Green Friday is a great alternative to the mayhem that is Black Friday. The holiday season truly my favorite time of year, and I wanted to share something really cool with 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 Friday, November 25, 2016.
Mountain Camp Adventures is a series of videos I have been making documenting my experiences at a beautiful camp located 5,800 feet above sea level in the mountains north of Los Angeles. I have been blessed with this opportunity and am very excited to share my experience with you.
Bandanas are a necessity on the homestead, from reusable napkins to tourniquets. I always keep one in my pocket at all times. Check out the video I made to see for yourself.
So last night I rescued five Rhode Island Red pullets (four hens and a Rooster) and one other older unknown breed rooster. I already had four Leg Horn hens and to introduce them to each other I put the new birds in the coop with the old last night so this morning they all woke up together. They did great except the older mystery rooster started crowing at 5:00 am! I had to find a temporary home for him so our neighbors wouldn’t hate us but I did and he will be ok until we are in a better situation to have him again. This video is an overview of their first day together.
A Pep Talk from Kid President is a short video by a cute kid that will make you laugh and get you pumped up for the day!
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.
A video of my Polyculture Container Garden in my front yard. The plumeria is from a cutting and it’s doing awesome. The Kumquat I bought at Costco a few years ago and I had originally planted it in the ground but I had to move it last year so it didn’t produce any fruit but this year it looks like there will be a bunch! and then there is my crazy productive aloe Vera that I use for sunburns and smoothies.
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.
The InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser works very well and has many great features. It holds 100ml of water and I really like how it automatically turns off when it runs out of water. My wife and I had never used essential oils but it was super easy some of our favorites are Eucalyptus, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, Lemon and Tea Tree! When buying essential oils make sure they are Organic and undiluted.
I love using mason jars for a wide variety of things around the homestead and when I go to fill my wide mouth jars I need a wide mouth funnel so I don’t make a mess. Made of 8/18 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 jar funnels it really makes all the difference when I’m storing my homemade popcorn or sauerkraut.
It really bothers me when I waste paper so I do my best to avoid the stuff! Like when I take notes I always end up adding the note to my phone or computer and then throwing the paper 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 an eWriter like the Boogie Board Jot 8.5 LCD eWriter. It works really well for me, I can “Jot” down quick notes when I’m on the phone or leave a note for my wife to feed the dogs. You can even use the stylus as a kickstand to display your message. The only thing is one of the magnets on the back came off but all I had to do was add a drop of crazy glue and now it’s good to go!
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!
Have you heard of Prince Ea? He is a Futurologist I’m not really sure what that means but he has some really inspirational videos and I wanted to share some with you.
A short TED-Ed video by John Bellaimey about the meaning of Yin and Yang. I’ve always liked the thought of a balance of good and bad, like the light and the dark side of The Force, but Yin and Yang proves to be much more than just that!
I was listening to the Survival Podcast yesterday and Jack had John Moody on as his guest. I learned about the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, they are fighting for our right to choose where and who we buy our food from. I believe very strongly in preserving our freedoms and this is one of them that has been taken from us. If I choose to consume raw milk because of it’s health benefits over pasteurized milk then that is my choice and the government has no right to interfere.
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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.
Honey Bees are dying in masses. Which at first seems not very important until you realize that one third of all food humans consume would disappear with them. Millions could starve. The foes bees face are truly horrifying – some are a direct consequence of human greed. We need to help our small buzzing friends or we will face extremely unpleasant consequences.
By: Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
Homebrewed hard apple cider is one of the easiest beverages for the beginning home brewer! 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.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about raising chickens with a permaculture twist!
I’m tired of making New Years resolutions and never accomplishing them. As an alternitive I propose we use S.M.A.R.T. Goals, they are extremely helpful when trying to accomplish anything in our modern day busy-as-heck lives.
My passion lies in helping people, and I’m so lucky that Beyond Sustainable allows me to follow that passion. I truly believe that by empowering people with knowledge we can be truly self-sustainable. Let this Thanksgiving serve as a day to remember all the people that helped you get to where you are today.
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