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When building a homestead from scratch, one of the biggest challenges is building a home that is both comfortable and self-sufficient. While you can build a cabin from lumber and reclaimed materials, the winter months will be difficult without some serious insulation. An alternative to traditional cabins is the Wofati-a basic pole structure with a waterproof covering and a green roof. The Tiny Life has followed permaculturist Paul Wheaton in his build of a Wofati.
Wheaton’s design is pretty simple and economical-the pole structure with earthen insulation, then a waterproof lining under a green roof. Sloping is very important to keep water draining away from the home, but most of the building materials can be locally sourced. Budgeting with materials is important because establishing a green roof can be the costliest part of the build. I particularly like the versatility of this structure-it can also function as a root cellar if you already have a home!
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.