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Sep. 7th, 2008



COyou2 - Saving the planet one breath at a time

This site looks interesting, it's talking about personal carbon capture and storage as a strategy to prevent climate change:

"Did you know that human beings themselves are major emitters of carbon dioxide? We all know about reducing our electricity consumption and taking fewer flights, but isn’t all this a little pointless when one basic, everyday activity cancels it all out?

Each day every human being breathes out an average of 1 kg of CO2. That’s 0.38 tonnes a year. Now multiply that by 6.7 billion! That’s a lot of CO2.

COyou2 person carbon capture systems allow you to store that CO2 and do your bit to stop climate change. The COyou2 patented technology works by filtering the air you breathe out, capturing the carbon in a convenient lightweight backpack.

That’s why we all need to use personal carbon capture systems. At the end of the day, there are 21 million of us and only one government – so what are you waiting for?"

I've just ordered a catalogue, it's definitely worth checking out, after all, every little thing makes a difference. I never thought about human beings as being responsible for major carbon emissions, but I'm always looking for ways to lessen my carbon footprint.

What do you guys think?

Aug. 30th, 2008

Hunter's Sunrise


Solar cooker plans

Via kirixchi, this site has plans for all sorts of different solar ovens.

Aug. 19th, 2008

Things go boom


She Survives.

Just stumbled across a new prepper blog titled She Survives. The blogger is a mother of two who tends to give the lie to Sharon Astyk's somewhat stereotypical views on gender and survivalism, and intends to provide a woman's perspective on classic beans-bullets-bandaids survivalism. I'll be keeping an eye on it.

Aug. 13th, 2008

Hunter's Sunrise



Interesting Survivalblog post on Icelandic sheep. The North American breeders' association page is here.

They look to be a breed with lots of potential for those of us living in cold climates; it's a hardy, medium-sized breed, that produces meat, wool, and milk.

Jul. 8th, 2008

Chicken Dinner


Heritage Chickens

I've been doing some digging into local chickens, and I believe I've stumbled across the chickens that ai731 was telling me about and is planning to have on her homestead.

The Chantecler Chicken looks to be a heritage breed that was originally bred by a monk at the Oka monastery specifically to be dual-purpose (both meat and eggs) and to be cold-hardy.

What's interesting to note on this information page (for me, anyway) is that the consensus appears to be that the future of the breed is in hobby farms and family farms. Right now they appear to be relatively difficult to come by, but I bet that with enough interest, these could be the next best thing in Ontario and Québec.

Anyone else come across good, sturdy breeds that would do well in a Canadian winter?

Jun. 24th, 2008



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Over in my regular blog I've posted an article with pictures about using a Sun Oven to bake.

Jun. 19th, 2008

Hunter's Sunrise


Canadian Firearms Safety Courses July 12-13 2008

For those of you interested in getting your firearms licenses, Dave Bartlett of FirearmsTraining.ca (http://www.firearmstraining.ca) will be running Canada Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and Canada Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) classes on the weekend of July 12-13 2008.

Successful completion of the CFSC will enable you to apply for a PAL (Possession and Acquisition Licenese or non-restricted gun licence), allowing you to buy and own hunting rifles and shotguns. Successful completion of the CRFSC will enable you to apply for an RPAL (Restricted Possession and Acquisition Licence, or restricted gun licence), allowing you to buy and own handguns and other restricted firearms. The CFSC class will take place on the Saturday, the CRFSC on the Sunday.

Dave is based out of Limoges, Ontario, which is about an hour or so out of Montreal along the 417. Email Dave@FirearmsTraining.ca for details.

I'll be going for the RPAL class on Sunday.

Jun. 12th, 2008



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Using a scythe sure looks more pleasant that pushing a lawn mower:


(of course a reel mower works great too, but the scythe is better adapted to long grass).

Hey silly_imp any chance your man could make some scythe blades?

Jun. 11th, 2008



Homestead Livestock in Ontario

Since I know at least a few people in this community are interested in keeping livestock in Ontario at some point, I thought I'd post the results of some of the research I've been doing, for reference:

  • Livestock may be kept on a property in a rural zoning, subject to county and/or township bylaws that may impose restrictions on smallholdings or hobby farms.

  • Barns and other structures housing livestock must be located a minimum distance from the dwelling (see local by-laws for exact distances based on size/type of structure and type of livestock).

  • Barns and other structures housing livestock must be located a minimum distance from the edge of the property (and therefore the neighboring property, roads, etc. again see local by-laws for exact distances based on size/type of structure and type of livestock). The North Stormont County official we spoke to said he highly recommended discussing any plans to put up a livestock barn with one's neighbors, in the interest of keeping good neighborly relations.

  • If you have over a certain number of animals, you must file papers with the Ontario Department of Agriculture ensuring you are managing the manure in such a way that it does not contaminate nearby surface water (in theory1). The threshold number of animals is based on the amount of manure they produce. These used to be called "livestock units" but are now called "nutrient units". You may have up to 5 "nutrient units" without submitting the aforementioned paperwork. A "nutrient unit" is defined as: 1 cow, 1 horse, 6 meat pigs, 3 breeding sows, 8 goats, 8 sheep, 150 laying hens, 100 meat chickens (or, if you're interested in more exotic livestock, 5 llamas, 8 alpacas, or 12 emus).

    So you're allowed, for instance, to have 300 laying hens and 3 cows, or 24 sheep and 2 horses, etc. without filling in the "Nutrient Management" paperwork, and being subject to government inspections of your livestock & property.

  • As far as I can tell, there are no restrictions on how many animals per acre of land you are allowed, because all the government documents, regulations, and laws are geared towards industrial farming, which is based on packing as many animals as possible into a big barn/shed.

  • So far, it is still legal to keep a flock of free-ranging backyard chickens in Ontario - Avian Flu hysteria notwithstanding.

    1The actual regulations, called "Minimum Separation Distance" seem to apply only to spreading/spraying manure on fields in order to get rid of it, and seem very paltry to me, in terms of actually protecting the environment. I suspect that, like many other attempts at environmental protection, they got severely 'watered down' in the interests of agri-business.
  • Jun. 10th, 2008



    UK nine meals from anarchy

    Link to whenshtf.com thread about UK being 9 meals away from anarchy.


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