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New Version of the PTF Video Brochure
In our family we have a fault where something has to be perfect before it is actually finished/completed, but sometimes that is impossible and you just need to go forward and move on. So with that in mind, you can take a peek into life on the urban homesteadin this latest version of PTF’s Video Brochure (that was shown prior to the screening of The Great Warming on August 13th) .

Basically we’ve added more short narratives to the piece. There’s still more to be done and improved, but let us know what you think.
View Beta Version III – August 2006 ( Runtime: 18:00 / 58.09MB)


The Shocking Truth About Bread –

Flour, yeast, water and salt – a traditional loaf needs only four ingredients. So why are calcium propionate, amylase, chlorine dioxide and L-cysteine hydrochloride now crammed into our daily bread? Andrew Whitely, Britain’s leading organic baker, reveals how our staple foodstuff was transformed into an industrial triumph, but a nutritional and culinary disaster. And, overleaf, he shares essential recipes for making your own slice of homemade heaven.
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[Here’s another “gruesome” story about store bought bread. A guy recently told me a story (if I can remember everything correctly, besides you’ll get the point) about a “granola” friend of his who had “normal” relatives over who brought their own groceries/food with them so they could eat instead of “health food.” Well, somehow the “granola” relative was disgusted at the “normal” relatives at bringing Wonder Bread and threw the spongy white loaf into her compost heap.   Months later while she was turning the compost she hit something hard, picking it up she thought is was wood, but on careful inspection saw that it was the Wonder Bread loaf… it had NOT decomposed!    This is a story related to me so can’t validate the information, but if you seen Super Size Me there’s extra feature piece on the dvd that did a similar experiment — take a look at how long the “french fries” last!]
Cows ‘moo’ with an accent, farmers believe – Yahoo! News

Cows have regional accents, a group of British farmers claims, and phonetics experts say the idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds.
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Engineered grass found growing in wild – Yahoo! News

Grass that was genetically engineered for golf courses is growing in the wild, posing one of the first threats of agricultural biotechnology escaping from the farm in the United States, a new study says. Creeping bentgrass was engineered to resist the popular herbicide Roundup to allow more efficient weed control on golf courses. But the modified grass could spread that resistance to the wild, becoming a nuisance itself, scientists say
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[Another blasted “whoops.” ]
Grocery Warning: The Seven Most Dangerous Ingredients in Conventional Foods {Via OCA}

Do you know which seven dangerous food ingredients to watch out for in your groceries? These are the “deadly seven,” as I call them, and they can directly promote heart disease, migraines, obesity, outrageous food cravings, osteoporosis, diabetes and even birth defects.
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The New Age of Sail {}

World trade depends on cheap petroleum, especially bunker fuel for ships. As goods such as food have come to be transported further and further, involving also trucks, trains, barges and jets, modern societies have become dangerously dependent on a fast-dwindling, non-renewable resource. Peak oil and petrocollapse will not only end “growth” but will soon turn our artificial world of corporate global trade upside down. In its place people will look to sustainable systems, such as described below. As a matter of history at Culture Change, the Sail Transport Network was launched in 2000 – ahead of its time. Dmitry Orlov’s tour de force may serve to relaunch STN, but with greater vision and expertise.
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Is Raw Milk Consumption Growing in America? {}

Selling raw, unpasteurized milk is illegal in 25 states and the District of Columbia. But many are such devotees of the health value and taste of raw milk that they are willing to break the law, or use creative means to get around the restrictions, in order to obtain it. Raw milk advocates have tried selling it as pet food, selling it frozen (legal since it is not in “final consumable form”) and selling cow shares, because in most states farmers can drink unpasteurized milk from their own cows.
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[ Most of us kids grew up drinking raw goats milk…   We’ve been blessed that we’ve not had to visit a dentist or doctor our whole lives. ]
Water = Liquid Gold {Via Financial Times}

According to United Nations figures, 2.6 billion people consume unsafe and polluted water every day. As the population blooms, the issue of access to fresh water is literally one of life or death. Last weekend’s Financial Times pointed out some interesting facts about everyday water consumption:It takes 53 liters of water to produce one orange.1 pint of milk: 250 liters1 egg: 450 liters1kg of potatoes: 500 liters1 loaf of bread: 550 liters1 kg of butter: 18,000 liters1kg of wool: 200,000 liters1 car: 150,000 liters
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[ With the installation of a metal roof on our house, we will be able to safely harvest rainwater another sustainable step that will be vital and necessary more so in the coming years ahead –that is if we are blessed with rain and with global warming who knows.   The shortage of water is a pretty scary issue – obviously without water people, animal and vegetation die – wars over water not too far fetched. ]

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  1. Anne says:

    The video is great, shows all you continue to do to increase nature’s output and minimise your dependence on petroleum energy. I am encouraged that after 9 months downshifting I am seeing a difference, one step at a time.Our climate is different here but I have come to realise that there is a lot of free food stuff out here in the countryside that noone even is interested in such as elderberries. What do you use the echinecea plant for?

  2. Darryl says:

    Good news from the Carolinas. I am seeing the first results on the power bill from the simple installation of compact flourescents and a timer on the heat pump – 30% reduction in my power bill from the same month last year – WOO HOO!

    My solar hot water heater should be coming online the first week of September. I anticipate that its use combined with the above will ultimately cut my power bill by 50-60% in climate control seasons and 30% otherwise.

    That’s a savings of over $1500/yr. I expect the hot water heater to pay for itself (with consideration to the rebates) within 5 years.



  3. littlejennywren says:

    Thanks for all the really great links in this post.

  4. Anais says:

    Hello Anne

    Thank you for your positive comments. I can’t believe how people turn their noises up to free food – but I can see how with the modern culture programming people to eat a certain way.

    Echinacea is a great medicinal plant – very potent in preventing colds boosts your immune system.


  5. Anais says:

    Hello Darryl

    Thanks for sharing the exciting new. We are thrilled to hear of your success. Keep it up.

    See you along the path,