse to let pass through its system if it ingests it. You never know what kind of harm this could do. Unfortunately, it’s the reason why some rabbits die young.

Rabbits And Caffeine

Caffeine is toxic to rabbits, so it’s critical that not all teas contain it. It’s a methylxanthine, like caffeine.

Caffeine is believed by scientists to be used as a natural pesticide by plants like the coffee plant. Caffeine repels rabbits in the same way it repels humans. Caffeine-containing foods and beverages, such as tea, can be deadly. Caffeine has the following effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive thirst
  • Urination
  • Tremors
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Seizures

Caffeine is an addictive drug, and rabbits can become addicted to it. According to Free Radical Biology and Medicine, caffeine altered the nervous systems of rabbits.

Can Rabbits Have Chamomile Tea?

Drinking chamomile tea is not only safe for rabbits, but it is also beneficial for relieving stress, nervousness, and stomach problems. Depending on the source of the anxiety, nervous rabbits may benefit from chamomile tea.

Rabbits have a tendency to be erratic by nature. Storms, travel, strangers in the house, or loud noises outside can all set off a nervous breakdown. Prepare the tea in advance if you know something like a thunderstorm or roadwork is on the way.

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EPIC Applauds FTC SpyFone Ban, Urges Similar Remedies in Future Privacy Cases

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EPIC Applauds FTC SpyFone Ban, Urges Similar Remedies in Future Privacy Cases

EPIC has filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission asking the agency to finalize a proposed Consent Order that would permanently ban SpyFone from the surveillance business and require the stalkerware company to delete the personal data that it stole. According to an FTC complaint, SpyFone sold surveillance tools that would allow purchasers to install software on another person’s device and surveil their victim surreptitiously. SpyFone also lied about its data security practices and its response to a 2018 data breach. Under a settlement announced by the FTC, SpyFone would be required to notify all affected users, delete any illegally collected personal information, and permanently refrain from selling, licensing, or marketing monitoring products in the future. In its comments, EPIC urged the FTC to finalize the proposed order and to impose similar requirements and bans in the future to protect consumer privacy. EPIC has frequently challenged the FTC over its failure to address consumer privacy harms and has long advocated for the creation of a U.S. Data Protection Agency. EPIC also published a report on the FTC’s unused statutory authorities, What the FTC Could Be Doing (But Isn’t) to Protect Privacy, in June.

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The 6 Components of Creating an American Free Market Network

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by Aden Tate

The struggle on American soil to access necessities is challenging and will only continue to worsen. I believe there is a workaround to this, though: creating an American Free Market Network (AFMN). An AFMN is a concept for creating a more accessible and resilient community while still enabling you to purchase what you need to purchase. When the world at large refuses it to you, an AFMN will allow you to communicate with others.

We already see this in France, the Philippines, Australia, Canada, and other countries across the globe. Business owners and others are denying people access to restaurants, grocery stores, and other sellers of goods simply because those people don’t have particular papers. Teachers and children are having things forced upon them. Employees throughout those countries are as well.

Here are the components of what an American Free Market Network entails.

#1 Local food free market network

It’s only a matter of time before American patriots can not access grocery stores and other locations. Therefore, I highly recommend getting an alternate food network in place now. Go to your local farmer’s market and pick up a business card from each farmer there. You will now have the address, contact info, and information on products produced from a large swath of your local farmers.

I did this at one of the farmer’s markets in my area this past week and was able to get info on ten different food producers a short distance from my house. I now have information on where to get vegetables, berries, pears, apples, peaches, herbal teas, pork, rabbit, poultry, eggs, beef, mushrooms, and more. In addition, I was able to get contact information on a local herbal medicine practitioner, a few soap makers, some shampoo/deodorant makers, a host of bakers, and other goods producers.

The more you look the more you find

That’s a lot of helpful information that can keep my family well-fed should I not be permitted to enter a store. And keep in mind this was just from one farmer’s market. The more you look, the more you find. There are several other markets available in my area producing a wide range of goods. With this knowledge, I could effectively cut out shopping at major chains altogether.

Don’t overlook the Farm and Garden section of your local Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace either. At this point, homegrown goods are still allowed to be advertised. Make your connections NOW before this changes and get the conversation OFF of social media as quickly as possible.

Adjusting your diet now to make…

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California Enacts Genetic Information Privacy Act

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California Enacts Genetic Information Privacy Act

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the California Genetic Information Privacy Act, which had been passed unanimously by the California Senate and Assembly in September. The Act requires direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to provide consumers with certain information regarding the company’s policies and procedures for the collection, use, maintenance, and disclosure of genetic data, and to obtain a consumer’s express consent for collection, use, or disclosure of the consumer’s genetic data. The law imposes civil penalties for a violations, enforced by the Attorney General, a district attorney, county counsel, city attorney, or city prosecutor. EPIC tracks state genetic privacy laws through its State Policy Project.

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How To Make Delicious Infused Flavored Water Recipes

Here are some great ways of how to make delicious infused flavored water recipes instead of buying fancy chemically drinks that can take a bite out of your budget.

Finding ways to naturally give filtered water some flair with different fruits and herbs can actually help you drink more water therefore staying hydrated. Most headaches that people are pained by is because they are dehydrated and don’t realize it.

I love carrying around my blue mason jar with my infused water…. I do it proudly too !

Here is our four favorite combinations and instructions on how to make them:

Minty Cucumber Lime
1/2 a cucumber, sliced
1/2 a lime, sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Strawberry-Lemon with Basil
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 a lemon, sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Watermelon Mint
1 cup cubed watermelon
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Pineapple-Orange with Ginger
1/2 cup cubed pineapple
1/2 an orange, sliced
1 tablespoon freshly-grated ginger

What You’ll Need:
1-quart jars
Wooden Spoon
Agave or another sweetener (optional)

What To Do:

  1. Choose which recipe you’re making — or come up with your own combination — and gather all of the ingredients.
  2. Place the fruit, herbs, and/or spices in the bottom of one of the glass jars, and muddle with a wooden spoon. (That basically means mash up the fruit in the bottom of the jar to release some of the flavor-filled juices.)
  3. Fill the jar with water and give it a taste. (You can also fill the jar with seltzer water for a fizzy treat.) If you’d like something a bit sweeter, try adding some agave (and mix until dissolved).
  4. Enjoy as-is or refrigerate overnight for maximum flavor.

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List of Treatment to get rid of Termites

Termites are destructive pests that affect the foundations of homes and structures, causing widespread structural damage. They move quickly, build up huge colonies underground which can amount to millions of individuals within a year’s time, and eat into wood faster than any other insect pest. Termites thrive in moist climates that also feature lush plant growth, which is why seeking an effective list of treatments to control termites is cruicial.

To make it easy for you to access a productive strategy for termite control, we have listed amazing treatments which drive 100% results. 

But in case, none of the following treatments are sufficient to help you figure out the overwhelming state of termites, you must consider professional pest treatments and their strategies, such as Florida Environmental No Tent Termite Control options which guarantee zero presence of termites around your costly furniture. 

Treatments to adopt when Termites are Overflowing:

1. Termite bait stations

Termite bait stations are one of the most common ways to control infestation in a home. The stations contain a slow-acting insecticide that is ingested by termites. If the termites take this bait back to their colony and share it among themselves and other termites, it leads to death for all of them. 

The primary ingredient in North America is usually chlorpyrifos which is taken from a chemical family known as organophosphates, containing nerve agents that disrupt the central nervous system. Chlorpyrifos has been banned in Europe because of their toxicity to humans and animals. In other countries found around the world, an active ingredient such as propoxur or ethoprophos has been used instead due to their availability.

2. Termite tubes

Termite tubes, or “shelters” are the main defense against termites. They are constructed of materials that can resist water and moisture, while still having enough ventilation for cool air to enter. 

The best material is steel-reinforced concrete, but if this option is not available, certain metals can be used. Plastic pipes can be an option too, though they need to be coated in waterproof products so that they do not warp when exposed to moisture.

They should be placed facing outwards so that no other objects block their outward flow. Cement corners should be installed with a drain pipe at the bottom of the joint to assist water drainage.

3. Sulfur dusting or spraying

This method includes spraying or dusting surfaces with sulfur that is naturally mined. These procedures are usually done by hand. This procedure has gone through many changes in the past few years because of its limits, which include not being able to apply inside an occupied house. 

The properties of sulfur can be damaging to certain populations such as those allergic to sulfur, children under 12, pregnant women, elders below 70 years old, and pets. Dampwood termites are also dying because their breathable damp areas are being covered by sulfur dust.

4. Fumigation or heat treatment

Fumigation is the process of exposing materials to chemicals that are then activated by being heated. The first step of fumigation is usually to apply the insecticide onto the areas…

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The Native American Foods That Cherokees Ate During Hard Times

The forced removal of the Cherokee tribe, also known as the “people of different speech”, is one of the most deplorable events in American history.

This event, also known as the Trail of Tears (1838-1839), occurred when gold was discovered on relocated Cherokee land in Georgia. The land in Georgia was originally granted to the Cherokee because their past land was lost as a result of the French Indian War.

Once gold was discovered in Georgia, many motions began to remove the Cherokee from all surrounding areas. Congress passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which was implemented by US troops.

Folks were kicked out of their homes at gunpoint and were forced to relocate to camps in large numbers. All refugees were then sent west with all of their food and belongings on their backs.

Here are the Native American foods that Cherokees ate during hard times.

Related: The Cherokee’s Favourite Edible Tree (PawPaw)

Unfortunately, the Trail of Tears is not the only mass event that shook the Cherokee nation, however, the Cherokee still needed to eat during these tough periods.

What The Cherokee Ate on the Trail of Tears

The event spanned 5,043 miles across 9 states; Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

During this time, it is said that the Cherokee survived on the following foods daily:

  • 2 cups of hot water
  • Cornbread
  • One turnip per person

All people were expected to survive on these rations and also move great distances on foot. Many died from disease, starvation, exhaustion, and exposure to the gruelling elements.

Cherokee Settlement Crops

It’s safe to say that once the Cherokees’ land was in question, their entire lives were at stake. Even with the numerous forced relocations, the Cherokee always took care of the land around them. They planted several nutritious crops to keep their civilization alive.

Corn, beans, and squash were the most common crops grown by the Cherokee.

The three plants were often referred to as the “Three Sisters” because they were planted next to one another in their fields, looking like sisters of different heights and shapes. They also thrived best when grown together.

Related: The Three Sister Garden Plans: How To Get The Most Out Of Every Square Foot

The Native American Foods That Cherokee Ate During Hard Times

A variety of additional dishes were made out of corn by the Cherokee.

They often ground the corn and mixed it with water to create a flatbread-type dish or cornbread. They also made popcorn as a treat!

Beans made up for a lot of the fiber in the Cherokee diet. The beans most resemble modern-day pinto beans and were added to soups and stews for heft.

A very easy crop to grow, squash was eaten for almost every meal of the day.

The Cherokee would eat it in a variety of ways, often combining it with corn and beans in the same…

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