“If there is too much water, then we just haven’t learned to work with those systems yet.”Ben Falk
Ben Falk and Grant Schultz join me to talk about permaculture as a survival preparedness strategy.
How can we use whole systems design to create systems that work passively to increase our resiliency?
In our modern day world we are quick to throw money at technological, mechanical systems that are complicated and brittle. In an emergency situation you could have a generator, but if that breaks or you run out of fuel, you are out of luck. If you have a wood fuel based system, it is going to work no matter what, it’s bulletproof.
Ben and Grant are both a wealth of knowledge when it comes to homestead technology, both simple and complex. They are living the lifestyle. Using and building the systems that they talk about. They are both builders and tinkerers, therefor they understand how these systems work, and can break down. You will learn how important it is to buy high quality tool that will last a lifetime (and the tools to service the tools); often times those tools were built 80 years ago and can be bought on the cheap. They have an appreciation for good quality tools and things you can craft by hand. Simple is beautiful, simple is resilient.
This isn’t typical prepper talk of buying generators, storing fuel, and MREs. This is all about designing systems that will work before and after SHTF.
“I use energy while I can as a leverage point, knowing it will produce a lot more energy over time.”Grant Schultz
- Capture as much of the watershed as possible on a property, planning on a drought happening.
- Store water as high as possible on the property.
- Storing water in a pond increases the nutrient level of the water. You get highly nutritive water for watering plants.
- Increase the soil’s water holding capacity with plant roots. Cover crops.
- Try to optimize water cross the soil profile. Using things like keyline.
- “Water, it’s all about storage and distribution.”
- “We should store all of the water we possibly can.”
- “If there is too much water, then we just haven’t learned to work with those systems.”
Whole Systems Design: Earthworks
Grant’s Custom Swale Plow
Homemade Ram Pump
Compost Heated Hot Water – Shower
Compost Heated Hot Water at Whole Systems Research Farm
- Use passive systems instead of more brittle, complicated mechanical systems.
- Wood heat. Resilient technology for the homestead.
- Black locust as a hardwood for fuel.
- “Use energy while I can as a leverage point, knowing it will produce a lot more energy over time.”
VersaLand Electric Tractor
- Centrally locate the woodstove.
- Have an open, vertically oriented floor-plan to allow for heat flow.
- Quality brands: Waterford Stanley, Esse.
Waterford Stanley Cookstove
Woodstove Does it All on 2 Cords
- Have tools and the support systems to go with them. Have a chainsaw and chainsaw chain. Have a knife and a sharpening stone.
- Have a backup. Either mechanical or simple. A backup pump or some buckets.
- Have the ability to sharpen your tools on site and get good at sharpening your tools
- Look for older, high quality tools. Buy quality over junk.
- Start looking for tools and building skills now.
- Grow nourishing food, not just calories.
- Eat for detoxification and nutrification.
- Take the effort to remineralize your soil.
- Realize the importance of growing medicine. Medicinal herbs, fruits, and fungi.
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