Mother Nature’s Grocery Store: Part 2

Continued from Mother Nature’s Grocery Store: A PRHr’s Guide to Getting Started in the Meat Department – Part 1: Getting Set Up

Once you’ve outfitted yourself with the proper tackle for a day afield, it’s time to start putting some game in the bag. On the hunts eve, anticipation builds as gear is stowed away. The sights, sounds, and smells of a crisp fall morning enter the mind. A trace of wood smoke from a distant cabin hangs in the autumn air, while songbirds salute the appearance of the sun, breaking the morning’s silence.  The leaves of the hardwoods lit ablaze, as the forest prepares for its long slumber. Flocks of Canada geese fly overhead, making their journey to the warm southern wetlands as you walk the fields and hedgerows.

This sounds a hell of a lot better than a trip to the grocery store, doesn’t it? Now before we proceed, I hope everyone has heeded my recent advice, and spent a bit of time getting familiar with their new shotgun, and looked over regulations books thoroughly. Safety in the field is extremely important, so I will continue to harp on you like a portly, bearded, overprotective mother. Now we can get started.
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Dirt, From the Ground Up

For most of us, winter has officially taken hold of the garden.  If you are like me, you occasionally sit by the window on frosty mornings peering out at seemingly empty spaces. Thoughts and daydreams fill the mind: sprawling vines, towering sunflowers, baskets of fresh picked fruits and veggies, waves of colorful flowers enhanced by fluttering butterflies, birds and bees. You comb over seed catalogs, draft planning designs,
determined to make a showing that would leave Martha Stewart without words.  Now just for a moment, let’s put those catalogs and plans aside.  Go back to the window and look.  What do you see?  A blanket of snow?  Remaining mulch from the year that has gone by?  Or just bare dirt?  If you gaze upon the latter, this article is especially for you.

A lot of people see dirt as just that: “dirt”. In my fifteen years of working as a professional gardener, I’ve found the least understood aspect of my clients’ gardens to be the ground below their feet. The earthen ground seems benign and indestructible to many people.   If you’re looking out the window at cleanly raked, bare soil this winter, then you are likely doing the land a disservice.  If you want to make those dreams of garden grandeur come true, then this year: start from the ground up.
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Mother Nature’s Grocery Store: A PRHr’s Guide to Getting Started in the Meat Department – Part 1: Getting Set Up

There are many benefits to hunting, most importantly, having fresh, free range meat on hand. Many homesteaders raise livestock for eggs, meat, and craft materials. Taking to the woods can supplement this supply with a variety of healthy and tasty table fare. This is even more important for the homesteader who doesn’t have enough land, or can’t raise livestock due to zoning regulations, and relies only on a grocery store for their meat.

In most states, getting started involves taking a hunter’s safety course and obtaining your hunting license. These are normally free, and only take up a weekend of your time. You can find out when and where these courses take place, by contacting your state’s game commission. After that, it’s a matter of deciding what you want to hunt and getting some appropriate gear.
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“A Christmas heresy” by Claire Wolfe

One of the first homesteading/survivalist authors I got in to was Claire Wolfe who’s been a long time writer for Backwoods Home Magazine. This was the first piece of hers that I ever read and it was originally written by Wolfe for WorldNetDaily back when it still had some libertarian contributors and wasn’t completely devoted to the promotion of neoconservativism. Since the only other place on the web that this is still available is a mirror of Claire Wolfe’s old website I’ve republished it here this Christmas eve to make sure that it doesn’t get lost for good.-Brian 

For all I’ve read, for all I’ve prayed, I’ve never found truth or beauty in Christianity. I remain a skeptic.

This will surprise some people who’ve simply assumed I must be Christian. I know it saddens loving Christian friends who want me to share their views. Perhaps it will hearten freedom loving agnostics, pagans, Jews, Moslems, Taoists, and atheists, who sometimes feel the sting of being disregarded minorities in the freedom movement.
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“Ralph Borsodi’s Principles for Homesteaders” by Mildred J. Loomis

This piece was originally published in Land & Liberty, November-December 1978.

RALPH BORSODI (1886-1977) was the author of 13 books and 10 research studies. He was also physically active, a productive homesteader and a real doer who practiced what he preached. He experimented and implemented on many levels-from good nutrition, through building his own home and garden; weaving his clothes and furnishings; organizing experimental small communities, a School of Living for a new adult education, and developing new social institutions-the Community Land Trust and a non-inflationary currency, which he called Constants.

No one of today’s specialty-labels encompass Ralph Borsodi. I am pushed to use more general and abstract terms-decentralist, liberator and human benefactor. This article will concentrate on his efforts to implement the community-use of socially-created values in land as part of his plan to encourage people to leave cities for more rural living.
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