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While some things are built to break as soon as the guarantee expires, other stuff is built to last. Here are 16 examples, many of them guaranteed for life.
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From vertical farms to solar-powered “farms from a box,” we’ve seen how farming technology has grown leaps and bounds in recent years. But for those who prefer something a little more rustic, growing food from a hole in the ground is as low-tech as you can get. Learn more about the walipini in today's must read post.
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The Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a tree that has the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States. The Cherokee and many other tribes used the pawpaw fruit for food, and chilled pawpaw fruit was a favorite dessert of George Washington.
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All you woodworkers out there check this out. Now that's something to pass down to your grandkids.
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Here are 7 books every homesteader should read, and re-read. The same goes for every permaculture designer, architect, city planner, politician, president, king, inventor, entrepreneur, change maker, activist, and so on who cares about the future of mankind.
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For most of human history daily life has been about surviving to live another day. And over the course of millennia humans got pretty good at it, mastering countless of "survival skills" in the process.

Here's a list of some essential skills, some ancient and some more recent, used by our forefathers to survive – but which now has been largely forgotten.
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The Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia) is a shrub native to North America that contains edible fruits resembling blueberries. Saskatoon is not my cup of tea, but it seems quite popular even here in northern Europe. Lots of people growing it in Finland.
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How to turn food and bathroom waste into energy abundance
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"Practicing simplicity is much more than just being frugal with money and consuming less – as we have just seen, it is also a State of mind." - Dr. Samuel Alexander
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Here's why the boutyrophagoi, or ‘butter-eaters’, across Scotland, Ireland, the Faeroe Islands, Finland and Norway, as well as Kashmir, Assam and Morocco have buried their butter for months (years even) at a time.
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Check out these 25+ free knife making resources, covering everything from knife making 101 and knife making suppliers to recommended books and and detailed free guides on how to make your own knives.

I'm excited this week to start building out a new category in the Self-Reliance Catalog that will cover skills for self-reliance, starting with knife making.

Call them "heritage life skills" or simply life skills, they're the skills our forefathers used to survive and thrive through good times and bad throughout the centuries. More on this topic coming up!
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Check out this indoor gardening system from IKEA, coming this May. This system certainly won’t save you from starvation in a famine, but if you eat a lot of store-bought lettuce and herbs right now you can probably save quite a lot of money growing your own.
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