- Survival,Water,wild Foods, Hunting and Fishing
Anyone could find themselves in an emergency situation and even the most basic survival knowledge could mean the difference between life and death. A basic understanding of survival techniques should enable anyone to travel through the wilderness with an increased level of confidence and enjoyment Be Prepared The best time to practice any wilderness survival skills – start a fire, shelter building or whatever – is before you need them. Take some time to read all the information .You will learn how to take care of yourself and others when traveling in the wilderness, and I’m sure that your next excursion will provide you with a greater level of enjoyment due to your newfound knowledge.
Where and how to find water
From the News desk of Ann Little Running Deer
When you don’t have a beautiful clean lake or river to get your water from, where do you find water?
The solar still only takes about an hour to build. If constructed correctly, it can yield about a litre (quart) of water a day.
A baggy, careful do not make any tears in it, tied on a sunny tree branch. With one side of bag hanging lower, to catch the water from the leaves that is made by the sun. Makes a great drink of fresh water!
Catching rain water off your clean tent is another way. Wait until after first start of rain, as it washes sky, before collecting.
I was able to find under ground running water with a small forked willow branch. The magnetic field pull, would rip the small branch out of my hands as it twisted down pointing to water…...Ann
Note: I forgot about the number of steps you count off from first pull to when it points straight down. It tells you how many inches or feet the water is below the surface.
Eagle Scout’s Tips
Listen for running water
Boil the running water you find.
A Note in boiling water: Use only the top clear water after cooling. That is for real bad water!
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- A Camp home made cooking stove?
Careful with this one! How about a wide stone base to set can on or a foil sheet?
You can whip one of these up in a matter of minutes. They’re so easy to make and they work really well.
Not for children running around, just for steady hand , sober adults:)
Hobo Stove Vegetable Soup
Baking Bread On A Hobo Stove – Video Response
- Bandages in the Fields / Woods
- Buffalohair, Hope You Got Your Backpacks Ready
- Different Survival Ideas Links
Ann’s extra RSS Guides and links for Survival are here.
Barter Systems and Local Co-ops:
Community Land Trusts:
New Economics Institute
National Community Land Trust Network
Off Grid Living/ Self Sufficient Living:
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center
Self Sufficiency Information Website
Map of Nationwide Farmer’s Markets
Intentional Community and Ecovillage Living:
Things people may think they have to survive from?Are they World belief Dogmas or just Dreams/ thoughts some one had?Is it wisdom of the elders! Or just weather and storms/ a Tornado. Some are watching the Solar Flares connecting with the Earthquakes had you noticed? What ever it may be it is good to know and practice how to survive with your backpacks, camping knowledge, wild foods. It is just putting wisdom into play.
I always said in raising my children on the farm/ranch. That they would fare better then most! As they knew how to start wood camp fires or a wood stove. Heat water with a solar heater. Wash their clothes by hand and air dry them in the out doors. Garden and find wild foods. Milk a cow or goat, raise chickens for eggs. Yes, they had a gold mine of knowledge!
I already have a few of these links scattered here in my posts. So here are a few more of peoples ideas and thoughts. Are they all fact? That is for you to decide or you may already know?
HOMEMADE SOLAR WATER …
- How long could buffalo meat be preserved and how?
How long could buffalo meat be preserved and how?
“The Inds. cut buffalo and deer meat into moderately thin slabs, speared them on spits made of cane or saplings, and placed them over a fire, cooking them until they were quite dry. When removed from the spits, each piece of dried meat was left with a hole through which a cord could be strung, and the meat could thereby be easily stored or carried. Meat which was prepared this way would keep for at least four to six months without spoiling, and it sometimes kept for as long as one year.
- How to eat weeds / dinner from your backyard
Here are the links to the written pages for the two part piece which was shown. Video is up on the two
How to eat weeds
Posted: Nov 05, 2013 10:40 AM CST Updated: Nov 18, 2013 10:30 AM CSTBy: Kisha Henry, Weekend Anchor –
COYLE, OKLAHOMA -Next time you head out the door to the grocery store, make a stop in your yard first. You might be able to check off some ingredients for free! Many Oklahomans do it. It’s called foraging, or “wildcrafting.” You can do it anywhere– in the city or the country. Fox 25′s Kisha Henry shows us, it takes a lot of knowledge, but after a few lessons, meal time can be a whole new experience.Wildcrafters here in Oklahoma say, if you learn how to forage, you could spend less than $50 at the grocery store each month. “I’ve had a lot of people that I’ve worked with that are food-insecure. By utilizing food from the wild, it’s given them extra money to pay their heating bills,” Jackie explains. Many foragers also do it for the taste. “Wild foods… the taste.. there’s nothing that compares,” says Jackie Dill, an Oklahoma Wildcrafter. The wild is her way of life. “I started learning this almost the day I was born,” she says. She took us on a trip to her “grocery store,” a variety of fields. She says Oklahoma is second in the Nation for plant diversity, which means you’ll find more greens, herbs and mushrooms in Oklahoma than in any other state, except Oregon.”Ohh, purslane!!” shouts Jackie. Within our first few steps, she’s already found something. “You can put this in salads and you can cook it like a green,” she explains.
For many landscapers, dandelions are one of the most annoying weeds, so they spray them to get rid of them. But, wildcrafter say the leaves of the plant are actually very rich in calcium, and they can be used medicinally. But, there are more than just greens in the Oklahoma wild. “Passion fruit!” exclaims Jackie, holding a long vine of green leaves, with small green fruit attached. “Smell this,” she insists. “It smells like the islands, right?” she asks. And, it does! It definitely doesn’t smell like it grew in Oklahoma.
“My kids love to have it in their lunch. I have a big bowl of it on the counter,” says Katheryn Bieber, a wildcrafter and published craft author, referring to passion fruit. She uses foraging as family bonding time. “I made my own yeast with blackberries. We’ve picked dock seed and ground that up for crackers. Once you learn a few things, it’s so wonderful! It’s like nature’s kitchen,” she says.
“This is probably one of the most beautiful stands of prickly pear cactus I’ve ever seen,” says Jackie, as we continue our walk. “We use this fruit to make jelly, and they make candy out of these,” she says. “There’s wood sorrel,” she points out. “That grows everywhere, whether you’re urban or rural. Some people call them shamrocks, but it has a lemony taste and that’s really good. You can make desserts from it and you can put it in salads,” she says. Continuing our walk, Jackie points out dozens of acorns on the ground, and tells us the meat of the nut can be used to make a great gluten-free flour. Also on the ground, some Kentucky coffee beans. “We roast these in the oven and then we grind them just like you would coffee beans, and you can make a coffee out of them,” says Jackie.
We hop in the car and continue to a new location, before Jackie asks us to pull over. “Sometimes people will mistake these for wild grapes,” she says, holding a vine of red berries in her hand. “The problem is, these aren’t grapes. They’re Carolina snail seed berries and they’re poisonous,” she notes.
“Her lifestyle is kind of my hobby,” says Marc Dunham, the Culinary Arts Director at Francis Tuttle. “I can remember when I was a kid, grabbing berries off of little bushes and eating things off the ground, but it never occurred to me that I was foraging,” he says. Though he doesn’t forage on the same scale Jackie does, the wild is his playground, where he can find things to make his meals pop. “Wild sage, wild garlic, wild onions,” he lists off a few of his favorites. Though, he says wild edibles don’t always taste delicious. It’s something you have to play with. “I’ve tried some things and I’m like- That’s pretty terrible, so let’s not do that again! … Bee balm can be tasty, but if it’s overused, it’s like cilantro or cumin. If it’s overused, it’s just terrible,” he explains. “But, from a freshness standpoint, you can’t beat it. When you pull wild sage out of the ground in the morning and use it that day, it’s like going to your garden and pulling a tomato off of your own vine, versus going to a grocery store,” says Dunham.
“We picked about 100-pounds of pecans last year, so we’re making our own nut-butters,” says Bieber, explaining the variety of wildcrafting she and her family do. “It’s organic, it’s free, and it’s fun! It’s something that has really bonded us as a family. We’ll be driving along and I’m like- Look! There’s some mullein plant. I want some of that… and we’ll pull over,” she says. “There is so much savings in money. In this crazy economy, where people are so unsure about what’s going to happen, I know I can take care of my family,” she says. She does say it might take some time to appreciate the taste of wildcrafting. “If you eat fruity pebbles and fast food all the time, your body’s a little desensitized to what real food tastes like, so it takes a couple days of cutting back on that sugar before you can really taste how delicious something from nature tastes,” says Bieber.
For all of you meat-eaters, you may be asking, What about the meat? “I grow my own organic chickens,” Jackie explains. She also hunts and does her own butchering. “You have to be smart. You can’t just live on dock and wood sorrel. You still have to have a balanced diet,” she says.
How do foragers survive in the Winter? “You collect everything you can, then you can it, freeze it, and you dehydrate it. And, you stock up your pantry,” says Jackie. “In the Wintertime, we do have things that grow, though. Even in snow, I’ve went out and got sumac berries for hot tea. A lot of our greens here, you can find underneath snow and ice,” she says. She also created her own heat source for the Winter. “I built a rocket stove!” exclaims Jackie, explaining that she was able to heat her two-thousand-square-foot rock home all winter for free. “It was costing us such a terrible amount to heat our house. I built it out of a 55-gallon steel drum and some stove pipe,” she says.
The most important rule of foraging? Not everything outdoors is edible. “When it rains, all of the mushrooms come up overnight and people are picking them up and they all want to eat them,” says Dr. Ken Conway, a mycologist. He’s been studying mushrooms since 1966, and identifies whether they’re edible. He says you need 100-percent identification before you put anything in your mouth. “When I say ‘poisonous,’ I don’t mean they’re going to eat them and die. You’re just going to be very, very sick and wish that you would die,” says Dr. Conway. He has a tip for puffball mushrooms. “Those are easy to identify whether it’s edible. You simply cut them open, and if they’re white inside, they’re edible. If they’re any other color, throw them away. And, only ever eat a small portion of a mushroom first to see how it affects you,” he says. He also recommends saving some of the mushroom in case you need to show doctors what you ate.
“Have someone take you by your hand and show you,” says Jackie. “On the Internet, there are plant pictures that are identified incorrectly. You need to be 110-percent positive,” she says. “The most asked question I get is- What are these yellow tomatoes,” says Jackie, holding up what appear to be yellow tomatoes. “These are not tomatoes. This is Nightshade and it’s poisonous,” she says.
The second rule of foraging? Ethics. Jackie says you should never take more than 10-percent of anything in one area. “I want to make sure it’s there next year for my family and other families,” Jackie explains.
It’s also important to use caution where you forage. “You don’t want to be around any old buildings that have lead paint. You don’t want to forage next to the freeway, because the plants are like natural sponges. They’ll soak up that carbon, and you don’t want to be eating that, and you never eat where it’s been sprayed,” says Jackie.
If you’re interested in learning more tips about wildcrafting, you can contact Jackie and other wildcrafters through the Oklahoma Wildcrafting Facebook page. You can even post pictures of wild items and have them identified for you. You can also visit their website.
- How to eat weeds Part 2
Posted: Nov 05, 2013 10:47 AM CST Updated: Nov 12, 2013 10:47 AM CSTBy: Kisha Henry, Weekend Anchor
COYLE, OKLAHOMA -We’ve shown you how to make a meal out of the things growing in your front yard, but when it comes to Wildcrafting… that’s only the beginning. When you see a dandelion, you might see a weed, but wildcrafters see it as a source of calcium and a way to help with digestion. Some Oklahomans use plants and herbs to heal their families, wash their clothes and even create beauty products. Fox 25′s Kisha Henry shows us a few tricks.”I haven’t been to the doctor in eight years, and that was when my son was born,” laughs Jenny Mansell, an herbalist. She doesn’t have anything against medicine or doctors. In fact, she says they’re very important and there’s definitely a place for them. But, for her family, she chooses to treat minor issues with wild herbs. “If I get a headache, I have plants in my yard that I will go out and make a tea from,” says Jenny. Bee Balm Monarda Fistulosa is her favorite for headaches. “I pick a couple tablespoons of monarda and bring it in, make tea, and I usually feel better pretty quickly,” she says. She says herbs sometimes work slower than taking an aspirin or a prescription, but she says they also work gentler and are a lot cheaper.“Everything in this box grows wild in Oklahoma,” she says, showing us her box of herbal remedies. “This is a bee balm plaintain salve. If you have a little cut or something or you have dry, cracked skin, you can put this on it,” she says, showing us the concoction she uses most. She also uses a combination of elderflower and honey as an anti-viral to heal her family’s sore throats. “My husband recently had pink eye really bad. His eye was completely swollen up. We used a little elderflower honey and water, and washed his eye with it, and within the next day, it was gone,” says Jenny.
Wildcrafter Jackie Dill also crafts her own medicine out of wild things. “This is broomweed,” she says, showing us a broom-like weed with yellow flowers growing on the side of the road. “The Africans shared this with the Native Americans decades ago, and helped heal the flu epidemic,” she explains. She says, you take a small amount of the flowers of the plant, place them in a tea ball and steep it for five minutes. “It will taste like medicine, but it will help you get rid of the flu,” she says.
“The passion fruit leaves make a tea that is really good for lower back pain, and it helps you stay a little bit focuses,” says Katheryn Bieber, a wildcrafter and published craft author, sharing some of her own remedies.
“It’s an amazing plant,” says Jenny, referring to passion fruit leaves. “It can be used for insomnia and panic attacks, and recently Jackie had someone tell her they use it for ADD,” she says.
Just like with wild foods, you have to use 100-percent proper identification with herbalism. Only take a small amount first to see how you react to it. “Like valerian.. it’s kind of a popular herb for insomnia,” says Jenny. “But, about 15-percent of people will react the opposite way and become more awake,” she says.
“These are soap berries,” says Jackie, showing us another use for wild plants. The local plant is named very fittingly. Wildcrafters use it to make laundry soap, dish soap and even shampoo.
“I put like five of them in a muslin bag and throw it in the laundry. It does like 15 loads of laundry with the same five soapberries,” says Bieber. Jackie uses a recipe of boiling 40 soap berries in six cups of water. Once it comes to a boil, let it simmer for two minutes. Once you strain it, you have your dishsoap. She recommends using one cup per load.
Some of the wild beauty in Oklahoma can also be used to make beauty products! “I infuse honey with bee balm, or herbs like that, and I use it to wash my face. That’s the only thing I use on my face,” says Jenny. “Chickweed grows in the winter, and you can infuse it in olive oil and make a face cream out of it,” she says.
“I also do crafting,” says Jackie. “We just did a cane workshop. We made shades for the windows, rugs for the floors,” she explains.
Jenny also does her own crafting. “My hat and my shirt are dyed with golden rod flowers,” she says, showing off the pretty, yellow coloring and showing us that the plant can also be used for kidney support and bladder infections. She says some people also use golden rod for coughs. “And, then my skirt was dyed with pecan shells,” she says, showing off her light brown skirt.
When we asked Jackie what all you could make from wild plants and herbs, she laughed, “Do you have six or seven years?!” she asked. If you are interested in becoming a wildcrafter or would like help identifying a plant, you can contact Jackie on her Wildcrafting Facebook page or visit the wildcrafting website.
- NATURE | Can Animals Predict Disaster? | Earthquakes | PBS
- Weather Lore Tips watching your surroundings.
Weather Lore Tips watching your surroundings.
About the turning upward of tree leaves to show a silver side, if it was going to rain.
At first lighting strike you start counting until you hear the thunder. It tells you how many milles away the strike hit when divided by 5.
As the sun goes down,
Extend your arm fully out in front of you and point your fingers inward.
Position the bottom of your pinky on the horizon.
For most people, you use the knuckle where the red line is for measurement.
Each finger is 15 minutes. You stack your other hand on this one and keep going up the sky until you reach the bottom of the sun.
High Noon, was sun being directly over head for ST.
These were great as a child when out roaming the hills and fields.
A Fredericton-area man (New Brunswick Canada) says his heating bills are decreasing thanks to a solar furnace that cost him $300 to build…
Randy Buchanan combined pop cans with aluminium eavestrough downspouts, and an old thermopane window to build the solar furnace. (CBC)
This man did not use pop cans:)
For most people the dream of living off-the-grid can only be accomplished by utilizing solar power, but this doesn’t always have to mean purchasing $10,000 solar system to power your home. Solar power has never been this cheap! Here are 14 DIY solar tutorials to get you generating free electricity and cooking for FREE, using just the power of the sun.
There are cheap DIY solar projects here ranging from simple solar food dehydrators and cookers, through to small DIY solar generators and even a full DIY home built solar system…
Portable Solar-powered Apartment Battery Bank Part 2
Solar panels for the beginner How to Part one Missouri Wind and Solar simple instructions
Hooking up a small Solar panel to a battery, controller and inverter.
At pond in warm weather, hooking up a larger panel on pond system with the solar panel and battery.
Hooking up two larger Solar Panels together so controller does not burn out.
In The Winter at Pond with Solar panel.
Checking to see how it is Keeping ice cleared away on water.
Update Back at the Pond to replace the water pump and new changes.
Solar micro grid tie inverter newest on the market Missouri Wind and Solar that goes directly into your home system. It is less expensive then what is usually used in connecting the old style inverters and with less power loss.
Grid-tie, or utility intertie inverters convert DC power from PV modules into AC power to be fed into the utility grid. There are two major types of grid-tie inverters; string inverters and Micro–inverters.
Micro Inverters such as from Enphase are bolted to the PV mounting structure beneath the solart modules. They convert the DC output of each module in a grid tied system to AC replacing the dangerously high DC voltages with comparatively lower AC potentials and a greatly simplified system design. One of biggest advantages to using micro-inverters is that instead of sizing (and therefore limiting) your inverter to a specific number and overall wattage of solar panels, with Enphase, you use one micro-inverter per panel. To increase the size of your solar electric system, you can simply add single (or any number of) panels of different wattages and even different manufacturers. You simply add one micro-inverter per panel. With the Enphase Micro-Inverter system, you do not have to invest in another larger inverter when you are ready to expand; just add one micro-inverter per panel.
Readymade Solar Power Kit- 470Watt (2 x 235 Watt Solar Panel) with Micro Grid Tie Inverters attached, UL approved Polycrytalline Solar panel, Prewired and Configured.