Sustainability/Self-Suffient

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Conway.T, May 27, 2009.

  1. Conway.T

    Conway.T Guest

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    Is anyone here into sustainability, being self-sufficient, or homesteading?
    I'm a strong believer in them and being prepared for anything that could possibly come your way such as natural disasters, economic failures, global warming, etc.
    My wife and I grow all of our fruits and vegetables in our garden. We can and dehydrate goods in case of emergency. We have a whole closet full of survival supplies that we rotate.

    Anybody else into these ideas? Would like to hear about your set-up and situation.
     
  2. bikerepublic

    bikerepublic Guest

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    I like to do my part in this world. I recycle and pick up trash off the streets. It makes me feel good.
     

  3. Schmeevan

    Schmeevan Guest

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    I highly admire self-sufficient people!
     
  4. Dae-Dae

    Dae-Dae Guest

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    My 3 favorite words are REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE!
    I try to live by the 3 R's.
     
  5. Neuromancer

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    How are you preparing for global warming? What if there was a sudden heat shift that shut off the electric (plants got too hot), your a/c is out, and no way to escape the heat.....
     
  6. BigDumbBear

    BigDumbBear New Member

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    As an especially bad ice-storm this last winter prooved, most people around here can't get by for more than a couple hours without one of todays luxuries. Nearly everyone for a hundred miles or so was out of electricity and water for nearly a week. My family was ready with MRE's, canned and dry foods, blankets, a generator, camp stoves(AND THE FUEL!), flashlights, 4wd vehicles, cash(because u couldn't get money from a bank with no power), and a few other things that we were quite glad to have. with the generator and a few tricks, we were able to run the central heat, 1 tv(cable worked most of the time), a couple radios, the gas stoves, charge laptops to use, etc. etc. We were living at about 80% of normal. The worst part was boiling water to take a bath. After that many people learned thier lessons and bought a few of the essentials for the next time around.
     
  7. Naturegirl

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    I try to keep extra supplies around in case of an emergency. I literally live on top of a fault line, and geologists are predicting a huge earthquake anytime in the next century. Kind of scary.
     
  8. riderman14

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    bought 40 acres and built a cabin in north central mich.lived "off the grid" except for electric,and a gas back-up genarator.had a cell phone so not so sure that counts.heated with wood,put in a huge garden,built a small 16x20 green house and did like you.canned,dehydrated and hunted off the property.it got old,the harsh winters i mean.i held out for 7 years but those damn long cold winters just got to me! iremember being on the roof in mid jan.-feb. quit a few times,shoveling snow off and it was so high around the house from doing it,i could just step off the edge onto the pile and roll down to the ground!! my drive way was an 1/8 of a mile back and i was stranded several times cause the plows never do the dirt roads when it gets bad. BUT!! it wasnt all bad.if i could do it again in a more milder climate,i probably would try it again.it was a learning experience,to say the least!! ride on
     
  9. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    Look at the bright side--someday you may have ocean front property!:D