Michael Davis Publishing – Mikes World.

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Welcome to Mikes World

I just found a really awesome site for the home DO IT YOURSELFER. Its called Michael Davis Publishing over the next little while I will be going though his site and touching on the things that are green and help us to get to a more self-sustainable lifestyle. Go check it out….

Mike Davis. likes to build things. Here you will find links to,and in-depth explanations of, all his interesting projects, hobbies, how-tos and pastimes.

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Urban Homestead ® – Path to Freedom

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This is awesome everyone needs to go check this out! Urban Homesteading. In one of the videos he said that his power bill is on average $12…

Path to Freedom is a grassroots, family operated, original urban homestead located in the midst of PasadenaSurrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a freeway, the Dervaes Family have steadily worked at transforming this ordinary city lot into an organic and sustainable micro-farm.This website documents the many steps the Dervaeses have taken and hopes to inspire fellow travelers on their own life-changing journey. Be inspired to take the first step…

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Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques Natural Building Series

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Over 70 percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials-straw, cob, and earth-for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely largely on labor rather than expensive and often environmentally-damaging outsourced materials.Earthbag Building is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth-or earthbags. Having been introduced to sandbag construction by the renowned Nader Khalili in 1993, the authors developed this “Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique” over the last decade. A reliable method for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls and much more, this enduring, tree-free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great beauty-in any region, and at home, in developing countries, or in emergency relief work.

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Six Green Ideas for Beating Winter Blahs | World of Psychology

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2. Occupy yourself at home.On those particularly miserable snow days, turn off the television and find something creative or constructive to get into. Maybe it’s time to finally learn about which vitamins would most benefit you, or perhaps you want to get a head start on planning your garden. Invite friends and family over for a game night of the card and board variety – less electricity!

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John Gerzema: Hyper-Local Legal Tender – PSFK

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In Western Massachusetts locals have created their own currency called Berkshares named after the Berkshire Mountains to help local retailers, restaurants and service people survive competition from national chains that were moving into small mountain towns. Thirteen bank branches, along with many businesses in the community, agreed to exchange dollars 100 Berkshares can be bought for $95, offering shoppers a 5% discount. Local artists designed the Berkshares as elegant bills, in denominations from one to fifty. Each bill shows the figure of a famous person from the region such as Norman Rockwell, Herman Melville, W.E.B. DuBois.

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