Welcome to the GeoPathfinder homepage - Earth-Centered Resources for Sustainable Living (and beyond).
Simply put, we are a couple of people who continually experiment with
things to make our lives more sustainable, durable, stable, and more
survivable (for the past 30+ years). We are seeking a better path for
ourselves on this planet, a "Geo-Path" if you will.
that we must have lots of money in order to do all this stuff. VERY
incorrect! Others say that we must have lots of training or education.
Other than reading what interests us at the moment, wrong again! No
Doctorates, Masters degrees, or even careers here.
"Once you SEE the change you want to BE, you need to BE the change you want to SEE!"
As scientist, author, poet, and eco-speaker Sandra Steingraber says, "It's time to play the Save the World Symphony". We don't care what instrument you use or how well you use it, but for everyone's sake it is time to start making some noise.
We started out with little money but we were willing to do whatever it took to supply our basic needs. Think of wilderness camping, but pursued as a very long trip. We slowly learned how to provide for ourselves, using very little in purchased materials, adding "frills" to make life slightly more comfortable, but never compromising our goal of remaining as Earth-friendly as possible. Now, over 30 years down that timeline, we just like to try innovative things that further reduce our earthly impact and, given our experience level, we are not
terribly afraid to fail. That gives us an education which is not soon
forgotten. Along that path we have learned a few things that we would
like to share.
If you would like to read about what we've been up to, just check out our blog at this link and/or click one of the icons below that matches your primary area of interest:
SOME DEFINITIONS & CHALLENGES:
What is beyond sustainable? Look up the word "sustainable" and its synonyms are:
And "green hosting"? Well you'll have to check with 1and1.com on that one.
These synonyms are hardly a glowing endorsement of a lifestyle! Instead of supporting an idea of sustainability that someone else advocates, why not aim for a thriving, flourishing, and robust local ecosystem, based on what you see around you, even though it might not create higher-paying jobs, keep current politicians in office, or make huge corporate profits for investors? If you wait for "the Government" to make the changes that it thinks are appropriate for the coming world of climate crises, shortages of all sorts, and the ensuing chaos, these might not be the changes you were hoping for!
Instead of worrying about Peak Oil, Climate Change, The Next Big Extinction, Global Warming, The Mayan Long Calendar, The Giant Government Conspiracy, or Whatever Is Next, why not start learning something of what it takes to survive the end of what one writer (Dianne Dumanoski) calls "The End of the Long Summer" and try doing something sensible in your locality?
Or as Bill Mckibben writes in "Eaarth - Making a Life on a Tough New Planet", our concerns need to be less about growth than maintenance, less about total security and more about feeling your vulnerabilities and coping with them one step at a time. Smaller and less centralized resources, and those that are really necessary, not just frivolous "self-expression", will work better on a changed Earth. How to do this?
- Start with WHAT you have now - preparation is more about processes than products
- Start with WHERE you now are (whether in the "wilderness" or the urban extreme)
- Start with WHO you now are (anywhere on a continuum from full-blown corporate planet-rapist to ascetic eco-warrior),
- Ask this question: What's just one thing I can do right now to make my impact on this planet positive?
- Or put negatively, What's the one thing I can change right now that will lessen my negative impact on the planet?
- Begin doing it! Don't wait until you've gotten more money, more tools, more education, or more confidence. Nothing will happen! Gather the courage to adapt by making mistakes and learning from them. That's how Homo Sapiens ended up being the one "hominin" out of about 28 related species that survived to read this. And, of course, you could possibly gather some ideas from our site (if not the details, at least the principles)!
Even if you are in total denial about the end of the GROWTH ECONOMY at any cost, MANIFEST DESTINY, the AMERICAN WAY, the bold new GREEN ECONOMY and all the other failed theories of limitless, endless, something-for-nothingness it just doesn't matter anymore. The science is settled, trends are clear, and it doesn't matter whose fault it is; the results will be the same! This planet is increasingly trying to buck us off, probably for good reasons, and it's time we learn how to manage a more appropriate, smaller, more local lifestyle that matches the situation at hand.
We all need to find how to limit the nearly irreparable damage our parents and grandparents did (and which we perpetuate) and learn about better choices for responding to the upcoming challenges, both from our more distant ancestors and from each other. And just maybe it's time to start acting like planetary citizens. We owe it to the less "developed" countries to scale back on growth NOW, since they will never have much of a chance to achieve the lifestyle goals we pushed at them in our advertising-drenched media assaults.
I'm sure that we can all find reasons NOT to change, since we've been sold the story that technological innovation will continue to fix everything. Humans are so accustomed to external enforcement from familial, moral, legal, cultural, and religious codes that voluntary simplification may seem impossible. But denying ourselves all of the latest gizmos may simply be a form of self-discipline. What begins with a small step, if you take it
seriously, will become a thought process. Done frequently, the process
will become a habit. And the habit will lead to a lifestyle of learning
and self-improvement that eventually helps everybody and everything! Why
should YOU make changes when so many others don't? A better question
for yourself might be, "Who will listen to what I say about the need for
change if I don't set a positive example myself?"
are a pessimist or an optimist about the fate of humankind and our
shared little planet (and we don't hold any great hopes!), you can't change the world until you alter your behavior, and you can't change your behavior without altering your thinking. Positive, durable change happens one individual at a time, then sharing the outcome with others. And don't be afraid to learn from other people's mistakes; you may not live long enough to make them all yourself!
GEOPATHFINDER, THE WEBSITE IN SUMMARY:
From the subtle nuances of Geobiology, (Geomancy, Geopathology, Dowsing, Feng Shui, and Geopathic Stress Research and Remediation), to the nuts and bolts of Low-Energy Food Preservation, Masonry Woodstove Construction, Strawbale Building Techniques, Renewable Electrical Systems, Rainwater Harvesting, Electromagnetic pollution (electrosmog), and Year-Round Garden Eating, our site offers books, stainless steel screens, lots of downloads, workshop literature, photos, and site links related to all aspects of 21st-Century Vegetarian Homesteading in the upper Midwest of the United States. We also promote, and experiment with, lower-impact Transportation Alternatives and Ecological/Organic/Biological Farming and Gardening. IT'S ALL RELATED!
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PRODUCTS & SERVICES:
Yes, we do offer some stuff for sale! The rationale? If something helps
you to save on energy use then it keeps more coal-fired or
garbage-burning electric generating stations from being built. Many
lower-income folks live in these high-pollution industrial areas. They
don't necessarily get to "vote with their dollars", as many
environmentalists urge us, to buy the energy-saving stuff that keeps
additional sources of pollution away. But maybe you do! We handle some
stuff that helps lower energy use and if that helps both the "haves" and
the "have-nots" it's a win-win situation.
MIDWEST RENEWABLE ENERGY FAIR:
Held each year since the 1980s, this 3-day event near Steven's Pont, Wisconsin typically draws around 20,000 people from all over the world and is possibly the biggest fair of its kind in the U.S. if not the world. Larisa and Bob have been teaching workshops, exhibiting, or helping exhibitors there for over 20 years. You can scroll to the bottom of this page for the latest
MREF workshop handouts/supplements that we have generated.
YOU CAN DO THIS STUFF! Good decisions come from experience; experience comes from bad decisions.
Just sit back, relax, and read onward. Learn from our successes and failures. "Greening" does not happen overnight or by buying some green products. It happens by putting one step ahead of the previous. We have been working at this for a bunch of years and are still experimenting, so take what we say with a "grain of salt" as it may not fit either your location or your needs at this time. What is important is that you make an effort in a planet-friendlier direction, no matter how green you think you are at the moment. Failure to do so just brings us all a more dangerous future, more quickly, without preparing you for its challenges.
ABOUT OUR SITE AND OTHERS:
We seek to educate and inspire without judgment or nonsense. For over 30 years we've worked to treat the Earth as a friend; someone to listen to, trust, and learn from. We are both students and full-time practitioners of the homesteading arts and the appropriate use of human-scale technology. We try new things to lighten our load on the Earth. Instead of trying to rationalize what we do, we work to make what we're doing more rational. But if you want to make the World a better place, you've got to do something about it!
If you would like to see a website that mirrors at least part of our work in the world, written by a retired G.E. engineer (John Howe) who has all the facts and figures, but is a bit more pessimistic about the future of humanity and the sacrifices necessary for sustainability, check out this link.
And we are not urban homesteaders but we have high regard for those who practice self reliance in the urban jungle. Check out the Dervaes family in California.
Homesteading doesn't require loads of land or tons of money, as you can see by their example. But if you cannot live with the noise and the air pollution of a freeway in your backyard (among other things), read onward. And check out some other very successful rural homesteaders in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Sue and Steve) at this link.
TRUTH OR DARE TIME, MAYBE BOTH:
You don't believe that human culture lacks sustainability?
- Click Here to see
some timely graphics showing how global climate change is affecting the
continental U.S. right now, an area predicted to have the LEAST amount
- Click Here if you dare to read a very recent U.N. report on why our planet would prefer that you eat less meat, or Click Here if you would prefer an article from the Washington Post on the same subject.
- Click Here
if you'd like to read a WorldWatch article by Sarah DeWeerdt about the
greenhouse gas impacts of transportation, growing methods, and the
foods we choose to eat.
- Click here if you would like to read a post-November 6, 2012 election analysis, from David Remnick in "The New Yorker", of the biggest current challenges to the President and the U.S. Congress, one of which is, you guessed it, climate change.
- And Click Here
if you prefer entire tables of statistics, updated in real-time, on
world population trends, deaths, illness & injury statistics,
trends in the environment & natural resources, energy, U.S. crime
& punishment, food production & animal slaughter, and the U.S.
national debt. It's a Shockwave Flash file, so if you need a free
player download, just Click Here.
WHAT WE DO AND WHY WE DO IT:
Since our primary focus is on living healthy, sane, balanced, happy, and productive lives, we prioritize our concerns based on what we think the overall impact of each area might be. If your life already suits you perfectly, feel free to skip ahead!
Health Priorities: what we think folks should work on in order of importance
1. Fix your attitude! Do less harm to yourself and others. Buy less stuff, and if you do buy, buy it durable, repairable, and preferably used. Polarization of issues is easy but other options always exist. Find them. Lower your expectations. If you are not proud of what you do, do something you are proud of. Learn to do more with less. Be thankful for what the universe provides for free. Empathy is an important social and spiritual goal, and taking care of yourself by taking better care of the Earth and your fellow inhabitants certainly doesn't hurt either.
2. Breathe pure fresh air, either from country living or from carbon air filtration (avoid adding anything, including scents, ions, etc.). You can do without food for weeks, water for days, but air for only a couple of minutes. Urban air is usually loaded with ultrafine particulate matter, full of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (mainly from cars), that contribute to greatly increased rates of asthma, stroke, atherosclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and accelerated aging. This stuff is so small and so nasty that closing doors and windows won't help you!
3. Drink pure fresh water, preferably straight from the sky, but also (since now even rainwater is somewhat polluted) filtered through a carbon block filter. We've been relying almost exclusively on this free gift of Nature for over 25 years (check out this page). I won't even bother to tell you how polluted groundwater and surface aquifers can be, especially around here in our fractured limestone "Karst" topography.
4. Eat fresh, live-stored, or low-energy preserved, highly nutritious, fully mineralized, organically-grown foods,
preferably "without a face" if you're really serious about reducing your carbon footprint. Produce them yourself so you really know what you are eating and get the full flavor and nutritional value. Or buy them from a local grower you know and trust (so you don't burn more calories shipping the food than it actually contains). In other words, eat your health insurance!
5. Do at least 20 minutes of aerobic physical activity/day, preferably outside, getting some sunshine on your bare skin!
No, ultra-violet light won't kill you. Just a few minutes of mid-day UV-B/day supplies you with your daily vitamin D, a cancer preventer! The darker your skin, and the more polar your latitude, the more time you'll need. Just avoid lots of exposure in the morning and afternoon (when UV-A dominates) which doesn't supply vitamin D but ages your skin and eyes.
6. Avoid sources of chronic, cumulative stress. These include:
- Emotional stressors (you know who or what they are in your life!)
- Drugs and other alterants, including caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and other unnecessary chemical crutches
- Pesticides & altered genes found in "food" and "drink" (conventional industrial and genetically-modified "commodities", what writer Michael Pollan refers to as FLS, or "food-like substances")
- Pesticides & other chemicals used at home/work (from construction materials to carpeting to cleaning products)
- Excessive biological/physical allergens (mold, pollen, dust, radon, etc., but don't get compulsive about this; a lttle bit of these, other than radon, stimulates your immune response)
- Electromagnetic pollution (powerline or inverter-generated AC, its harmonics & transients, and radio/microwave)
- Geopathic Earth Energies (ubiquitous on most of our planet, but easy to avoid or redirect if you learn how)
7. Don't take yourself so seriously. If, like us, you live a voluntarily low-income lifestyle in a region of plenty, grow most of your food instead of buying it, use mainly sunshine instead of petroleum, store a good supply of food, water, and firewood, stay home instead of driving everywhere (home-insteading?), and wander around finding health-changing energies that most people can no longer consciously sense, you get really good at self-deprecation! And if you believe that making changes to your life will make lots of friendships, guess again. But at least the friends who remain will be people you can talk to, eat with, and rely upon.
GEOPATHFINDER - THE FRUITS OF OUR RESEARCH (& MISTAKES!)
At one point our primary business focus was a combination of geopathic energy research and remediation, and electropollution investigation, the final two on this list. If you read the book,"Survival of the Sickest" by Dr. Sharon Moelem, you'll get a good idea of how chronic stress can turn off your body's DNA proofreading mechanisms, cause DNA mutations to skyrocket, and alter both your body's expression of many genes, and their expression in your progeny. It's scary stuff, and we were focused on geopathic and electromagnetic energy for a number of reasons:
- First, because of the results we've seen from working with them, even if the client doesn't believe in this stuff.
- Second, because the other stressors are well known and can be dealt with by the average label-reading human.
- Third, because their effects are cumulative, sneaking up on you like the frog in the slowly heating pot of water.
- And fourth, because their causes require some expertise, instrumentation, or special abilities to track down.
Backing up a bit, I (Bob) find pathways and formations of geopathic energy. Hence the website named GeoPathfinder. After over 20 years of experience in finding water, lost/buried objects, people, etc. I started to use my dowsing experience to help folks who suspected that their house, or more specifically, their house's location, was trying to harm them. This led to 8 years of on-going field research, and Earth Energy deflection and dissipation provided to over 160 homes and businesses. It also led to the writing of the book "Planetary Patterns", now in its second edition.
And both working and living with off-grid, solar/wind electricity installations since the mid-1980's has provided many useful insights into the options available for reducing exposure to electromagnetic fields. So when we worked at geopathic stress abatement, we also located any stressful areas related to EMF pollution, or "electrosmog", ranging from excessive electric/magnetic field exposures, to "dirty electricity" (harmonics and transients on the AC lines), to RFR (radio frequency radiation) exposure from any wireless sources, either inside or outside a residence.
Years of this rather narrow focus eventually fused with our day-to-day lifestyle choices, fueled by both intuition and logic, and began to meld into a common theme. The twelve pages of our website break this overall theme down into what we hope you find to be manageable bits.
GeoPathfinder, the business of helping people overcome problems related to their location and electrical climate:
This is a photo of Bob's business card. The phone and e-mail data has been blurred slightly to foil auto-spammers, but if you contact us using this link (or at our Secure GMail.com account listed as "bobdowser") with a question you'll connect to our e-mail. Our primary focus is research, but helping people with this stuff has also led to many new discoveries. Thanks!
If you'd like more information about our books, the courses we teach at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association's annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair, or any of the other topics mentioned above, check the categories on the upper left (and please stay tuned for more extensive website development), or contact our e-mail address (or at our Secure GMail.com account listed as "bobdowser"). And if you'd like to see many websites that cover similar topics to those you see here, Click Here to link to BuildItSolar.com.
|In brief, you should know the following: We are Larisa Walk and Robert A. (Bob) Dahse . We have been together since 1982. We live in the rolling hills and temperate, humid climate of southeastern Minnesota in the U.S.'s "upper midwest". We work for wages as little as possible, maintaining a "poverty-level" income. We prefer to work for our subsistence instead of paying for endless wars and a bloated, deficit-based federal budget. Needless to say, we are both the "black sheep" of our families! We have been living with off-grid, solar electricity (and sometimes with wind electricity) for nearly 30 years, using rainwater collection for all of our water needs. We compost all of our kitchen and bodily "wastes", along with those of our two pet sheep. We grow most of our food and use organic methods learned from childhood (along with plenty of reading along the way), honed through over 5 years of soil consultation and testing that we provided nationally through our former business, "Underfoot Soil Consulting Service". ||Our home is owner-built using strawbale construction and it's heated by both direct passive solar techniques and by using a masonry woodstove of our own design (burning about a "cord", 128 cu.ft., of fallen "soft maple" per year). Although we live in frigid Minnesota, we grow lettuces and other greens in our solar-heated greenhouse year-round. We steam-can, steam-juice, root cellar, "live-store", or solar-dry all of our garden's bounty. Much of our spring/summer/fall cooking is done using a parabolic solar oven or a PV-powered AC stove top. And since we don't like senseless suffering or death, we've been successful and healthy vegans for over 30 years (each). Our diet is whole-food, chemical-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, casein-free, and primarily home-grown, wild, or shipped-in Certified Organic as a last resort. And our transportation, when we need it, is primarily by recycled 1996 Geo Metro, obtained from a Geo rebuilding specialist, our recumbent Catrike, "tadpole-style" tricycles, now converted to solar-charged, human/electric hybrid vehicles, and (since 2009), a solar-charged electric car, converted from a gasoline-powered, 1979 Porsche 924.|
|You'll note, as you read the various subjects we cover, that many of our efforts involve "hybrid synergy" (except our seed supply; we save open-pollinated varieties for planting) and robust back-up systems. Our former Toyota Prius and bikes were/are gasoline/electric and human/electric hybrids. Our woodstove is a masonry/steel hybrid that heats our hot water and includes an active solar, air-to-air heat exchanger. Our house is a hybrid of strawbale infill, "stick-frame", and post-and-beam building techniques. Our sauna is sometimes used as a "summer kitchen" and as a foul-weather food dehydrator. Our photovoltaic solar electric system doubles as a supplier of hot water for much of the year, and also utilizes excess sunny-day input to charge our newly-built electric car, hybrid electric trikes, electric tractor, electric mower, etc. The electric vehicles can be directly charged from our solar panels or we can use AC chargers and our inverters. You get the idea. We like things that do multiple tasks or use various inputs.||Having read all of the above I'll assume that you think we are purists, tree-huggers, and neo-Luddites. That's far from accurate. We use technology where we feel that it is appropriate, from an environmental, economic, and sociological perspective. We aren't creating or raising children, and we consider this choice to be the basis of our version of an ecological life. Human life means more than being a DNA copy-machine. There are too many humans on the planet as-is, with plenty more on the way! The few things that we buy we view as tools, to be used for accomplishing specific tasks, and we don't skimp on tools. We typically don't follow directions or dogmas, but stay within the confines of the Law. We've read, and continue to read a lot, and make decisions based on sorting out as much information as we can handle, balancing the rational, logical results with well-honed intuition. We encourage others to do the same. Our choice of lifestyle is political, in that we don't wish to support the Earth-killing decisions made either by those in power in Washington D.C. or more locally. If the only legal way to do that is by living pretty close to the land in a low-impact, low-income, atypically self-sufficient mode, then so be it. |
And in case you think we're too serious, we both play the accordion! The only thing serious about it is the volume. For two former childhood organists, playing the right hand sideways, hugging it to produce sound, and using 120 buttons for chords, all without being able to see what you're doing, is a definite re-learning experience! If you'd like to hear a REAL homestead musician, check out our friend Bryce Black's website for numerous humorous recordings about "bailer twine", mad cow disease, water-pumping windmills, and prehistoric chickens, among other insights.
We are working on putting together workshop proposals for the 2013 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair. Check back here for updates on this.
Check Out our Blog to see what we're currently up to here on the homestead.
THE SITE-WIDE LINK LISTING:
|Site Utilities:||Free Adobe Reader download to read our many PDF (Portable Document Format) files|
|(You will need the Adobe||Free Apple Quicktime video player to play some of our video downloads|
|PDF Reader to download||The link to our secure GMail e-mail account|
|any of our PDF files)||The link to our PayPal donation button, in case you feel inspired to help further our work|
|The link to our blog site, if you would like to see what we are currently doing|
|BOOKS & LITERATURE FOR SALE|
|Buying Hard Copies of||Buy a copy of "Feeding Ourselves - The Four-Season Pantry from Plant to Plate"|
|our books using PayPal:||Buy a copy of "Planetary Patterns - A Dowser's Survey of Earth Energies"|
|Buy a copy of "Peoples' Power Primer - Renewable Energy for the Technically Timid"|
|Buying Downloads of||Buy a download of "Feeding Ourselves"|
|our books & literature||Buy a download of "Planetary Patterns"|
|using PayPal:||Buy a download of our 50-page Soil Management Information Packet|
|Buy a download of our 6-page Geopathic Remediation Techniques document|
|FOOD & NUTRITION|
|Food & Nutrition||Download the "Feeding Ourselves" covers and table of contents|
|PDF Downloads:||Download our MREF Root Cellaring Workshop handout|
|Download our 2011 Solar Food Dryer Building Workshop|
|Download our MREF Solar Food Dryer handout|
|Download our MREF Summer Solstice Menu example|
|Download our MREF Winter Solstice Menu example|
|Download our MREF "Alliums Year-Round" Planning Guide|
|Download our Sorghum Threshing Guide|
|See our YouTube video of sorghum threshing by hand|
|Download our Amaranth Winnowing Guide|
|See our YouTube video of amaranth winnowing|
|Download our 18-page "Soil Dynamics in a Nutshell" presentation|
|Food & Nutrition||Food drying information, equipment, and supplies from DryIt.com|
|Product Links:||A book about mushroom cultivation from Paul Stamets called "Mycelium Running"|
|Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa|
|Frontier Cooperative Herbs in Norwalk, Iowa|
|Innate Response food-based vitamins and minerals|
|The Midwest Renewable Energy Association, which sponsors a yearly educational fair|
|Canadian organic rice noodles from Rizopia.com|
|The book, "The China Study" from Dr. T. Colin Campbell|
|"Root Cellaring" by Nancy Bubel|
|Soil testing from A&L Laboratories|
|The "gold standard" in ecological farming magazines, "ACRES, USA"|
|Stainless "wire cloth" from Cambridge International in Massachusetts|
|Stainless "wire cloth" from Edward J. Darby & Sons, Inc. in Pennsylvania|
|Stainless "wire cloth" from TWP, Inc. in California|
|Stainless "wire cloth" from City Wire Cloth, also in California|
|Food & Nutrition||"Is Local Food Better" by Sarah DeWeerdt|
|Information Links:||"Biological Transmutations and Modern Physics", by Dr. Louis Kervran|
|The U.N. report about the advantages of eating less meat, from the BBC|
|A Washington Post article on the trend toward eating less meat|
|Good and Bad Prostaglandins, and other articles from Dr. Ronald Hoffman|
|The Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation research archives|
|Veganpeace.org nutritional information|
|Peta.org vegan diet information infographics|
|Mediterranean Diet weekly menu plans|
|The USDA Nutrient Database|
|Essential Fatty Acids and other articles from Dr. Udo Erasmus, PhD|
|Red Bean Poisoning - Information about why it is so important to cook beans|
|Research showing nutrient loss in uncovered sun-dried foods|
|HOMESTEADING & HOMEMAKING|
|Homesteading &||Our rainwater collection system|
|Homemaking||Our insulating window shutters for our large, south-facing windows|
|PDF Downloads:||Our masonry wood-stove details|
|Our composting toilet system|
|Our home-built Warre bee boxes|
|Our neighbor's "tiny house" project|
|Homesteading &||The book, "Survival of the Sickest", by Dr. Sharon Moalem, about chronic stress and DNA|
|Homemaking||The book, "Eaarth - Making a Life on a Tough New Planet", by Bill McKibben|
|Product Links:||The book, "End of the Long Summer" by Dianne Dumanoski|
|Bryce Black's website - a great musician, fellow homesteader, and distant relative|
|A link to an Australian website that sells water tanks of all types for rainwater collection|
|Homesteading &||The Arbor Day Foundation's map of plant hardiness zone changes|
|Homemaking||The "World Clock" showing real-time changes in population, energy, etc.|
|Information Links:||A post-2012-election article on why the Government needs to wake up to climate change|
|The definition of the term, "hominin", in relation to the human species|
|The International Straw-bale Registry listing of our home|
|Minnesota straw-bale homes|
|Permies.com - a website for connecting to permaculturists and homesteaders|
|Homegrown Goodness - a website for connecting to homesteaders and gardeners|
|BuildItSolar.com - a great site for design ideas if you're building anything solar-powered|
|Sue & Steve in the U.P. of Michigan - fellow homesteaders in an even more severe climate|
|John Howe's website - a Vermont homesteader with an engineering background|
|Urban homesteading with the Dervaes family in California|
|Biobees - a website to connect with others doing natural (not chemical) beekeeping|
|Home-Grown Power||Our solar electric system - 30 years of evolution|
|PDF Downloads:||Our household electrical loads, all solar powered|
|An electrical consumption worksheet to help you see where your power goes|
|Our logical flow chart showing how we plan a renewable energy system|
|The Homepower Magazine 2011 buyer's guide to wind-turbines|
|U.S. average wind speed map at 262 feet above terrain|
|Home-Grown Power||Kyocera single-crystal silicon photovoltaic (PV) panels|
|Product Links:||Outback Power systems FlexMax MPPT tracking controller|
|Exeltech pure sine-wave inverters|
|Tripp-Lite 36-volt, 3600-watt, modified sine-wave inverters|
|Energy Efficient Products - dealing in low-voltage and 120-volt LED lighting|
|Backwoods Solar Electric Systems|
|Home-Grown Power||Home Power Magazine - Renewable energy systems in all shapes and sizes|
|Information Links:||The Midwest Renewable Energy Association - workshops, publications, etc.|
|Solar system details with great graphics|
|Sun Electronics solar system sizing calculator |
|U.S. Solar Radiation Resources Maps,
by month or annually|
|NABCEP Installer's Guide for those who want to get it right the first time|
|Compare most PV panel specifications thanks to SolarDesignTool.com|
|U.S. map of Annual Cloudy Days per Year, for estimating PV system sizes|
|Excellent article from Homepower Magazine on seeing if a wind-turbine is right for you|
|Homepower Magazine's hydro-electric turbine buyer's guide|
|U.S. average wind speed map at 33 to 164 feet above terrain|
|ELECTRO-MAGNETIC FIELDS (EMF)|
|EMF ||"Catch the Wave" - Bob's presentation at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair|
|PDF Downloads:||Comments submitted to the MN Dept. of Commerce on the CapX2020 power-line expansion|
|Electrical Hypersensitivity - the document we present to our EMF clients|
|Our Formulas for electrical unit conversions - the math used to obtain the following:|
|Our spreadsheet of electrical unit conversions|
|EMF||The LessEMF website - products and books related to reducing EMF exposure|
|Product Links:||Stetzer Electric's website - a nearby source for the Graham-Stetzer EMF noise filter|
|Q-Link pendants - jewelry which supposedly counteracts EMF|
|Review of Verizon's fixed wireless terminal for connecting land-line phones to the network|
|EMF||The Environmental Working Group's take on cellular phones|
|Information Links:||Scientific American Magazine's article by Michael Shermer disputing cellular phone dangers|
|The scathing comments on the magazine's site regarding the above article|
|Graphics displaying the electromagnetic spectrum|
|Excerpt from "Some Biological Effects of Radio Waves" by Arthur Firstenberg|
|Dr. Magda Havas, PhD. on Wi-Fi networks|
|More information about Wi-Fi networks from Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett, PhD.|
|The Benevento Resolution - the Precautionary Principle in relation to radio waves|
|The 2007 Bioinitiatives Report press release on radio-wave EMF|
|The full 200-page Bioinitiatives Report|
|Microwave News - the latest in research findings|
|A 2008 report from Microwave News on the European Interphone Study|
|Links and videos about energy fields and EMF dangers from EnergyFields.org|
|A way of measuring EMF exposure - Specific Absorption Rate - SAR's explained|
|SAR levels of cellphones compared|
|High-frequency transient radiation explained by Lloyd Morgan, retired electrical engineer|
|"Van der Waals" bonding in protein molecules - part of EMF disruption|
|Electrical pollution solutions from ElectricalPollution.com|
|A Canadian perspective on electrical noise from DirtyElectricity.ca|
|An article on electrical pollution and health effects by Dave Stetzer and Dr. Magda Havas|
|Case studies of electrical pollution from the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine|
|Notes from an EMF survivor at LifeEnergies.com|
|"Stray voltage" AKA "ground currents" explained by Duane A. Dahlberg|
|THE WHEEL DEAL - TRANSPORTATION & OTHER MOVING THINGS|
|Transportation||Our Quicktime video of Larisa riding her hybrid electric tricycle conversion|
|PDF Downloads:||Our electric hybrid trike conversion photo details|
|Our "Lithium Lounger" trike conversion handout from the MREF Clean Energy Car Show|
|Our "Lithium Lounger" trike conversion project details|
|Our 1979 Porsche 924 electric car conversion project|
|Our photos of the two-trike car rack we designed for our recycled 2001 Prius|
|Our story of how we found and rebuilt a salvaged 2001 Toyota Prius|
|Our photos of the 1972 G.E. Elek-Trac tractor we rebuilt and its 36-volt Tripp-Lite inverter|
|Transportation||The "Transition Handbook" by Rob Hopkins - converting communities to a post-oil economy|
|Product Links:||"PrinterShare" - A free program that allows you to print documents to and from anywhere|
|Catrike Cycles - Florida-based tricycles that are highly efficient, light, and handle great|
|The Hostel Shoppe - The Wisconsin-based source for recumbent bikes/trikes|
|GrassRoots EV - the Florida-based supplier for electric automobile conversion parts|
|Electric Rider - the Kansas-based supplier of electric bike/trike conversion parts|
|Nanosolar - highly efficient thin-film PV panels|
|Sun Bicycles - low-cost, highly utilitarian recumbent bikes, trikes, and upright bikes|
|Terratrike Cycles - less expensive trikes than Catrike but don't handle quite as well|
|Inspired Cycle Engineering - very nice English trikes, some with suspension systems|
|HP Velotechnik - high-quality, great handling, German recumbent bikes and trikes|
|Bikes@Work - bike/trike trailers|
|KTA Services - California-based electric automobile conversion parts|
|Electro-Automotive - Another CA-based dealer in electric conversion parts|
|Wilderness EV - Utah-based dealer in electric automobile conversion parts|
|East Penn Deka - very high-quality lead-acid batteries|
|NetGain Motors - Manufacturers of very high-quality DC motors for electric vehicles|
|Quick-Charge - low-cost, Oklahoma-based, battery charger manufacturer|
|Ener-Trac electric motorcycle hub motors|
|GBS lithium battery kits, including battery management systems, etc.|
|Elio Motors - Paul Elio's site describing his upcoming 84/49 mpg, 3-wheel production car|
|Transportation||A site which allows you to compute your electric vehicle's range|
|Information Links:||The range computations for our Porsche 924 conversion|
|Comparison of lithium battery types from IEEE|
|A comparison of the three types of lead-acid batteries|
|Lead-acid gels and AGM battery specifications|
|Frontal areas and drag coefficients|
|Tire rolling resistance comparison|
|Electric Cars Are For Girls - a terrific website covering all aspects of electric vehicles|
|The EVAlbum listing for our "Lithium Lounger" trike conversions|
|The EVAlbum listing for our 1979 Porsche 924 electric car conversion|
|The EVAlbum listing for Steve Clunn's Porsche 924 conversion|
|The EVAlbum listing for Gary Dion's Porsche 924 conversion|
|A computation site to compare your fuel mileage to hybrids or other cars|
|EARTH ENERGY & DOWSING|
|Earth Energy & Dowsing||Our publication on how I do dowsing with a "Y-rod"|
|PDF Downloads:||Our MREF handout that explains more about Earth Energies and dowsing|
|Our current list of harmful Earth Energies found both nearby and around the World|
|Our current list of beneficial Earth Energies found both nearby and around the World|
|"Effects on the Human Spherical Field" - our research on an interesting energy feature|
|Our drawing of a "Blind Spring" and its associated physical features and energy fields|
|Earth Energy & Dowsing||A Polish dowser's work on energy patterns found near his home|
|Information Links:||Roy Rigg's Geobiology website - another experienced energy dowser living in the U.K.|
|Geomantica.com - Alanna Moore's Australian energy website and monthly newsletter|
|The British Society of Dowsers website and forums|
|Vastuworld.com - a great website for learning about Feng Shui and geopathfic stress|
|The website of the American Society of Dowsers in Vermont|
|The website of the American west coast dowsers|
|The late Slim Spurling's site - a blacksmith who became a dowser, and his tools|| |