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With rising tensions between countries around the world, the possibility of nuclear war is becoming more than just an idea from a science-fiction novel. But what would actually happen if nukes started falling from the sky? Not only would the devastation be overwhelming, life as we know it would come to a bitter end.

The blast from a nuclear explosion would certainly cause astronomical destruction, but the last effects of nuclear fallout would create all kinds of ongoing issues for survivors to face – radiation damage, climate change, gamma rays, and piles of radioactive material pushed into the atmosphere.
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I stood up from where I’d been weeding the tomatoes and went for yet another unnecessary water break, a small reprieve from the oppressive July heat and the monotony of pulling weeds. I looked up from my water to see a young man walking by, almost jogging, with a wheelbarrow full of soil. He has a big grin on his face.

“It’s hot,” he says to me.

“Yes,” I say, a smile spreading on my own face, “it is.”

As I’ve written about before, I had a summer internship at an organic farm that provides meaningful employment for adults with Autism. It was a great experience, and as I have reflected on it, I’ve realized that not only was the farm a good match for its employees but that there’s also something really special that Autism brings to a small farm.
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As tensions ramp up between countries around the world, more and more people are starting to think about what it means to live off the grid – and how they can prepare for a survivalist lifestyle. If you’re interested in finding out how you can get some plans in place to deal with a worst-case scenario, read on for some valuable prepping tips to help you get started.
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Your homestead is capable of being so much more than a source of sustenance and self reliance. It can also be a source of income! Wide open spaces are perfect for flexing your income potential as a homesteader. These four ways to utilize acreage to your maximum benefit are a great way to get started.
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Just because you don’t have a large farm, doesn’t mean your homestead can’t bring both fun and profit. With some strategic planning and hard work, it can be both! Here are four ways you can turn a small amount of acreage into a perfect balance of sustenance and income.

Heirloom Seeds
You’ve worked hard to create a sustainable, organic garden that produces beautiful and bountiful crops. That bounty is twofold! There is a significant market for heirloom seeds as more and more people discover the benefits of organic, non-gmo produce.
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Who doesn’t want free food? A lot of cities nowadays are creating landscapes filled with edible parks for the community. Now, you don’t need to go into a farmer’s market to experience what the city has to offer, all you need is to go to the local park and look for a snack.

Public fruit trees have been a part of many community projects as a means of serving as a source “food insecure” areas. This not only allows the place to have a lot of food, it also helps the environment by increasing the number of oxygen-generating vegetation.
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Why Farming and Autism are a perfect match. One interns' experience challenges the misconception that autistic people struggle while contributing.
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Autism is not synonymous with farming. However, one interns' experience challenges the misconception that autistic people struggle while contributing.
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You can’t have a healthy garden without healthy soil. To cultivate good soil, one of your main goals should be to create a good home for soil organisms.
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The vegetation around a traditional coop can wear out over time as well. This is where a chicken tractor can come in handy.
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