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Leonard J Kovar
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Live well, Live Strong and Be Prepared
Live well, Live Strong and Be Prepared

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Florida garden update April 30, 2014. I'll be picking some cucumbers this week for sure. Been juicing kale and collards for awhile now.
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How to Convert a generator to run on 3 types of fuel, gasoline, propane or natural gas. http://preparednessfordisaster.org/?p=784
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If You Can't Go Completely Off The Grid What Options Do You Have?

When going completely off the grid isn't practical, consider ways of becoming more self reliant. You can start by reducing expenses and becoming less dependant on outside services. Read more specifics from this post http://preparednessfordisaster.org/off-the-grid/off-the-grid-options/
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I remember eating bunches of grapes from my grandparents grape arbor.

Who remembers squeezing out the grape, throw away the skin and spit out the seeds?

I would eat so many that my mouth and teeth would get a funny texture.
Health benefits of eating Grapes

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Great way to help the community and get involved. The fringe benefits are a plus too!
Volunteerism as a means to prepping

For the past few months I've been volunteering at a local food bank twice a month.  This particular food bank receives shipments every two weeks and they hand out goods to the community.  I've been volunteering with them helping unload the truck, load up peoples cars, and helping with the set up/break down of the donation site.
As a consequence, not only do I get to go through for a food basket (more like a food wagon at this one) but volunteers also get to take extra of anything left over.

In recent weeks I've gotten cases of left over celery, romaine lettuce, red cabbage, eggplant, and frozen prepared soup.  These are goods that were left over after the community has gone through and everyone has taken what they wanted, but weren't able to be stored or used elsewhere.  This most recent weeks I got two cases of fresh organic kale.  I recently saw batches of kale just like what I got going for .99 cents each, on sale.  I got at least 75 bunches in those two boxes.

We've been dehydrating, freezing, and sharing the excess.  I'll also take vegetables that are going bad and add those to my compost pile or feed them to my rabbits.  This week I took home a box of cabbage leaves that had fallen off the heads in the much larger shipping box all the heads were in.  Those cabbage leaves would have gone to the trash, but instead I now have approximately 5 pounds of fresh rabbit food.
I've been able to add probably 100 lbs of organic matter to my compost from all the excess vegetables that were starting to go back and were no longer fit for consumption.

Of course, another benefit that shouldn't be overlooked is that I'm building ties with the community through volunteering, plus it's just nice to be able to help out some, even if it's in a small way.

I'd encourage you to look to your own communities and see if similar opportunities exist.  Not only can they probably use the help but you'll more than likely find it to be well worth your time.
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Soon to be published on Amazon Kindle late spring 2014. Free copies will be available from Amazon when it's launched.
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