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I know that “booby traps” might incite images of pirates or flashbacks from “Goonies”, but it’s actually a very legitimate way to protect your homestead. While many traditional security techniques may do the job, imagine how much more menacing you can be with rigged traps set all over the perimeter of your property. I think it … Continue reading

Herbal Remedy Recipe Cards

I created these recipe cards as a way to access my herbal remedies quickly and easily for creating tinctures, salves, teas, and syrups for many common ailments.  They can be printed, laminated and stored in a 3×5 index card box.  I’ve had many people ask about these cards so I decided to post them here … Continue reading

Make a Biogas Generator to Produce Your Own Natural Gas

Transform grass clippings, food waste and livestock manure into renewable biogas energy with a homemade biogas generator.   By Paul Scheckel August/September 2014 A 200-gallon biogas generator in Oregon turns 15 pounds of food waste into cooking fuel daily. As food and yard waste decompose, methane and carbon dioxide are created, inflating the rubber bladder … Continue reading

How to Make Your Own Toothpaste and Other Oral Care Products

Are you tired of fluoridated toothpaste? Learn how to make your own, fluoride free toothpaste right at home! by Celin Childs Toothbrushes and toothpaste haven’t always been around. Before there was dental floss people had to rely on natural entities in order to keep their pearly whites their whitest. Today many people use alternative methods of keeping … Continue reading

How to Make Your Own Pallet Garden

This is a great way to create a vegetable, herb or flower garden in a small amount of space. Find a Pallet The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. I’ve had good luck finding them in dumpsters behind supermarkets. No need to be squeamish. It doesn’t smell. At least, it doesn’t smell … Continue reading

Human-Powered Machines Resource List: Pedal to the Metal

Mother Earth News 12/07/12 DIY Plans and Resources to Buy Human-Powered Machines Adults of average physical fitness can produce between 50 and 150 watts of mechanical power pedaling a bicycle. Why not put that power to work powering electronics, appliances and other machines? You’ll get fit while reducing your dependence of fossil fueled electricity. Pedal-powered machines are favorite spectacles … Continue reading

Build a Bicycle Cargo Trailer

By Doug Costlow This article originally appeared on Instructables. Have you ever wanted to take something extra with you when you ride your bike, but didn’t know how you could get it on the bike and still be able to ride? I have, and believe me one of my favorite challenges about bike  riding is figuring out … Continue reading

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Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Kit

Quiet, portable power for base camp, cabins and unexpected outages. The Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator allows you to live life off the grid, camp in luxury, or power through an outage without the noise and fumes of traditional back-up generators.