By pinecarr on Sat, Aug 1, 2015 - 10:53am

Railroad ties: a potential source of water & garden pollution?

With the heightened sense that the economy is getting more and more unstable, I've been trying to shift gears to more seriously address resiliency (vs temporary emergency) preps.  So water resiliency is one of the things that is now at the top of my list.

In addition to looking at rainwater collection, I have started to more seriously consider getting a well drilled on my property.  So I started looking for answers to questions like:

"Are there local businesses that specialize in well-drilling that I may be able to hire?" (Yes). 

By jasonw on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 - 3:26pm

NASA Scientist Warns "California Has One Year Of Water Left"

Another article to highlight the severe water issues we have ahead of us.  And just yesterday was an article that California's chances of getting the Big Earthquake in the next 30 years is 100%.  Big cracks coming in our future.  Plan and prep accordingly. 


Christopher H
By Christopher H on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 - 10:26am

Geoff Lawton's 2015 Online Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

I am currently in my second week of taking Geoff Lawton's online PDC, and it is literally blowing my mind so far.  This is not my first exposure to a PDC -- I took an on-site one locally in 2012, and it was definitely a valuable experience.  But Geoff's PDC is a whole other order of magnitude -- the depth of understanding of natural patterns he brings is unique, and he has the talent of taking a complex and complicated subject and distilling it down to its simplest elements, so it is easily understood.  It is informative AND inspiring, and I highly recommend to anyone

By jasonw on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 - 8:33pm

From the trenches of Eco Farm Conference 2015

Long-time member suziegruber has graciously offered to provide a live blog and daily accounting of her experience and the knowledge she gleans from the many great presentations and workshops being offered at this year's EcoFarm Conference.  

We will be providing period updates to this discussion feed throughout the conference proceedings.

Liz Connor
By Liz Connor on Sat, Jan 17, 2015 - 10:52pm

If you want to help in a great global environmental project

I have recently been inspired by the activities of whatifwechange.org, which encourages people interested in investing and/or donating money in an international project that helps indigenous groups living in degraded land to understand the damage they have done to their local ecosystem by trying to continue their traditional way of life, eg by deforestation or over-fishing. Then, with co-ordination and financial compensation from the project, they start acting together to restore their land to productive functioning.


Expats and the Uprooted

This group is for the uprooted, the expatriots, the unemployed, single or homeless and for those who would help us in our efforts to become resilient.

All of us will have to face the realities of failing markets at the same time, but we are not all on an equal footing to weather the storm. The prolonged economic recession has left many without the resources we need to prepare and without the ability to act upon much of the information available on Prosperity.

By suziegruber on Sat, Apr 12, 2014 - 8:25pm

Santa Rosa Basin Groundwater Advisory Panel Community Meeting

I want to let everyone know about upcoming community meetings that will address the Santa Rosa Groundwater Basin status.  Here's the blurb:

From the Ground Up: Groundwater in the Santa Rosa Plain

The USGS is about to introduce the Phase 2 report which will provide us all with a great deal of information on groundwater and the surface water/groundwater interaction, plus a couple of potential projections looking forward to what we might expect in specific scenarios.

By Poet on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 - 5:57pm

Family Of 4 Lives 'Off The Grid' In The Middle Of The Desert

I'm gonna post a link to a Yahoo! Finance feature article (with pictures) on this guy, Abe Connally (34) and his wife Josie.


Very inspiring late Gen-X, early Gen-Y couple with two kids who managed to homestead in the Texas desert on very little. They grow most of their own vegetables, raise pigs, chicken, rabbits, etc. Rely on solar power and store their own water, etc.

Adam Taggart
By Adam Taggart on Sun, Nov 24, 2013 - 8:52pm

Emergency Water Storage Reminder

As the winter rain season (and the power outages that it occasionally causes) approaches, I've been touching up my emergency preps.

At this time every year, I refresh my first line of defense, which is a stack of 60 1-gallon water jugs from the Whole Foods in town. Total cost was slightly over $60 (roughly $1 per gallon).

These will be the first water stores we tap during an emergency. Each person in the family will get 1 jug per day if we're ever without running and/or potable water for a stretch. That's a little more than 2 week's supply.