the Trash vitae

Trash is the editor-in-chief of an independent Colorado micro-publisher/ design studio. I dabble in digital photography, the lost art of film image making, and guerilla digital video. DrMAC Studios specializes in books and videos on self-reliance, gardening, dumpster diving, urban foraging and living off the excesses of others.
This blog documents my daily experiences with the rest of the world

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dont forget the compost.

With all of the prepping for Thanksgiving Here is hoping that you remembered to turn the refuse into the compost pile. Celery stalk cuttings, carrot and potato shavings, egg shells, green bean cuttings.. lettuice and tomato and cabbages leaves, etc. All of this and more should havefound its way into the compost pile.. I even managed to save some seed from and organic zuchini. Oh yes and dont forget the coffee grinds and tea bag innards.. MOre good stuff NOw is also a good time to stir the pot or add a little more dirt over the Thanksgiving treats.. yumyum

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

who cares.

Tell me seriously.. WTHC about the Friday after Thanksgiving.. The only thing I care about is checking out the Dumpies behind the strip mall for the freebies and the damaged goods and behind the Safieway for the veggie trays, fresh veggies and the baked goods that didnt sell.

Why would any prepper think differently.. Bargins can be had on the CL and the Freecycle sites, Even more so since its the last weekned of the monnth and people move out and move on. Leavig their unwanted reasure behind for us

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

muse in the news

One of my influences in thinking and philosophy was Camus.
Author of the REBEL, the Stranger, A HAppy Death etc. he died a few years after I was born. However his writings are an inspiration. And now France wants to exhume his body and bury it in the PAntheon with the elitists of France.. How bourgeoisie and anti- CAmus..
Leave him to rest in peace

Monday, November 23, 2009

As Trash sees it

Happy Monday.
While we may be living in the "end days" as the Mrs. suggests and time will be getting tougher I am reminded of a wise old sage who suggested the "what doesnt kill us only makes us stronger' That is the advice I share.
Prep Prep and more Prep at wherever you BIL (Bug in Location) is and hold down the fort. While it is always nice to think and ponder about a better place, the place you got right now aint bad either.. It can always be made better. Remember to put the "home in homestead"..
Your home is your sanctuary from the real world out there. Keep it stocked with the essential and love and you will always get by. As for vehicles Be thankful with what you have and always try to improve them first.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Stockpile the grubbins

Times are getting tough out there. Debt is growing. People are unemployed. And of course the month of gluttony is upon us.
One of the easiest things you can is make sure the pantry is getting filled.. Bargains are aplenty as are the backdoor shopping potentials.. Keep your eyes peeled and you food stuff stocked.

Here at the 'stead Mrs Trash and I are always looking for the bargins and stocking up on the essentials
How about y'all?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Home is where I hang my hat....

I read blog after blog about looking for the perfect homestead.. Alsa I prefer to build on where I live as the perfect 'stead. Enough room to feel spread out. Enough land to have my growth laboratory (experiments in gardening) and enough room to experiment and create.. In the present its perfect or as perfect as can be.
Now I never stop dreaming about a more perfect place than what I have. Hoever I understand that in order to have peace and contentment you must "live with what you have".. It worked for our ancestors. It works for us.
Give thanx as there are others out there who would be happy to have what we currently have. For they have alot less.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday.. let gluttony begin

We are now less than a week away from the beginning of the "season of gluttony". Weight gets put on. Mountains of food and liquor gets consumed. Gifts get exchanged and people we really dont want to see get seen.. Why. Because of the holiday season. HOHO f'n hO..
We at the Trash 'stead also partake of the season of gluttony.. We share share our "found" glutton with the under gluttoned. Helping them to become more gluttonous.
With the economy in the crapper backdoor shopping and curb crawling is yielding more and more.. Even some of the prices in the front door arent too bad..
Enjoy the season as we continue to live on the excesses of others..

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I blog and nobody sends me nothing

I read about these mommys who blog and the corporate world sends them goodies and even trips them to the home offices for PR Junkets. read this
I blog about survival and life if SHTF. Important stuff I want goodies too,,
Anyone interested in supporting Trash shoot me an email..
If you wanna send me goodies I am open to reviewing your product.

Monday, November 16, 2009

what happened to this program

By Rose Hayden-Smith
4-H Youth Development and Master Gardener Advisor,
UCCE-Ventura County
WINTER 2006, 20 pages

“Every boy and every girl should be a producer. Production is the first principle in education. The growing of plants and animals should therefore become an integral part of the school program. Such is the aim of the U.S. School Garden Army.”

With these words, the federal Bureau of Education (BOE) launched the United States School Garden Army (USSGA) during World War I. The USSGA represented an unprecedented governmental effort to make agricultural education a formal part of the public school curriculum throughout the United States.

While agricultural education for rural youth had been a government goal for several years, efforts to teach agricultural education to urban and suburban youth had been slower to take hold. The USSGA represented a shift in federal policy by strongly targeting urban and suburban youth.4 Using patriotic appeals (and no small degree of coercion), the government sought to enlist the aid of youth to raise food for America.

The USSGA exemplifies how Americans mediated competing urban and rural values during a period of rapid change and national transformation. Through the USSGA, positive values attributed to America’s rural past were recast and articulated in the largely urban milieu of gardening. Gardening itself offered a new synthesis of the urban and rural, as new techniques and methods pioneered by urban-led scientific agriculture blended with traditional rural folkways. The USSGA’s
curriculum reflected new educational philosophies that schooled urban youth in tasks traditionally associated with rural life.

After Armistice was signed in November of 1918, the National War Garden Commission, Food Administration, and Bureau of Education published “victory” editions of their manuals, revised posters to reflect Allied victory, and encouraged Americans to continue gardening. Gardening was needed to rebuild the world. However, despite these efforts, the USSGA was dismantled soon after Armistice was signed. Its cousins, the Liberty/Victory Garden and Woman’s Land Army programs, suffered the same fate, and quietly disappeared. Urban and rural Americans still gardened, of course, but Uncle Sam didn’t ask them to.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

10 Traits of a Successful Survivalist

Thanx to MD over at for this list.. I am quite impressed and agree with it 100 per cent. Have a look for here

By the time they learn , they are dead or too old

I saw this on an urban homesteading blog this morning.. I betcha this lady is also learning how to farm on Farmville.. hmmm
read this list

Americans are watching more TV

another interesting article for you Sunday amusement. Click Here

Apparently are web surfing and mobile communication useage is also up.. hmmmm

I wonder what MArshall Mcluhan would say about this.....


What started as a little snow last evening.. SO slight I was even able to take an evening walk over to Wallie for some cable and cheetos to allow Junior T to watch cable TV on his TV.. gotta love the power of splitters.
Anyhow it looks like we got about 6 inches overnight.. Nothing major.. So far.
Had some tomato soup and grilled cheese for dinner along with some juice.
Spent the majority of the day rereading Scott and Helen Nearing Living the GOod Life. Some valuable gems every time you read the book.
What did you do this week to prep?
more staples. more barter items hidden away. Also beginning to sketch out possibilities for a SHTF setup if we have to leave ghetto-urbia .
how about y'all

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bargins in the grocers

November is such a good time to stock up on food storage as there are so many sales for the holidays.
I recommend that all readers make a serious effort to have a pantry stocked so so that you have a few months of storage.

Do not overlook foods that may require a bit of effort on your side. Oranges are on sale here 10 pounds for $5!
Potatoes selling for $1.99 for a 10 pound bag. Sweet Potatoes and onions are also cheap as is celery etc. This is the time to buy and store them.
Canned pumpkin goes on sale too and you can make pumpkin soup or pumpkin bread. In addition to the soup you can make cookies, bread, rolls and of course my favorite pie.
Turkey as a mainstay is running about 5-8 bucks each this year with the stores nazi(member) card . I bought one already and have the opportunity to buy at least 3 more.
This is a great bargain because you can make so many meals from a turkey. Can the shredded turkey(or freeze) for soups, casseroles, burritos, enchiladas and pot pies. The bones can be used to make turkey stock for soups or to use to sip when ill.

Even sugar ($1 for 5lbs) flour and other things prices are dropping. JIT for the holidays. Stock up for the winter.. You cant go wrong.

BTW NEVERFORGET THE BACK DOOR SHOPPING EITHER. Overstocks and over ripe veggies, taters etc as well as baked goods are just as good for free as well as at a bargin

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Junior Trash BOM

It was only a matter of time before Junior Trash got his own B.O.M.. This is it
Lots of potential for his small family

Sunday, November 8, 2009

How to be a freegan ( a little video)

a cute little dummy video on how to be a freegan..

Sunday reading

As the weather goes from wet/snow last week to summer again the last few and a minor cold front coming. You neverknow when you will be inbound due to weather. A frien of mine sent out a sampling of this site which offers free downloadable books useful by the third world nations. Well Since America is on its way to third world status I thought that I would pass it on.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Does anyone read the Constitution anymore?

Here in CO people ride around the state with expired tags. According to the USC we should not have to register our cars with the state nor should we have to have a DL. The Feds shall make no law inhibiting access to the roads and highways for interstate travel.
Why do they?
Because the drones let them..The state have no biz in this. It is repressive and unwarranted
It is time to take back our rights under the Constitution.
Read this story.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

10 items most bought at the Supermarket

I guess they do use those darn cards to measure our buying habits. Who'd a guessed>

“These are the top 10 items sold at grocery stores for the 52 weeks ending June 14, 2009. They are ranked by dollar sales.

1. Carbonated beverages
2. Milk
3. Fresh bread and rolls
4. Beer/Ale/Hard cider
5. Salty snacks
6. Natural cheese
7. Frozen dinners/entrees
8. Cold cereal
9. Wine
10. Cigarettes

Sunday, November 1, 2009

compost in the fall and winter

Now that the first snow is gone.. 65 degrees today. I was able to harvest about 30 gallons of water from the roof. I also was able to get out into the compost bin and add all the coffee grinds, onion skins, egg shells crushed etc into the bin. Tomorrow I will give it a turn and turn it under.. Never think that you have to throw the waste in the trash when the bins are right outside. Gather it up during the storm and place it in the bins after the snow melts.
With all the new beds getting created I also dump cans of coffee grinds into the beds and let them set up. Same thing with the egg shells and lettuce veggie leaves. Just lay hem out.. What doesnt get composted the wildife will enjoy.