Organic Foods & Farming

Survival Seeds 101: A Comprehensive Guide For Saving Seeds

When it’s late summer and the garden’s still producing, it may be the last thing on your mind to consider preparing for next year’s crop. But now is the time to make at least some preparations for your 2016 garden. And, one of those preparations is saving seeds from this year’s crop. There are lots of reasons to do this. You may have been so pleased at the results of a particular packet that you’re hoping for the same results next year. Or, you may have done a little home-grown crossbreeding, and want to see if lightning will strike twice. While store bought seed packets are certainly not expensive, seed companies are under constant pressure to come up with new and better varieties. To make room in their catalogs, they drop older ones. But what if some of those older varieties are your newly discovered favorites or they produce a better yield for your garden?

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Homesteading

Top Prefabricated and DIY Root and Food Cellars or Shelters

If you look hard enough you will find some ingenious structures designed to provide affordable, insulating, and cooling storage for your vegetables, fruits, cheeses, or bug out foods or supplies. There are quite a few great designs for these pre-fabricated cellars or shelters popping up each year. And since more people are opting for a more self-sustaining lifestyle, this market will undoubtedly grow even more.

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Alternative Energy

The SALt Lamp Runs 8 Hours on 1 Glass of Saltwater & Charges Your USB Devices

This amazing little lamp runs entirely on saltwater! It’s called the SALt Lamp and it was founded by a company located in the Philippines. This nifty invention can run for 8 hours on just 1 glass of water and 2 tablespoons of salt. That’s all you need!

The SALt lamp does not use any complicated technology or harsh toxic chemicals either. Just simply add the water and salt and you’re good to go. The company’s website (at http://www.salt.ph/) states that the SALt Lamp can also run on pure seawater! This would place this new technology in a position to really scale and, perhaps some day soon, power small towns or cities, especially in the coastal regions where saltwater is prominent.

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Tiny Homes

Tiny Homes Builders Directory – US and Canada

Tiny home living has exploded over the past few years. People are leaving high-cost mortgages behind and opting for more freedoms. This includes less debt, less environmental footprint or impact, more freedom to travel, save money, and live uncontrolled by bigger houses and bigger expenses. Many types of tiny homes are priced from $30,000 to $60,000 depending on the specifications of the tiny home ordered. A lot of these can be fitted with solar panels and other sustainable items, like composting toilets and similar amenities.

In this post, we’ve listed the most popular tiny home builders in the U.S. If you’re a tiny home builder or know of one, please feel free to contact us and we’ll add the resource to this directory.

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Tiny Homes

12 Tiny Dream Homes with Prices, Plans, and Where to Buy

Several days ago we showed you how you can buy or build a tiny home for under $20,000. Today we’d like to show you even more awesome tiny homes that are at or under 300 square feet. Why so much to do about tiny houses? The tiny house movement isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. As noted in previous articles, more and more people are ditching their large homes in favor of a smaller footprint, smaller (or no) mortgage payments, and more freedom to travel or live a life free of financial burdens of owning a large home.

Let’s take a look at these truly awesome tiny homes that hopefully will inspire you to think smaller.

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Tiny Homes

8 Amazing Tiny Homes You Can Buy or Build for Under $20,000

Tiny home building has taken the nation by storm over the past few years. Many people are finding the conventional 1500+ sq. ft. homes and 30 year mortgages just do not match up to their personal lifestyle. Others want to leave less of a footprint by opting for a smaller home or they want to use their extra income to travel and save more versus being strapped down by a long-term bank mortgage.

Whatever your reason, we hope that our collection of tiny homes purchased or built for less than $20,000 will inspire you to think about your own desires for life, your home, and your surroundings. Please share this post with anyone who you think would enjoy tiny home living and the ideas presented by the awesome tiny home builders featured in this article.

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