Dan Brooks

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So You Want to Flee the City and Become a Farmer

Lots of urban dwellers dream of a simpler life in the country, living off the land. Here’s what it’s actually like.<p>When Jenni and Paul Callahan got married, they lived in Alexandria, Virginia, a satellite city of Washington, D.C. Paul commuted to his job as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, …

Farming

Luna Touch LED Light

1 Watt USB stick light that is handy to illuminate anything from a keyboard to tent. Turn on/off the Luna Touch by simply touching the end. The Luna …

Book Review: 'The Urban Farmer' by Curtis Stone.

Book Review: The Urban Farmer: growing food for profit on leased and borrowed land. Curtis Stone. New Society Publishers (266pp). In my visits to …

5 Leading Theories of What Dreams Actually Are

The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. “An eagle seizes a …

Comprehensive Urban Agriculture Bill Can Help Grow More Sustainable Cities

Bruce Monroe Community GardenAmericans’ interest in knowing more about where, by whom, and how their food is produced has been steadily building over …

How to Launch a Successful Startup in Less Than 2 Weeks

With two simple goals, you can get your business momentum in less than two weeks.<p>Millions of people dream of becoming entrepreneurs and starting a business.<p>However, according to the 2015 Kauffman Index Report, only about three in every 1,000 people in the United States start a business every month. …

How to Live Off the Grid: A Beginner's Guide

Some people embrace modern-day technology. Others dream of a simpler life -- <i>much</i> simpler. If you're in the latter group, you've probably wondered how to live off the grid, so to speak.<p>But just how do you do that? And what exactly is the "grid," anyway?<p>Originally, the grid referred to the United …

How to Attract Bug-Eating Birds, Backyard Birds, Attracting Birds: Gardener's Supply

Bluebirds eat grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, larvae and moths.<p>There are lots of great reasons to make your yard and garden more welcoming to birds. …

17 Signs You'll Be Running Your Own Business By 2017

It's only a matter of time before you ditch your day job and pursue the ultimate dream of working for yourself. Are you truly ready to make the leap? Here's how you'll know.<p>There are plenty of would-be entrepreneurs (myself included!) who've tried to convince ourselves that we feel happy and …

6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.com.</i><p>Starting your own business is no small undertaking, so it’s worth taking the time to really think …

#Gardening : Top 10 Organic Fertilizers

Gardening<p><b>Blood Meal:</b> 13-1-0 Great source for nitrogen and can be mixed in with potting soil and added to the soil of established plants monthly.<p><b>Bone</b> …

Qatar plans 1,000 MW of solar power via joint venture, utility says

DOHA, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Qatar plans to build around 1,000 megawatts of solar power generating capacity to diversify its energy mix away from hydrocarbons, the general manager of the state utility said on Sunday.<p>Qatar Electricity and Water Company said in late December it would hold 60 percent of a …

Produce Free Energy Using Bicycle With Pendulum (part1)

YouTube

Shop Organization Projects with April Wilkerson

One of my recent favorite <i>YouTube</i> maker channels is April Wilkerson’s woodworking channel. April is a young Texas woman who, just a few years ago, basically knew nothing about woodworking. But she and her husband had a long list of improvements they wanted to make in their home and not a lot of …

Saskatoon urban farmers use loaned backyards to grow food

A pair of Saskatoon urban farmers are looking for a few good backyards, and could save you some yard work in the process.<p>"Our farm is pretty simple, …

New Shock Wave Engines Have the Potential to Triple Fuel Efficiency in Hybrid Vehicles

We’ve seen a number of innovations focused on improving the efficiency of hybrid cars. But while most of these new ideas have focused on optimizing …

Michigan State University

Build a Crosscut Sled And Up Your Table Saw Game

Crosscut sleds are must-have jig for anyone with a table saw. Here's how to build them.<p>Building a few custom jigs to guide your cuts will unlock the potential of your table saw, and the most important may be the crosscut sled. A crosscut sled provides a stable platform for you to make straight, …

Low Cost OffGrid Solar Energy.

I moved OffGrid almost two years ago (it will be two years this spring).<p>I needed an inexpensive but reliable solar power for my house. My first …

Two Indoor Farm Startups Stand Up to Alaska's Short Growing Season

How do you turn Alaska's icy tundras into lush, year-round farms? Two forward-thinking startups just might have found the solution: growing …

This Tiny, Retro Camper Is More Functional Than I Ever Thought Possible

Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.<p>Sure, this vintage, retro …

Ecombo is a rust-proof, solar-powered take on the teardrop trailer

From teardrop trailers to other custom caravans, we're big fans of smaller, lighter campers when it's time to hit the road. Resembling something like …

Campers

Vintage Overland Trailer

Vintage Overland Trailer is a rugged work of art skillfully constructed by hand, and specifically designed for adventure. Each caravan features a …

Solar Panels

Teardrop Trailer Build

IKEA LED Hack for Affordable 12v RV Lighting | Livin' Lightly

Using LED’s as a light source is a no brainer! LED’s boast 40-50x’s the burn time, 1/10th the power usage and little to no heat emissions. Despite …

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How to build a basic portable solar power system -camping,boating,off grid living-

Portable

Wind Mobile unveils new $39/month plan, offers up unlimited data, talk and text

Wind Mobile has released a new plan today that wants to “cell phone horror stories,” according to the company, which is somewhat similar to its “bill …

Building a Traditional Kayak with Polyester Skin and Plywood

Maker Trevor Akin has been building boats for himself for years. Now with the “Kidyak” he’s built a child-sized, skin-on-frame kayak for his daughter. This is a sturdy, light, inexpensive and relatively easy to build kid version of a traditional Arctic kayak like those used in Western Greenland.<p>He …