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.



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

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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[ stream photo by pennsif  //  solar PV images from pixabay – Creative Commons CC0]

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 ]

Homesteaders & Preppers on steem – time to revive the list

You might remember the list of Homesteaders and Preppers on steemit that I use to compile.

I updated it for about 6 months until the beginning of the year.

It had reached version 12 by then and had over 300 homesteaders and preppers.

I did make a start on version 13 but I didn’t follow through for a number of reasons.

One of the issues that I was commonly getting comments on was that so many people in the list were no longer active. That is certainly true – when I did some checking through about 3 months ago I found around half of the people on the list appeared to be inactive. That was a very sad reflection on the poor retention rates on steem.

Another issue with the list was that as it had grown bigger it was becoming technically difficult to manage with the very rudimentary tools that the steem interface offers. Now I am trying some new steem technology in the form of SteemPress to make the management of the list easier.

Now seems like a very good time to revive the list. To help me find guests for The Alternative Radio Show that I host on MSP Waves Radio an up to date list will be invaluable.

It might also be useful for other new initiatives designed to help the homesteading and self-reliance communities like the new Global Homestead Collective @ghscollective just set up by @freedompoint, @freedomtowrite and @steemcafe.


Are you on the list?

If you have joined steemit since January you probably won’t be on the list.

If you joined before January you should be but might not.

If you are not sure check out the previous list :

If you are not on the list and would like to be post a comment below with your account name, when you joined and where you are (ideally country/state). Or if you prefer message me on Discord (Pennsif#9921).

I will wait a week or so and then put out a new updated version of the list.

My feeling is to leave off all inactive members. Maybe anyone who hasn’t posted / commented / voted in the past month?  I would appreciate your thoughts on this point.

That’s it for now. I hope Steempress works. And I hope the new list will be a useful too for networking for homesteaders and preppers again.


You might also be interested in some of my other posts :
MY RADIO SHOWS
MY PROJECTS

 


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