Category — COMMUNITY

A tale of two smallholdings
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 24, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, FOOD

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East Ruston – Growing together

The contrasting fortunes of two British smallholdings are a useful guide on how to succeed, and what NOT to do, if you are planning to grow your own food. (more…)

Its not selfish to live off-grid
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 21, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY

The Arizona Daily Wildcat carries an article this morning questioning the whole idea of living off-grid. The author says it is selfish and ineffectual, that it would be far better to stay inside mainstream society and try to change it.

Leaving aside the question of whether the current celebrity obsessed, materialistic society is worth trying to change, its easy to understand why many prefer to BE the change, rather than merely argue for it.

Here are three reasons why its NOT selfish to live off-grid: (more…)

Simplify and be happy
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 18, 2014 - 2 Comments in COMMUNITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA
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For years, Katie and Doug Sanders were stuck in their version of the suburban slog. He worked long hours as a systems operator for a software company; she home-schooled their children during the day and ran two dance studios at night. They lived in a three-bedroom home they’d bought in a suburb of Colorado Springs. (more…)

Building an off-grid village
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 11, 2014 - 3 Comments in COMMUNITY

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I had an article on the Guardian web site today about a plan to build an off-grid village. It’s a very difficult thing to do in the UK because the powers-that-be are dead against it. But we have found a possible site in South Wales and we are looking for finance, and for pro bono help from lawyers, architects and housebuilders. (Contact nick@off-grid.net)
IF we do not succeed in raising finance for this project I will be trying to build an off-grid township in the USA where far more people live off grid already and there are fewer obstacles. (more…)

Venezuela enforces fingerprint registry to buy groceries: What to Do before rationing starts in America
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 6, 2014 - 5 Comments in COMMUNITY, FOOD, URBAN, WRETHA

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What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries?  And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited?

That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now.  The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding” that ID cards will be issued to families.  These will have to be presented before foodstuffs can be purchased.

President Nicolas Maduro’s administration says the cards to track families’ purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidized prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount…Registration began Tuesday at more than 100 government-run supermarkets across the country. Working-class shoppers who sometimes endure hours-long lines at government-run stores to buy groceries at steeply reduced prices are welcoming the plan. (more…)
George Soros: Banking “parasites” still leeching off us
by KATIE on MARCH 9, 2014 - 5 Comments in COMMUNITY, WORK

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I’ve got you…under my skin

Billionaire George Soros says the banking sector is a “parasite” holding back the economic recovery and an “incestuous” relationship with regulators means little has been done to resolve the issues behind the 2008 crisis.
“The banking sector is acting as a parasite on the real economy,” Mr Soros says in his new book “The Tragedy of the European Union” (Buy in the UK). (more…)

Not prepped at all….
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 9, 2014 - 6 Comments in COMMUNITY, FOOD, SHOP, URBAN, WATER, WRETHA

During this last major cold snap, I heard a story on NPR (National Public Radio), it’s the only radio station we can pick up out here, it’s quite a bit left leaning for our tastes, but we take that into consideration when we listen, especially to the news stories.

So this story was about (yet another) major cold snap that was about to hit major parts of the USA, there were going to be states of emergency declared because of the snow, ice and very low temps. There were going to be school and business closings.

The thing that really caught my attention, the thing that surprised me (but probably shouldn’t have) is the talk about “runs on the stores”, they were preparing for, get this, being potentially shut in for, (more…)

SunPower to compete with Marfa lights
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 9, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, ENERGY, SOLAR, WRETHA

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Marfa Texas is more known for eccentric-quirky artists and the Marfa Lights, an unexplained phenomena that happens on some nights, I have seen these lights and found them to be interesting and hard to explain, I thought I was seeing car lights, until I watched one go across the desert floor then shoot straight up into the air…. Now the company SunPower wants to build a power plant in Marfa, and the residents of Marfa have questions for SunPower.

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MARFA – SunPower will host an open house Thursday, January 30, from 5pm to 7pm at the Marfa School Cafeteria. SunPower, based in San Francisco, California, is one of four companies interested in potentially setting up solar power plants in Presidio County.

The open house will allow residents to learn about the proposed 50-megawatt project called Texas Solar Star that would produce enough energy for around 40,000 homes. It was previously reported that SunPower is looking to locate their project in the Antelope Hills area east of Marfa. (more…)

Gov SWAT teams target “Rugged Individuals” who grow their own food, produce their own electricity
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JANUARY 19, 2014 - 8 Comments in COMMUNITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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The dream of many Americans is to get out of the hustle and bustle of the daily city grind. And what better dream to have then to move your family outside of city limits to the countryside so that you can grow your own food, produce your own electricity with solar power, and live outside the purview of an ever expanding government apparatus? (more…)


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