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Matthew Stein: 12 Steps to Sustainability and the Emergency Survival Kit

Author Matthew Stein (When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency) recently spoke to Deborah Lindsay on “Tomorrow Matters,” a green talk show out of Monterrey, CA. In this interview, they discuss the “12 Steps for Making the Shift to Sustainability,” as well as the right way to prepare for a potential catastrophic event—everything from ice storms and wildfires to terrorist attack and (worst case scenario) nuclear winter.

Listen to the interview here.

And if worse does indeed come to worst, and we fail to make the shift to sustainability—if whatever we choose to do turns out to be too little, too late—if a disaster strikes and the government drags its heels while the local infrastructure utterly collapses…. Well, you know the Boy Scout motto. Here’s Matthew Stein again, showing you exactly what you need to Be Prepared for an emergency in this video from Peak Moment Television:


New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More

Pass the Walnut Syrup?

Everyone knows and loves maple syrup, and in some states (like Chelsea Green’s home state of Vermont), it’s big business. However, it’s a widespread myth that maples are the only trees that can be tapped to produce sap, according to Michael Farrell, sugarmaker and director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest. Sap can also be collected […] Read More

Prepare! Keep a Grab-n-Go Survival Kit Handy

Are you prepared in the event of a sudden emergency? Blizzard, earthquake, insurrection after the inauguration? We know a lot of people are wondering what’s coming next in the US, as well as the world, given terrorism, politics, and global warming, among other threats. In this excerpt from When Technology Fails, a popular book on […] Read More
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