Well first off, I had heard of the 100 mile diet last year and looked into it a bit. My wife at the time had no interest so that ruled it out or at least made it very hard. I have been trying to introduce the concept to friends, and some of my new friends might very well be into this as well and actually perusing it themselves. Right now, I am at approx. 50% for the 100 mile diet. Within a year or so, hopefully things will be 90-95% local only. I think that is a realistic goal. Ideally most of the diet will be created on the property that I will be living on, weekends and over the winter. More to follow on that below and later. After watching the Marketplace report, I am dead set against the general mainstream food industry.
Feeding animal parts to grazing animals, shooting them with steroids, antibiotics and other chemicals, adding it to their feed as well, all in the name of Corporate GREED! Make them bigger, faster, so they can be sent to the slaughterhouse faster, for greater PROFIT. There are other non related tests, reports and investigations that all point to this being a huge turning point in our blissfully unaware or blinder sighted controlled population. Think of the horse with blinders on pulling big business behind it in the cart, now realize this horse is us the average person. (if you will picture a donkey pulling a cart, now call the donkey the other name for it)
The food we eat is killing us, and making us susceptible (sp) to all kinds of problems that will come in the next few years. There are reports of people being so resistant to antibiotics or allergic to them now that they will die of simple infections or must be admitted to the hospital for intravenous treatments daily to cure little infections, that will not go away and might kill them.
Searching for ads of others wanting an intentional life and posting an ad myself resulted in finding some people who are willing and looking for others to share in the endeavours of a property netted me great results. I believe that I have found a like minded community to join up with. They have similar long range goals, similar thoughts on the future. No we are not survivalist freaks, just people preparing for the future, and making changes now that will help and assist us in our lives.
With our similar thoughts, we have come to agreements on many many items of interest. Housing, sustainable housing, sustainable food production. Yes it is a lot of work, though not everything needs to be done right away! We will be making plans and arrangements for schedules of priorities and projects that fit with the land. Living in the woods, it would be easy to just say, why not just use firewood for heat all the time. Well there are issues with that as well as pure moral issues, why cut down perfectly good trees for firewood? There are tons of dead fall, and dead standing that will be used for firewood and for building production on the land.
We are looking at power and heating options that are eco friendly and regenerating to the environment and the property that we stand on. This Stewardship that is similar to what our forefathers did on a daily basis. Ground source heating and bio source heating will be definite goals. Both of us found sources of information that made the concepts so simple and easy to follow that the ground source heating will become one of the easiest and long lasting ways to heat the buildings here in the mid Ontario region where the homestead will be.
Look up some of this info for yourselves, search for “THE METHODS OF JEAN PAIN” and Mike Oehler’s $50 & Up Underground House Book.
Also look for the Canadian Government guide to Ground Source Heating.
I am also looking into eating local natural and wild plants for both ourselves to consume and with the eventual thoughts of selling to restaurants and speciality food places in the area. There is a huge emerging call and need for this service. This will be one of the income sources for the property, along with the production of raised bed and green house veggies, fruits and nuts. Some chickens for eggs and meat, that do not get pumped full of chemicals and drugs are a welcome addition to my diet that I can not wait for.
Some of this is new learning, some will be using skills learned as a kid and some will be skills learned as adults, by all of us. Live and work on the property as a group, looking out for each other in an intentional community. Now If I can just get them to stop smoking, perfect.
Last week I sourced pricing and product from a local Mill that produces and imports grain from other local Mills. There prices are reasonable and the quality is just second to none. The grains range from Corn to Spelt Flour and everything in between. Stocking up for the minimum 6 month supply goal by the end of April is in range and not so bad if done in chunks, little bits at a time.
Experimentation’s continue with getting away from buying everything I need to making a lot by myself. The experiments with Expedient and emergency lighting sources is coming along great. I have passed from experiment to production, with the long term goal of having a variety of different nice looking lamps and paleolithic designs as well to use and sell. After seeing some things and finding out other items of interest I will never be buying Candles again. It is all oil lamps for me, and vegetable oil lamps at that!
Once the property is producing heat and compost, we will be looking at harvesting the by product that is Methane. Plans for this include running generators and my ideas for making lamps and other power sources as well. So many experiments so little time, aw well it will make it fun next winter. Next winter I plan to spend on the property in my own little homemade dwelling, with a workshop of course, perhaps two workshops. One for wood working and one for power and energy production as well.
We are also looking into a system of Aquaponics, raising both fish and plants in the same controlled indoors eco system. This is a symbiotic arrangement were the fish produce the essential nutrients for the plants, and the plants, feed the fish nutrients as well. Fascinating, and with the guides we have seen, not that expensive to set up nor to maintain! The system is balanced and will be self maintaining within 3-6 months with full re-copping of the setup and ongoing costs well covered within the 6-9 month range.
So you see it has been a busy Two weeks, what have you been up to?