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A curious map from a 16th-century German rendition of the Bible as an illustrated travel book, placing Jerusalem at the center of the world, amidst an ocean of mythical creatures.

curiositycounts:

A curious map from a 16th-century German rendition of the Bible as an illustrated travel book, placing Jerusalem at the center of the world, amidst an ocean of mythical creatures.

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…work on your own land is more rewarding than any paycheck from a boss you’ll never even meet.

How Much Land to Live Off-Grid?

The original homesteaders, the pioneers who went West, were following the American dream as it was understood in the 19th century — they wanted a house, and land, and a farm, of their own. Those who become homesteaders today aren’t necessarily aspirational in the same way; instead, they’re looking to escape mainstream America. They want to do so for many reasons: privacy, radicalism, a philosophical belief in self-sufficiency.  -Huff Post

More here.

“Somehow, at some point our culture got out of touch with performing some of the most basic tasks and instead chose to outsource, and it has come into fashion to choose to do some of these things with our own two hands again. Whether for cost-saving, quality control, or hobby, DIY by and large is a trend to show others that you simply can.”

Somehow, at some point our culture got out of touch with performing some of the most basic tasks and instead chose to outsource, and it has come into fashion to choose to do some of these things with our own two hands again. Whether for cost-saving, quality control, or hobby, DIY by and large is a trend to show others that you simply can.”

One third of all Americans live in a different state from the one in which they were born. We yearn for family, and in the absence of them, we create deep bonds with the people who can be physically present: the people in our community. I would guess that most of us did not intentionally separate ourselves from our families.

Social Media and Sustainable Living: a response

Social media has been a unique to share those with similar interests in permaculture, sustainable living and homesteading by bridging a wide gap in the United States geography.  Farmer’s markets are popular (and growing everyday) here in the US and it is part of my work to see more revenue coming back to local food and local profit… this enhances local profit, as well.

Social media allows us to compete with larger brands in a market with the same consumer reach - and that is why I think it will become a revolutionary tool in changing consumer choice.  My focus is on providing the education to make the decision.  I think with the option to choose something fresh and local, most would take that above a carbon-consuming, mass-produced item from further away.  Also relevant to this idea is the development of one’s own garden for consumption to create self-sufficiency.  You see this become important not just to those interested in sustainability but also as a result of the current US economic state.