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How a Prosumer can Save the World with a Sawdust Toilet!

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From John's Book "The 7 Pillars of The Frugal Prosumer" The sawdust toilet is an example of how a Frugal Prosumer solves a multitude of issues with one simple solution. Even if it is not practical to make use of this idea in your everyday life, there may be some place it could be of practical use to you. I.e. Camping, big gathering instead of the unappealing port-a-potty, emergency sanitation, or just to impress your friends on how you take recycling to an extreme.

The sawdust toilet addresses a number of major world problems such as:
Water shortages.Water pollution.Famine.Poor sanitation (a major cause of sickness in the world.)Using expensive chemically based fertilizers.The cost of huge, expensive, and complicated sewage infrastructure.Being prepared in case of disaster or breakdown of civilization. Global warming, global cooling, and anything in between.The Problem
The lack of clean water, sanitation, and food lead to much of the sickness, disease and suffering in thi…

Part 1 How to Adapt & Prepare for a Changing World

Observing and being aware: Is a key skill that makes Living Rich on Less possible

   It doesn't matter if you're stranded in the woods, economic or natural disaster hits you, or if you just enjoy Living Rich on Less. Observing and being aware of what is going on around you is vital.
Being aware of what is happening locally and globally around you is one of the top skills needed to survive and flourish in any situation.
Being aware: enables one to take advantage of economic downturns, live rich on less, survive being lost in the wilderness, recover from a natural disaster, protect yourself or your child, or even avoid family breakups. Being aware: of your surroundings enables you to find underutilized or unused resources that can be used to enrich your live and keep you from walking unaware into bad situations. Being aware: also means you can better understand alternative ways to avoid the “conventional” ways that impoverish many.Being aware: of all the different factors that …

Pickled Wild Leeks

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A couple weeks ago at one of our Wild Edible walks I brought along some pickled leeks I had just processed. I thought some people might like the recipe so I will enclose it.

A this stage in the game they can be recognized by the long stem with the flower head. In the spring they have these beautiful long lance shaped leaves that taste wonderful.

Also at this stage they take a bit more effort to get out of the ground. But I didn't do that part. John headed out to the woods with a friend and they dug them up with regular garden digging fork, washed them up and presented me with what I consider more than half the work done. He knows how to bribe me.
Okay, the recipe is simple and can be puritized (well you know, "healthier" ingredients if you so desire). I am using the "other" recipe. But for pete's sake you take a bite into a small fraction of what makes it taste oh so good.

Pickled Leeks:
2 Cups water
2 Cups vinegar (I used white)
1 1/2 cups sugar
Alum


Clean t…

John’s Preparedness History from his book "The Frugal Prosumer Philosopy"

A very important part of Living Rich on Less is planning ahead and being prepared. Being prepared means unexpected events are less likely to sink you financially. Being prepared can also lessen the damage from disasters and bumps in the road that hit all of us at some time in our lives. Here is a section from our book "The Frugal Prosumer Philosophy" on John's preparedness history.John's Preparedness History

Very good article on Eating Milkweed

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Click here for a great article on How to Eat the Common Milkweed

Just came across this article on eating Milkweed. I too, first learned from Samuel Thayer’s book "The Forager’s Harvest", that Milkweed is good to eat.

I highly recommend both of Samuel's books as he actually eats a lot of wild foods frequently, is from Wisconsin, and has been doing this since he was a kid.

He has the most extensive information on each plant he talks about in his book that I've come across.

His newest book is Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants.