Modern Survival was a term I first heard from Jack Spirko who is the voice of The Survival Podcast. Unfortunately survival and prepping have gotten a bad rap lately due to shows like “Dooms Day Preppers” but Jack has based The Survival Podcast on his Modern Survival philosophy which is basically whatever you do to prepare should have a positive impact on your life if times get tough or even if they don’t.
My wife and I were recently in Guadalajara, Mexico on vacation and I noticed that they use a mind-blowing amount of plastic bags there. The street vendors use them to cover plates so they don’t have to wash them, if you buy anything it will come in one, and they even serve drinks in them.
This really worried me because if they are doing this there then people are probably using similar practices all over the world. That really made me think about how much waste all those plastic bags create and the negative impacts on our environment. So I pondered on this for a while and had a few ideas for Plastic Bag Alternatives.
It’s winter time again and my free range chickens have less and less to forage so I started a Livestock Fodder System to grow them some greens to help them get through the winter. I’m using Barly to start with but I’m going to try adding a few other grains for diversity.
Fish Farming in Geodesic Domes is the way of the future!
The Zero Waste Challenge is a great way to start your journey towards a zero waste lifestyle. The challenge is to replace one single-use item with a reusable one once a month. This slow start helps you to not get overwhelmed by the process. At first, it may be difficult but with time it gets easier, my wife and I like to make a game out of it. We try to see who can come up with best reusable replacement even if that means making some of our household products ourselves like toothpaste or shampoo.
How Wolves Change Rivers opened my eyes to how ecosystems work. I never knew how interconnected these species are and it made me realize that every species on earth is connected and anything we do has an impact either positive or negative. So think twice before you changing things that your don’t fully understand.
This Wide Mouth Funnel is perfect for filling up your wide mouth mason jars without making a mess. I have had mine for a few years now and I use it almost every day, it’s made of stainless steel so it will last for a long time and you don’t have to worry about any chemicals leaching out into your food! This funnel is so much bigger than the regular mouth funnels it really makes all the difference!
Long term fuel storage is an important part of any preparedness plan. Are you ready? What if a situation occurred that reduced or eliminated the gas supply? Even if there is no such situation you will be better off haveing some extra fuel on hand.
The InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser has been working perfectly for my wife and me for over a year now and I like that it puts out a good amount of mist but now I have a new favorite, the URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser. It is smaller than the InnoGear and features a one piece lid so it is faster to fill and it puts out just as much mist! We still keep the InnoGear on our nightstand and every night we use it before we go to bed, it helps us relax, I find that the peppermint essential oil helps clear my sinuses. I keep the URPOWER on my desk and use it while I’m working, both of these units automatically turns off when the water runs out and offers two modes of operation. The first is a continuously on mode and secondly, it can cycle on for thirty seconds then off for thirty seconds to extend the run time. Some of our favorite essential oils are Eucalyptus, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, Lemon and Tea Tree! When buying essential oils make sure they are Organic and undiluted. To buy your URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser Click Here!
Monoculture vs Polyculture is a big topic in farming circles today. If you look at nature you can see that it is natural for different plants to work together and benefit each other. The most well know human designed polyculture or guild is the Three Sisters, the Native Americans used this guild to produce corn, beans, and squash. The corn acts like a trellis for the beans and the squash act as a ground cover. Using this method they could produce more with less space, work less, and grow more nutrient dense foods.
I straight up love Dr. Bronner’s Soap! I have been using it for over 3 years now and I’m still finding new uses for it. I initially bought it to use as a body wash on a camping trip because it was biodegradable and safe for wildlife and plants. Even after that trip, I continued to use it as a body wash and now I use it for much more, there’s a good reason why they call it All in One Magic Soap!
These Soil Carbon Cowboys were faced with crop failure and came out ahead of the game. They started practicing sustainable and regenerative methods of land management and are now building the carbon in their soil which is good for their business and the environment!
Green Friday is a great alternative to what the majority of consumers do the day after Thanksgiving. The holiday season is truly my favorite time of year, but not because of the sales on Black Friday or the gifts. It’s something about the change in weather and the great food! I wanted to share a brilliant idea with you that can be so positive in so many ways. Just go outside and get into nature. Go for a hike or a walk just don’t go buy stuff. Feed your soul, recharge your spirit and get some exercise at the same time!
For those of you who live in California. The California State Parks Foundation has partnered with Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks to offer over 13,000 free vehicle day-use passes to more than 100 state parks for use on Green Friday.
My Life as a Turkey is a well produced and interesting documentary of a man who got the chance to raise wild turkeys as there mother!
In One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts Will Harris the owner of White Oak Pastures, tells us the evolution of his farm to a Regenerative Agriculture practice. This guy is the change we need to see more of in agriculture and this video is very well made and is one of the best regenerative agriculture videos I’ve seen.
Kirsten Dirksen travels around the world documenting examples of sustainable living and her Dryland Homestead Hacks with Brad Lancaster is one of her best videos yet! It is just shy of an hour long but at no point was I bored, every second is filled with great information and ideas for any dryland climate. Brad Lancaster is a genius when it comes to rainwater harvesting watch the video and see for yourself.
When I take notes I prefer to use my Boogie Board E-Writer, I keep it right on the refrigerator and can write down what I want to make for dinner or what I need to add to my grocery list. It really bothers me when I waste paper so I do my best to avoid it! When I used to use a notepad to take notes I would always add the information to my phone or computer and then end up throwing the paper note away, I mean I could compost it but it probably has nasty chemicals that I don’t want in my compost so I’d rather just use my Boogie Board E-Writer.
The Circular Economy is the future! As I have said in the past, “I believe that the modern day society we live in is out of balance with nature and inherently unsustainable. We live on a finite planet with finite resources, so we have to be smart how we use them, the change we need will not come from government but everyday people like you and me. I do what I think is right and hope that some will follow in my footsteps.” Check out the video below to learn more about The Circular Economy and keep reading to find out how you kan help make a difference!
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Vandana Shiva is amazing, she’s a Doctor, an Eco-Activist, and my Hero! She’s a brilliant scientist who became Monsanto’s worst nightmare and a rock star of the international sustainable food movement.
The Man Who Planted Trees is a wonderful story of one man who turned a deserted wasteland into an oasis. Undeterred by two World Wars, and without any thought of personal reward, Elzéard Bouffier a solitary shepherd tirelessly sowed his seeds in the hills of France where there was once nothing with his bare hands because that’s what he thought needed to be done.
Homebrewed hard apple cider is one of the easiest beverages for the beginning homebrewer! When you drink that first bottle of your very own home brew, you get such a sense of accomplishment knowing that you made it yourself and the best part is it’s cheaper than buying it at the store. All you need to get started is an Airlock, a stopper, a gallon of apple juice, and some yeast.
Geoff Lawton is a permaculture consultant, designer, and teacher, he specializes in permaculture education, design, implementation, and system establishment. He plays a vital role in spreading the word of Permaculture and has a free video series with breathtaking imagery and inspirational concepts.
“Permaculture Chickens is everything you ever wanted to know about raising chickens with a permaculture twist!”
My buddy Matt Powers is starting the first permaculture school for kids!. He has created a program for children and young adults to reconnect with nature, learn how to be self-reliant and build resilient local communities. His program is ready to go, he even developed his own fully illustrated textbooks! Now he just need a little financial help to be ready in time for the new school year.
This video brings one of many sustainable solutions to light. It’s kind of silly but if you think about it, it really makes sense.