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college student looking for intentional community to spend time on [03 Dec 2013|02:30pm]
Hey Guys,
I am taking a year off from college next year and I am hoping to spend time living in an off the grid intentional community that survives using primitive skills. (preferably with a group of awesome knowledgeable people that would be willing to share with me there skillsets in exchange for my time and effort in the community) I would love to go abroad (I am currently in the US) but I would be interested in living anywhere. If anyone knows of a person/place they could put me in contact with that would be amazing!!

[24 Apr 2011|07:48pm]

[ mood | curious ]

let me introduce myself, my name is alena and i live with my husband ( we have been married 6 years),my daughter,violet ( 20) and my two sons daniel (13) and j.p. (11).we live in prairie grove, arkansas on 10 acres; which i am trying desperatly to make self-sufffient.
right now we have 5 horses,40 chickens,4 rabbits,5 chihuahuas and a great dane. (oh yea 3 cats)

38 of the chickens are babies and are just now getting their adult feathers. it looks like they are all gunna make it,raising baby chicks can be a challange---- especially keeping them warm enough.we bought the baby chicks for eggs for us to eat and to sell.
we finally sold a horse the other day and bought a barrel racer to replace her. everyone on the farm has to have a job

two of our rabbits are pregnant and due any day now. i am looking forward to the babies not only are they cute but being dwarf rabbits the should sell quickly.

speaking of selling we have 74 tomato and pepper plant to plant this weekend. some we will keep and can the rest we will sell at the f.
farmers market. well it looks like nothing is getting planted this weekend it hasnt stopped raining all weekend but at least we got the shed up for the goats which we did between rain drops.

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[03 Nov 2009|12:53am]


I am wondering if anyone could help me find good resources [on-line, and reccomended books] for learning the basics of living a primitive lifestyle. I am currently looking into moving to the foothills of NC to partake in caring for a piece of land that has streams, a spring, waterfall an acre and a half lake and rolling hills. There is woods and open land. Any advice on making the transition is appreciated as well.
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I've been enjoying this blog for a while... [14 Sep 2009|05:40pm]

There is an artist, in the UK, who has this amazing little moving house that she and her partner built. they travel around England selling her paintings and art. They roam mostly the country side and live in meadows and woods. Her blog is beautifully written and she often posts photos of their travels and her art. Its also really interesting to read about how they get along without running water, showers, and with a wood stove.
I enjoy her blog so much, I figured some of you might too so I'm passing it along.
This way to the beauty
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Intro post and some tidbits! [08 Sep 2009|09:31pm]

Hello! I just joined and already I love this community! A little background on me:
I'm a recent college graduate, my major was outdoor recreation. I've been riding horses since I was 7 and rock climbing since I was 14. I've been in love with the outdoors my entire life (thanks to my parents) and have wanted to live in a tipi (or yurt, or hut, or cabin) in the woods since I can remember. I bought a horse when I was 12 (yes, I bought it, not my parents) and can't imagine a life that can't include horses.
I spent this summer as a sea kayaking guide on the NC coast. I lead groups of 10-16 adults and teenagers island hopping. we took everything we needed with us and paddled from island to island. I slept on a beach every night and paddled to a new destination every day. Now I'm back in "the real world" and poor, and really missing that lifestyle. For now, my boyfriend and I are stuck in the city I went to school in until our lease ends in December. we haven't figured out what we'll do after that.
on to the good stuff!

I wanted to share a link with anyone in the southeast looking for a wilderness/alternative living retreat. My parent's friend is Eustace Conway and he started Turtle Island Preserve. My first memories of him are from when I was probably 5 or 6, sitting with him in his tipi talking about the Native American way of life. He and my parents met back in the 70's. He was alternating between living in his tipi in his friend's backyards and eating roadkill/dumpster diving and living in the woods killing his own food and making his own clothes. People started noticing him and eventually he was interviewed on the radio and then wrote a book. I think the sales from the book allowed him to start Turtle Island. He has various workshops and things that connect us with our ancestral roots, and re-teach us the old ways of living off the land. I've been up there to visit and its quite beautiful, set deep in the mountains of North Carolina in the Boone/Blowing Rock area.

There is this awesome show on PBS (at least in North Carolina) called Folk Ways. During each episode, they interview someone in North Carolina who has a folk craft, trade or skill. They film a woman carding, spinning and dying wool, Eustace at Turtle Island, and one on a camp you can attend to learn primitive survival skills in a communal setting. I haven't seen every episode, just enough to know its a good series. I also have a couple of DVDs with 4 episodes on them my dad burned for me, if anyone wants copies.
Oh, here is a link to a list of episodes:


You can download the entire video, but you need a real player to watch it. My favorite so far is Earth Skills, and its one of the more relevant episodes for this community.
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How to make a birchbark container [27 May 2009|08:08am]

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primitive living [18 May 2009|02:19pm]

[ mood | amused ]

 We live in Aotearoa NZ, We are still lighting fires to heat our water and have alot of' ' Wildfoods' meals that are just normal to us. Including delicious dried eel. Watercress cooked with wild pork. Venison,( there is no season here they are considered a pest!) Crayfish ,which I think are known overseas as New Zealand rock lobster.  We eat alot of homemade bread, Usually with alot of Porridge (Oatmeal) soaked in water then mixed in before baking. We collect Puha (milk thistle) to eat, that is really good cooked with some fat meat and served with cold potatos. I grow purple maori potatos which have the name of tutai kuri. Kuri means dog and tutai means "shit" and that is exactly what they look like.  I am not joking !!
We always have in the pantry a bucket of muttonbirds. These are the young of seabirds that are collected from burrows and cleaned and salted for storage. they last for two years but some people like the taste of older ones where the fat has started to taste rancid (BLURK) They used to be packed into seaweed bags made from bull kelp and wrapped in bark from totara trees. Now they are harvested by only people with historic family rights to the islands off shore and packed into buckets. We cook these and our children won't eat them! 
We spent part of last winter at our bach which has no water or electricity, It is a small house with no plumbing  (read outside toilet )near the beach and we cooked all our meals on the fire and ate alot of smoked fish and vegetables which had self seeded in a neighbours garden.( swiss chard etc) Our kids loved the baths in front of the fire from a basin and the hardest part was carting water for drinking and washing clothes but we were all so happy. The kids were also filthy but in winter they didnt get sick at all.
My parents brought me up at that same bach, (later having electricity and running water). We ate mostly what we grew and sliced bread was a rare treat until we started school.  They were not hippys but my Dad is a Maori and that was how they lived. They just did not live in a world of consumerism with endless shopping. When I read this page I thought Oh this sounds like us and had never realised that people in other countrys wanted to live this way. Sorry for rambling on, first post and all that, nice to read your postings.

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Vintage Primitive Living Text For Sale [25 Feb 2009|08:36pm]

Hi, all. I wanted to see if anyone is interested in this weird book I have. It's called "How to Go Live in the Woods For $10 a Week" by Bradford Angier. It was written in 1959 about survivalism in the woods of Alaska, and although the prices have inflated & the setting is unique, the advice in the book is startlingly useful & relevant. It's listed on Ebay if you're interested, Item number: 280316977075.

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[Pimping] Peat Moors Visitor Centre to be axed [24 Feb 2009|01:59am]

[ mood | blah ]

On the 4th of Feb 2009 the Executive Committee of Somerset County Council resolved to close the Peat Moors Centre at the end of October 2009. The decision is due to be ratified by the full council on 18th February.

The Peat Moors Centre is a renowned 'hands-on' archaeology centre. An area like Glastonbury which is renowned for its prehistoric spiritual connections needs to keep its only attraction that showcases who their ancient inhabitants really were.
While I've never been there, it doesn't look like the kinda place that should be getting closed down any time soon.

Link to the megalithic.co.uk page; scroll down to the bottom of the page to read the comments.

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Living off the Land in Maine [21 Sep 2008|02:56am]

[ mood | grateful ]

Hello everybody!

I just wanted to share a link with anyone in the Northeast who's looking for a wilderness retreat or perhaps ultimately  living a different lifestyle.

Here is an excerpt I copied from their webpage:

"Mission Statement

To teach people the ancient ways of living with the earth so they may hold a renewed perspective of love for all things and move forward with knowledge of both the past and present to freely choose their life's purpose.

Earthways, The Place: Our school is located in the idyllic setting of north central Maine on 200 acres of forest and farm fields, with streams and a secluded pond in a cedar grove. Here, time has stopped its fast pace. We live what we teach, growing our food organically, getting electricity from the sun and composting humanure. Our village is made up of a hogan, teaching lodge, workshop and several earth lodges. These lodges are ancient structures that have been used by indigenous peoples from around the world. Through the architecture is traditional we have crossed into the modern world by adding wood floors, windows, and wood burning stoves. These simple lodges are nestled in a stand of locust trees on the edge of a field, with plenty of surrounding woods to explore. Embraced by the beauty of the natural world, our students have ample opportunities for nature walks, wildlife observation, and to participate in the life of a subsistence farm. Please contact us for information on lodge rentals and retreats."

I went for a weekend last month and it was a great experience.  I'm planning on moving there next spring and perhaps living for a year or however long I'm led to! The guide, friend, teacher, founder of Earthways, is a wonderful man named Ray Reitze.  One look at his eyes and you begin to feel peace rise within you.  I encourage anyone interested to take a look. 

Thanks for reading!

~Follow your heart

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why is making soap so complicated now! [27 Jun 2008|09:53pm]

Friday, June 27, 2008
9:07 am

We are on our way to the store. I need to get a kitchen scale for measuring my lye and my oil. I'm going to make soap today. I am going to use canola oil and lye.

Why is it so complicated? Years ago, I just took fat, boiled it down and then added it to lye water. I never needed a scale. Such strangeness. It always turned out fine.

I knew a woman once with a huge cauldron big enough for boiling children (grin). She would put all the bones and the fat from a cow, or maybe all the throwaway bits, boil it hard for a long time, then make it into soap.

I had a great big ceramic bowl and pitcher. I think it was my grandmother’s. Anyway, I would use the bowl for the melted fat and the pitcher for the cold water and the lye I added to it.

It was wonderful. I’d mix it into the fat I think and try to keep the fat from congealing. It made a mess out of my pan where I’d melted the fat, rendered, I guess, the wooden spoon I’d stirred with and anything else the fat had touched. Clean up took forever!

Anyway, I even used my electric mixer in the soap to put bubbles in it to make it float like ivory.

I needed it to float because I’d put it in the washing machine and needed to take the chunks out when it was done with the wash cycle.

I was going to help my friend make soap this year, but I have no car and now gas is a lot. I would like to go buy soap from her, since I’ll have to wait a long time to be able to use the stuff I make.

I did make some not that long ago, a few years, and it didn’t saponify properly, so there was lye in it that burned someone who showered with it. Ouch.

So I’ll need to do a better job of it this time. I could go over to Bonnie’s and get goat’s milk, but I am really not into that, either. Just lye and canola oil. Perhaps I’ll put a bit of lavender in it for fragrance.

[19 Jun 2008|10:06pm]

Hi guys, new here, not to the concept of living off the land, survivalism, etc etc..

However, I live around a bunch of people who, when I tell them I want to do MORE living off the land, look at me like I have three heads. So. I come to you wonderful people in hopes that maybe someone in the central VA area knows of people that are currently leaning on a more survivalist lifestyle and are willing to share. I desperately want to take classes, but my budget is currently in the red right now and it's not an option.

I am in Mineral, VA, right in the middle of the Charlottesville - Richmond - Fredericksburg triangle. I'll drive to meet someone, however I live on a farm with about 300 ac of woods and would be more than happy to have someone come out and scour the woods with me, or if someone has a horse do the trail ride thing and use the horses to carry more stuff back should we be so lucky.

Thoughts, opinions, suggestions, all welcome. Thanks!!!!!!!

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Fergus the Forager [02 Jun 2008|07:06am]

Treehugger.com recently posted an article about Fergus Drennan who is now doing a year of eating wild food in the woods as of April 1st.

transplanting more cowslips (marsh marigolds) to the base of the tipi poles [23 May 2008|08:25am]

Friday, May 23, 2008
4:30 am

I wore that hot neck brace all night and woke up with that darned searing pain in my left arm from shoulder to elbow, AGAIN!

So I lay there for awhile then around 5:30 gave up sleeping, got up, took my pills, said my prayers and headed out to enjoy the bug-free early morning and perhaps move some more flowers to the tipi in Sedge Meadow marsh.

I drove 10 minutes up the road to the wet ditch where the marsh marigolds grow, one of the very few places where I’ve ever seen those beautiful flowers. Cowslip, I just learned, is their name. I tried to find some near the road so I wouldn't have to be climbing down into the ditch and lugging heavy stuff around.

The water flowed into my holey shoes, the crocs, or something.

I dug around and lifted five large flowering plants into pails and plastic bags until I was too tired. I still need six more plants, but you can only do so much with a body in a compromised state of health.

I drove them to the tipi along the highway which I named Sedge Meadow Nature Observatory since it has woven walls that you can watch the pileated woodpeckers, minks, otters, beavers and squirrels through.

While I was down there, and there were no bugs (YIPPEE) I took the time to dig them into the wet ground, putting one at the base of each pole along the front of the tipi.

I have them along one side already, so they are now ring about 3/4 of the tipi.

I didn’t like the red flowers I had stuck into the ground down there. They were just a bit too bold for the marsh! So those artificial flowers are now inside the tipi, stuck in the wall to give me some colour near my hammock.

This tipi of mine is made of cedar trees which I cut down last fall. It's walls are now woven with alder branches. Two hammocks hang in the tipi. It's located in a marsh quite close to a trout stream. It's on my property at the far end of our 11 acres. It's my favorite place to go, except when the black flies are awake!

Here's what it looks like: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=372Xek7rtb8


Road kill [20 May 2008|10:09am]

We don't feed our dogs (pictured) tinned or dried stuff, but instead buy meat in from the local butcher, and make them some stuff up ourselves.

This morning, I was on the way to the butchers', via dropping Daughter at school, and just up the road we passed what looked like a dead rabbit, lying in the middle of the road, and obviously a result of a collision with a car. I dropped Daughter at school, and instead of heading to the butchers', headed back the way I came with the intention of picking up the road kill rabbit (if it wasn't too pasted to the tarmac) to save a bit of money. Of course, when I got back there, poor dead rabbit turned out to be a poor dead (very young) fox, and so instead of picking it up, I figured I'd come to the great wisdom that is LJ, and ask for your advice.

So, road kill - do you pick it up at all? Would you pick it up to feed dogs with even if you wouldn't use it to feed yourself? If you would, would/do you limit yourself to road kill fluffy bunnies, or is pretty much anything fair game? What wouldn't you pick up, either for yourself, or for dogs, and why not?

Xposted from my LJ to: greenliving_uk, livejournal_uk, petbulls_uk, petbulls, primitiveliving, survivalism, survivalist, uk_dogs, uk_frugal, urbanpagan, wildfoods

Feel free to delete if you think this is too far off-topic for your community.
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four more bags of fiddleheads for the freezer....9 in total? [17 May 2008|04:25pm]

[ mood | happy ]

Saturday, May 17, 2008
4:17 PM

Willem and I went down to the ferns through Dead Man’s Run, the valley between the house and cedar hillside.

We parked ourselves at the bottom of the hill and cut off fiddleheads, the tops of Ostrich ferns that are just coming out of the ground.

We did four plastic grocery bags. I'm beat.

That’s it. All done for the day.

Too bad those tomato plants aren’t in the ground yet! And those blueberry bushes.

It rained on us while we picked. I could see what my friend Barb had harvested the other day. She just took one from a clump. The stems of what she cut is still growing. Is that any good for the plant? It has no ferny leaves on it.

I cut all of the fiddle heads in a cluster, as most of them were just above the top of the fern mound. I didn’t cut many stems this time as the last time.

So now, thank you very much for all this food for the freezer, we have four bags to clean those little parchment things from and do up in boiling water.

I guess I’ll take some of them along tonight for people to taste.

Oh yes, I didn’t mention that tonight we have a presentation to do on Wild Harvesting. I’ll take along the frozen cattails and the fiddleheads, some lambs quarters and perhaps if I'm really good about this, I’ll go dig up a few burdock roots.

But that’ll be after I sit around for awhile and look pretty. Charming grin.

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Balsam Fir pitch: Just slice open the pitch blister on the tree [12 May 2008|10:00am]

Medicinal Uses of Balsam Fir Pitch

Dab it on cuts, abrasions, sores, and wounds as a salve. The pitch will form a protective cover that aids in healing and destroys organisms that would otherwise find the area a hospitable place to grow and multiply.

Because the balsam fir pitch is so sticky, it can be used to glue cuts together so that the healing process is accelerated and debris cannot enter.

smeared on lips it creates a protective barrier that keeps body moisture in and helps prevent chapping. On already chapped lips the balsam fir pitch will also aid in the healing process.

Medicinal uses of pitch from balsam firs used by Native Americans and early settlers to the region include:

Topical applications
Painkiller or analgesic
Salve for the healing of wounds such as cuts, abrasions, burns, sores, and chapped areas.
Prevention of chapped lips.

As a warm tea mixed with water or eating directly
Bronchitis, cough, consumption, and sore thoats.
Inflammation of mucus membranes.
Colds and flu
Urogenital ailments such as gonorrhea and vaginal infections
Heart ailments
Rheumatism or inflammation and pain in muscles and joints
As an inhalant for headaches
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harvesting cattails [12 May 2008|09:56am]

According to http://www.survivaltopics.com/survival/harvesting-cattail-shoots/

Harvesting cattail shoots for food is easy. Simply grasp the shoot at its base, as close to the root as possible. You may have to press your hand into the mud an inch or so in order to do this. Then gently pull upward until the cattail shoot breaks off. You should be able to gather a large pile of shoots in no time at all.

Preparing Cattail Shoots

Peel cattail shoots because the outer layers are tough. They are very easy to peel off using your fingers alone. Be sure to keep the lower portion of the green leaves as they are especially tender and tasty.

Before eating, make sure to wash your cattail sprouts in clean water that has been treated to remove parasites and other nasty creatures. Your swamp may very well be harboring such intestinal pests as giardia. If you do not have clean water available, you can boil your cattail shoots for a short while in order to be on the safe side.

Cattail shoots can be gathered in large quantities and pickled, frozen, or canned.

The Edible Cattail
They taste like cucumbers. They are fine food eaten raw, boiled, steamed, or in salads. It seems they would contain a host of vitamins, minerals, and starch for the food energy you need to survive.

harvesting fiddleheads [12 May 2008|09:46am]

[ mood | happy ]

I have just returned from our Ostrich fern patch in the corner of the marsh. I guess it's higher ground there.

I can't beleive how big the clumps were, my hand could barely encompass them as I held them to cut them with my other hand.

I harvested in volume the size of a 20 lb bag of potatoes! I can't beleive how many there are down there.

I learned last year how to prepare fiddleheads. I'm trying to harvest everything from the wild that I can this year. I'm amazed at how much gardening time, effort and challenge harvesting these fiddleheads is saving me!


[28 Feb 2008|07:12pm]

The Thirty Theses by Jason Godesky

This is a series of essays in which the writer explains that civilization is unhealthy, inefficient, and must collapse by necessity, and that being foragers living in small bands is the preferable state of living for us. I'm still not sure I agree with every point, but all together a good and informative read. I think you'll all enjoy.

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