20 Jul '11, 12pm

and why all of us should be learning life supporting skills like turning 1 acre of land into a self sufficient homestead

On the other hand, the food that you buy in for this family cow will cost you hundreds of dollars each year. Compared with how much money you would spend on dairy products each year, the fresh milk supply from the cow plus the increased value of the eggs, poultry and pig meat that you will get, along with your ever-growing soil fertility, will quickly make a family cow a worthwhile investment. But a serious counter-consideration is that you will have to take on the responsibility of milking a cow. (For different milking plans and estimated savings, see Keep a Family Cow and Enjoy Delicious Milk, Cream, Cheese and More .) Milking a cow doesn’t take very long — perhaps eight minutes — and it’s very pleasant if you know how to do it and if she is a quiet, docile cow — but you will have to do it. Buying a dairy cow is a very important step, and you shouldn’t do it unless you d...

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Most of the U.S. could be energy self-sufficient

Most of the U.S. could be energy self-sufficient

grist.org 15 Jul '11, 4pm

With a little development elbow grease, we could be in pretty good shape for the day the energy apocalypse comes and state...