I encourage you to just take a weekend and see just how difficult it is to live off of foraging alone. I'm as other have said not saying it is impossible but very labor intensive. If by foraging, we are including hunting and fishing far easier.
I'd give a thumbs up to the Rad cargo bike. I was looking for just a pedal cargo bike like the Surly but the Rad Power bikes seem to be an affordable altenative. Two friends have Rad Power Bikes but not the cargo model and they love them.
Maybe for storage you want to look at a Goal Zero or similar system that is mobile and you can move around. I poo pooed them until I was able to use them during a very large relay run and ran LED floodlights off of them rather than previous years generators and was impressed with their performance.
Realistic expectations on what you can do with 100 watts and storage. A big battery bank can store the energy but depending on usage how long will it take to top the batteries off with 100 watts.
What do you want to run would be the starting point in determining just how much or how big your system needs to be.
I run 1000 watts on my bus and it is way more than I need but with that 1000 watts I have never needed to run my gen set.
I plan to install 1000 watts on my house this summer with a way to piggy back the 1000 watts from my parked my bus to the house storage. That additional 1000 watts giving my house system 2000 watts and the added battery bank of 4 T105's for storage will be a huge boost, and still give me a portable 1000 watts when we use the bus.
I agree with Thomas 100 watts is just not very big. Storage would be the answer in my opinion. Longer runs (extension cords) can have an efficiency drop. Bank the excess for use when you need it. Nobody can eat all their zuchinni's, store it so it's available when your needs are higher. I use the Harbor freight panels to run fans and pumps in my greenhouse, and they have been trouble free.
I've always wondered about mountainous terrain and the distance calculation. I currently rely on the turtle method and watch who ever I am with. A slight duck 5 miles, ears to the collar 2.5 mile ears below the collar 1 mile or closer.
I agree that "common sense" is weilded as a bat sometimes. Once the q-tip insertion gets so deep in the ear it hurts you have gone too far. Is that common sense or is that a lesson? I haved used it so often with my daughter as she was growing up I'm not sure in that context it was wrong. Fill the glass to the very top with milk because I'm thirsty, I'll spill some on the way, maybe filling it twice is better. Is that common sense or forward thinking?
I carry skin staplers in my kit, and super glue. Looking at the zip tie affair it seems that the one way lock stands up quite high, I can just see myself hitting that higher block and saying ouch. Suturing is a handy skill to have, staples are easier if self administering.
I wonder what the dilution of fecal matter is in a public swiming pool as compared to the gaseous particulate matter from a bathroom. That's a lot of bungholios in that there pool. This comes from a test done on well water near septic tanks and a public pool. Nitrates present but no fecal matter detected in the well but fecal matter did appear in pool water.
I bought an Insta Pot and was able to get rid of some appliances, slow cooker, rice maker, yogurt maker, a dedicated electric pressure cooker. I've been very pleased with it and use it to make our weekly yogurt supply. Still experimenting with it but so far I love it.
I was fortunate enough to have been selected for a community building class in our area. The usual Meyer-Briggs testing and no surprise to me but I was an introvert. When asked by the faacilitator if I was comfortable working with the predominant extroverts I assured her that ther would be no problem since all I would have to do was pinch their lips shut and they would explode from not being able to talk.
Cultural Misappropriation is another thing that just boggles me, but fall along the same lines. If we truly are a melting pot in the US ( and my ancestry appears to bear this out) why don't we celebrate what we all have to bring to the table/wardrobe/hairstyle?
The "Commons" is a little different if we look at Great Britain and the US. Cross cultural similarities is a hard thing to nail down sometimes.
Words can have different meanings and context. I think to limit other uses or definitions of a particular word is counter productive. To be offended by a word used in a different context? they are not the same . A new permaculture homestead versus a homestead created under the Homestead Act are two entirely different things. I can see the difference, to argue otherwise appears to me to be trivial. Not the initial seizure but by not accepting a new definition we are limiting ourselves with a verbal barrier that realy shuts down communication. There are words that offend, but a rational acceptance of a user's words intended descriptor should be taken into account.
I'm just going to use the word Christian in this example. Looking at what some view as horrible things Christian's did during the Crusades should we still use the descriptor Christian?
If you look at Nicoles work/search Homestead was in use far earlier than the period referenced by the OP.
I love potato soup but I also have a quick chicken tortellini soup and a chicken tortilla soup that I fall back on.
Dice up a couple of chicken breasts brown them in the stock pot with onions and a diced carrot in olive oil. Chicken stock and tortellini in after the chicken is cooked and onions translucent, once the tortellinis are cooked add some chopped spinach or chard and that's it.
Dice up a couple of chicken breasts brown in stockpot with onions and green bell peppers, I add some diced chili peppers. If I don't have a homemade tomato soup I use an organic boxed Pacific tomato soup. One can kidney beans, one can black beans, corn, some cumin and a bit of taco seasoning. A family member was going to make some rye bread that uses a bread flour and cracked rye. Rather than using rye they cracked cummin seeds in the mill and made winnipeg cumin bread an unusual mistake/twist that actually worked really well with this soup
In Oregon it is against the law to fly a drone over private property.https://www.nwnewsnetwork.org/post/oregon-senate-clarifies-rules-drones
What about online expectations of privacy? Great Britain has far more cameras than the US.
I'm guilty of talking smack about someone in Norwegian with my brother and being called out on it, embarassing but a true looking through the lens thing and self realization that I was out of line. private conversation yes, improper yes.
you tube has one fella that talks you through wiring and reusing washing machine motors
I have a porcelain drum in my back yard that I use as a fire pit a 2 inch piece of pipe through the agitator hole keeps it off the ground at waist level, the perforations helps draft and works quite well. It wasn't my idea I saw it while camping once and the couple used it where ever they went the elevated pit radiated the heat better than a ground fire.
I recently read an article about upcycling in Cuba and amongst the photos there were all the things that were made with old washing machines. Drill presses, pottery wheels an incredible variety of things.
This fella is pushing his book but a simple youtube search created a lot of hits. I love the creative solutions that come from working with what you have. I'll try and find the original article I referenced.
Your initial post is a bit circular for me so I have a few questions: A weed has intrinsic value, this particular un-named weed has a deep tap root for breaking up the soil. Should I replace (kill) that weed by replacing it with a plant that has a deep tap root and provides an edible tuber, have I gone against a permaculture principle? Should I replace a plant that has one good trait with a plant that has two am I on the right permie path? I have a weird rule on my property a plant has to do at least two things for example I plant chamomoile on garden pathways, it creates a beautiful soft pathway that is virtualy trouble free and effortless to maintain and it provides tea. What was grass and required maintenance is now a dual purpose crop. By killing the grass did I violate a permaculture principle?
I'm glad somebody bumped this. I have really taken to the chamomile for my garden paths. The seeds are expensive so I buy 1 LB bags of organic chamomile tea from Amazon and it's mosly seed heads. It fills in nicely and is so great to walk on barefooted over chips. Thyme in other more heavily trodden areas other than the chickens like to hunt underneath it for bugs. They both smell good when you walk on them. My grass is slowly going away.
I'm curious as to when municipalities begin to use marijuana/hemp in septic spray fields. Currently timothy hay is the crop that is used in many areas to reduce nitrates @ an agronomic rate. Marijuana/hemp would be a far more profitable and useful crop.
The beauty of permaculture is that you are building resiliance. Though I often fantasize about total self sufficiency I'm afraid I have to be satisfied with self reliance.
Bugging out would be from a localized natural disaster most likely. An apocalyptic " On the Road" disaster is hopefully something none of us will ever have to go through and an entirely different mindset that we would have to step into. Can you step into that mindset? Bugging out through unknown possible unfriendly areas is initialy thrilling but ask anyone in the military or has been just how mentally taxing it can become.
If you have a community of reliable and trustworthy contacts, bugging in makes more sense. A couple or one person would find it hard to last beyond their stores if security was added to what would be a more burdensome life and no ability to refill staples.
I've been fortunate in having previous military experience and employment that gave me more than rudimentary training in medical emergencies, Small animal husbandry gives many permies a leg up there as well. Many of us have wound care, antibiotics and IV's for animal care.
Educating yourself is something that can't be taken from you never stop learning.
I think we both agree that there is a need for a President to have Executive Orders in his tool bag.
When becoming a lame duck it shouldn't be an excuse to over reach.
The thoughtful debate of legislators in acquiring a 2/3rds vote for an EO repeal is prudent, though time consuming.
Using Sanders proposed executive order to legalize marijuana as an example of intelligent use of an EO just doesn't make sense to me. There is no emergency.
Oregon Legislators use an Emergency Clause to pass laws, in using that clause it prevents electors from avenues of protest that are afforded when laws are passed with normal procedures. There is no emergency, it is used as a roadblock to prevent action of the people.
The EO should be a scalpel not a sawzall. Requiring a sunset time would have no adverse effect on a true emergency order. Legislative action being required to extend the order if worthy or ignore review if it doesn't pass muster.
I could accept that as an amendment. I often get into discussions about rights not listed and rather than argue what I think are not rights and why, I would like the "retained rights" as listed protected. I guess my original query is in response to what I see as inaction in both houses requiring a sunset date would be an answer to my frustration.