Coffee Prices on the Up-tick?

I was sent this by a friend that thought it was worth at least considering. How are coffee prices in your neck-o-the-woods?

“Might be a good idea to stock up on Coffee from this year’s crop, it will be even more expensive soon.

The Real Figures on Rust Blight and Coffee

Although it is clear that Central American coffee farmers are suffering from a serious crisis because of the spread of the rust blight,. It is clear that in the

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Agave Nectar - Good for You??

A pal of mine sent me a short note on agave nectar. I shared the info with my wife, who is responsible for researching nutritional issues for the family. She says her research confirms this. Here is what he wrote.

“Agave nectar (also called agave syrup) is a sweetener commercially produced from several species of agave. Agave nectar is sweeter than honey and tends to be thinner and flow more freely than honey.

The Agave juice is filtered, then heated

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Blueberry Pruning

Every Prepper worth his salt loves blueberries, and has at least 85 plants in his “garden”, right?

Well, perhaps not, but we do have several plants in 15 gallon containers here at The Keep. Pruning them has been much of a mystery to me. Read a couple articles, a book and spoke with the owner of a nursery. Nothing beats an educated demonstration, though. I found a lot of YouTube vids on the subject. It seems that there are a

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Prep & Pantry Review

How Much Stuff Do I Have?

Let’s face it. When our preps get to be more than just a few day’s worth of food and related items, remembering what we have gets to be a chore. As the inventory gets even larger, remembering expiration dates and item locations can be overwhelming. Pen & paper and spreadsheets can help, but wouldn’t something like what the supermarkets use be nice to have? How can we quickly scan-in and scan-out things into

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Observations Regarding Hurricane Sandy

Plan A will generally require the assistance of Plan B. But what if there is no Plan B?

Or, in the meaning-laden question of a friend of mine, “Are you ready?”

News feeds from the Sandy Theater of Operations illustrate the reality of conditions that live large and powerful within internet PAW fiction and prepper guru predictions. It can get ugly, even with FEMA preparations and promises. Words, fliers and official FAQs are useless when it comes to providing disaster

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Goat Milking Series from Twitter

A follower on Twitter (@SurvivingNStyle) posted 5 short Youtube videos on how she goes about her goat milking. I found them to be entertaining and easy to watch. If you’re new to goats, or considering getting a few, this might be for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXVGn1zOzI4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p56W2HJp984 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm7xIZu0TmQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD9sVGUzTgY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKzSTdI95BI

Prep and Pantry

From the Prep and Pantry website

An ingenious individual has added one more great piece to the world of iPhone Apps – Prep and Pantry. Prep and Pantry is an iPhone and iPad based inventory system for all your food stocks, but can also be used for any other item. We have been playing with it here at The Keep, and have found it to be very useful. Other applications are out there, but this one has them beat

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iPhone App - Prep and Pantry

Started using the full version of Prep and Pantry recently, to organize our food stocks. It has a few features suited well to Preppers, one of which is the “Locations” option. Locations allows you to set specific names for physical places where you keep things, so that everything there can be inventoried and labeled as separate. So, if you want to group together all your backstock of BOB supplies, and have them available for reference without looking through all other

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Lifeboat Rations - Nutrition Information

I thought I’d gather information on various Lifeboat Ration bars and present them in a from style side-by-side comparison. Well, it won’t fit 5 columns on the blog roll, so I made it a page. Go see it HERE, or click on the link in the menu bar at the top of this page.

Free Ranging Your Chickens

Image from Backyardchickens.com

Our girls love to run and fly around the back of The Keep. Their “home” is a portable coop called a “tractor”. They lay their eggs there, eat chicken feed and share stories around the water tank. But when the door is open, they are out and running for the bushes!

Chickens are domesticated versions of wild fowl, and their instincts are closely tied to their ancestries. Given the chance, chickens will take healthy dust baths,

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