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The Urban Farming Guys: Foraging and Mushrooms

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

This is a great video from the crew over at The Urban Farming Guys.  If you’re not familiar with them, I urge you to check out their previous videos on how they have taken 20 families, moved them into the ghettos of Kansas City, and transformed the neighborhood into a thriving, sustainable community farming project!  I really envy this crew and think they are doing amazing things!

This video is a short foraging/raw food expedition about mushrooms and morels.  They went into the woods near Kansas City and found over 200 morels!  These mushrooms easily run close to $50 per pound at fine grocery stores and restaurants and over $200/lb. on Amazon.com!

My favorite part?  The little kid at 2:59. “I found’em… in da’woods!”

Go here for more information about the Urban Farming Guys and their massive undertaking of purchasing an inner city, run-down school, multiple city lots and the programs they are implementing. They certainly have the stamp of approval and support from TruthisTreason.net!...

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DIY on the Farm: How to Build Chicken Nesting Boxes with Buckets

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Stealth Survival

Here’s a great little DIY project if you have chickens.  This is a simple, no-frills … but no-hassle way of building some nesting boxes for those birds.

Front View of Nesting Buckets
In the above picture, you can see the buckets with fresh hay ready for the little ladies. The raised nesting boxes will make it easier to harvest the eggs.
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TruthTV: DIY Ceramic Water Filters from Homespun Environmental

Posted on Apr 04, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Produced by Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

for TruthisTreason.TV

Featuring Russ Michaud, owner of HomespunEnvironmental.com, a TruthisTreason.net Sponsor (only because I love their products!)

DIY, ceramic water filters for emergency preparedness and everyday use. Compare to the expensive Berkey systems, but much cheaper!

Also available are standard “candlestick-style” filters for Berkey systems, but the 4″ dome filter shown in the video will work just fine.

Also available are individual water bottles that can filter 60 gallons for ~$20. Many others cost 10x that amount.  One of my favorite products from Homespun is the Hanging Bag Filter that can churn out over 100 gallons per day. This could provide you with ample bartering material!

Filmed at a semi-annual camping event for serious preppers....

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Strawberry Win: Methyl Iodide Pesticide Taken Off the Market

Posted on Apr 04, 2012 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

In yet one more minor win for food freedom, one of the most talked about pesticides of recent times, methyl iodide, was taken off the market in California.  This particular pesticide is used as a fumigant in California strawberry fields, where the vast majority of the nation’s strawberries are grown and harvested.

Arysta LifeScience, the makers of the dangerous and toxic fumigant, stated this week that they would be suspending sales of the product in all US markets.  While staying extremely vague as to why, Amy Yoder, the head of Arysta LifeScience’s North American division, simply said that the decision was based on its “economic viability in the US marketplace.”

Hmmm.  Or, it might have something to do with the fact that California Governor Jerry Brown just appointed an organic farmer as the head of the Department of Pesticide Regulation and he has already spent half a million dollars exploring less toxic alternatives for California crops.  Not to mention that several Central Coast counties have already banned the chemical, which is used to sterilize the soil before strawberries and other high-dollar row crops are planted....

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Just In Time: When the Trucks Stop, America Will Stop with Catastrophic Consequences

Posted on Apr 04, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: SHTFPlan by Mac Slavo

Most Americans take for granted the intricate systems that make it possible for us to engage in seemingly mundane day to day tasks like filling up our gas tanks, loading up our shopping carts at the local grocery store, obtaining necessary medications, and even pouring ourselves a clean glass of water. When we wake up each morning we just expect that all of these things will work today the same way they worked yesterday. Very few have considered the complexity involved in the underlying infrastructure that keeps goods, services and commerce in America flowing. Fewer still have ever spent the time to contemplate the fragility of these systems or the consequences on food, water, health care, the financial system, and the economy if they are interrupted.

Hayden’s Note:

I’ve written extensively on this topic, and Mac’s report on Just in Time trucking hits the nail on the head.  Check out some of my past reports on the devastation and consequences we can expect when trucks stop rolling: Empty Shelves: Hurricanes, Disasters, and Civil Unrest – a Contingency Plan, along with Bartering, Inflation, and Growing a Garden

report prepared for legislators and business leaders by the American Trucking Associations highlights just how critical our just-in-time inventory and delivery systems are, and assesses the impact on the general population in the event of an emergency or incident of national significance that disrupts the truck transportation systems which are responsible for carrying some ten billion tons of commodities and supplies across the United States each year....

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2012 Spring Preparedness Expo, Oklahoma City

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Southern Plains Consulting <- more information here.

The Spring Preparedness Expo will be held Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at the American Legion Hall in Del City, Oklahoma.  It is located at 5000 SE 24th St.  This is the same location as the Fall Expo for those that were able to join us. The show will be from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. and parking is free.  The cost for entry will be $5 a person or $8 per couple, and well worth it!

Workshop topics will include How to Prepare on a Budget, Building a First Aid Kit, Preparedness Pet Care, and much more.  See below for the complete workshop listing, map, vendor list, and the new brochure!

Hayden’s Note:

I’m excited to be a part of this again, and there will be lots of new vendors and tables, including the producers and directors of the new documentary, A Noble Lie, along with one of my main sponsors, Homespun Environmental (ceramic water filters), Patriot Seed Store, Organics OKC, and many more!  I’ll be there handing out bumper stickers and conducting interviews, so stop by and say hello!

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Six Steps to Create Your Own Organic Permaculture Garden

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 in Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Natural News by Tara Green

Organic gardening avoids the use of chemicals to make plants grow or protect them from insects, relying instead on natural gardening principles used for thousands of years. Permaculture organic gardening goes a step further and also emphasizes growing plants sustainably, working with rather than against the grain of the natural environment. Permaculture organic gardening is growing in popularity as more people realize that it offers an inexpensive and relatively low-maintenance way to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Choosing A Location

Observe your property at different times of day. Consider which areas receive the most sun, which are in shade for much of the day. Depending on where you live, if sunshine is a scarce commodity, you will want to expose plants to receive as much as possible. On the other hand, in desert regions, you will not want your plants to be in the area most likely to be parched by sun exposure. Also think protecting your garden from the paths where strong winds tend to blow through your property....

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10 x 20 Contemporary Cabin in the Woods

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House Blog by Paul Mittig

I built my 10 x 20 house in 2005 for about $10,000 in materials, including all furnishings. It is built on six poles, set two feet into the ground, that support the floor and roof. There is no framing in the walls except at the door and the large window. The walls are rigid foam insulation, R21, covered with ½ inch sheetrock and all glued together. The ceiling has R38 fiberglass insulation, and the floor has R19 fiberglass insulation. I spend about $100 a year on propane for heating, cooking, and water heating.

The house is located in the hills of Northern California. I live in it full time. The house is set up for one person, but you could easily put a double bed by the door where the tall bookcase stands. If you did this, you might want to move the window.

I have a three-way RV under-counter refrigerator that I run on electricity. For hot water, I have a ‘heat before use’ RV water heater.  I turn it on for 15 – 20 minutes then off, and it generates enough hot water for a shower and runs on propane....

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Ethanol and Fuel Considerations in a Grid-Down Scenario

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Alcohol Can Be a Gas – David Blume

I interviewed David Blume years ago when Truth is Treason was a small, internet radio show on Oracle Broadcasting. He has some extremely fascinating ideas concerning ethanol and fuel, and from an emergency preparedness view, alcohol is invaluable!

Fuel, first-aid, bartering, ability to create or boost a small economy, farming, animal feed, reduction of waste, tangible goods, etc.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t make gasoline for my vehicle, especially in a grid-down scenario. However, I can make ethanol.

For the naysayers who have been sold on the whole, “Ethanol is bad for cars!” campaign, realize this comes from Big Oil. Cars originally ran on ethanol, and with a few simple, minor changes, can easily run on ethanol again. While you might experience a 10% drop in MPG, you gain horsepower (race cars use pure ethanol!), sustainability, and can be made in your backyard for as little as one dollar per gallon. I’m no math whiz, but that’s much better than relying on Big Oil.

Pick up the amazing book, “Alcohol Can Be a Gas” here at Amazon.com, and help TruthisTreason.net gain a small commission (at no extra charge to you!)....

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Doomsday Executive Order or Govt Preparedness? Either Way, It’s Tyrannical

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Police, Military, & War, Political Issues, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: SHTF Plan by Mac Slavo

“In a nutshell, it’s the blueprint for Peacetime Martial Law and it gives the president the power to take just about anything deemed necessary for “National Defense”, whatever they decide that is.” (The Intel Hub)

While millions of people have been preparing for the possibility of a catastrophic event by relocating to rural homesteads or farms, as well as stockpiling food, water, personal defense armaments and other essential supplies with the intention of utilizing these preparations if the worst happens, the latest executive order signed by President Obama on March 16, 2012 makes clear that in the event of a nationally deemed emergency all of these resources will fall under the authority of the United States government.

Hayden’s Counterpoint:

While I find this EO to be interesting, and most certainly enjoy the work of Activist Post, Intel Hub, and SHTF Plan, I must agree with Doug Mataconis on this matter:

It all sounds pretty scary, and it wasn’t long before the usual suspects were citing this as evidence of some kind of plan for martial law, just as there were people on the left and far-right in asserting that George Bush was going to declare martial law and cancel the elections in 2004 and 2008.

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Americans Will Need Black Markets to Survive

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 in Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Federal Reserve & Bankers, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Media Roots and Alt-Market

As Americans come to grips with a severe financial hangover, the American economy will adapt to meet the peoples’ needs.  After 30 years of easy credit, subprime mortgages, zero interest loans and binge spending, the economy has imploded.  The wizards of Wall Street continue casting spells and weaving their magic, as the mainstream media rattles on about the wizards’ omnipotence like an rickety player piano.

Meanwhile, back in the world of reality, some Americans are beginning to realize the necessity of more contemporary ways of doing business.  As decreasing wages, increasing taxes, stifling regulations and a mortally wounded economy, are forcing people to do business a different way.  If current conditions continue, “black markets” will emerge, giving local economies an IV to keep them stable.

The global Black Market has already surpassed $1 trillion in sales.  The United States alone already accounts for more than $600 billion, almost three times the nearest competitor- China.  Americans, seeing that the economy for the “99%” still isn’t healthy, are doing an end around to oppressive, financial restraints imposed by the government and Wall Street. ...

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EcoCity Urban Farm Takes Root Amid Strip Malls

Posted on Mar 08, 2012 in Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Voice of America

EcoCity Farms grows vegetables in winter. The Edmonston, Maryland, farm near Washington is an unlikely place to harvest produce in any season. Its four climate-controlled greenhouses stand out in an otherwise bleak landscape dotted with small homes, strip malls, and car repair shops.

Over the past two years, the farm has become a magnet for the community, attracting volunteers like Marcy Clark, who homeschools her four children. On this day, Clark uses EcoCity Farms as a lesson in sustainable agriculture.

“It’s important that the children understand the connection between the food that they eat, the soil, the air, the pollution, how all this is connected to their well-being,” she says.

The Clark children – Hannah, Caleb, John and Alston – weed and harvest fresh rows of spinach, mustard greens, lettuce, Swiss chard and carrots.

Hannah Clark, 17, says she likes to garden.

Her 11-year-old brother, Caleb, agrees. “It may not be like fun, fun, but it is fun because you’re learning and not like writing something out on a piece of paper.”

The other Clark boys, John, 13, and Alston, 15, say the farm has changed their perspective on food....

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Essentials of Preparedness, Part 1: Tools and Tangibles

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Southern Plains Consulting by Mark Smith; Edited by Kevin Hayden

Like so many generations before, it was my father who first taught me about tools as I was growing up.  The names of the tools, their uses, how to properly care for them, and what not to do so I could avoid injury were all part of the lessons he ingrained in me.  Early in my adult life, I spent eight years in the military repairing fixed-wing jet aircraft and later, helicopters.  After my time in service was over, I spent several years working in the emergency services sector, including wild land fire fighting and emergency management.  Tools have been a big part of my ability to earn a living and play a vital role in my prepping, my ability to rebuild infrastructure after a disaster, gardening, and homesteading.

Hayden’s Note:

I talk many times on TruthisTreason.net about investing in tangibles for both wealth protection and bartering.  Quality tools are an integral part of those “tangibles.”  Read on to learn which ones you need!

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Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, & True Independence

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Originally posted 09.03.2011

Nick Rosen set off around the world in search of people living off-grid in order to document the lifestyle and try to get a better understanding of why people jump ship and embrace “less stuff,” more nature, and true freedom.

You’ll hear about Andrea Johnston who searched high and low for the perfect place. She mentions that she loves truck stops and I couldn’t agree more! Everything is 12 volt, offers hardware, tools, coffee, fuel and most even rent movies!

Or perhaps the former Vice President of Urban Outfitters…? She got out of the rat race in order to reconnect with her love and enjoy life.

Nick discovers off-grid residents of beaches, the mountains, even an off-grid millionaire who understands the fragility and intricacies of our modern “power grid.”

Whether your goal is more freedom, organic and sustainable farming, alternative architecture or merely finding your escape route from the daily grind, off-grid living is quickly becoming the best new thing among a wide variety of people across the globe!

The video is a bit “environmentalist-leaning” but being off the grid doesn’t mean you have to be some hippie woodsman.  ...

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Intentional Communities, Liberty Towns, Homesteads, & Sustainable Freedom Farms

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Originally posted August 17th, 2011

For years, I’ve been involved in various circles of organic gardening, local produce, food co-ops, alternative architecture, and local currencies.  It’s been a passion of mine for quite some time.  In 2008, as I was campaigning for Ron Paul’s Presidential bid, I stumbled across a small website that was offering an experiment in alternative housing, garden co-ops, and liberty-oriented living.  What does that mean, you ask?  I wondered the same thing and looked into it more.

At first, I expected this to be some crazy commune idea and I instantly conjured up images of people living in run-down RVs, huts, and wearing lots of tie-dye.  While there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s not my idea of an ideal neighborhood or living experiment.  But their website was geared towards liberty lovers and self-reliant people in west Texas, so it couldn’t be too bad.

A brief excerpt:

The process involves forming a co-op of people buying “shares” in the community and these people would be granted land use at a minimum of 1 acre per share, for as long as they homesteaded the land.

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