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Tortoise on Fire – Rescue Receives Beautiful 3D Printed Shell!

Lily Da Vine | October 8, 2019

Recently I wrote about the wildfires in Brazil and how they could have been prevented by perma-culture techniques. I mentioned about the loss of animal life and habitat and now we are seeing examples of the damage, as well as examples of how people are using new technology to solve these problems. A tortoise, named after Freddy Kruger because of the fact that she lost 85% of her shell to wildfire in Brazil, has received the first ever 3D printed tortoise shell, being a model for the future of prosthetics for animals and humans alike. More from the Homestead Guru:

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Would Permaculture Have Prevented the Brazil Fires?

Lily Da Vine | October 8, 2019

There’s been a lot of drama recently as far as Brazil is concerned with the deforestation and subsequent wildfires which have been largely started as a result of slash and burn agriculture. Recently elected President Bolsonaro has been taking measures to help bolster Brazil’s economy with agriculture, which many have been critical of. Brazil has even gone as far as to refuse 20 million dollars in financial aid from the G-7 countries on grounds of pride. Bolsonaro is demanding that the president of France apologize for calling him a liar over his pledge to fight global warming. He also accused

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How to Eat Acorns: The Absolute Easiest Way

Echo Colon | October 8, 2019

Acorns are a staple of foraging. All oaks produce acorns, and all acorns are edible. But when it comes to learning how to eat acorns — especially processing them to remove the bitter tannins — there’s a bit of a trick to it. Processing acorns can be a bit of a chore, and beginners can sometimes meet with discouraging results. But never fear, wildcrafting enthusiasts. I’ve got a method for processing acorns that’s easy, simple, and fast. It’s time for the easiest . . . acorns . . . ever! How to Eat Acorns: Basic Prep Work The first thing

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8 Hard Lessons Learned Homesteading in the City

Lily Da Vine | September 27, 2019

I started my adventures homesteading nearly 8 years ago but in the city. We chose to do it in the city (despite the fact that living off grid was in fact illegal there) because we were close to things like Walmart and Home Depot, making the whole transition and learning process less stressful. I actually started my homesteading adventures in the middle of winter in the hood in a nearly abandoned (owned by a friend) house. I had a wood stove but the house was so leaky it would snow indoors. It just happened to be one of the coldest

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Florida Lifts Ban on Front-Yard Vegetable Farming!

Lily Da Vine | September 27, 2019

Florida has finally passed a bill that trumps all the bans on front yard gardens. Inspired by a couple in Miami Shores who were forced to tear out their “unsightly” 17 year old vegetable garden, change has finally happened within Florida towards a little more freedom. Most people are extremely supportive of the initiative as the story about this couple went viral originally, making Florida look like one of the worst states to be in the country. Why live in tropical climates if you’re not allowed to use your yard to grow food? The new bill prohibits “local governments from

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How to Prevent (and Treat) Frostbite in Chickens

Marjory Wildcraft | September 27, 2019

There are four articles in this series on different strategies for cold-weather chicken care. This article explores how to prevent and treat frostbite in chickens. To read the others, click on the links below: “Cold-Weather Chicken Care: 11 Quick Ideas to Improve Chicken Comfort” “The 13 Best Chicken Breeds for Cold Climates” “How to Keep Chicken Water From Freezing” ___________________________ Frostbite isn’t normally something I worry about in my holler here in Surry County, North Carolina. However, this past winter, with record-breaking cold temperatures lasting for weeks at a time, I learned a few lessons about how to prevent and

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Mexican Engineer Creates Earthquake Resistant Houses from Recycled Plastic

Lily Da Vine | September 27, 2019

If there’s one thing I know about the Mexican people it’s that they’re great of making something out of nothing. I’ve personally seen some really cool ways for people here to recycle to plastics they use so while a lot of trash is produced here, a lot of it is repurposed. Mexican Engineer Designs Earthquake Resistant Houses A Mexican engineer has taken this to a whole new even luxury level by building plastic homes made from recycled plastic. A incredible bonus of this building technique is that it’s resistant to seismic movement something extremely important here in Mexico where earthquakes

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Fermented Sauerkraut: How to Make It + Other Tips

Lily Da Vine | September 27, 2019

As a kid with Irish ancestry, I grew up eating store bought sauerkraut which was most often pasteurized vinegar with cabbage. It wasn’t until I was an adult and started fermentation adventures that I realized that it was originally a live food, similar to yogurt. The difference is, if you ask me, that it’s a lot more intense than yogurt. I’ve made sauerkraut once, 2 years ago when I still lived in Acapulco. I only made it once because, well, I overdid it and literally hurt myself in the process. Today I’ll share a recipe along with tips on how

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Chinese Scientists Develop Solution to Regrow Tooth Enamel

Lily Da Vine | September 27, 2019

In the wake of issues with mercury based fillings it finally seems like the dentist industry is moving in the right direction when it comes to new ways to fix teeth. Chinese scientists have developed a solution for the world tooth decay problem that actually helps your teeth regrow their enamel, offering a permanent solution instead of often temporary fixes. In today’s world with the constant sugars and acids many of us come in contact with we end up dealing with problems of decay. We only get two sets of teeth, one when we’re kids and our adult teeth. More

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10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Go to Mexico

Lily Da Vine | September 18, 2019

Virtually everyone who heard I was moving to Mexico told me I was crazy. I’d be lying if I said there were not bad things about Mexico, but the bad parts of this country seem to exist everywhere (globally). Just look at how many mass shootings there are in the United States, how many do you hear of in Mexico? I’m not sure what I expected when I moved to Mexico, but what I got was not it. Everything to the food, to the people, to even the desert; I had totally different expectations from what I found in Mexico

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