The self-reliance library

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Aside from a large range of different tools to be able to tackle the different jobs that may come up another requirement – for lack of a better word – for self-reliance living is a bookshelf, or better a library, stacked with books on the various aspect and subjects. You most important books for the self-reliance library, as already indicated, are those of the how-to kind and the older they are, often, the better.

Why self-reliance is so important as part of a secure, low-impact life

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I’ve been working with Lowimpact.org since the early noughties, and I’d like to share my philosophy on self-reliance with you. I’ve had a keen interest in self-reliance from an early age, realising that given a large enough lump of self-interest, a lot of people will dump you right in it, so to speak, with no more than a second thought. I am Andy Reynolds, a long-term practitioner of low-impact living, smallholder, author, forester, teacher, carpenter, builder.

Self-reliance also means being able to fix bits of old kit

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It also means being able to make things yourself and not just fixing old kit and tools but the fixing of old things and tools it a very important skill to have for self-reliance. Self-reliance is all about making do and mending to a great extend, aside from making things yourself and to some extent the skills are almost identical.

Power of the People: Local Movements for Self-Reliance and Urban Revitalization

Green Living Ideas

Self-reliance” is a growing buzzword that allows local communities to focus on [&hellip. The post Power of the People: Local Movements for Self-Reliance and Urban Revitalization appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

Storey’s Basic Country Skills - A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Storey’s Basic Country Skills A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance by John & Martha Storey Large format paperback 8.5inches x 11inches 576 Pages in two-color with illustrations throughout ISBN: 978-1-58017-202-8 Published first in September 1999 Price: $ 24.95 This is the book for anyone who wants to become more self-reliant, from suburbanites with 1/4 of an acre to country homesteaders with several.

Learn a new skill every week

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For anyone wanting to become more self-reliant – notice that I rarely use the word self-sufficient, as true self-sufficiency just is not possible – skills are what count and not a huge amount of supplies, even not in the event of an Apocalypse and such. countryside skills DIY green living lifeskills making do old skills pioneer skills self-reliance skills traditional skillsby Michael Smith (Veshengro) OK, a little late as a New Year's resolution but.

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The myth of self-sufficiency

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Self-sufficiency is a dangerous myth. While self-reliance, as I have said in writings many times before, is possible and desirable even (total) self-sufficiency is impossible and thus also a dangerous myth. The term self-sufficiency became used, I believe, as a substitute for self-reliance in the early days, such as in the early 1970s when Seymour and others wrote books on the subject of self-sufficiency.

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Independence comes through making things

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This is more than simple self-reliance and self-sufficiency. It is total self-empowerment and brings about independence. The Mahatma said something along those self-same lines when he was leading his beloved India to home rule. EU European Union independence India making things self-empowerment self-reliance self-sufficiency

Beat inflation with cultivation

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food growing self-reliance gardening money savingGrow food, save money, plant a garden today by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Planting a vegetable garden and growing your own food is, first of all, very satisfying and in addition to that it also gives you homegrown great tasting food and saves you money. A garden can be grown in even the smallest spaces and although you may not feed an entire family from what you can grow in a few containers it, nevertheless, can help.

Up until the 1920s, most Americans were almost self-sufficient

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Up until around the 1920s, most Americans were almost self-sufficient, and if not self-sufficient then at least self-reliant. And that by the self-same companies, with Monsanto in the forefront. DIY self-sufficiency make your own make do and mend self-reliance They made their own clothes, grew their own food and bought very little. They were producers and rather than consumers.

Tips to Become More Self Reliant

Green Living Guy

Are you self-reliant? In terms of positive psychology, self-reliance has an important role. That’s because happiness is hinged on being, at least on some level, self-reliant. It’s important… Read More Tips to Become More Self Reliant.

Surviving a societal collapse

Green (Living) Review

There is no such thing as self-sufficiency proper. Self-reliance maybe and yes but self-sufficiency no.

The Myth of the Big Box Stores: 5 Reasons to Support Local and Shop Small

Green Living Ideas

This informative fact sheet, provided by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, is a great resource any time of year, but especially during the holidays, when we’re inundated with adverts from the big-box stores about all their Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals.

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Building your own sustainable future

Low Impact

I’m Andy Reynolds – author, instructor, forester, promoter of self-reliance, and for the last few years I have been reflecting on our project’s progression, as it seems to have reached the stage of early maturity.

How to Homestead – (Not Quite) Like Grandma Used to Do

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here’s a growing interest in how to homestead and become more self-reliant. In this post we’ll take a look at the fundamentals of homesteading and self-reliance, which include providing for our basic needs such as: Food and Water Shelter and Hygiene Clothing With money being tight for many and economic uncertainty, saving money by doing more for yourself can be as good or better than simply busting your backside to try and earn more money.

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How to Replace a Wooden Tool Handle

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That’s why learning to replace wooden tool handles is such a useful self-reliance skill. What’s the best way to replace wooden tool handles? I’ve got an axe with a handle that’s completely broken off, and a sledge hammer with a cracked handle. Hammers, hatchets, axes and sledge hammers usually have wooden handles and eventually they all get loose and break in time. You really can’t pay anyone to do this work for you, and you shouldn’t.

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Living the good life in town and city

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Self-reliance in everything, as fas as this is possible and feasible, is the name of the game, and I say deliberately self-reliance and not self-sufficiency as the latter is impossible to achieve, ever, on your own. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Growing your own food and living the good life of a homesteader is, all too often, associated in the minds of most people with living in the country, the sticks, the boonies.

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Germany now has 1.3 million solar energy systems

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Now, with prices of lithium-ion batteries dropping, just as predicted, BSW expects to see an upsurge of consumers adding batteries to their systems, in 2013, to boost self-consumption rather than selling their power to the grid under "feed-in tariff arrangements" which it expects will offer a higher financial returns to consumers, and improve limitations with intermittency, (variations in weather, and day-night cycles.) Germany now has 1.3

Self-sufficient or self-reliant?

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Time and again people band about the word “self-sufficiency” when they actually mean self-reliance”. Self-reliance is possible while self-sufficiency will not and cannot be achieved on one's own. Neither the Native Americans and other people such as those, nor others of our ancestors were self-sufficient; they were but self-reliant. However, self-reliance is a different kettle of fish.

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Dovecotes

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Together with some laying hens for egg, who also produce a great amount of manure, which is as good a fertilizer, a smallholding can be very self-reliant. In fact, even in a garden a small dovecote, can be useful to aid somewhat to self-reliance and should not be overlooked.

Self-Sufficiency: is it possible?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If we mean with self-sufficiency total self-sufficiency of a household or a homestead then the answer is and must be for reasons of honesty a definite NO! We had farming communities in the days of old and big farming estates in Europe that were, largely, self-sufficient, but to a degree only for still there were things that could not be made by the craftsmen on the estate and which, therefore, had to come in from the outside, so to speak.

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These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers

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This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned enterprise. Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.

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The Need for Large-Scale Permaculture Farms

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On a broad scale this movement can lead to more individual independence, self-reliance, autonomy, resilience and sustainability. Permaculture empowers society, providing practical solutions for a brighter future. Here Marie-Louise explores how large-scale permaculture farms could be the next solution.

Report Documents Walmart Heirs' Efforts to Destroy Rooftop Solar Revolution

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"The Waltons’ money is limiting average Americans’ ability to go solar and control their own energy future," environmental group says The Walton family—who, as heirs to the Walmart fortune, have more wealth than 42 percent of American families combined—are impeding the nation''s transition to a clean energy future, a new study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) finds.

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How to Make Firebricks and Wood Stove Logs for Free!

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If you’d like to see more of how he and our other members are Doing the Stuff, join us on our journey to self-reliance and preparedness ! Today we’re proud to present another DIY project from a fellow Doing the Stuff Networker. Jamie Burke repurposes all kinds of useful stuff from trash and junk. His latest project shared on our DTSN Facebook Group not only saves money, but would be very useful both now (free is always good) and after a SHTF event.

Repairing an off-grid wind and solar electrical system

Low Impact

Over to Andy: Hi – it’s Andy Reynolds, author, forester, instructor, inquisitive repairer and promoter of self reliance, with another story of resourcefulness and the lack of it.

Every home a homestead

Green (Living) Review

We are talking homesteading and not self-sufficiency, which is anyway but an illusion. While self-sufficiency is not the goal and even total self-reliance may not be possible in many situations making every home and homestead to some degree and employing the homesteading spirit will reduce our impact on the Planet. Self-reliance is possible in our particular locations, whether in the boonies, the burbs or town, only the degree of it may vary.

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Sow, Grow, Stow

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An artful approach to living emphasizes self-reliance & traditional homemaking skills. From her productive homestead in northeast Portland, Oregon, Harriet Fasenfest has been gardening, preserving, and cooking up a storm for more than a decade. The stylish and energetic 60-year-old ran a string of popular Portland cafés and restaurants in the 1980s and ''90s, all while raising her first son as a single mother.

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Lakeland Garden Catalog – Preview

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This year the catalog is geared even more for self-reliance and self-sufficiency as now it also includes a section about raining hens in your back garden. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Spring 2011 Garden Catalog from Lakeland must be the best ever to date and it is packed full of with tools and inspiration to grow your own.

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Irminsul, Odal Rune and Indalo

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Some self-proclaimed antifascists have also had a rant and rave as regards to the Indalo that is used in Spain, often by the Gitanos as well, as a talisman and a charm for the protection of the home, for instance. Even eco-villages and -communities are being tarred with that brush by the people of that body mentioned above and others if they as much as dare to promote real self-reliance, by trying to be as far as possible independent from government and government interference.

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Intergenerational living community in France upholds passive design principles

AGreenLiving

Additionally, the study found that older communities must prioritize self-reliance and support among the residents to protect quality of life, all while limiting building energy consumption to reach a passive level. Supported by Studio Losa Architects and the Centre Communal d’Action Sociale (CCAS) of Clermont-Ferrand, one of France’s largest social action community centers, Clos des Vignes, is an intergenerational and inclusive village made with passive design principles.

When Technology Fails – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) When Technology Fails , Revised and Expanded A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency by Matthew Stein Foreword by Richard Heinberg Published by: Chelsea Green Publishing 2008 516 pages paperback with black and white illustrations throughout 8 1/2” x 11” ISBN: 9781933392455 There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.”

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Home Canning: Putting Food By the Old-Fashioned Way

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Their answer: Canning produces flavorful, high-quality food that saves money, builds self-reliance and creates lifelong memories. We looked to our readers to find out why home canning is experiencing a modern revival. We’ve compiled everything you need to start canning, including a list of recommended how-to and recipe books, places to find your supplies, a list of our favorite canning products from Etsy, and even an app or two. Find it all in our Home Canning Guide.

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The Benefits of Wild Edibles

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Christopher Nyerges — co-director of the School of Self-Reliance — offers hikers, campers and foragers an array of tips for harvesting and consuming wild edibles. A diet rich in wild edibles can offer many health benefits, while helping you avoid potentially harmful food additives.

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TRANSITION US FORMALLY ESTABLISHED

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Graduates from the courses are working actively with people in their locales to help them rebuild community resilience and self reliance. SEBASTOPOL, CA, March 2009 : Transition US , set up informally in May 2008 by co-founders Jennifer Gray and Pamela Gray, has now become official.

Remake the 'village' within the city

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As we cannot all live in the countryside on smallholdings and homesteads we must make the city into a place where we can live a sustainable life as self-reliant, in community, as possible. Remaking the village in the city will turn urban areas into livable communities that can be self-supporting on all levels, as far as possible. But self-reliance for a community and self-supporting for such a “place” can be achievable.

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Consumption can never be sustainable

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While there are some things that we may want and need that we will be unable to make ourselves we should look as self-reliance as much as possible and other goods and services we should exchange with others on a local level, the way it used to be before the advent of full-blown industrialization and capitalism. We also need to bring some kind of self-reliance back into play, of making things, of growing things, etc.,

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Proletariat, precariat and unnecessariat

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The peasantry was far too self-reliant and almost self-sufficient, despite the fact that many were but tenant farmers, at least towards the end, and had to pay tribute to the landlords. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) First we had the proletariat (well, we still have it, really; it is the working class), then recently and still with us, the precariat and now the unnecessariat.

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Survival Manuals

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Also forget every notion that you can live self-sufficient in all things, far away in the wilderness. Total self-sufficiency is not achievable. However, around every corner there seems to be someone who talks about, writes about, and so on, about the goal of total self-sufficiency. What they do is to confuse self-reliance with self-sufficiency. Self-reliance is possible, self-sufficiency simply is not.

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Arab Towns Get Sewerage Upgrade in Israel

Green Prophet

Israel’s minority communities have been able to retain a high level of independence and self-reliance if they choose. A relief to the environment as Israel allots money to upgrade poorly services sewers in Arab towns. Last Wednesday, Israeli Energy and Water Resources Minister Uzi Landau announced the government is allocating NIS 355 million to improve the sewerage systems in Arab neighborhoods across Israel.

10 Tips for New Garden Farmers

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They also contribute to self-reliance by feeding us well. A journal entry from my pre-gardening days reads as follows: I just returned from the farmers’ market with two pounds of apricots, half a pound of ground cherries, a bag each of arugula, radishes, pepper cress and kale. One of the farmers gave me a peach spray, which now brightens my kitchen. I’m grateful to these family farmers who till the land, and then bring their produce and other wonderful foods to the city.

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Peak Oil threat to British Columbia's food supply, says report

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s Food Self-Reliance”, says that the area of farmland with access to irrigation in the province would have to increase by nearly 50 per cent by 2025 to provide a healthy diet for all British Columbians. Maintaining the province's current level of food self-reliance in 2025 would require a 30-per-cent increase in agricultural production, according to the report.

Aquaponics Revolutionizes Local Food Growing by Recycling 90% Water

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Aquaponics has broad appeal because it meets basic needs such as food security and food safety, self reliance, sustainability and water conservation, while creating a pleasing indoor environment to grow your own fresh and healthy food year-round,” said Gina Cavaliero, Chair of the 2013 Aquaponic Association Conference and owner of Green Acre Aquaponics , a commercial aquaponics farm in Brooksville, Florida.

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