reply to post by flushy
I agree, it is something you do in phases.
Like some say, if you want to unplug just do it.Many things are easier said than done. People are scared for changes to give up there 'normal' way of
living(and many other ways).
I agree to some point if you want to unplug just do it, but why not let people use these plugged-in-technologies to become aware of what they may
face? In these times where you have the advantage of easily share experiences, from making a fire wihout a lighter to growing food and building own
energy supplies and shelters.
If you drop a 'city people' in the middle of the jungle,without soem kind of prep, he will not last for a week.
This all said
I think you have a good plan that will work, with patience, the right preperations and will.
Beginning with a 'food phase' is a must IMO, this can take years to establish(min 2 years) to get good recourses.
Knowing what to plant in wich season, climate, furtilisation,...
For some this will be easy done as they are more familiar to the subject, as in every other subject.
If you have good preperations, vegetables and fruits will grow quite well. As i grow potatoes, tomatoes, paprika, peppers,onions,garlic,lettuce,beans,
peas, types of berries,strawbery,herbs,...
you will have fast results with these types if planted in the right season and way.
Animals, such as sheep, goat, horse,chicken are a good way to get milk, cheese,butter eggs, meat.Also important,fertilizer.
Sheep can offer you clothes as well
Of course they require to be fed.
For heating their are cheap ways. The 'old wood stoves' (we have them here in many houses,) can be plugged in on a 'water heating system' around the
house or just use them as a normal stove. they contain an oven and cooking plates. They only require wood. Many here use this as only source of
'heating and kitchen'.
You can also use tubes to put on a roof or somewhere else that are heated by the sun to get somewhat warm water.
If you can build a windmill, watermill, this can be a source of electricity, yes. They can power a generator, or batteries.
As for your neigbours, i am sure they will come knocking and aks if you can spare some fresh potatoes
edit on 22-4-2011 by intergalactic fire because: spelling