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Location:  Reno, NV

Day Job:  Securities and Currency Trading

The Digs:  Containers

Crops:  Cucumbers, Melons, Tomatoes, Looking to add broccoli, Bok-choy, squash, eggplant etc, when I get more planter boxes in the spring.

Animals:  Family of sasquatch....LOL www.SierraTahoeBigfoot.com

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  To learn, so I can to do it on a larger scale when I get some land one day soon. I want to give my kids a place to enjoy and learn from, so they too can be self sufficient and grow their own food if they so choose. I enjoy reading about hydroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, earthbag construction, sustainable ranching and fodder systems. I'd ultimately like to teach these sustainable techniques to whomever wants to learn. Imagine how much less produce and food would need to be imported, if we all did did a little of this stuff ourselves.


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  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on December 5th, 2015 at 02:22 am

    Wow! Thanks everyone! FOTD!!!

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on July 21st, 2015 at 05:15 am

    Dehydrating Backpacking/Camping meals:
    He is the Hungry Hammock Hanger on YouTube. He has some great recipes and how to's for dehydrating backpacking/camping food. Check him out.

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on July 1st, 2015 at 06:49 pm

    Dairy Goats
    When the time comes for settling into my homestead, I was curious to know if anyone with a milking goat or two, would be willing to let me know if they are enjoying it? Is it too much work on top of everyday life? I'd love to have a milker or two for producing our own dairy products. Having to breed them, is it difficult finding a market to sell the offspring in your area? What are your thoughts? Thanks

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on April 25th, 2015 at 08:51 am

    I'll be interested in hearing about the soup. Looks good.

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on April 25th, 2015 at 01:52 am

    Lentil and Vegetable Soup

    I'll post a picture above of the jars before I topped them off with stock. Pressure canned for the time and pressure for my altitude.

    Lentil Soup (Pint jars) approx. 450cal.
    -1/2 cup lentils
    -chopped onion
    -chopped tomato
    -bacon 1.5 strips
    -chopped garlic
    -stock and salt/pepper

    Lentils are a great emergency food storage staple. It's a great source of fiber and protein. In a situation where food needs to be rationed, this soup can easily be eaten with pasta or rice.

    I used what I had on hand. I added the tomato and spinach for color and some extra vitamins and minerals. I'll let you know how it tastes when I open one.

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on April 3rd, 2015 at 03:50 am

    Food Storage
    Are you keeping some emergency food supplies in your house?

    Start with a few extra cans, and go from there. You don't have to spend hundreds or thousands to start. Put a little extra away each time you go shopping.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on February 7th, 2015 at 08:20 am

    Hi SierraTahoeDad. You asked about seeds saved for an emergency. I can't say I'm thinking about that, although I do have quite a few seeds. I do think about emergencies and, I don't know, the Zombie apocalypse (lol) when I am tending to my urban basement farm. I have lettuce, kale, pea shoots and carrots growing nicely under my grow light. What I do think about is, if this was what I had to rely on for food, it's crazy how long it takes to grow enough for 1 salad. Last weekend, I planted a whole flat of lettuce and pea shoots. We'll see if I can manage a bit more regular sustenance. What are you doing to prepare for the Sasquatch apocalypse?

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on December 24th, 2014 at 02:51 am

    Are you storing some seeds for an emergency situation? What will you grow?

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on October 22nd, 2014 at 01:09 pm

    Self sustaining food forest
    If you have some space on your property, do some research into Permaculture. There are many great videos on YouTube, where people are growing self sustaining, very low maintenance food gardens. Some are doing it in small urban backyards. If you need some tips on where to start, shoot me a message and I'd be happy to steer you in the right direction!

  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on July 23rd, 2014 at 07:07 pm

    Glad to see you got FOTD!

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