Jules Silverlock

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I felt like I should contribute to this post as I'm currently in the (hopefully) last few days of a cold/flu-type bout and I seem to be faring a lot better than those around me. I've been:

-Swearing by the ol' lemon and honey hot drink (squeeze 1 fresh lemon into cup/add teaspoon of honey/fill with hot water/drink!)
-Necking this version of Fire Cider: https://www.buchi.com.au/product/buchi-fire-cider/ which uses kombucha as the vinegar base.
-Having ginger in everything (applies to normal life too :) ) and munching on the odd bit of raw garlic.
-I've been eating a ton of red grapes and a bit of super dark chocolate which seems like a  pretty decadent way to be sick but I feel like their antioxi bits and bobs might have helped.  Or maybe this is just a sick person's version of red wine and chocolate indulgence...hmm.

Also, green tea and chamomile tea have both been great for helping with a cough.




Get stuck into this beautiful and practical e-cookbook from Nicole Allain, or Mama Niki, of TV's Homegrown Show.  For those new to sourdough, Nicole will introduce you to the fundamentals and advise on how to get started.  The e-book then goes on to provide inspiration and tasty ideas with a host of innovative sourdough recipes to try which will appeal to both beginners and those further into their sourdough journey.





Take a look at some of the scrumptious products you could make as you enjoy wholesome homemade sourdough and see just how versatile it can be.







Format: PDF
No. of pages: 31

About the Author:

(Taken from Nicole's biography in the book)
Nicole Allain is a baker, a mother, and a homesteader all rolled into one!  Her culinary journey began in her early years, learning to cook and bake with a passion that has stayed with her: instilled in her by her mother.  Nestled in a tiny home with her husband, Ben, and two young boys, their lifestyle revolves around self-sufficiency.

Growing up dealing with health challenges, she's adopted a philosophy of cooking from scratch - more out of necessity than anything.  It allows her to have complete control over what goes into the family meals.  She firmly believes in the crucial link between gut health and overall well-being.  That's why she's embarked on a personal healing journey, incorporating fermented foods like sourdough into her family's daily life.

Beyond the kitchen, she's dedicated to sharing knowledge and empowering others.  Her family is on a collective journey towards self-sufficiency, and she finds joy in teaching and learning together with her community.

Nicole and her family are the subject of the Homegrown show - with season 2 about to start!

Website: https://www.homegrownshow.ca/


2 months ago
Come along on a journey with Nicole Sauce as she runs you through the basics of making cheese from home, including what supplies you need (and do not need), what to do with a failed cheese, and more.



Cheeses covered in this course: Mozzarella, farmer's cheese and cream cheese.



Format: HD Streaming
Duration: 1hr 54 mins



This is part of Nicole Sauce's popular Homestead Starter Pack, a collection of 7 skills for the homesteader to learn.  

Find out more at NicoleSauce.com





2 months ago
Get stuck into this beautiful and practical e-cookbook from Nicole Allain, or Mama Niki, of TV's Homegrown Show.  For those new to sourdough, Nicole will introduce you to the fundamentals and advise on how to get started.  The e-book then goes on to provide inspiration and tasty ideas with a host of innovative sourdough recipes to try which will appeal to both beginners and those further into their sourdough journey.





Take a look at some of the scrumptious products you could make as you enjoy wholesome homemade sourdough and see just how versatile it can be.







Format: PDF
No. of pages: 31

About the Author:

(Taken from Nicole's biography in the book)
Nicole Allain is a baker, a mother, and a homesteader all rolled into one!  Her culinary journey began in her early years, learning to cook and bake with a passion that has stayed with her: instilled in her by her mother.  Nestled in a tiny home with her husband, Ben, and two young boys, their lifestyle revolves around self-sufficiency.

Growing up dealing with health challenges, she's adopted a philosophy of cooking from scratch - more out of necessity than anything.  It allows her to have complete control over what goes into the family meals.  She firmly believes in the crucial link between gut health and overall well-being.  That's why she's embarked on a personal healing journey, incorporating fermented foods like sourdough into her family's daily life.

Beyond the kitchen, she's dedicated to sharing knowledge and empowering others.  Her family is on a collective journey towards self-sufficiency, and she finds joy in teaching and learning together with her community.

Nicole and her family are the subject of the Homegrown show - with season 2 about to start!

Website: https://www.homegrownshow.ca/


2 months ago
Designing Your Perennial Farm
Mark Shepard, Manager of New Forest Farms and author of the book Restoration Agriculture, offers a critique of annual crop-based staple food production, while laying the ecological framework and reasons for designing a perennial staple food crops farm. You'll gain the basic skills to begin the transition from annuals to a permanent, perennial agriculture incorporating everything from nuts and berries to livestock and fruits and vegetables. The talk introduces the concept of ecosystem mimicry and keyline water management and will help you to chart a path forward to a truly ecologically designed farm.



Format: HD Streaming
Duration: 57 minutes

Mark Shepard is the CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development, the Forest Agriculture Nursery and runs New Forest Farms, a 110 acre perennial agricultural savanna, one of the first of its kind in the USA. He is the author of the award-winning Restoration Agriculture: Real-world Permaculture for Farmers and Water for ANY Farm.

Related Books

Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard
Water for Any Farm by Mark Shepard

Check out this short clip of Mark on YouTube:


This presentation is just one from the Permaculture Voices Presentations (click image below for more):






2 months ago


This eBook is a great resource for those interested in getting started with solar power.  

Filled with definitions, key components, how to analyze your current usage, how to estimate production, budgeting considerations, and a site evaluation checklist.  This is a handy reference for people interested in a DIY system as well as people seeking to evaluate a solar quote and sanity check the production estimates.





No. of pages: 32  
Format: PDF


About the Author

Shawn Mills has worked in and around the power generation industry since 2000 and decided shortly after the Great Recession to build a lifestyle that was more self-sufficient.  He has lived on his off grid homestead with his wife and two children since 2012 utilizing solar pv and rainwater catchment systems he designed and installed himself.

In 2017 Shawn started a consultation company hackmysolar.com to help others demystify solar and other alternative energy systems and implement them in their own lives.  His customers have included new construction projects, remote hunting properties, and exiting homes and outbuildings with a variety of installation types.  Shawn’s designs are based on customer’s overall goals and a holistic view of energy use AND cost of implementation where sometimes the “appropriate” answer is generator and gasoline rather than newer and more expensive technology.

In 2022 Shawn expanded the scope of his business to include off grid living, appropriate technology, and homestead automation design.  His primary expertise is in solar thermal, solar photo-voltaic, and rainwater catchment systems and the cost effective implementation of those systems.  

Website and podcast:
https://hackmyhomestead.com/



2 months ago