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For those interested in green living or homesteading, the prospect of building a self-sufficient home doesn’t have to be a pipe dream.
Kelly and Rosana Hart have used earthbags, papercrete, and a few other materials to create such a home that is not only beautiful, it is self-sufficient. The build was a trial and error process for the Harts, which benefits us since the kinks are worked out!
The walls were built out of earthbags filled with crushed volcanic rock, which were then coated with papercrete. Supports where made out of lumber that can be locally sourced and the materials on the interior can be repurposed or salvaged. Solar power is used for the lights, appliances, and water heating while a wood burning stove is used for indoor heating. My favorite part is the cost-this build was completed with less than $50,000.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call “survival skills” now.