Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Is the City the Future for Honeybees? America’s Only Urban Beekeeping Store Owner Thinks So

Posted under Featured, Urban

Tyler:  Bees and beekeepers are simply amazing. I’m very happy to see them and their enthusiasts flourishing in urban spaces. We’ve already seen studies that suggest that big city bees may be healthier than their rural counterparts. And that’s something Bryon Waibel—proprietor of America’s only urban beekeeping store Her Majesty’s Secret Beekeeper—would agree with. Having […]

Patagonia Travel Belt

Posted under Featured, Gear

Tyler: We’ve all seen the classic travel and money belts, but this is the first one I might own. Belts are boring, but essential tools. Outside of holding up pants their utility tends to be fairly limited. I own the previously reviewed 686 Tool Belt, and find it useful from time to time, but decided […]

Cucumber Gardening Made Easy

Posted under Featured, Food, Resources

One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to grow cucumbers is in a raised bed system. Not just any old system but a cinder block garden. This garden system requires no hammer, nails or wood. It uses cinder blocks for the walls. Inside the blocks you can tailor your soil mix to suit your […]

Featured, Food

Binoculars, Understanding Features & Specifications and Selecting the Right Pair

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, recreationalist, hunter or just a full/part resident of the outdoors one essential piece of gear that is often overlook are a good set of binoculars. Choosing a set for general use can be a bit tricky as many people can only differentiate gross magnification and price as a gauge of […]

Featured, Medical

Identifying Disaster Stress Reactions

Experiencing a disaster can be overwhelming. Even when one has avoided the numerous physical challenges and dangers of a disaster, the psychological threats are often harder to identify, evaluate and address. These threats can serious degrade your ability to cope with the disaster and its ongoing situations, as well as result in lingering psychological issues […]

Featured, Food, Outdoors

Hunting Season Around the Corner; Understanding & Appreciating Venison

Depending on your region and hunting technique, hunting season for deer and some other large game is just around the corner (a few weeks to a couple months).  While I haven’t had the opportunity to do as much hunting as I’d like, I have enjoyed several excellent venison meals in my life, so it always […]

Featured, Food, Outdoors, Resources

Not Just A Pretty Face; Harvesting and Processing Rose Hips

Roses can do more than grace our landscapes and floral designs. Like its cousins the apple, pear, peach and cherry, roses produce a fruit. Rose Hips are a valuable source of vitamin C, containing as much as 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. They are also an excellent antioxidant. Rose Hips can be found […]

Featured, Food, Resources

Curing Meat The Old Fashioned Way for Seasonal Preservation

Curing was a widely used method of preserving meat before the days of refrigeration. Both Salt and Sugar (as well as combinations of both) have been used to cure meat by means of the process of osmosis. The higher concentration of salt in external water (Brine), actually causes moisture to evacuate the tissue. In addition […]

Energy, Featured, Gear

Harnessing Well Water For A Free, Low-Tech Refrigeration Source

Many homesteaders and other people that choose to set up households in remote areas quickly realize that transmitted electricity is a premium resource, if not completely unavailable in some particularly remote areas. Even in reasonably developed areas, on larger properties paying for “last mile” utilities may be prohibitively expensive. Some turn to ingenious but expensive […]

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