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Monday, February 29, 2016

Movie Monday - Victorian Farm

This Week On Movie Monday

Victorian Farm Episode 1

Victorian Farm is a historical documentary TV series in six parts, first shown on BBC Two in January 2009, it recreates everyday life on a small farm in Shropshire in the mid-19th century, using authentic replica equipment and clothing, original recipes and reconstructed building techniques.









 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

3 Reasons to Start a Community Garden this Year - Guest Post by Lee Flynn



Community gardens have been increasing in popularity in recent years. Once only found in large cities, these gardens are now beginning to pop up even in small towns as more people become aware of their many benefits. What's more, a community garden doesn't have to be difficult to create. All that's needed is an unused tract of land, some basic tools, some seeds and good, old-fashioned teamwork. Here are three reasons to start a community garden this year.

Neighborhood Solidarity

A community can be likened to a large extended family. When its members isolate themselves from one another, bonds won't form and everyone is a stranger to everyone else. However, when its members spend time with one another, work together and get to know each other, bonds grow strong and a sense of solidarity is developed. A community garden encourages people of the community begin to care about one another and the area in which they all live. This can have benefits for not only the beauty and property values of a neighborhood but also the lives of everyone in it. It's also a great opportunity to forge lasting friendships that would have otherwise never developed.

Saving Money and Being Prepared

Fruits and vegetables are essential for good health, but in these financially strained times, they can be cost-prohibitive for many people. A community garden allows you to enjoy wholesome, delicious produce for only the price of seeds, and many plants can be harvested more than once. This is also a great option for people who are interested in food storage techniques and preservation. A single harvest can be enjoyed throughout the year or saved for an emergency preparedness cache when preserved correctly.

Things like carrots, beets, tomatoes, greens, berries, potatoes and cucumbers can be planted according to their seasons and then easily canned, dehydrated or freeze-dried for later use. However, planning well in advance is necessary for this to succeed. Some veggies, such as peas, must be planted very early in the year when temperatures are still cool in order to produce well, so plan to put on warm fleece fabric before heading to your garden plot.

Encouraging Better Health

A community garden can promote and support health in many ways, which is essential for happy, productive families and neighborhoods. The most obvious way is through physical activity. Gardening is often a labor-intensive task that works the entire body and provides both cardiovascular and weight-bearing exercise. These reduce the risk of a wide array of health problems, like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure and even certain forms of cancer. That's to say nothing of the benefits on mood and sleep quality that come with increased exposure to sunlight, and research has also discovered that when people exercise in green spaces, they experience better cognitive function.

The results of a community garden also encourage healthier lifestyles by providing a source of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetable free of chemical pesticides and GMOs. If you have children who don't like to eat their veggies, the benefits are even greater. Researchers have noted that children who have a hand in growing and harvesting vegetables display a much greater willingness to try them and often end up enjoying them as a result. On a similar note, children who participate in the planting and management of gardens feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when they see their efforts paying off, which can help boost their self-confidence and teach the value of persistence and hard work.

In addition, community gardens provide a way for even the elderly and disabled to participate in the world around them. This can help them feel like valuable members of society and provide a means of social interaction, which studies have shown could lower the risk of dementia, depression and anxiety.

Community gardens are a great way to bring people together, decrease the costs of eating well and help everybody in your neighborhood be healthier and happier. If your community doesn't already have a garden, consider getting your friends and neighbors together to talk about how it can improve everyone's lives and begin making plans to start one this year.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Movie Monday - Blackout

This Week On Movie Monday

Blackout

July 13th, 1977 started out as any other day in New York.  However, a culmination of social discontent, sweltering heat, and a blackout lead to a degradation of society so intense, that some neighborhoods never recovered.  If you have ever wondered how quickly the social fabric can be torn to shreds...this documentary should clarify things for you.








 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Movie Monday - The Colony Season 2

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The Colony Season 2 Episode 10

The Colony was a social experiment series that aired on television in 2008/2009.  One of my favorite pieces of prepper production, The Colony takes a group of volunteers and places them in a disaster scenario to see how they survive.  In season 2, the group is told they have survived a worldwide viral epidemic and that VOPA (Virus Outbreak Protection Agency) will transport them to a safe camp.  As we would figure, the government VOPA leaves the survivors at what appears to be an abandoned camp with little supplies and no support.







 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Movie Monday - The Colony Season 2

This Week On Movie Monday

The Colony Season 2 Episode 9

The Colony was a social experiment series that aired on television in 2008/2009.  One of my favorite pieces of prepper production, The Colony takes a group of volunteers and places them in a disaster scenario to see how they survive.  In season 2, the group is told they have survived a worldwide viral epidemic and that VOPA (Virus Outbreak Protection Agency) will transport them to a safe camp.  As we would figure, the government VOPA leaves the survivors at what appears to be an abandoned camp with little supplies and no support.






 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DIY Video Security

Have you ever thought that having video cameras set up would increase your security, but were just too expensive to add to your home?
Sure, who wouldn't like to have a birds eye view real time, or recorded footage when we're not home?  But who wants to spend thousands on a CCTV setup, not to mention having some technician in our home for a day installing it?

Well, the days of out of reach video security systems are over.  Most likely, you already have most of the hardware you need.  If you are reading this, then most likely you have an internet connection, a computer of some sort, and a wireless router up and running in your home.  All you need is some free software and a camera (or 2 or 3, or how many you wish).

Monday, February 1, 2016

Movie Monday - The Colony Season 2

This Week On Movie Monday

The Colony Season 2 Episode 8

The Colony was a social experiment series that aired on television in 2008/2009.  One of my favorite pieces of prepper production, The Colony takes a group of volunteers and places them in a disaster scenario to see how they survive.  In season 2, the group is told they have survived a worldwide viral epidemic and that VOPA (Virus Outbreak Protection Agency) will transport them to a safe camp.  As we would figure, the government VOPA leaves the survivors at what appears to be an abandoned camp with little supplies and no support.











 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.