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ScareCrow Motion-Activated Water Sprinkler to Protect Your Garden Against Animals

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 in Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

As I was browsing the web, researching articles, and watching videos, I stumbled across a rather unique little gem for gardeners and homesteaders.

It is called the ScareCrow Sprinkler, and provides harmless defense against animals who might be eating at your garden, or invading certain areas of your property.  This could also be used as a temporary deterrent to the two-legged variety of pests, as well; nosy neighbors, Census Bureau workers, or salesmen trespassing on your property will get a healthy dose of motion-activated water!  Here is what the company says about their product:

Note: I have no affiliation with this company or product.  I do not receive any compensation from any sales of this product.

The ScareCrow motion-activated sprinkler is constructed of durable, high-quality materials, and has been designed to provide many years of reliable service.

Using the ScareCrow is easy. Simply attach a standard garden hose to its base, set the ScareCrow in the ground in the area you want to protect, and then turn on the water. Once you switch the unit on, it is ready to go.


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55% of Americans Believe that the Government Will Take Care of Them if Disaster Strikes

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Michael Snyder Truth Contributor

If a major emergency happened in the United States, do you have faith that the government would take care of you?  Amazingly, even after all of the examples to the contrary that we have seen in recent years, a solid majority of all Americans actually believe that the government will be there for them when things hit the fan.  According to a new survey conducted by the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation, 55 percent of Americans believe that the authorities will come to their rescue when disaster strikes.

Sadly, most Americans still view the government as a “nanny state” that has both the capability and the willingness to take care of them from the cradle to the grave.  Most Americans still have faith that the government will come through for them when they need it the most.  But all we have to do is look back at what happened during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to realize what a crock of baloney that is.  Hurricane Katrina was a disaster that was limited to a relatively small geographic area, and yet we all saw how the response of the federal government – and even the local government – was a complete and utter failure. ...

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Bill Gates Dumps Another $10 Million into Researching New GM Crops for Agricultural Takeover of Africa

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 in Global & National News, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Natural News – Great resource!

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is once again busy funding efforts to promote the spread of the agricultural cancer that are genetically-modified (GM) crops, this time in the form of a $10 million grant it recently issued to a group of British scientists working on new GM crops that require no fertilizer. According to the U.K.’s BBC, the justification behind the need for such research is that the GM crops will supposedly benefit African farmers that are unable to afford fertilizer.

Researchers from the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich will specifically use the grant, which happens to be the largest single investment into GM crops ever made in that country by a private organization, to create novel varieties of corn, wheat, and rice that pull nitrogen out of the air rather than from material fertilizers. Certain crops, including beans already do this naturally, which is what led scientists to begin a process of trying to artificially splice nitrogen-pulling genes into various other crops.

“We believe if we can get nitron fixing cereals we can deliver much higher yields to farmers in Africa and allow them to grow enough food for themselves,” said professor Giles Oldroyd from JIC, lead author of the new study....

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‘Monsanto Protection Act’ to Grant Biotech Terrorists Total Immunity Over GMO Risks?

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Natural NewsWhile millions of Americans were busy celebrating freedom from tyranny during the recent Independence Day festivities, Monsanto was actively trying to thwart that freedom with new attacks on health freedom. It turns out that the most evil corporation in the world has quietly attached riders to both the 2012 Farm Bill and the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that would essentially force the federal government to approve GMOs at the request of biotechnology companies, and prohibit all safety reviews of GMOs from having any real impact on the GMO approval process.

The Alliance for Natural Health – USA (ANH-USA), the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), and several other health freedom advocacy groups have been actively drawing attention to these stealth attacks in recent days, and urging Americans to rise up and oppose them now before it is too late. If we fail to act now as a single, unified community devoted to health freedom, in other words, America’s agricultural future could literally end up being controlled entirely by the biotech industry, which will have full immunity from the law....

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Farmageddon: the Truth About the Food and Dairy Industry

Posted on Jul 08, 2012 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.

Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities.


Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.

Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasona-bly burdensome regulations....

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DIY: Portable, Propane Water Heater for Camping, Showers, Off-Grid

Posted on Jul 04, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: YouTube

When it comes to camping, the off-grid lifestyle, or disaster survival, having hot water quickly becomes a top priority.

I’ve used an almost identical set-up for several years and have had excellent results.  There are a few different models of on-demand, tankless water heaters on the market, but I’ve had nothing but praise for the Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater.

When I was working on the Elysian Fields Project, this little heater was a lifesaver!  It produced great water flow, plenty of hot water, and barely sipped any fuel.  A standard 20-lb barbeque tank will last well over a month of regular showering and dishwashing.

I still use it and bring it on camping trips with me even though I have a small RV now, and offer it up to my fellow campers.  I set-up a 10’x10′ pop-up canopy with sides, add a small Shur-Flo 12v pump and battery, and have an instant community showering facility!  These can typically be found for $125-250 depending on the model and make a great tangible investment for your disaster contingency plans!...

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Going Deep: “It’s Entirely Possible that Nowhere in North America is a Safe Redoubt”

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Eric Peters via

Some friends have been actively talking about their Exit Plans – about getting out of this country before the curtain goes down. While there is still time. They believe the situation to be hopeless. That despite the upwelling of liberty-mindedness among some, the vast majority of Americans are not liberty-minded. That Americans – tens of millions of them – are stupid, unreachable, mean, irrational, authoritarian-minded Babbits and poltroons. People who always speak in “we” – and lust to control others.

Reluctantly, I have to concede the point.

I have had exhaustive (and exhausting) conversations with countless people – some of them probably a lot smarter than I in terms of raw IQ – who just can’t connect the dots.

Or – much worse – don’t care to.

The problem is as much psychological as it is intellectual. There may just be a defective sub-species of human being, homo servilus, who – much like a bee in a hive – is programmed to crave the collective and therefore accepts its corollary – coercion – as the natural and right order of things....

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Guide to Veterinary Drugs for Human Consumption, Post-SHTF

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

In times of uncertainty, we humans like to stockpile and hoard.  We seek information that will keep us safe and provide for our well-being.  One of these topics will invariably center around medical knowledge or first-aid in case of an accident, sickness, or injury.  Many of us already have a well-rounded medical kit, or basic skills in how to treat traumatic injuries.  But one question I see and hear a lot of people talk about is medicine, and their lack of concrete, factual information when it comes to antibiotics – and specifically, whether it is safe to use animal antibiotics in humans.

Many other questions typically revolve around,

“Where can I find prescription-quality medicines?”

“My doctor won’t prescribe me common antibiotics for long-term disasters or bugging out.”

“What medicines should I stockpile?”

What this article will attempt to provide is the answer to these very questions, and more.  While I am no fan of Big Pharma, I  understand the amazing capabilities and modern need for some medicines, such as Doxycycline, Amoxicillin, and Penicillin.  There are many natural antibiotics, and antibacterials, in nature.  ...

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Natural Pools: Relaxation Meets Emergency Preparedness

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

An alternative to chlorine pools, “Natural Pools” use plants to keep water clean and clear, reflecting nature’s own perfect cycle.  These could prove invaluable in a grid-down situation, offering a natural habitat for needed flora and fauna, water filtering capabilities, and more!

Here is a collection of some natural pools to help jumpstart your creativity!

From the BioTop Natural Pool website:

The [pool] realizes the principle of harmonious coexistence. A wall separates the swimming area from the regeneration zone, where impurities and excess nutrients are decomposed by plants and microorganisms.

das System

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Survival DIY: 50 Uses for Paracord

Posted on Jun 08, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Ready Nutrition by Tess Penningtonfull of info! Great resource

No fashion accessory says “prepper” more than a paracord bracelet.  With that around your wrist, you have at least 10 feet of 550 pound test rope.  The cord is made of many tiny strands and can also be unravelled if a thinner cord is necessary.  It is a must-have for your bugout bag.

Paracord, according to Wikipedia, is a “light weight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachute during World War II.  Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks.  It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians.”  Sometimes referred to as “550 cord,” it is generally recognized as having a 550 lb. tensile strength rating.

The question isn’t “What can you do with paracord?”  It’s “What can’t you do with paracord?”

Here are some ideas for what paracord can be used for.  Some of these would use the cord in its entirety, while others would call for the cord to be unravelled with single strands being called into duty....

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The Realities of Choosing Your Survival Retreat Location

Posted on Jun 08, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Alt Market by Brandon Smith – Highly Recommended, check them out!

Unfortunately, having a ‘Plan B’ just isn’t the modern American way.  The great and diabolical misfortune of having two to three solid generations of assumed prosperity in one’s culture is the side-effect it has of lulling the populace into comfortable apathy.  “Prepping” becomes a kind of novelty; a lifestyle that people joke about while planning out their next vacation or their next suburban home purchase.  It’s something that others consider in that fleeting moment in front of the television while witnessing the news of a catastrophe on the other side of the world, only to be forgotten minutes after changing the channel.  Such things do not happen here.  Not in the United States…

I am a child of an age laden with illusory wealth, and have benefitted (for a short time at least) from the financial fakery of our economic system, as have many Americans.  Most of us have not had to suffer through the unmitigated poverty, hopelessness, and relentless fear that are pervasive in harsher days. ...

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Discovered a Local Artesian Spring Near My New Location

Posted on May 29, 2012 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

I found this natural artesian spring not far from where I just moved to.  While I am not living at the homestead yet, it is still a work in progress over at  Instead, my job has taken me about 180 miles north to a very rural area but I am discovering endless adventures and things to photograph, write about, and learn from.  Progress will resume at the Elysian Fields soon! Promise!

Do YOU have a local water source?  Or the ability to filter it?  Do you have a well on your property or know where natural springs are located?


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Amish Farm Kids Remarkably Immune to Allergies

Posted on May 07, 2012 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Reuters via

Amish children raised on rural farms in northern Indiana suffer from asthma and allergies less often even than Swiss farm kids, a group known to be relatively free from allergies, according to a new study.

The rates are very, very low,” said Dr. Mark Holbreich, the study’s lead author. “So there’s something that we feel is even more protective in the Amish” than in European farming communities.

What it is about growing up on farms — and Amish farms in particular — that seems to prevent allergies remains unclear.

Researchers have long observed the so-called “farm effect” — the low allergy and asthma rates found among kids raised on farms — in central Europe, but less is known about the influence of growing up on North American farms.

Holbreich, an allergist in Indianapolis, has been treating Amish communities in Indiana for two decades, but he noticed that very few Amish actually had any allergies.

The study did not determine why the kids who grew up on farms were less likely to develop asthma and allergies, but other research has pointed to exposure to microbes and contact with cows, in particular, to partially explain the farm effect (see Reuters Health story of May 2, 2012)....

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The Barter Value of Skills

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Ready Nutrition by Tess Pennington

Recently, we talked about the necessity of learning skills to aid us in a survival situation.  Don’t underestimate the value of those skills for barter.  If the grid goes down, people may be left with no access to medical care, serious gaps in their knowledge or the inability to repair vital items.  If you possess those abilities, your skills will be in high demand.

In the situation of economic collapse, there will be a revival of the barter system.  To barter means to exchange your goods or services for someone else’s goods or services.  To complete a satisfactory barter transaction, each person must desire something from the other party.  Despite the potential of desperation, it’s morally imperative to be fair to the party that is most in need. Remember that one day, that person who is most in need may be you.

Right now, if something breaks, the replacement is only as far away as the closest Wal-Mart.  However, in the event of an economic collapse or a disaster that causes the trucks to stop running, it won’t be easy to replace broken items....

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Michigan Govt Unleashes Armed Raids on Small Pig Farmers

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Cryptogon

Why does the state respond to people who sell homekilled meat in the same way that it responds to people who violently attack the state? … It’s because ubiquitous, small scale agriculture represents a greater threat to state power than armed resistance.

Via: Natural News:

NaturalNews can now confirm that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has, in total violation of the Fourth Amendment, conducted two armed raids on pig farmers in that state, one in Kalkaska County at Fife Lake and another in Cheboygan County. Staging raids involving six vehicles and ten armed men, DNA conducted unconstitutional, illegal and arguably criminal armed raids on these two farms with the intent of shooting all the farmers’ pigs under a bizarre new “Invasive Species Order” (ISO) that has suddenly declared traditional livestock to be an invasive species....

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