Category — COMMUNITY

Legal tiny home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 10, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, WRETHA

I love these tiny homes, this one is particularly interesting because it’s completely legal, not saying all the other tiny homes are illegal, in some places people have to build them on the down low. Check it out!

This one shows quite a bit of detail, and he even tells us what he would do differently if he had to do it again, I love the cabinets! (more…)

Ebola scare
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 8, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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If what I just read is true, then Ebola might not be as scary as first thought, I think many of us have read the books back in the 90s, the one that comes to my mind is The Hot Zone, that was an eye opening but scary scary scary book, even Stephen King called the first chapter, “one of the most horrifying things I’ve read in my whole life.” Until recently, Ebola was something that happened “over there”, in some other country, in Africa, in 3rd world countries, well now all of that has changed, we don’t have to worry about Ebola accidentally coming to the USA, it has been purposely brought over. Of course when all you have heard is how it is a death sentence if you are infected and it’s a horrible way to die, it tends to scare one to no end, well now I’m learning that it may not be such a death sentence after all.

I realize that some might read this here (on off-grid.net) and ask why such a story is posted here, what does it have to do with living off grid? Well I’m here to tell you that keeping healthy is a mainstay about living off grid, that includes being able to prevent and/or fight off major viruses like this. I know that for me, staying away from as many people as possible (ie not going to the city any more often as I have to) is very important and one of the ways I stay healthy, but no one is an island to themselves, and even if I never go the city, my friends and neighbors do, so it’s up to me to be as prepared as I can possibly be.

I found this online, and it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyhow), you can’t believe everything you read just because someone posted it online, but this does give me hope and helps me to understand this virus and how it works a bit better. The link to the following story is at the bottom. (more…)

Permaculture in Moretown, Vermont
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 30, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, FOOD, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

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Ben Falk is a permaculture designer based in Moretown, Vermont. In this video, he speaks about different aspects of homesteading and cold weather, notably his wood cook-stove which also heats water, and his compost-powered greenhouse heating system. He also talks about the importance of being engaged with the land around us, and how gardening is just basically awesome! (more…)

A new doc in town
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 26, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

I think I am in love, and it’s with another man, but it’s not what you might think :) About a month ago, I took my friend to a nearby town to see a new doctor, there is a very long story that goes with why she wanted a new doctor, one I’ll not bore you with… the first time I saw/met this doctor, my first impression was I like him. He is about as unpretentious as you can get, he wears jeans with the cuffs rolled up, cowboy boots, t-shirts with vintage cars on them, he drives an old beater pickup truck, yes my first impression was he wasn’t like most other doctors I have met. (more…)

Local pols nix home in a field
by SUPERJOE on JULY 22, 2014 - 4 Comments in COMMUNITY, EVENTS

A dead Bat will not save him from eviction

Jonathan HIll -hopes have died

A man who built a straw bale house in his own field without planning permission has been ordered to tear it down and become homeless

Jonathan Martin, 51, of Waterbrook, Limeburn Hill, Chew Magna, was taken to court by Bath and North East Somerset Council for the second time in seven months because he had failed to act on an enforcement order to demolish the house and return the land to its original state.
He branded the second court by the local authority “absolutely ridiculous” and said he had told the council that the presence of roosting bats had delayed removing the structure. (more…)

30 signs that you’re one of those “Crazy Preppers”
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

Crazy-Preppers

With all the recent talk in the news about “Doomsday Preppers” and the demonization in the media, you have to be aware that you’re considered a little….different. The fact that you are self-reliant is such an oddity to most that, frankly, they find you to be either nuts, a little bit scary, or both. According to the US government, we are all extremists on the verge of committing depraved acts of terrorism.

 

Here are the top 30 signs, should you ever be the subject of a nationwide manhunt, that you too will be considered a “Crazy Prepper on the Loose“:

  1. Pantries are so mainstream…you have food stashed in strange places in every room of the house.
  2. You have enough toilet paper to get through a year of uncomfortable digestive upsets…occurring with 6 people simultaneously
  3. Speaking of which, you possess at least 3 different ways to use the bathroom, only one of which is an actual bathroom.

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Gardening roundtable
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 13, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

About a week ago, I got a phone call from one of my neighbors and friends out here, it was time to do another gardening roundtable. That’s where a bunch of us gets together to discuss our gardening experiences. Living in the high desert mountains in far western Texas, we have a unique growing area, and within this area, there are even microclimates to deal with, so my garden may have different qualities (temperature, moisture, wind, soil conditions…) than someone who lives at the same altitude as I do but just around the corner from me…

So today after church and our second Sunday church potluck lunch, we just had enough time to get over to the community center just up the road. There were about a dozen of us there, most are experienced gardeners, a few were very new to gardening, a few had gardened out here for many years. (more…)

French company joins solar industry march to west Texas
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 27, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, ENERGY, EVENTS, SOLAR, WRETHA

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Yet another solar company is looking cash in on the wide-open skies of West Texas.

Paris-based Solairedirect has announced plans for a two-phase, 100-megawatt solar farm on a ranch about 14 miles east of Alpine in rural Brewster County. By the company’s estimates, the plant could bring power to about 25,000 homes.

It would rival California competitor Recurrent Energy’s plans to build its own 150-megawatt plant in West Texas. Recurrent hasn’t yet said where exactly in the region it will build what would be the state’s largest single solar facility.

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Greenpeace “loses $5m” of donations
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, URBAN

Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo in Seoul, part of his extensive international travel program

Kumi Naidoo – expensive haircut for trip to Seoul

Greenpeace, the environmental charity that lost its way over a decade ago, has announced it has also lost money – over $5 MILLION dollars of donations have been frittered away in currency speculation.

Greenpeace headquarters, a marble-lined former bank in Amsterdam is a place where self-important Greenpeace executives plan their next vital air journey to visit a politician or industrialist. Greenpeace executives work is too urgent, you see, to follow the rules they prescribe for others. Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo loves to be photographed at meetings around the world.

Now, one of their management cadre has embarrassed the organisation by running up the huge losses on money markets. The cost helped push Greenpeace into a loss for the year of €6.8m on a global budget of €300m Euros.

It raises the question,why they have $5 million sitting around? Surely the environmental emergency they are always fighting requires spending the money we gave them, not sitting on it? (more…)


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