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    • Sun, May 03, 2020 - 04:55pm

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      HELP Farm/Land/Home purchase threads?

    Check this out: https://joelskousen.com/strategic.html
    The print version is on ebay for $1100, but looks like you can download it for a reasonable amount ($15). I have not read it, but I’ve always wanted to. Not sure which edition it is that he’s selling, but since it’s digital it’s probably the latest one.

    • Sat, Mar 28, 2020 - 10:38am

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      Ideal real estate for bugging out

    I went through this a few years ago, thinking about finding such a property. Finally I concluded that I needed to ID a community (rural) to settle in and then from there, ID a nearby property that might be more secluded. Without ties to a local community, it’s pretty much impossible to protect a secluded location (unless you are a militia group). If I were doing this now, I’d liquidate my current real estate, pick a community in northern ME/VT/NH, one with something going for it (i.e. not a totally hopeless place with a lot of drug use), rent a small house in town, get to know folks, and then look around from there. You can’t do it without local support. Personally, I know there are Amish communities in N. New England — I’d look for a place near where they are. (I’m not free to do this due to marriage.)

    • Tue, Jul 16, 2013 - 05:34pm

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      Hopi blue corn

    I'm growing Hopi blue corn for the first time for corn meal, and expect/hope to have some extra seed, not much/limited quantities as I'm saving it (hard to get around here). I got it from Seeds of Solidarity farm here in MA. Let me know what you have to trade!

    • Tue, Jul 17, 2012 - 01:35am

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      Foraging in municipally owned orchards

    Near me there is an orchard that went up for sale and was bought by the municipality. They run a farm stand there that closes around Halloween. Last year I was up there in early December and found tons of beautiful apples, many still on the trees, undamaged by frost. Probably not organic, but I don’t worry too much about that anymore! Anyway, I filled the containers I happened to have in the car, took them home, and dried them. I’m still eating them. Next fall I’m planning to make several trips. As far as I can tell, I am the only person doing this (I went back in late December, after a big frost, and all the fruit was on the ground, useless for eating at that point, but probably would have been great pig food if anyone cared to pick it up.) I can’t believe how much waste there is out there. The nice thing about this orchard is that one does not have to trespass to get unwanted fruit, as it’s owned by the citizenry.  I’m sure one could approach privately owned orchards for permission to pick up late fall windfalls, since it would be an advantage to the owners to get the stuff out of there before winter.  Yesterday I put a post on craigslist stating that I’m looking for people with pear and peach trees who need help cleaning up the harvest (most people who own fruit trees don’t use the fruit, and many regard it as a nuisance!). No responses yet, but I am ever hopeful.

    • Tue, May 29, 2012 - 12:46am

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      I’d love to add you to the

    I’d love to add you to the list. Can you send me your email in a private message, or by replying to wachusett dot transition at gmail dot com?

    • Sat, Mar 17, 2012 - 01:36am

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      Info source on pre-1900 ice making

    I recently came across the book Harvest of the Cold Months, by Elizabeth David, which is largely a pretty tedious history of the social use of ice by the super wealthy throughout the ages. However, you can ignore most of this and focus on the several pages devoted to descriptions/photos of ice making in places like Persia . These methods are really quite low tech and could probably be replicated easily in much of  the US (well, maybe not southern AZ or TX). After reading this book I’ve realized that I could use the winter months here in New England to pack down layers of snow/icewater in a niche on the north side of the house, and cover the whole thing with some kind of thatch, and easily have ice well into the summer. Not very convenient, but better than taking a horse and cart out to the pond and trying to reinvent the technology of sawing lake ice! The book also has other potentially useful icemaking info. For a good source of multiple copies, try the used books section of http://www.addall.com (not Amazon, where all available copies seem overpriced at the moment).

    • Sun, Sep 04, 2011 - 12:34pm

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      How to really use lemons

    A quick tip for getting the most out of a food that many of us cannot grow, esp here in the Northeast! I’ve discovered that the quickest best way to use lemons, and prevent any from going bad in the vegetable bin, is to cut them in half when you buy them, and stick them in a plastic bag in the freezer. Then when you want some lemon juice, use a fine cheese grater and just grate the whole thing (watch out for seeds). It turns out that the lemon flavor permeates the whole fruit, it’s not just in the juice. Alternatively, if you squeeze them while fresh, put the empty rinds in a bag in the freezer. These can be used two ways – take them out, chop them coarsely, and put them in the blender with water and sugar/honey to make great lemonade in the summer (it needs to be sieved after blending). Or, you can just use the frozen rinds for direct grating into pancakes, muffins, soups, etc. You can even use the stuff that you sieved out of the lemonade you made – just freeze it and add it directly to pancake or muffin batters. Truly frugal people will also use the seeds to create house plants. Thank God I’m not that frugal!

    • Mon, Jun 20, 2011 - 03:56pm

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      Make money while stocking up at yard sales

    Over the years I’ve developed a habit of supplementing my yard sale/thrift shop purchases with one or two things that I have no use for, but that I know I can easily sell on Ebay/Amazon – these items often cover the cost of the yard sale expedition, and sometimes they bring in far more than that.  Best bets are things that have very limited appeal, that are unlikely to find their ideal purchaser in the local community. Once I bought an entire grocery sack full of Dungeons and Dragons material, which I sold individually over Amazon over the next few years, and I made about $500 at least on that one purchase. If you’re any good at this, watch out – it gets addictive after a while!

    • Sun, Apr 24, 2011 - 07:07pm

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      central Massachusetts – also looking for people!

    I’m near Worcester MA, and I’ve established a support group for like minded people, but very few of the group members actually live near me – it draws from a very wide area and so far has only  about 8 members (people drive more than an hour to get to it). If anyone is NEAR WORCESTER please let me know, I’d love to meet you!

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