Category — FOOD

Air pruning?
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MARCH 24, 2014 - 2 Comments in FOOD, OFF-GRID 101, WRETHA

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Ever heard of air pruning? Neither have I… I just watched this video and I’m blown away, I think of all the people who do container gardening for many reasons, some don’t have the space, some rent and aren’t allowed to till up the grass/lawn, others have poor or no soil. (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…)

EU to ban heirloom seeds and criminalize unregistered gardens
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JANUARY 17, 2014 - 1 Comment in FOOD

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(Truthstream Media.com)

If the global domination is allowed to take root, biotech and Big Agra will control the world food supply, at the expense of personal liberty.

Because independence is the greatest of all crimes under the emerging global government, which essentially works to protect the dominance established by the biggest of corporations, who participate, in turn, as de facto members of the ruling oligarchy – and in baby steps through the EU, and emerging North American Union, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, et al. (more…)

Grilling in the sky castle
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 27, 2013 - 0 Comments in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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I love cooking, nearly anything, but until very recently I have kept my cooking adventures within the walls of the sky castle, a few weeks ago I got bit by the BBQ/grill bug. It all started out innocently enough, we had a small, very small table top charcoal grill, it wasn’t really large enough, but it was a good start. Next we dusted off the tall smoker that could be used as a grill by moving the charcoal pan up to the top, it wasn’t much better than the smaller grill, but by then I knew I really wanted to have a more permanent setup so PB went to work building a grill for me. (more…)

Nine last minute DIY Christmas gifts
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 22, 2013 - 1 Comment in EVENTS, FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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In this last weekend just before Christmas, some of us are still behind on gifts, and often there are extra friends, family and such who would appreciate a heartfelt, handmade gift. Thanks to the internet, there are loads of ideas on making quick and inexpensive DIY gifts, and more importantly, there is still time to put some of these together before the big day! (more…)

How to make a frugal and festive Christmas dinner from the pantry
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 15, 2013 - 0 Comments in FOOD, WRETHA

Christmas-dinner

Aside from the gifts under the tree, one of the big expenses of the holidays is the food.  Nearly everyone finds that their grocery bill is up this time of year.  You’re hosting parties, putting together a no-holds-barred Christmas morning breakfast, and making a gigantic feast for friends and family.

Stop!  You don’t have to go broke to enjoy the holidays!  It doesn’t matter what the neighbors are putting on their table this year.  Particularly if the money is stretched thin, there are lots of ways to make your dinner frugal, but still festive. (more…)

Cash crop funds lifestyle
by VEG-HEAD on DECEMBER 10, 2013 - 1 Comment in FOOD, LAND

Nick & Cynthia- Blueberry Heaven!

Nick & Cynthia – Save the Blueberry!

Food producers Cynthia Lim and Nick Bray have cracked the big problem – how do you go off the grid and still make a living in the real world? The couple moved to a 7 hectare property  outside Melbourne Australia 12 years ago.

Some might have considered turning land over to cannabis cultivation – but not in Australia where cops act more like the Secret Service. Their answer: growing and selling blueberries.

They started with about 200 plants in 2004, just in time for the ‘‘drought of the century’’. But that ordeal has served them well.

‘‘We just thought we would give it a go and then the drought came along,’’ Ms Lim said. (more…)

The Christmas rush has begun…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 1, 2013 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, EVENTS, FOOD, SHOP, WRETHA

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Unless you are blind and deaf or live under a very large rock, you are probably being bombarded with Christmas ads on TV, radio, internet, in the stores and such, it’s been a commercialized thing for a long time. You don’t have to fall into the money trap of this holiday, there are many things we can do to celebrate without having to go into a financial black (Friday) hole.

One of the things I am doing is I am making my own Christmas cards to give out, I am going to be using my newly acquired skills in Zentangle and doodling, I have made Christmas cards before, using scrapbook methods, this year they are going to be easier and quicker to make. (more…)

A Simple way to Harvest Honey
by SALLY BUCHAN on NOVEMBER 30, 2013 - 1 Comment in FOOD

trickling out of the beeswaxOne of the benefits of harvesting single combs at different times throughout the season is that you get to
sample honey from multiple flora sources because the bees are collecting from different nectar flows at
different times during the season. I have been amazed at the wide variety of honey flavors, even between
honey comb that I harvested just two weeks apart. The single comb harvesting method also benefits the bees.
To harvest a single comb the hive only needs to be opened very briefly, usually only for a minute or so, and
the bees hardly get disturbed at all. This is really a good method for a beginner, because it is
not as involved or intimidating as harvesting a bunch of combs at once. (more…)


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