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Completely 100 Percent Off-Grid – 9 Essential Foods You Should Produce

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Completely 100 Percent Off-Grid - 9 Essential Foods You Should Produce
Infographic – off-grid.info Photo sources – see foot of article

Self-sufficiency is an important aspect of off-grid living. If you live in a property that has enough space for raising animals and growing edible plants, you can create a supply of food. A functional homestead is a key objective of many off-grid enthusiasts.

According to homesteader and seed breeder Carol Deppe, the five crops that homesteaders need to survive and thrive are potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs. This information is in her book The Resilient Gardener, which focuses on growing staple crops for food self-sufficiency.

For this article, we have grouped the essential foods you should grow into four: Protein, grains, fruits and vegetables, and others. Here is the list of foods that you should consider implementing for self-reliance in uncertain times.

Protein

1. Beans

Beans belong to the legume family of vegetables that also includes peas, lentils, and chickpeas. Rich in protein, beans are easy to grow and can be stored during winter. Deppe suggests growing different species of beans including favas, peas, and common beans. Growing the climbing type is ideal for maximizing space.

2. Poultry

Chickens are one of the most sustainable living meats that you can consider when it comes to living off the grid. For survivalists, you will need chickens that lay eggs and poultry chickens which are raised for eating. Some people prefer letting their chickens roam free, but keeping them in a fully-contained area will keep them safe from predators lurking outside your fences.

3. Rabbits

Nick Klein, a renowned rabbit keeping instructor, stressed in an interview the importance of rabbits as a key to efficient food production. According to Klein, a 6 x 4 living space could produce over 4,000 pounds of live rabbits a year.

Grains

4. Corn

Native Americans have been growing and consuming corn or maize for centuries. This prolific grain crop requires up to four months of warm weather for production. Corn can be an important staple grain once you have addressed pests or soil issues which usually occur in the first year of growing the crop.

5. Wheat

Wheat is another crop that is easy to grow almost anywhere in temperate regions. You could use your front yard to plant six pounds of wheat which could produce nearly fifty pounds of grain. Before you start growing your wheat, you have to learn how the grain behaves, the issues that beset its cultivation, and the impact of varying climate conditions on the grain.

Fruits & Vegetables

6. Winter Squash

Winter squash is one of the storage crops that a truly self-sufficient garden must have. There are six winter squash types that are favorites of American organic farmers including butternut squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, hubbard squash, spaghetti squash, and buttercup squash. Appropriate pest management and watering are necessary if you want to get a good yield of winter squash in your first year.

7. Apples

Planting trees needs to be one of your highest priorities if you are a homesteader. Apple trees take six to ten years before they will bear serious amounts of fruit, so patience and forward planning are important. An apple tree may take a few years to start producing big crops for you, but planting apple trees is well worth the wait.

8. Potatoes

Potatoes can grow pretty much anywhere. These vegetables should be a major storage crop in your garden when living off the grid. They are a sustainable food source that is easy to acquire and inexpensive to grow. You can grow them in open ground or recycled coffee sacks.

Others

9. Honey

There are several reasons why you should add bees to your homestead. Keeping beehives or boxes provides your crops with a diversity of pollinating insects to assist in the process. Raw honey offers amazing health and healing benefits including combating allergies and healing burns. Honey is a popular sale item and a potential source of additional income.

Infographic photo sources:

https://pixabay.com/en/apple-tree-orchard-apfelernte-360083/
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https://pixabay.com/en/corn-on-the-cob-corn-food-field-1690387/
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https://pixabay.com/en/honey-sweet-syrup-organic-golden-1006972/
https://pixabay.com/en/potatoes-vegetables-erdfrucht-bio-1585075/
https://pixabay.com/en/rabbit-bunny-animal-easter-pet-435006/
https://pixabay.com/en/spike-wheat-cereals-grain-field-8743/
https://pixabay.com/en/yardlong-beans-string-beans-1098530/

DIY Recycled Pallet House With IKEA-Style Assembly Instructions

DIY Recycled Pallet House With IKEA-Style Assembly InstructionsDIY Recycled Pallet House With IKEA-Style Assembly Instructions
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M2j5SIPC6U

Old shipping pallets, or “skids”, are enjoying a lot of press lately because they have become a popular resource for all kinds of creative upcycling ideas! The two architects that put this short video together are part of a elite group of people that have gone a step further by demonstrating that pallets can be used to build a house!

Pallets are commonly available in most countries – they are used in their millions for shipping goods all over the world. They are usually strong and durable but don’t always get reused so it’s easy to pick them up in good condition at a price well below the cost of new timber. They are ideal for building as each one can be seen as a ready-made, modular cavity wall section! Insulation and cladding can be added to the buildings form a more permanent structure if necessary. Adding pipes or cables through the gaps in the pallets is easy as they are very similar to a stud partition wall.

Why don’t we see more of these houses? Well, the planning and construction laws are pretty restrictive in most places and the idea is quite new – as the makers suggest, it could work best as emergency housing but with further design, pallets could be used to make a more permanent house.

Reclaiming and working with pallets needs to be done very carefully, especially when they are used in the home or garden – there are risks involved! Some of them will have been fumigated / treated with chemical timber preservatives and there may be contamination from chemical spillage, harmful bacteria or mould.

Be sure to check where they have come from and what they have been used to transport, use only heat treated timber (stamped with “HT”) and reject any that aren’t clean. Always wear gloves and a mask for cutting and dispose of the sawdust – please read further safety and dismantling advice in the resources below. It’s advisable to paint or oil them to seal the wood surface and to store them outdoors, away from children.

It has also been suggested that timber from pallets could be used a base layer for building your walls with cob (straw, clay and sand mix) that could be used to cover the timber, giving excellent insulation and weatherproofing properties; this would also prevent any contamination being released from the timber. Cob is a natural building material that has been used for many centuries. We just found this free book to download on how to build with cob! – it’s full of useful info here’s the link – http://www.weblife.org/cob/index.html

Further resources:

http://off-grid.info/blog/60-amazing-designs-using-reclaimed-pallets/
http://inhabitat.com/pallet-haus-an-efficient-affordable-modular-house/
http://inhabitat.com/slumtube-affordable-housing-made-from-shipping-pallets/
http://off-grid.info/blog/?s=cob

Pallet safety & dismantling:

http://www.pallettruth.com/
http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2011/04/all-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about.html


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I already tried it myself and let me tell... you I was completely blown away... His surprising tactics could make your life easier and give you the peace of mind you deserve.

Don't just take my word for it... watch his short video and decide for yourself.





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Lost Ways Of Survival Video

An amazing discovery in an abandoned house in Austin, Texas: A lost book of amazing survival knowledge, believed to have been long vanished to history, has been found in a dusty drawer in the house which belonged to a guy named Claude Davis.

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We've lost to history so much survival knowledge that we've become clueless compared to what our great grandfathers did or built on a daily basis to sustain their families.

Neighbors said that for the last couple of years Claude has tried to unearth and learn the forgotten ways of our great-grandparents and claimed to have found a secret of gargantuan proportions. A secret that he is about to reveal together with 3 old teachings that will change everything you think you know about preparedness:

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What REALLY Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Hint: It's A Bit Crazy...)

Shipping containers are all the rage - but if you are thinking about buying one, you MUST watch this video first:

shipping container video

There's a general belief that if you bury a shipping container you can create an awesome root cellar / storm shelter / survival bunker.

But is a shipping container strong enough to handle the pressure?

Watch the video to see what happens:

What Really Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Click To Watch Video)





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Check Out This Amazing Natural Home In Southern Finland

Check Out This Amazing Natural Home In Southern FinlandAmazing Natural Home In Southern Finland – Image To Repin / Share
Photo – heidivilkman.com

This is the story of a beautiful tiny cob cottage that was built by a young Finnish artist called Heidi Vilkman. Heidi has built her home using only locally sourced natural materials. It’s especially interesting from an “off-grid perspective” because it combines several natural building methods all in one small dwelling – including earth bags, straw bales, lime plaster, cob and cordwood! There’s even a natural birch bark damp-proof course below the north wall!

The cottage has given Heidi a canvas to express some of her creative talents too – it really looks magical, with sculptures emerging from the walls. It blends well with the landscape and adds a flavour of other-wordliness to her living space.



Snow covers the ground in southern Finland from December to April, and northern Finland is snowbound from October to April. With winter temperatures often reaching -30ºC (and occasionally as low as -50ºC!) sometimes with strong, cold easterly or northeasterly winds, any Finnish home needs to be able to provide serious protection from the elements! Cob provides extremely good insulation, and a typical cob home will use up to 20% less energy to heat than a conventional build so it is great choice. It is also suited to hot climates as it will help to keep you cool indoors in the summer and reduce the need for air conditioning.

Cob (made with clay, sand and straw) can be used to build load-bearing walls and must be finished on the on exterior surface with a breathable layer such as lime wash render, never with concrete or with a damp proof membrane – clay in the cob will shrink as it dries and other natural materials will be able to move as it does. For the same reason, damp proofing should never be added to interior walls as this also traps water in the wall. Well-maintained cob will never be damp.

The reciprocal roof provides a strong enough base for a turf covering. To find out more about how to make a reciprocal roof, please try this page (that also has some well-researched links): http://greenbuildingelements.com/2008/10/01/the-reciprocal-roof-beauty-strength-and-simplicity-in-a-roof-frame/

OK, here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://naturalhomes.org/treeoflife.htm. Looking at the featured article, I was left wanting to know more about the stages of the building process – I found the full story of the building of this cob house, which is told in Heidi’s blog, along with many photos and an inspiring story of how the build has improved her life. You can find it here: http://cobdreams.blogspot.co.uk/