BirdLover72 wrote:My Dh and I were talking today about the rising price of gas and food and we stopped at a local nursery where we picked up packets of seeds and soil...I can get wooden crates from work for free.
We are planning on growing as much as we can.I have a dehydrator and bread maker already so I can dehydrate the veggies for soups in the winter and make bread..
But we are going to invest in a pasta machine since we alot of pasta. I have been making a list of farmers in my area where I'm going to check prices of eggs and chicken
The price of gas here is on aveage 3.45 for unleaded.And we want to provide as much as we can on ourself rether then rely on the grocery stores high prices.
We are also looking to invest in some land in Utah and maybe some gold.
What are you planning to do to save money?
Is there anything I should invest in otherwise?
Absolutely...self sufficiency is a good goal for us all. Peak oil issues completly changed my life...and it has only just begun!
My main interest in the garden is for food production. I like plants and flowers, but don't have the time, energy, space and finances to do it all. So I concentrate on food.
I am growing food because:
Food quality in the store is low.
Food being sold is unhealthy and devoid of nutrition.
Food costs are getting out of sight
Food is or will be scare in the future as we become post carbon society due to peak oil issues.
If I didn't have to fool with growing food I'd be longboarding or riding my dirt bike or kayaking or whatever.
But I've enjoyed getting my hands dirty so to speak since starting gardening Feb '08. And it is relaxing, offers exercise and cuts down on stress.
BTW...I am a transplant from L.A., lived there 35 years and moved in 1989 to the NE US to 'city-country' as opposed to 'city-city'. I had a big shock the first time the electric went off for more than 5 minutes in my new local. That was the day I learned about self sufficiency about 17 years ago.
Bought some candles and a flashlight and went on from there. But that only clued me into 'short term survival' with my preparedness aimed at 4 to 6 weeks.
Then came 'peak oil' ' peak NG' 'peak food' 'peak water' 'overpopulation' and had my eyes opened to long term, indefinite survival.
Here are some books and DVD's for you. Get them from the library. The one highlighted in red is a good book on investment in a post carbon world.
The Alcohol Fuel Handbook / by Lynn Ellen Doxon.
by Doxon, Lynn Ellen
Art of Nothing
An excellent series of DVD's showcasing primitive skills:
Barnyard In Your Backyard
edited by Gail Damerow
Basic Essentials. Edible Wild Plants & Useful Herbs
by Meuninck, Jim
Beyond Civilization: humanity's next great adventure
by Quinn, Daniel
Beyond Oil: the view from Hubbert's Peak
by Deffeyes, Kenneth S.
The Biodiesel Handbook
by Gerhard Knothe
Bowling Alone: the collapse and revival of American community
by Putnam, Robert D.
The Bread Builders:hearth loaves and masonry ovens
by Wing, Daniel
Breathe No Evil
Brown's Second Alcohol Fuel Cookbook.
by Brown, Michael Halsey
Build a Root Cellar & Storm Shelter
by Hobson, Phyllis
by Mors Kochanski
Great reference on primitive wood skills.
The Can Opener Gourmet
by Karr, Laura
The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: community solutions to a global crisis
by Greg Pahl
The Coming Economic Collapse - how you can thrive when oil costs $200 a barrel
by Leeb, Stephen
The Complete Book of Dutch Oven Cooking
by Fears, J. Wayne
The Complete Book of Fire: building campfires for warmth, light, cooking, and survival
by Tilton, Buck
The Complete Book of Survival
by Stahlberg, Rainer
An outstanding all encompassing guide to the philosophy of surviving - Highly Recommended.
The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants
by Lyle, Katie Letcher
Country Wisdom & Know-how
Numerous authors and publishers...all contain worthwhile information.
Crossing the Rubicon: the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil
by Ruppert, Michael C.
A Crude Awakening - the oil crash
Lava Productions AG, Switzerland DVD
Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times
by Richard G. Mitchell Jr
Edible Wild plants
by Meuninck, James
Edible Wild Plants of Pennsylvania and Neighboring states
by Medve, Richard J.
Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West
Gregory L. Tilford
Emergency Preparedness. Awareness & Survival
DVD Apogee Communication, 2006 - Highly Recommended.
The End of Suburbia - oil depletion and the collapse of the American dream
by Greene, Gregory DVD
Don't miss the commentary. Lots of Canadian prejudice against the US as well as snobbery, but very worthwhile behind the scene info.
Farming for Self-sufficiency
by John and Sally Seymour
Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Eastern and Central North America
by Peterson, Lee.
First Aid for Dogs.
Various authors under related titles...First Aid for Cats...Horses...Pets....even Insects!
Four-Season Harvest:organic vegetables from your home garden all year long.
by Eliot Coleman
Going Local: creating self-reliant communities in a global age
by Shuman, Michael
Guns and Ammo Magazine
High Noon for Natural Gas: the new energy crisis
by Darley, Julian
House on a Budget:making smart choices to build the home you want.
by Duo Dickinson
How to Dry Foods
by DeLong, Deanna.
Life after doomsday
by Bruce D. Clayton
The Long Emergency: surviving the converging catastrophes of the twenty-first century
by Kunstler, James Howard
Magic of Wheat Cookery
by Tyler, Lorraine Dilworth
Making Your Own Motor Fuel
by Fred Stetson
Master list of survival books:
Mother Earth Magazine
Al back issues available on CD ROM for nominal cost from:
Natural Home Heating: the complete guide to renewable energy options
by Pahl, Greg
Nutrition and well-being A to Z
Delores C.S. James editor
History channel DVD
The Oil Depletion Protocol : a plan to avert oil wars, terrorism and economic collapse
by Heinberg, Richard
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Pantry Cooking : quick and easy food storage recipes
by Robins, Laura
PDR for Herbal Medicines
by Medical Economics
Peak Oil Survival: preparation for life after gridcrash
by McBay, Aric
Powerdown: options and actions for a post-carbon world
by Heinberg, Richard
Primitive Living, Self-sufficiency, and Survival Skills : a field guide to primitive living skills
by Elpel, Thomas J.
The Renewable Energy Handbook:a guide to rural independence, off-grid and sustainable living
by William H. Kemp
Resource Wars: the new landscape of global conflict
by Klare, Michael T
Root Cellaring : the simple no-processing way to store fruits and vegetables
by Bubel, Nancy./Bubel, Mike
Seed to Seed: seed saving techniques for the vegetable gardener
by Ashworth, Suzanne
Shelters, Shacks, and shanties: the classic guide to building wilderness shelters
by Beard, Daniel Carter
A Thousand Barrels a Second: the coming oil break point and the challenges facing an energy dependent world
by Tertzakian, Peter
Twilight in the Desert: the coming Saudi oil shock and the world economy
by Simmons, Matthew R.
Well written book examining 12 of the key Saudi oil fields.
U.S. Army combat skills handbook / Department of the Army.
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Sony Pictures Classics release
Zips, Pipes, And Pens: Arsenal Of Improvised Weapons
by J. David Truby
Zoom:the global race to fuel the car of the future
by Iain Carson and Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran.