Pennsif’s Progress #628 – food security – my three pronged approach

I am a prepper first and foremost.

Being a homesteader for me is a key part of my prepping strategy.

Growing my own food is frontline for my food security plans.

If the bad times come and the supermarkets are emptied, as long as the sun keeps shining, the rains keeping falling and the soil doesn’t blow away I will keep growing.

There were several other reasons why we moved to our homestead in Wales nearly 20 years ago but having land to grow was one great big part of that equation.

I know though growing our own food won’t always be enough. Although we are moving towards almost full independence on vegetables, there are food production areas such as grains and fruit that will always be more difficult with our land and our climate.

Of course we will always be at the mercy of the weather, and pests and… my health for example.

So we definitely need more than one layer for our food security.

Food stockpiling and long term food storage are areas we are continually developing.

I would really like to grow our skills and facilities for canning but that is still in its infancy for us.

We’ve been making sauerkraut successfully with our surplus cabbage, and we have done quite a bit of dehydrating.

Freezing is our default, fall-back quick and easy method for preserving surplus fruit and veg.  We did use that a lot last summer and we had frozen veg from our garden for several months into the winter.

But we are still not producing enough from the garden to build large stocks and relying on electricity consuming freezers is not ideal.

Food Stockpiling

I do therefore take the ‘commercial’ food stockpiling route. I regularly make trips to a nearby trade cash and carry that I

have got an account with.

The choice of what to stockpile is always an issue but I generally look for long shelf life ‘neutral’ products like tinned fruit, beans, soups etc.  I also look out for good offers as well.

Tinned fish (especially sardines, tuna and sild) used to be firm favourites as protein sources but since I have become vegetarian / almost vegan that needs a bit of a rethink.

I also keep an eye open for good bargains in supermarkets – buy one get one free type offers etc. Amazon’s Subscribe and Save scheme with 15% discounts can be worth checking out as well.

I have also added cheap vitamins to our stocks recently.

All this I would class as the near/medium term food stocking strategy.

Currently we hold around 6 months food supplies. Which combined with what we grow and produce on the homestead I think could see us through 2 or maybe 3 years of society breakdown type food shortages.

I would very much like to increase our stockpiles and continually improve our food production resilience to head towards a five year food security setup.

Should we plan for longer?

That is an interesting question… they never seem to in the movies.

But when I look at some of the more hardcore prepper videos online, particularly from the USA, I really think I need to get to my act together and prep on hard.

Alas long term freeze-dried food is more difficult, and I believe a lot more expensive, to obtain in the UK than in the USA.

However I have been dipping our toes in the water and bit by bit buying supplies from Mountain House, LDS, Wise Company etc.

We still though only have maybe 3 months of long term supplies at best.

This will need some more serious investigation, trialing and budgeting to build up.

With the cost of freeze-dried foods I have even thought of investing in freeze-drying equipment. But that is only a fanciful idea at present.

So this is where I have got to with our family’s food security program.

Further along than most of the population I suspect but still a long way short of where I want us to be.


PS – while writing this I thought of another valuable element of a food security policy – foraging. But that needs a post of its own.

And what about scavenging…

And what about security !!!   If we’ve got food and the others haven’t, what comes next… Too scary to think for the moment.



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I Buy Steem – back in the market to support my delegation projects

I have now set up three new projects to support various communities on the steemchain – @adollaraday, @altlife and @piecesof8.

To kickstart these projects I have delegated 9,000 of my 10,000 SteemPower.

So I am looking to buy more steem to build up my main @pennsif account again and to allow me to delegate more SteemPower to the three projects.

With the low steem price it is a great time to buy.

Unfortunately for those selling it is not such a good time. But as a little compensation I charge no additional fees for the transactions, beyond any inbuilt fees in the transfer mechanism (usually PayPal), so this method of exchange will definitely be the most cost effective way of converting steem to fiat if you do need to sell at the moment.

It will certainly be a lot cheaper than going through the exchanges.

My steem purchases are based on the CoinMarketCap.com steem / US dollar exchange rate, and the BBC US dollar / UK pound rate at point of transaction.

I generally use PayPal for the transactions, but can use Amazon Gift Cards for UK and some of Europe, or other transfer methods such as TransferWise or Western Union if needed.

Transactions are coordinated via Discord, or email as required.

Trust is obviously an issue in these sorts of peer-to-peer deals but I have been buying steem this way for 8 months now and can provide a range of reference sellers if needed.

Generally I recommend starting with small amounts (up to 30 steem) for the first transactions until we are comfortable trading with each other.

So if you do need to sell leave a comment below or message me on Discord (Pennsif#9921).

I can provide a fast and cheap exchange service. And you will also be supporting my three community support projects :

  • @adollaraday – a daily charitable giving project
  • @altlife – supporting people engaged with The Alternative Lifestyle Show on MSP Waves
  • @piecesof8 – supporting musicians appearing on the My Life In 8 Songs on MSP Waves

 

I Buy Steem – back in the market to support my delegation projects

I have now set up three new projects to support various communities on the steemchain – @adollaraday, @altlife and @piecesof8.

To kickstart these projects I have delegated 9,000 of my 10,000 SteemPower.

So I am looking to buy more steem to build up my main @pennsif account again and to allow me to delegate more SteemPower to the three projects.

With the low steem price it is a great time to buy.

Unfortunately for those selling it is not such a good time. But as a little compensation I charge no additional fees for the transactions, beyond any inbuilt fees in the transfer mechanism (usually PayPal), so this method of exchange will definitely be the most cost effective way of converting steem to fiat if you do need to sell at the moment.

It will certainly be a lot cheaper than going through the exchanges.

My steem purchases are based on the CoinMarketCap.com steem / US dollar exchange rate, and the BBC US dollar / UK pound rate at point of transaction.

I generally use PayPal for the transactions, but can use Amazon Gift Cards for UK and some of Europe, or other transfer methods such as TransferWise or Western Union if needed.

Transactions are coordinated via Discord, or email as required.

Trust is obviously an issue in these sorts of peer-to-peer deals but I have been buying steem this way for 8 months now and can provide a range of reference sellers if needed.

Generally I recommend starting with small amounts (up to 30 steem) for the first transactions until we are comfortable trading with each other.

So if you do need to sell leave a comment below or message me on Discord (Pennsif#9921).

I can provide a fast and cheap exchange service. And you will also be supporting my three community support projects :

  • @adollaraday – a daily charitable giving project
  • @altlife – supporting people engaged with The Alternative Lifestyle Show on MSP Waves
  • @piecesof8 – supporting musicians appearing on the My Life In 8 Songs on MSP Waves

 

Pennsif’s Sustainability Curation Digest for MSP – week ending 24 June 2018

Another week as Sustainability Curator for the Minnow Support Project and another great bunch of sustainability related posts.

Keep them coming, I’m learning loads.

And it is great fun too !

So here are five more most excellent posts…


My Five Picks of the Week

How To Make Cold Without A Fridge by @taliakerch

What do you do in a hot country with no fridge, and you have fresh food to keep cold?

Nigerian teacher Mohammed Bach Abbah came up with a very clever idea… and won $100,000 for doing so.

@taliakerch reveals all in her post…


Emergency repairs on one of our milk goats by @wwf

What do you when your milking goat tears her udder, and you can’t afford an expensive vet?

You use good hygiene, your personal medical skills, the resources you have to hand and some accumulated knowledge to fix it yourself.

White Walking Feather @wwf tells how he and @carey-page overcame their fears and successfully treated their wounded goat…


Creating a Guinea Fowl Alarm System by @brimwoodfarm


How can you protect your chickens from predators when you can’t be there to watch over them?

You set up a guinea fowl alarm system.

Geoff at @brimwoodfarm tells us how he is rearing guinea fowl as guardians for his chickens…


Original Pictorial details of how I do my own outstanding rabbit barbeque (Step by step) by @matthewthonyit

Rabbits are a compact, low maintenance popular meat animal amongst homesteaders.

Once you have dispatched them what do you do next?

Matthew @matthewthonyit gives step by step instructions on how he prepares his outstanding rabbit barbeque…


Hot Process Soap Making – How-To by @powellx5

As a homesteader making your own soap is a great skill to learn.

It it definitely on my short list of things to learn as soon as I have time.

@powellx5 provides an excellent step by step on how to get started…



I will be on the lookout now for posts to include in this weekly Sustainability Curation Digest.

I am also always seeking out new guests for the Alternative Lifestyle Show that I host on MSP Waves Radio every Friday.

If you haven’t listened to the show before you can hear last week’s episode here :

If you are interesting in coming on the show, or if you have suggestions for suitable posts for this digest, feel free to comment below, or contact me on Discord @Pennsif#9921.

I also run a charitable giving project called A Dollar A Day – you can read more about that here :

I am looking for more projects to support with that and I am particularly interested in finding some sustainability / renewables related projects.



The Minnow Support Project has multiple curators that pick five posts from under-valued minnows each week to highlight through MSP3k. This way MSP and PAL can promote new writers and content creators on Steemit, and in effect reward them for doing a superior job.



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Pennsif’s Progress #634 – changing the face of Wales 10,000 trees at a time

Nearly 20 years ago we had the good fortune to move to a 17 acre homestead in rural west Wales.

All my adult life I had had a dream of moving to the countryside to set up a self-sufficient smallholding. John Seymour wrote the bible of self-sufficiency, and I was a follower.

Then at the turn of the century through good fortune, opportunism and a whim and a fancy we were blessed enough to be able to buy our piece of Welsh mountainside.

Although my dream had been long in the making, the act of purchase was short, sharp and wonderful. We arrived in the area on new year’s eve, found a hotel that was being renovated and had a room to spare, viewed the property on 2 January, and bought it on 3 January.

Then fate played its most beautiful hand.

A few weeks after we had moved in I discovered the house had actually been built by my mother’s family in 1799, and was occupied by my ancestors for 150 years until they moved away and it was left derelict in the 1950s. My mother died when I was young so this information came to me via an elderly neighbour who was an old friend of a great aunt.

When we arrived our fields were occupied, and keenly grazed, by our neighbour’s sheep. They manicured the grass quite precisely and the floral diversity was minimal.

That arrangement remained for our first dozen years in residence. Our tightly trimmed fields matched quite anonymously the rest of the landscape up and down the valley, with just a few resolute trees punctuating the view.

Then a chance encounter with a forestry consultant through a website contract set in motion an evolutionary change for our 17 acres of Welsh mountainside.

He presented a plan to plant over 10,000 native trees across our land entirely funded by grants from the government forestry authority.

Sad for the ovine occupants but that offer could not be refused.

Over the next two years 10,000 native trees were planted – oak, ash, wild cherry, hawthorn, beech, alder, guelder rose…

We have filled in the remaining small gaps with over 60 assorted fruit and nut trees.

Cherry tree

Along with the existing trees we now have around 11,000 trees across the land ranging from mere youngsters to 250 year old mighty oaks.

Very quickly the landscape began to change. The flora exploded. New animals begun to appear.

After 3 years many of the trees were taller than me. A woodland in waiting begun to appear before our very eyes.

Now six years since the original planting we have the makings of a small forest.

Soon it will need positive management. With bramble sneaking in some areas are becoming inpenetrable.

Some areas are already so dense I get lost in there !

It is a truly wondrous thing.

Besides getting married, raising a family and buying the house, planting this forest-to-be I count as one of the greatest achievements of my life.

That might sound ridiculous.

But this forest will grow and live on long after I am gone.

It has changed the landscape, massively enhanced the ecology, and given the map makers 17 acres to re-colour.

This will be our home for life now.

I’m not going anywhere. Never will I want to. In fact I wish to stay here for eternity.

Bury me here under a big oak tree in a coffin made of willows from by the lake.

Trees live in peace.



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Pennsif’s Sustainability Curation Digest for MSP – week ending 17 June 2018

Another week as Sustainability Curator for the Minnow Support Project and I am really enjoying this.

I am picking up so many fascinating and informative posts it really brings home to me the massive potential that steem has to educate, inform and promote sustainability in all its forms.

And it is giving me new ideas all the time. I just wish I had more time to put those ideas into practice !

So here are five more most excellent posts, and a couple of extra nearly-there’s for good measure…


The Five that made it … the Picks of the Week

Is Homesteading Right For You? by @awesomehomestead

A big topic to kick off.

People become homesteaders for all sorts of reasons. But there is usually a little bit of seeking the idyllic life in there somewhere.

@awesomehomestead brings it down with a bump when he looks at some of the harsh realities of homesteading. Check out his post to see if you have what it takes to make it as a homesteader…


The Annual Freezer Inventory by @goldenoakfarm

A big part of prepping and homesteading is being organised. Knowing what you have, where it is and it needs to be used by.

@goldenoakfarm has definitely nailed it when comes to keeping track of what is in her freezers. I am super impressed, and just a little bit envious. One day I’ll get there.

If you want to see how it should be done take a read [email protected]’s post…


DWC Hydroponics in the Greenhouse by @liberyworms


Hydroponics is something I really want to get to grips with at some point soon. But it always seems just a bit too complicated and a bit too fiddly to get right.

@liberyworms has got it sorted. Check out their post if you want to see their hydroponics setup …


My Visit to the University of Benin Fish Farm for my Training by @abiye

This is moving up a scale. Fish farming at a commercial level. @abiye is learniing how this is done.

His post will tell you more…


Laundry Liquid with Essential Oils – the Sunshine Recipe! by @buckaroo

Making your own domestic cleaning materials is definitely stepping up your game on the homesteading front.

It it definitely a good step to make. Who knows the cumulative effect of all the chemicals in the commercial products.

Learn to make your own laundry liquid with @buckaroo’s post…



The Three that didn’t quite … the Honorable Mentions

Aside from the five posts that made it into the top picks of the week, here are three that were close, but not quite close enough.

They are all definitely worth a read and a vote for good measure…

  • Soft & Wholesome Golden Carrot Bread – Disguising Veggies to Nourish Your Family! by @woman-onthe-wing
    https://steemit.com/food/@woman-onthe-wing/soft-and-wholesome-golden-carrot-bread-disguising-veggies-to-nourish-your-family
  • [email protected]
    hhttps://steemit.com/farms/@abiye/gardening-okro-cultivation
  • The Homestead Kitchen : Making Rhubarb Three Ways (Juice/Fruit Leather & Dried Pieces) by @walkerland
    https://steemit.com/food/@walkerland/the-homeatead-kitchen-making-rhubarb-three-ways-juice-fruit-leather-and-dried-pieces


I will be on the lookout now for posts to include in this weekly Sustainability Curation Digest.

I am also always seeking out new guests for the Alternative Lifestyle Show that I host on MSP Waves Radio every Friday.

If you haven’t listened to the show before you can hear last week’s episode here :

If you are interesting in coming on the show, or if you have suggestions for suitable posts for this digest, feel free to comment below, or contact me on Discord @Pennsif#9921.

I also run a charitable giving project called A Dollar A Day – you can read more about that here :

I am looking for more projects to support with that and I am particularly interested in finding some sustainability / renewables related projects.



The Minnow Support Project has multiple curators that pick five posts from under-valued minnows each week to highlight through MSP3k. This way MSP and PAL can promote new writers and content creators on Steemit, and in effect reward them for doing a superior job.



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Pennsif’s Progress #641 – steem up for a solar rising…

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As a prepper and a homesteader the quest for self-reliance underpins all that I do.

That drives me to grow my own food, source our own water supply, design our own sewage system, burn our own wood…

Disconnecting, and going off-grid in the wider sense that @wwf puts forward, is my grand goal.

Taking it to that next level of going as far off-grid as White Walking Feather is achieving is a target I aim for. How far I get on that journey only time, courage and perseverance will reveal.

What I strive for in the here and now is the ability to disconnect from the electricity grid – or at least have the ability to do so in times of need.

Although sunshine levels in Wales are not remarkable, with the continually falling price of PV panels solar electricity economics are becoming ever more attractive.

So much so that last year I started planning, and costing a project with a local renewables company to install PV panels on the barn roof.

With the required battery banks and associated components the system has been designed to provide all the electricity for the barn as well as a 4 day backup supply for the house if the grid goes down.

The cost of the project was not cheap! Around US$ 12,000 with all the additional components, cabling and labour costs.

#### It was in fact this project that brought me to steem.<br><br>

It was around 18 months ago I started planning the project. I had just been introduced to the crypto world by a friend who persuaded me to buy a little Bitcoin.

As the price of Bitcoin started to move upwards I realised that this might be the vehicle that would allow me to gather enough money to build my solar offgrid dream.

When I came across a company in England ([Bimble Solar](https://www.bimblesolar.com/) who took Bitcoin for solar panels I was locked in and fully loaded on the idea.

But I needed to buy more Bitcoin to ensure I had enough wheels on the wagon to really make this roll.

Very quickly though the plan came unstuck. After one transaction to buy Bitcoin my bank blocked crypto related transactions. Then I tried a different back and similar issues arose.

Buying Bitcoin for a novice in the UK was proving difficult.

Then I came across a couple of videos on YouTube (by @jerrybanfield and by @thedollarvigilante) both talking about steem as a place where you could earn cryptocurrency just by making posts.

I signed up in double time and just over a year ago I was up, running and posting on steemit.

It was of course slow to begin with but I stuck at it, dug in and kept on hitting the Post button.

As I busied myself day and night on steem, my little pot of Bitcoin kept on growing in value.

Just around Christmas I decided my steem wallet needed a bit of a push to make it to dolphin status (5000 SP) by the end of the year.

So I started converting my stash of Bitcoin into steem.

Bitcoin was peaking out at $18K+ when I converted to steem which was around $3 at the time. I jumped into the pool of dolphins.

A few days later steem shot up to more than double what I paid.

Super lucky! I suddenly had enough for the solar PV system.

If only I had sold then. But steem, I heard from all around, was going to the moon.

I hit the HODL button, and watched steem gradually slide down again.

So I kept at it, building my account bit by bit, steem by steem. Ready for the next big rising.

In the meantime my offgrid aspirations have begun to grow further.

I had the good fortune to have solar expert @makinstuff as a guest on my Alternative Lifestyle Show on MSP Waves Radio a few weeks ago.

Talking with Greg @makinstuff I have begun to learn more about micro-grids.

We have a stream running through our property. It is only small in flow, but it does enter our property 80 feet above our house.

If I could install some form of pico-hydro system I could mesh that in with the solar PV to form a little micro-grid.

And the two go together perfectly. The stream has maximum flow in the winter when the solar hours are at their minimum.

This sounds super tempting and could take us toward a total off-grid solution.

I have no idea yet on the likely cost of a hydro setup but I would imagine it will push the whole micro-grid and solar project up to the $20K ballpark.

With 10K Steempower I am not too far short of this. But I really don’t want to wipe out my steem account now.

If steem did head back to its $5 point, then I could use just half the account value to build my offgrid microgrid.

That really would make my offgrid steemdreams come true.

Come on steem, lets make the sun shine…

[Note : unfortunately Bimble Solar stopped accepting Bitcoin payments shortly after I found them – citing the volatility of Bitcoin as the reason.]



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Using Steempress – my experience so far & the Duplicate Page plugin

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In my day job I look after WordPress websites for clients. About 70 of them.

I use WordPress a lot and I am pretty conversant with how it works.

I am also used to its editing interface and features.

When I arrived on steemit the page creation and editing experience, compared to WordPress, sucked – big time!

But the initial novelty of learning Markdown and getting to grips with its limitations and nuances compensated just a bit, for just a little while.

And I assumed steemit inc would be working hard away at improving the editing interface. After all steemit is a blogging platform so the editing interface is rather important !

Now after 12 months on the platform I am still waiting…  The steemit editing interface is basically the same as it was when I started.

So when I found Steempress last week I was delighted – and intrigued.

I was very happy at the prospect of being able to produce my steem posts via the much more accommodating WordPress editing interface.

Installing Steempress on an existing WordPress site was totally simple and went without any hitches at all.

If you want to see how that is done check out this excellent post by @hungryhustle :

This is now my fourth post produced using Steempress. It has worked well.

Steempress is still in its early stages and there are one or two features missing that will make creating steem posts much simpler once they are incorporated.

The key one of these for me is image alignment. But I understand from @howo that is coming very shortly.

Currently I just edit the code in steemit after publishing and add the required alignment markdown code to get the desired image layout.

This is the markdown code I use for a right-aligned image, for example, if you are interested :

That is a bit of a nuisance but it is more than compensated for by all the other benefits of having the familiar and much more accommodating WordPress editing interface to work in.

My Steempress Use Case

My use of Steempress is probably not the main use case envisaged for the plugin.

In the first instance I am not using it to publish from an existing public blog into steem.

Instead I am using it, in effect, to create an alternate personal publishing system for the steem blockchain.

This gives me the advantage of the much more advanced editing interface of WordPress.

More importantly it gives me a much better post management system. Steemit is a dreadful place to manage posts – you can’t find or access past posts easily at all.

And of course, you cannot readily access the code or edit them after 7 days.

One particular use I will make of Steempress will be for my regular postings such as the weekly SteemRadio schedule of all steem radio shows :

The extensive table layout of this weekly post is going to be my next challenge to translate into Steempress.

Currently I keep the markdown code of this post in a text file and then cut, paste and edit into a new steemit post every Sunday.

However once I have it in Steempress I will then just duplicate the post each week, edit the url, update the post and publish to steem through Steempress.

As WordPress doesn’t have a native post duplication feature I am using the well tested Duplicate Page plugin :

Duplicate Page

Post duplication would make a very tidy little add-on feature to incorporate in a future release of Steempress. (Maybe @howo can add it on his ‘to-do’ list… )

Although at the moment this is my primary use case of Steempress, I do have a small news blog that I left aside when I started on Steemit. Having Steempress available is inspiring me to revive that site…

That will be a review post for another day.

In conclusion, for anyone familiar with WordPress who has a WordPress site available to use, I would strongly recommend the option of using Steempress to create, edit and manage their posts to the steem blockchain.



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My Life in 8 Songs – Thursday 14 June – with @darrenclaxton, @d-vine & @zipporah

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This week’s My Life in 8 Songs has a little twist.
All three guests are musicians who write their own songs. So instead of 8 songs from the big wide musical world they are choosing 8 of their own songs.
The twist doesn’t end there. Instead of telling their whole life story each guest will be taking us through their musical journey from first discovery through learning their skills, developing their talent, growing their following to their current situation.
Darren Claxton @darrenclaxton from the UK is in the acoustic indie folk vein, D-Vine / ELLi @d-vine from Germany is more electronic and dance, and Zippy Lomax @zipporah from USA spans acoustic and electronic genres.

The shows airs from 8pm – 11pm UTC on Thursday on MSP Waves Radio.



@darrenclaxton

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Darren Claxton joined steem in March this year.

He is from Derbyshire in the UK.

Darren Claxton is a songwriter, musician and producer of his own music. The music he writes is often heartfelt acoustic indie folk with a sprinkling of rock and country influences, with an occasional world music flavour as heard on his track ‘Dragonfly’.

Most of all, it is his passive emotive thoughts and feelings that are delivered through that soothing vocal, and intricate guitar playing of his.


@d-vine

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ELLi @d-vine is a female audio engineer, producer and DJ, currently located in Germany.

Since arriving on steem last November ELLi has been actively involved in many areas of the steem music scene including the Steem Music Alliance and the Steemit Music League Challenge. She has also regularly put out new tracks on DSound.

ELLi started in the underground electronic scene in Europe in 1993. She made her professional debut in Germany in 1998, and her first release on the label Risk Industrees in 1999. In 2015 she began to focus more on production and in 2017 got her certification as an audio engineer.


@zipporah

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Zippy joined the steem platform in January.

She is based in Portland, Oregon in the USA.

As well being a musician and songstress, Zippy is a photographer, writer and illustrator. In her steemit profile she describes herself as “seeing with heart – listening with eyes – founder of The Kindness Collective”.



I have already got some really interesting steemians lined up for forthcoming shows. But I am still looking for more guests.

If you would like to come on the show with your life story and your 8 special songs please comment below or find me on Discord @Pennsif#9921.


The ‘My Life in 8 Songs’ show airs on MSP Waves Radio on Thursdays from 8pm to 11pm UTC.

If you need to convert UTC time to your local time visit World Time Buddy

You can listen to the show via the PAL Discord server, via mspwaves.com  on Twitch at twitch.tv/mspwaves



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Pennsif’s Sustainability Curation Digest for MSP – week ending 10 June 2018


Second week on the job as Sustainability Curator for the Minnow Support Project and I’m definitely getting my feet under the table.

I’ve been on the lookout throughout the past week for sustainability related gems and I sure have found some great posts to feature in this digest.

The plan to interweave this curation process with finding guests for my Alternative Lifestyle Show on MSP Waves Radio also worked out super well.

@buzz.lightyear who was among my five curated authors last week was on the show on Friday and gave a great interview about this EMPOWER project.

@alexa.janell unfortunately couldn’t make it on to Friday’s show but is scheduled to come on in the next week or two.

A couple of the other curated authors are also looking at coming on future shows.

So I have high hopes for this week’s curation choices.


The Five that made it … the Picks of the Week

Empowering Ourselves By Building Food Security by @walkerland

I was collecting potential posts all through the week for this curation digest and I was surprised by the end of the week that I had actually added four posts from @walkerland to the shortlist.

As a prepper myself, food security is a big thing, so of @walkerland’s four posts on my list this one just edged home to become one of my five picks of the week.

If bad times come how long would your food stocks last?  Check out @walkerland’s post to learn about improving your food security…


How to Bottle and Brew Kombucha at Home by @rakkasan84

I am a keen follower of the Way of the Ferment, and I like to keep my microbiome happy with the likes of kefir and sauerkraut.

I haven’t yet ventured into making Kombucha so this post caught my eye.

If you want to learn to love the SCOBY take a read of @rakkasan84’s post…


Bugging Out – Why Bother? PART 1 by @preppervetuk

Prepping and bugging out might be considered to be on the edge of the sustainability remit, but to be truly sustainable you need to be prepared for every eventuality.

If you want to see if you need a bugging out plan take a look at @preppervetuk’s post…


Making AirCrete For The First Time. Alternative Building Material! by @basicstoliving

AirCrete is something new to me, but it seems it is a less environmentally impactful building material than traditional concrete. And it’s cheaper too.

@basicstoliving’s post will tell you more…


My first time having Alligator : An Alligator Sauce Piquant over Rice by @armadillocreek

This is definitely the curve ball in the frying pan.

Even though I am currently chomping at the door of veganism I couldn’t resist this one. I am guessing alligators aren’t yet factory farmed so it is worth exploring different forms of protein if you are a meat eater.

Go take a bite out of this post…



The Five that didn’t quite … the Honorable Mentions

During the week I shortlisted more than a dozen posts in total. Aside from the five that made it into the top picks of the week, these are another five that were close, but not quite close enough.

They are all definitely worth a read and a vote for good measure…

  • Vegan Sunday Roast | Spicy Cauliflower Roast With Rainbow Chickpea Salad And Tomato Veggie Sauce by @amy-goodrich
    https://steemit.com/fruitsandveggiesmonday/@amy-goodrich/vegan-sunday-roast-or-spicy-cauliflower-roast-with-rainbow-chickpea-salad-and-tomato-veggie-sauce
  • Easy To Spot Medicine Growing Almost Everywhere This Time Of Year by @hopfarmnc
    https://steemit.com/homesteading/@hopfarmnc/easy-to-spot-medicine-growing-almost-everywhere-this-time-of-year-5f569651a5622
  • Compact Survival Fishing Kit 🎣 [Survival Article] by @juozas
    https://steemit.com/survival/@juozas/compact-survival-fishing-kit-survival-article
  • Tangwystl Cottage – adding a little spice in my life by @ravenruis
    https://steemit.com/homesteading/@ravenruis/tangwystl-cottage-adding-a-little-spice-in-my-life
  • Our 1st Week Living Off-Grid!!! by @senorcoconut
    https://steemit.com/ecotrain/@senorcoconut/our-1st-week-living-off-grid


I will be on the lookout now for posts to include in this weekly Sustainability Curation Digest.

I am also always seeking out new guests for the Alternative Lifestyle Show that I host on MSP Waves Radio every Friday.

If you haven’t listened to the show before you can hear last week’s episode here :

If you are interesting in coming on the show, or if you have suggestions for suitable posts for this digest, feel free to comment below, or contact me on Discord @Pennsif#9921.

I also run a charitable giving project called A Dollar A Day – you can read more about that here :

I am looking for more projects to support with that and I am particularly interested in finding some sustainability / renewables related projects.



The Minnow Support Project has multiple curators that pick five posts from under-valued minnows each week to highlight through MSP3k. This way MSP and PAL can promote new writers and content creators on Steemit, and in effect reward them for doing a superior job.



[ images from @pennsif, @walkerland, @rakkasan84 ]

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