A Resource Centre for Self-Responsible and Harmonious Living
LIVING SELF- SUFFICIENTLY
|Water management||Food self-sufficiency|
|Herbal medicines||Personal Preparation|
|Spiritual preparation||Family Preparation|
|Community Preparation||Obtaining a healthy diet|
Clean Burn Wood Fired Water Heating Furnace.
We now have a 50 slide Power Point presentation available on Self-sufficiency as experienced at Pindari. This is available on a DVD along with much other 'self-sufficiency' information for AUD$20 and purchasable by emailing us at Pindari. (See Email address at bottom of this page)
Petroleum products provide much of the energy that powers "western civilized" countries. The price of this commodity has recently fluctuated significantly and ahead may rise further. Some experts suggest that demand now exceeds supply. (Refer to the DVD film "Crude Awakening" and to http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/)
Climate change with extremes in weather
are having a significant effect on the harvest quantities of many
staple foods. Major food producing countries are experiencing
historic droughts. Already the price of some staple foods has risen more than 50%.
Hundreds of millions of more people are now going hungry as they are no longer able to buy enough food.
One report suggests that the droughts will reduce global food production by between 20-40%
fall in 2009 Global Food Production: http://informationclearinghouse.info/article21955.htm).
The current and deepening financial crisis is likely to see more people out of work and many more unable to pay their bills and in poorer countries, buy enough food to satisfy their nutritional needs. Social unrest is on the increase and is being compounded by the spiritually driven escalation in mental and emotional trauma that has the very real potential of inflaming and magnifying social unrest into chaos. (Refer to "The Testament of Truth" document at: www.the-testament-of-truth.co.uk ).
With the increasing cost of two most basic commodities of this civilization, energy and food, and the flow on effects that this will have on the price and even availability of many other products, we suggest that there is now an urgent need to prepare both individually and collectively for the potential times ahead by becoming more self reliant.
When you take steps towards being more self reliant in food, water and electrical power, you create a protective buffer against any future break downs in supply, and at the same time, you can save money. To be fully self-sufficient and live a westernised life style is not possible, however with a substantial change in attitudes to consumption, work ethic and lifestyle and by using of both old and modern technologies you can be comfortably self-reliant.
We at Pindari started towards self-reliance nearly 17 years ago. This document shares the information gained and the lessons learnt on that journey. It is provided here so others may gain from our experiences.
At Pindari we focus on using as much local resources as possible, creating an infrastructure for a lifestyle that is "practicably" self reliant, and that leaves a small ecological footprint. We use fossil fuels to a minimum and much is recycled. We grow most of our food along with many medicinal herbs which we prepare into products such as mixtures and creams. These we barter and sell to enable us to purchase fuel and other supplies.
It is a very freeing lifestyle requiring hard work and is one where you very much are living to a different and sometimes opposite set of values to main stream society.
We make financial and other contributions to support others less fortunate in our community as we are able and inspired. We endeavour to heed our Creator's love one another Command and we understand the absoluteness of His one: As you sow so you reap law. (Refer www.the-testament-of-truth.co.uk/web/slavery1.htm ). We thus do not participate in, condone, fund or support organisations such as governments and local councils that are controlling and punitive in their actions.
We believe that making provision for the future security for our children and ourselves is best achieved by us having organic home grown foods, a good supply of clean water, electrical power from our own sources, medicinal herbs in our gardens and an understanding of how best to remain mentally and emotionally steady in times of challenge. (Refer www.the-testament-of-truth.co.uk/web/starpray.htm)
If intending to become more self reliant, the areas of food production, preparation and storage, along with water supply and management and power generation need to be planned for and carefully budgeted. (Click here to view a Self-sufficiency check list)
There are many degrees of self reliance that can be achieved depending on your wishes, funding and current circumstances. For some, the first step may involve moving to the country in order to obtain the space where food can be grown and where there is a good supply of water. For others living in towns, simply collecting rain water and turning the backyard into a vegetable garden are practical first steps.
The two basic needs in self-sufficiency are water and food. You can live without electrical power although it makes life much easier. Below is a brief over view of these.
Power generation for the home.
To be to any degree self reliant in electrical power, there is a need for a completely different mental attitude towards to its consumption. Its not how little you can consume, its how little you have to consume . This is reinforced by the reality that if you do not sufficiently match your generation with your consumption you will "run out" of power and every thing will shut down.
Power generation is a complex area requiring careful planning and costing. The help of an expert to plan the system you install so that it is well balanced in production, storage, conversion from DC to AC current and usage is advised. A "standby" electrical generating facility is also needed so that you are not "left in the dark" if the electricity power supply fails and so you can recharge the batteries. This generating facility can also be used for running power tools and the washing machine in a small system.
There are now many information sources on alternative power available including government publications and the Internet. A popular Australian publication is "ReNew" magazine.
Further information on "at
home" power generation is available at:
And information on wind and solar power generation of
For information on a house heating and
potential power generating system designed and built in Tasmania go to:
Clean Burn Wood Fired Water Heating Furnace.
At Pindari because of the long distance that we run our power cables we use a 24 volts system with a bank of 1350 amp/hour deep cycle batteries. Cable sizing is important for low voltage wiring such as with DC house wiring. To calculate cable size.
For power generation we have 6 X 64 watt and 8X80 watt solar panels, a Soma 1000 watt wind generator (view tower), and as a "back up" we have a wood fired steam engine that can generate up to 900 watts per hour.
In relatively windy weather and with sunny days we are able to generate sufficient electrical power to frugally run the house. We are still connected to the electricity grid because of its obvious convenience but In emergencies when there is no reticulated power we are able to go into a self-reliant mode and successfully run the house on the power available from our system.
For lighting we use 240 volt AC compact fluorescents or 24 volt DC dichroic halogen lamps. We are currently converting many of these lights to the new LED technology now that both white and warm white colours are available. LED lights use roughly one 5th to one 10th of the power of a dichroic globe and can last a "life time". They are voltage sensitive so if you are generating your own power, use LEDs listed as 15 or 30 volt capacity or insert a voltage regulator.
Most "in house" electrical power generating systems require deep cycle battery storage and an inverter to convert the DC battery current to AC 240V for general use.
Points to consider in electrical power planning.
A. Energy saving considerations:
B. Alternative sources of power generation (pros and cons}:
C. Useful information.
Planning for an adequate supply of water is most important. Allow for predicted extremes in weather due to climate change with increased droughts and floods. Pumping of water is very energy consuming. Placing of the house and garden below the water source can save considerable energy with gravity being used to reticulate the water rather than a stop start pressure pump. Pipe sizing is important, use larger diameter piping to reduce friction.
Having sufficient water for the vegetable garden is important, here water quantity is more important than quality along with how the water is distributed, whether by dripping or sprinklers etc. Being able to water the vegetable garden and orchard is a major factor in the successful growing of your own food. Also consider having a sufficient supply of water to flush toilets and at a pressure for fighting fires.
Sources - For drinking water, always check the quality of the water in regards to the mineral and faecal content and the presence of herbicides and pesticides.
(Click for a description of the Pindari Water Supply).
Planning - Self-sufficiency in growing food needs careful planning and requires:
How and what to grow - depends on many factors including:
Which basics food types
Dependent on the climatic zone, vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat and fish are usually the easiest to grow, graze and catch in a self sufficient setting. Growing and harvesting of cereals is labour intensive and subject to vermin predation. Commercially, cereals are grown and harvested with agricultural machinery. At Pindari maize, amaranth and quinoa have been grown with considerable effort but little resultant grain.
At this time, cereals can be more easily
purchased and stored. Wheat being the longest
keeping and best value for price, nutrition and energy.
(For further details go to Growing food at Pindari)
We have over 100 medicinal herbs within the garden (see herb list) which provides herbal medicines for the treatment of many common disorders. In the potential times ahead, expensive drug medicines may not be affordable nor available. Herbal medicines which have been successfully used for millennia and may be the only means of helping the sick. The growing, harvesting and usage of these herbs is well covered in readily available herbal reference books and refer to Growing your Herbal Medicine Chest.
Personal preparation is about being mentally and emotionally prepared for any eventuality. This above all else means being able to clearly think your way and peacefully act through any difficult situation. When food, water and medicine are in short or non-supply, many will be acting irrationally and even violently. Refer to Spiritual Preparation on how you can prepare your mind for this eventuality.
Other steps can be:
Obtain read and store information and books on living a simpler, healthier and greener lifestyle.
Store some provision. (Refer to Food & Medical storage information )
Prepare a garden area and grow your own food. (Our experience is available at: Growing food at Pindari)
Get back to basics with diet and wean yourself of all food and drug addictions such as coffee. Be prepared to live mostly on vegetables with some fruits and a little cereal as dairy, cereals and all processed foods may be in very short supply.
Prepare a means of capturing and holding rainwater or another clean source of water.
Prepare a means of baking and cooking food without electricity and gas.
Prepare a safe means of heating your accommodation if living in cooler climates.
Refer further to: Basic provisions.
The advice we offer here is based on our understanding:
That our life on earth is a place of proving to our Creator and ourselves that we heed His/Her Command to: Love one another and thus are: Only loving, compassionate, merciful and forgiving as we live in peaceful co-existence with our earthly brothers and sisters.
That there is one Universal Law being: What you do or have done to others in this life or in the past, will be done to you. Good deeds returning good deeds. Negative, painful and destructive deeds returning the same at a time and place as ordained by our Creator and on a 'eye for an eye' basis. This law is inviolate and un-avoidable and is not and never annulled by membership in religious clubs or beliefs, or participation in rituals.
Our spiritual destiny is decided by our deeds, i.e. We are known by what we do.
Hence the critical need to heed our Creators Command and be an absolute pacifist (refer www.the-testament-of-truth.co.uk/web/pacifist.htm). And hence the critical need for a prepared and steady mind. Our belief is that this is best achieve by reading the spiritual truth available at: www.the-testament-of-truth.com or www.the-testament-of-truth.co.uk and the thrice daily sincere use of the Morning star meditation, details of which are available at: www.the-testament-of-truth.co.uk/web/starpray.htm
If asked as to the three most important things we can do to prepare for the times ahead, we would say:
Firstly - prepare your mind in the manner indicated above.
Secondly - prepare your mind in the manner indicated above.
Thirdly - prepare your mind in the manner indicated above.
Then after that put away some provisions. Refer below.
You may be totally prepared materially for any planetary eventuality but if you are not able to remain rational and sane, loving and compassionate in the midst of it all, little will have been achieved and potentially your spiritual wellbeing lost through un-loving destructive acts.
Preparing yourself and your family for possible difficult times ahead is the same as the personal and spiritual preparations above (refer also to Family Security), multiplied by the number in the family and varied according to their individual or idiosyncratic needs. Some material storage provisions could be:
Clothes as replacements and for growing children.
Toothbrushes, soap, powdered milk etc (Refer to Food & Medical storage information )
Special medicines such as warfarin or insulin should be acquired (ask for long dated stock).
Stock up on vitamins and minerals and especially vitamin C.
Plant some medicinal herbs in the garden and obtain a reference book on their safe use.
Again preparing the minds of your children and understanding why they and you are at times very irrational, and how to manage this, is of paramount importance.
All in the community will need water, food and shelter. Many will be TOTALLY unprepared physically and mentally and will be in great emotional distress. This is when your steady mind and the sharing of your put away provisions will be necessary. It will also be a time when madness runs through the community with much personal trauma and material destruction. (Refer: A letter to community members, especially to community elders and organisations such as local Councils.)
Obtaining a healthy diet
This is such a complex area but simply put. Prepare your body health wise now by only eating God made foods and not man made foods. i.e. Avoid all processed foods where you cannot recognize the original starting material eg. sugar and white flour. Also:
Drink clean water. (Around 2 litres per adult per day.)
Eat as much raw food as possible.
Exercise and get fit.
Get plenty of sun light for Vitamin D but not so as to be burnt.
For the times ahead when food may be scarce, learn what gardens 'weeds' can be safely consumed.
The above is a brief overview of what is required to become more self-sufficient. An 'honesty' appraisal of the current global situation facing humanity would suggest that much change is afoot and it is accelerating. By acting now and preparing, you are taking out an 'insurance policy' for your family and self. Already in our local area, skilled tradesmen in the technologies around self-sufficiency are in high demand. It does take time to materially prepare.
Spiritual preparation i.e. preparing the mind, as said is of the utmost importance, and that too takes time.
Pindari Herb Farm
200 Norwich Drive LONGFORD Tasmania 7301 Australia
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