The Great Change

When I am trying to write a book, I have to consider what length it should be. The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide was initially planned for about 50000 to 60000 words, and ended up closer to 90000. Early drafts of the manuscript were even longer. One way of keeping the size down is to take much of the "encyclopedic" material out of the book, and put it up on the website. That also is a good way to keep breaking news items current with developing trends. So this page has many of those resources, along with the easiest ways to get many of the products mentioned in the book.

Please let me know if you'd like more items, and what those should be.

Albert Bates

complementary currencies

Complementary Currency Resource Centre

Bernard Lietaer: Community Currencies: A New Tool for the 21st Century

The Future of Money

Telluride Institute Forum

Declan Kennedy

2007 Guadalajara Conference

rootstock for treeplanting

Hybrid poplar trees, zones 3 to 8, pest-resistant, easy to propagate (just clip branches and stick in the ground), fast-growing, bred for poor and damaged soils, good for firewood, biomass, windbreaks, shade, wildlife habitat, earth restoration. Will grow up to 6 meters per year, but 2 to 3 meters is average. Two-bud cuttings between 3 and 5 inches long and 1/16" to 5/16" thick,12 cuttings per package -- $12 plus shipping, available December to May each year.

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pruning and production information

hand-crank LED flashlights

Easy hand squeeze, last for 20 minutes if squeezed for 1 minute, super bright LED bulbs. 3 colors available, we will send out the yellow one if not specified by the order. -- $10 plus shipping.

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solar shower plans

We have installed and used these showers since 1988, and they are of the best-performing, least cost designs on the market. Using mostly recycled, inexpensive and renewable materials, these stalls can deliver up to 30 hot showers per day. They are not freezeproof, however, so in a cold climate the use may have to be seasonal. Plans are $25 plus shipping; finished showers cost around $300 to $500USD depending on materials used.

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canning recipes

Here are some of our favorite sites for recipes for preserving food and using your preserves:

An example:

Homemade Blackberry Jam
Recipe #40235
4 ratings
Posted by request.
by MizzNezz

Time to make 25 min (10 min prep)


5 cups crushed blackberries (do not puree, crush with a potato masher)
7 cups sugar
1 (1 3/4 ounce) package fruit jell pectin


1. Carefully measure out the berries, put them into a very large pot (8 qt).
2. Carefully measure sugar in a lg bowl.
3. Add the pectin to the berries a little at a time, stirring constantly.
4. Heat on high, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a FULL boil.
5. Add sugar ALL at once, stirring.
6. Bring mixture back to a full hard boil, stirring constantly.
7. Boil for 1 minute.
8. Remove from heat and ladle into clean, hot 8 oz jars, leaving 1/4 inch space at the top.
9. Wipe the rim of the jar and put canning lids and rings on firmly tight.
10. Place in canner with very hot water, make sure water is 1 inch above jars.
11. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
12. Remove and set them upright on a towel to set for 12 hours.

solar food dryer designs

Our own design

Make an Australian-style dryer

Make an Alaskan-style dryer

The complete reference guide

Geiger counters

SEI International at The Farm community makes a full line of the most sophisticated meters. This is your one-stop shop.

The MONITOR 4 and MONITOR 4EC are compact, general purpose survey meters capable of detecting alpha, beta, gamma, and x-rays over 3 selectable ranges. A red count light flashes and a beep sounds with each event detected. The Monitor 4EC offers a more accurate linear reading for gamma and x-rays (above 40 keV). Monitor 4 now available in kit form!

fallout shelter designs

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