New products! We have two different sizes of these perfectly customised Opinels by Julie Ponge of French design due, Blanc/Blanc. Both sizes feature a carbon steel blade with a ring locking mechanism and proudly bear the MA diamond and B/B logos. Available through the store.
Tapping a Birch Tree
for the sweet cool sap
I’ve never heard of tapping bitch trees before! Do you boil down the sap the same way you would maple?
@impulsivefarmer Hahaha! Yes, I too would like to tap a “bitch tree.” Im not one to call out typos since I make a lot, but that one was too funny.And yup, pretty sure it’s boiled down like maple. The taste and color is much lighter though.
"If we can have a fast food restaurant on almost every corner, then we can certainly have a garden"
NYC Council member Bill de Blasio
Literally Go Green Where You Live
Home economics in public schools. Kitchen in housekeeping flat, New York, circa 1910
Raise of hand - who here took HomeEc in school? I took this class in a (public, mid-low SES neighborhood) middle school. The skills I learned, I still use frequently in my everyday life.
Do they even have this course anymore? Parents, if your schools are not offering this, you need to step it up.
Hello Red Cross Volunteers!
At the November General Meeting, we launched this year’s Winter Project!
Introducing … CLARA’S KITS!
What is Clara’s Kits: A preparedness event to help families throughout Pasadena get prepared for a disaster.
-Over the next 3 months, high school clubs in our Youth Corps will raise money through car washes, bake sales, etc. to purchase supplies for emergency kits.
-Then, on February 1, we will invite families to the Pasadena Red Cross Chapter to teach them about disaster preparedness and help them make kits using the supplies we fundraised for.
-We will be working alongside the Glendale Youth Corps!
-One-Day Preparedness Event: Saturday, February 1 at a location TBD (Tentatively at the Pasadena Chapter)
-Fundraising Period: From Now until January 21 within your high school and community
Our fundraising goal this year is $50 per high school! This will allow us to create kits for 50 families! Going above that target is much welcomed and will be rewarded accordingly :)
So Red Cross Clubs… let the fundraising begin!
Charley Hogwood, the owner and chief instructor of P.R.E.P. – Personal Readiness Education Programs, recently sat down with Off The Grid News to discuss the benefits of mutual assistance groups, the emotional aspects of preparedness, and his new book, MAGS – The People Part of Prepping.
Hogwood was recently interviewed by CNNduring the Life Changes Be Ready Expo in Florida. The journalist noted during the piece how prepping was growing in popularity, how the idea of becoming more self-reliant was on the verge of going mainstream, and the folks attending the event did not appear to coincide with the stereotypes often promoted about preppers by the media.
MAGS was written to serve as an instruction guide for both the “solo survivor” and as a reference manual for established mutual assistance groups of all sizes.
Charley describes his unique book and the in-depth approach like this:
By employing the hard learned lessons carefully researched from active groups, and applying sociology, history, law and threat analysis, the survivor will understand what to look for in a group, how to build one from scratch, how to fix one that has become dysfunctional and where to put it in a hurry.
Aquaponics CHOP2 Systems - Look into it. You might find it to be something you might want to get into.
*Be Prepared Not Scared*
The Sinabung is just one of 35 active, erupting volcanoes in the world, according to a categorized list on Volcano Discovery. Of the 35 currently erupting volcanoes in the world, seven are in Indonesia. Most of Indonesia is situated along the “Ring of Fire” — a horseshoe shaped ring around the Pacific where most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place. About 50 to 60 volcanoes erupt during a year.
Coursera is a website that offers free online college courses, from actual universities.
Knowledge is invaluable. Even if you lose all your possessions, you’ll be rich of what you’ve learnt. Consider applying for some of these courses.
(the picture is only representative of the Energy & Earth Sciences category. They offer courses in engineering, finance, teaching, arts, you name it).
Architect Student Converts Old Bus Into Luxury Rolling Home
Architect student Hank Butitta has a new home, although its on wheels. He made it with his own hands, and a little help from his friends, from an old bus he found on Craigslist.
Butitta got tired of designing buildings that didn’t exist for imaginary clients in school and wanted to work with his hands on something tangible. So he bought a bus off Craigslist and, with help from friend Justin Evidon and brother Vince, they spent nearly 14 weeks converting the run-down old bus into a sleek, modular living environment complete with a kitchen, bathroom, beds, storage, and even a floor made from wood panels stripped from an old gymnasium.
Now that Hank’s bus is finished, the group is embarking on a 5,000 mile tour around the U.S. which has just about reached its halfway point. You can see more photos, video, and follow their travels over at Hank Bought a Bus.