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Online Soil Survey Maps – Detailed Resource for Farming & Gardening

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 in Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Originally posted June 8th, 2011

I came across this web site: SoilWeb: An Online Soil Survey, while doing my daily news search.  Its purpose is to allow users to access NRCS and NCSS 1:24,000 scale detailed soil survey data (SSURGO) in many parts of the lower 48 states. 

An interactive map interface allows for panning and zooming, with highways, streets, and aerial photos to assist navigation.

SoilWeb overlays detailed soil information on Google Maps and Google Earth. There’s even a SoilWeb iPhone and Android app allowing you to use the GPS capabilities of your phone to assist in shopping for, say, the perfect vineyard location.

“This could be useful for those considering relocation, as soil make-up and condition should be a consideration for any homestead.” – Survival Blog...

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How to: Start Small Scale Aquaponics, Part 1

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Doom and Bloom, by Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

I recently added a vegetable grow bed to my existing fish and water lily pond.  Good, healthy bacteria grow within a balanced fish pond in order to help break down fish waste.  This bacteria is important to the entire aquaponics system.

If you are starting a new pond or system, add “pond starter” to help boost the bacteria population. It is a good idea to add more bacteria every few weeks as there are no downsides to recharging the bacterial environment. 

Hayden’s Note:

This is for new ponds.  Established ponds should have a healthy balance and cycle already in place, or means for natural bacterial regrowth.  Also, I would recommend “larger-than-fish tank type” diameter pebbles or rocks to be used in your aquaponic beds.  The more surface area that bacteria can attach to, the better!  About 1/2″ or even 3/4″ should work well!  Also, be sure to check out the related aquaponics articles at the end.

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The grow bed I used is a simple “under the bed” storage container, and I placed it on the edge of the pond....

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Read Between the Lines: Hollywood Mogul Buys 2,600 Acres of Farmland; Moving to New Zealand

Posted on Feb 01, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: SHTF Plan , by Mac Slavo – Hayden’s Note at end

James Cameron, the Hollywood producer responsible for blockbuster films like Terminator, Titanic and Avatar, is reportedly preparing to exit stage left. While the move for the Canadian born Cameron may initially be perceived as a rejection or denouncement of American policies and ideals, Cameron, who has made campaign donations to the Democrat Party in the past, most notably during the 2004 Presidential election where he supported democrat John Kerry, may have ulterior motivations, as evidenced by where he’s planning on moving and what he’s planning on doing once he gets there.

From time to time we get a glimpse into the goings on of the well connected. This may be one of those moments:

Cameron has successfully applied to buy 1,067 hectares (2,636 acres) of farmland in New Zealand. In an application filed with the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office, Cameron says he and his family “intend to reside indefinitely in New Zealand and are acquiring the property to reside on and operate as a working farm.”

Source: Associated Press, via Matt Drudge

As we’ve outlined before, farmland is one of the only reasonable physical assets to hold in the event of a major crisis, as you’ll be outside of highly populated metropolitan areas, you’ll have the ability to produce your own food, generate your own energy, and, more so than your urbanite and suburbanite counterparts, stay away from the chaos that will ensue during a major upheaval....

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Texas Cozy Cabins – Tiny House Living

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House Blog (one of my favorites!)

There is a new company in Texas building tiny houses called, Texas Cozy Cabins. I have not had any success getting in contact via email, but decided to go ahead and share their work.

Here is what the company says about themselves:

Texas Cozy Cabins is a Texas manufacturer that specializes in small cabins for your larger than life living. We offer the highest quality construction on finished and unfinshed cabin homes in the Central Texas region.

Our designs deliver the highest quality in design aesthetics, solid architectural detail and premium craftsmanship. Texas Cozy Cabins offers many designs and styles, however you also have the ability to design your own cabin to meet your specific needs. We pride ourselves in being available to our clients and working closely with you to provide the highest quality product. All of our structures are built with quality materials and hand-crafted with care and a sense of pride that can only be found in Texas.

I have attached a few pictures that show their work....

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Gardening and Permaculture: Companion Planting Chart

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Pioneer Living

Companion planting makes use of specific plants as insect repellant and growth stimulators. The chemical make-up of some plants are simply unattractive to various insects and attractive to certain plant growth.

Planting beans near or among potatoes will limit the amount of Colorado potato beetles present. The potatoes, in turn, discourage Mexican bean beetles. Chives planted among lettuce and peas limit aphids. Radishes often stop striped cucumber beetles. Geraniums deter Japanese beetles. Other flowers, such as marigolds, chrysanthemums, cosmos, and nasturtiums add color while acting as a general insect repellent in your garden.

The following chart will help you plan your companion garden to aid in deterring the harmful insects, as well as providing natural growth stimulators for your plants.  This can also be referred to as permaculture gardening.

  
Companion Plants...

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Starting Over: Garage Converted into 250 Sq Ft Tiny Home

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House Blog (one of my favorite websites!)

Andrea Lippke from the New York Times writes an article about a Seattle women named Michelle de la Vega who takes on the conversion of a 250 square foot garage into a tiny home after a divorce. To save money she takes on the job as the contractor and with lots of reclaimed materials converts this old garage into a beautiful home.

“At that time I was coming out of the ashes,” she said, “and knew I needed to come up with a good survival strategy for starting over as a single person.”

Read Converting a Seattle Garage Into a Tiny Home at the New York Times website.
Photos: Ira Lippke

Michelle de la Vega, a visual and performance artist, turned her garage into a 250-square-foot house for $32,000....

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Water Storage for Apartment Dwellers

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Support TruthisTreason.net by simply using the Amazon links in the sidebar and in this article for all of your everyday purchases!  I receive a small commission from each sale.

And not that I’m merely panning for pennies here, but I thought that those readers who are apartment dwellers or lack storage space could benefit from this water storage concept.  There are several different companies who offer a similar product, so I urge you to explore Amazon.com via TruthisTreason and see what works for you!

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Simple water storage for apartment dwellers or those in disaster-prone areas who don’t want to bother with large 1,000+ gallon water cisterns and tanks –

  • Portable: at 3.5 gallons / 13 liters, small enough to carry, fit in a refrigerator, and under beds
  • Stackable: cross stack and interlock up to 4 feet; insert a standard ¾ inch PVC for added height
  • Durable: industrial food grade container; Ultra Violet additive will extend the life up to 15 years
  • Safe Dry Storage: BPA free and FDA approved; store water, food, ammo or anything you want dry
  • Multifunctional: Use as a bulk storage system, block of ice, sand bag, hunting blinds and many more

WaterBrick – 3.5 gallon / 13 liter containers are used to store long term water and food....

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Sovereignty and Radical Self-Reliance: Breaking Free

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Soil and Health Library

Hayden’s Note:

I found this little excerpt at the above website, recommended to me by a new reader of TruthisTreason.net.  While the author never mentions Voluntaryism, I found this piece to adequately sum up some of its aspects and contradict it in regards to work ethics and private transactions.  However, the main point here is radical self-reliance – a tenet of Burning Man and off-grid homesteaders everywhere – enabling one to rise above the rat race.  All in all, this is a great read and I highly suggest you explore the Soil and Health Library linked above.  

Life on Earth could be easy and far more pleasant if only people were entirely rational about pursuing their interests and passions. But we aren’t. Scott and Helen Nearing spent decades on their self-sufficient homestead demonstrating that achieving our daily survival needs could be accomplished in only a few hours of work a day–if we did not have taxes to pay and produced most of our necessities ourselves. But as things are currently organized on Earth, most people in industrial countries are obliged to expend most of their energy, most of their lives, working for what they have been programmed to consider as “necessities.” Sometimes I think we have created our planet this way because we would be bored if things were too easy....

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Alone in the Wilderness: a Documentary of Simple Living

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Vigilant Citizen – video at end

“Alone in the Wilderness” is the story of Dick Proenneke, living in the Alaska wilderness in 1968. He filmed his adventures and day-to-day life using an 8mm camera and tripod. The footage, along with the contents of his journals, were put together in a fascinating documentary.

I watched the entire thing and I couldn’t help but think, “This guy has the solution.” Although it is nearly impossible for most of us to replicate what he did, his lifestyle is certainly an ideal we should all tend to. Free from the bonds of materialism, debts, and mass media indoctrination, watching this tough old man appreciating nature and just doing what he has to do to stay alive is a vivid reminder that all of the rest is just a mere illusion.

Hayden’s Note:

It is with this spirit that I am building the Elysian Fields Project! 

After experiencing the societal collapse during and after Hurricane Katrina, I have a distinct fondness and appreciation for living life as it was intended, and to a degree, simply surviving.  ...

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January’s Monthly Contest – Article Submission

Posted on Dec 09, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Political Issues, Science & Technology, Truth is Treason News, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Have you ever wanted to be rewarded simply for writing about your hobbies or passions?  Well, now you can be!  TruthisTreason.net presents a new monthly contest!

January’s Contest Prizes:

1st Place: a) LA Police Gear Bailout Bag – great for range use, bugout situations, or camping!  I knew a girl who used one as a purse, even!, b) Plus!, Five (5) TruthisTreason.net bumper stickers!  Approximate value: $50.00

2nd Place: Ceramic Water Filter / Bug Out Bottle – comparable to Berkey systems – courtesy of Homespun Environmental.  This self-contained filter comes in a handy bottle that can filter out bacteria, sediment, and more and is good for over 200 fill-ups before changing the filter element!  That’s a lot of hiking or survival!  And of course, I’ll throw in a couple bumper stickers! Approximate value: $25.00

3rd Place: Multi-pack of non-GMO, heirloom seeds, courtesy of my good friends at PatriotSeedStore.com!  I will also toss in 2 TruthisTreason.net Bumper Stickers! Approximate value: $20.00

You know you want to share the wealth, so give them to your friends and family!  ...

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Bartering, Inflation, and Growing a Garden

Posted on Dec 08, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Originally published Feb 14, 2011

Thanks to “just in time” inventory practices, America has an average of just three days of food on its grocery shelves. Inventories are kept extremely well managed and tight thanks to the amazing efficiency of modern day transportation and manufacturing systems.  Depending on your age, you might remember when grocery stores had excess stock and inventory in the “back room.”  Those days are long gone.  If the “just in time” trucks stop rolling for any reason, your local grocery store will be empty within days and that’s even in good times!

If a disaster were to strike – natural or manmade – you could expect those shelves to be bare within hours.  The recent blizzards and snowstorms blanketing the United States are a perfect example of why it pays to be prepared.  When you watch the news and the weatherman says a life-threatening cold front is coming your direction with 15″ of snow, or a hurricane is forming, do you:

  • a) rush to the grocery store to make sure you have enough beer, hotdogs and Doritos?
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Indiana Sheriff Stands Up to Food Police, Threatens FDA and DOJ with Arrest for Trespassing

Posted on Dec 07, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Police, Military, & War, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Food Clubs and Co-ops

David Hochstetler and Richard Hebron, two farmers subpoenaed by the US Department of Justice at the behest of the FDA, have found help, and protection, in an unexpected place… local Sheriff Brad Rogers, who stepped in to the situation and notified the DOJ that if they wanted to have any dealings with those under his protection and jurisdiction, they would have to go through him.

He also warned the DOJ that if they continued to visit David’s farm and property without a proper warrant, he or his officers would arrest them for trespassing.

Even in the face of severe coercive pressure (the DOJ threatened Sheriff Rogers with felony arrest), Sheriff Rogers stood tall and did not back down.

My words to Rogers? “Thank you!”

David Hochstetler has now received a letter stating that he has been released from the subpoena until further notice and that the hearing is cancelled.

The matter of Richard Hebron is still in administrative matters with the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund representing Hebron.

First, before I continue, I encourage everyone to drop an email or call Sheriff Rogers office and say, “Thank you!” Here is the office’s contact information....

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1 Million Pounds of Organic Food on Only 3 Acres Using Aquaponics

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Wakeup World (See part 2 here)

Will Allen, the co-founder of this amazing initiative, called Growing Power, believes, “If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food… if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community.  I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system.”

Their goal is a simple one: to grow food, to grow minds, and to grow community.

So how do they do it?

  • By producing 10,000 fish,
  • Using 300 to 500 yards of worm compost,
  • By utilizing vertical space,
  • Having 3 acres of land in green houses,
  • Using 1 simple aquaponic pump,
  • Food is grown all year by using heat from the compost piles,
  • A packed greenhouse produces a crop value of $5 Square Foot! ($200,000/acre).
  • Total food supply approximately 1,000,000 pounds per year!

Can you imagine if places like this started popping up all over the world? It would be one giant step towards self-reliance. Food self-sufficiency is a major step towards being sovereign.

The urban farm currently includes:

  • six traditional greenhouses growing over 15,000 pots of herbs, salad mix, beet greens, arugula, mustards, seedlings, sunflower and radish sprouts.  
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How to: Build a Backyard Aquaponic System for a Year-Round Food Supply

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Backyard Aquaponics

Here’s a great DIY project for backyard aquaponics!  With this system, you can begin growing amazing vegetables and harvesting massive amounts of fish, such as tilapia, in a permaculture environment.  The system replenishes itself and provides nutrient dense food year round!

This video shows how to build a really simple system using IBC crates and minimal tools.

Step by step instructions, parts lists, and pictures of many different IBC aquaponic systems can be found here > Download the 180 page .pdf file HERE.

This particular video series doesn’t address fish farming in the aquaponic system, but as you can plainly see, the bottom portion can be filled with lots of fish, who provide fertilizer for the vegetables in the top section, in a continuous cycle.  If you were to place this system in a simple greenhouse and add some compost piles for warmth retention, you can harvest year round!

Stay tuned for more articles on aquaponics, DIY projects for urban farmers, and more!...

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Organic Farming vs Conventional Farming: Results of a 30 Year Study

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Rodale Institute via Cryptogon

  • Organic yields match conventional yields.
  • Organic outperforms conventional in years of drought.
  • Organic farming systems build rather than deplete soil organic matter, making it a more sustainable system.
  • Organic farming uses 45% less energy and is more efficient.
  • Conventional systems produce 40% more greenhouse gases.
  • Organic farming systems are more profitable than conventional.

The hallmark of a truly sustainable system is its ability to regenerate itself. When it comes to farming, the key to sustainable agriculture is healthy soil, since this is the foundation for present and future growth.

Organic farming is far superior to conventional systems when it comes to building, maintaining, and replenishing the health of the soil. For soil health alone, organic agriculture is more sustainable than conventional. When one also considers yields, economic viability, energy usage, and human health, it’s clear that organic farming is sustainable, while current conventional practices are not.

As we face uncertain and extreme weather patterns, growing scarcity and expense of oil, lack of water, and a growing population, we will require farming systems that can adapt, withstand or even mitigate these problems while producing healthy, nourishing food....

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