Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Backpacking stoves are lightweight and efficient. They're great for emergency kits, camping and, of course, backpacking. Backpacking stoves are easy to use, great for boiling water quickly and use only a small amount of fuel. Their fuel canisters can last anywhere from 2 days to 1 week, depending what size you purchase and how many meals you cook using the fuel. Stoves and fuels can be purchased at most camping/outdoor recreations stores or online.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


A rocket stove is an efficient, hot burning portable stove using tinder or smaller pieces of wood for fuel. Fuel is burned in a simple combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney, which ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface. 
Rocket stove designs are most often used as portable stoves for cooking, but the design is also used to make rocket mass heaters for heating. A rocket stove can be purchased in stores or online, and can also be made from found materials like an alcohol stove. 
The great thing about rocket stoves is that they use 18-35% less fuel compared to traditional stoves. To make your own rocket stove from a #10 can, click here. To make your own rocket stove from cinder blacks, click here. To see a few other rocket stove plans, click here or click on the image below.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Solid fuel refers to various types of solid materials that are used to produce energy and provide heating. Solid fuels include wood, charcoal, peat, coal, Hexamine fuel tablets, pellets made from wood, corn, wheat, rye and other grains.
Solid fuels, compared to liquid fuels or gaseous fuels, are more readily available and can be used for heating and cooking, depending on your location. Solid fuels are often free or cheaper than other fuels.
Some examples of solid fuel stoves include cast iron stoves, rocket stoves, can stoves and folding firebox stoves. Can stoves and folding firebox stoves are cheap and easy to use. A folding firebox stove is a small, foldable metal frame stove in which you place natural, burnable materials (ie. sticks, dry grasses, dry leaves). Can stoves and folding firebox stoves are great for emergency kits, camping, backpacking or hiking.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


"Often we are given the opportunity to help others in their time of need. As members of the Church, we each have the sacred responsibility 'to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light,' 'to mourn with those that mourn,' and to 'lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.' ...

"Focusing on serving our brothers and sisters can guide us to make divine decisions in our daily lives and prepares us to value and love what the Lord loves. In so doing, we witness by our very lives that we are His disciples. When we are engaged in His work, we feel His Spirit with us. We grow in testimony, faith, trust, and love. ...

"May we all find the joy that comes from the sacred service of bearing one another’s burdens, even those simple and small, is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen," Ronald A. Rasband, General Conference, April 2014.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


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Thursday, August 3, 2017


1. Find a container. A mason jar with a piece of mesh or a sprouting lid works well. Using specialized containers such as the Victorio DeluxeEasySprout or Sproutmaster make the job easy and save time, but a mason jar will do.

2. Put your seeds in the container and cover them completely with water. 

3. Soak for 4 hours to overnight.

4. After soaking, drain the water. Spread the seeds in the container so that they have room to breathe and grow. If you’re using a jar, an excellent strategy is to cover the mouth with a sprouting lid, or use some mesh or cheesecloth. Secure the mesh with an elastic and set the jar upside down at an angle with something under it to collect any water that drains off (like a bowl).

5. Rinse and drain the sprouts 1-2 times daily, with room temperature water. After rinsing, always make sure the sprouts are spread out a bit (a fork helps) and that you drain off all the excess water. If you can remember this rinsing step, you’ll be successful at this.

6. After a couple of days, once the seeds have sprouted tails, put them in sunlight for 2-5 days. They will green up. Every time you rinse, you’ll find you can rinse out some of the hulls. This isn’t necessary, but just makes your sprouts a bit tastier. This rinsing gets easier after a few days when they're close to being ready.

7. Your sprouts are ready to eat! Use them in sandwiches, salads and smoothies, or eat them plain. Store them in your sprouter and continue to rinse them daily until you finish eating them. They will keep growing as you remove some to eat, since they have more space. You can also store them in a breathable container in the fridge for 7-10 days. Be sure they aren’t wet when you put them in the fridge or they may rot.

For more detailed instructions on how to grow sprouts, click HERE.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Did you notice that we're offering sprouts in this month's stake order? Are you wondering what all the hype is about? Well, here are some facts from the website Organic Facts, to help you learn more about these powerhouse plants that are so good for you!

What Are Sprouts?

Sprouts may refer to a number of different vegetable or plant beans in the period of time after they begin to grow. The most common sprouts that people regularly use in cooking are alfalfasoy, and mung bean sprouts, as well as various other types of bean sprouts. The reason that so many people turn to sprouts as a source of food is that they represent a much more significant amount of vitamins and nutrients than they do in an un-sprouted form. Typically, a week after sprouting, the sprouts will have the highest concentration and bioavailability of nutrients. Beans must contain a packed storehouse of all the important nutrients that a plant will need to grow in its initial days, so those tiny caps are filled with important organic compounds, vitamins, and minerals that our body can also utilize.
All of the nutritional and medicinal benefits of sprouts are derived from their impressive vitamin, mineral, and organic compounds content. They contain a significant amount of protein and dietary fiber, as well as vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acidniacin, thiamin, vitamin Cvitamin A, and riboflavin. In terms of minerals, they contain manganesecopperzincmagnesiumiron, and calcium. Many of these component nutrients increase dramatically as the sprout continues to develop. Along with all of those components, sprouts are also a rich source of enzymes that are essential for health.  It is best to eat sprouts that first opened one or two weeks earlier. Now, let’s explore some of the fascinating and vital health benefits that sprouts hold for us!

Health benefits Of Sprouts

One of the best things about sprouts is that they contain an unusually high number of enzymes. This can help boost the various metabolic processes and chemical reactions within the body, specifically when it comes to digestion. Enzymes are an important part of the digestive process, and they help to break down food effectively and increase the absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract. Furthermore, the dietary fiber found in them makes it a very important boost for digestive functions. Fiber bulks up the stool, making it easier to pass through the digestive tract. Furthermore, dietary fiber stimulates gastric juices, which aid the enzymes already found in sprouts in breaking down food effectively and efficiently. They are a great way to clear up constipation, as well as diarrhea, and can even prevent colorectal cancer.
sproutsMetabolic Booster:  
As was already mentioned, sprouts contain a wealth of enzymes that usually aren’t available through food. This major influx represents a kick start for the body, and can seriously impact the metabolic activity of your body. Beyond that, sprouts also contain a significant amount of protein, which is the essential part of food that allows our body to perform all of its chemical functions. Protein is necessary for almost all bodily processes, particularly the creation and maintenance of cells, organ repair, skin regeneration, bone growth, muscle development, and a number of other very important aspects of health. This means that sprouts are an easy and delicious way to improve the overall functioning and development of your body. This high nutritive content is also why sprouts are so highly recommended for vegetarians and vegans, since meat is such a traditionally important source of protein. They can replace that source of protein for many people.

Anemia and Blood Circulation: 
Anemia is the technical word for an iron deficiency. If you don’t consume enough food with iron, your red blood cell count drops, because iron is an essential part of red blood cell production. This can result in fatigue, lack of concentration, nausea, light-headedness, and stomach disorders. By maintaining your red blood cell count with proper amounts of iron (and copper, which is also found in sprouts), you can improve the circulation of blood in your body, thereby increasing the oxygenation of organ systems and cells to optimize their performance.
Weight Loss: 
Sprouts are one of those foods that are very high in nutrients but very low in calories. This means that you can eat them without worrying about compromising your diet. Furthermore, the fiber in sprouts helps to make you feel full, both by adding bulk to your bowels, but also by inhibiting the release of ghrelin, which is the hunger hormone that tells our mind that we are ready to eat something. This can reduce overeating and snacking, two of the biggest problems for someone suffering through the problems of obesity.
Heart Health: 
Sprouts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and although these are technically a form of cholesterol, they are considered “good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) and can actually reduce the amount of harmful cholesterol in your blood vessels and arteries. Omega-3 fatty acids are also anti-inflammatory in nature, so they reduce the stress on your cardiovascular system in that was as well.  The potassium content of sprouts also helps to reduce blood pressure, since potassium is a vasodilator, and can release the tension in arteries and blood vessels. This increases circulation and oxygenation, while reducing clotting and lowering the risk of atherosclerosisheart attacks, and strokes.

Infant Health: 
Neural tube defects are one of the most common side effects of a deficiency in folate, a member of the B vitamin complex. Sprouts have a significant amount of folate, thereby protecting your infant from this tragic condition.
Immune System: 
The are a number of factors that make sprouts a powerful booster for the immune system. Its vitamin-C content alone makes it a powerful stimulant for the white blood cells in the body to fight off infection and disease. Furthermore, as a sprout continues to develop, vitamin A can multiply almost ten times its original content. Vitamin A has a number of antioxidant properties that make a great source of immune system strength.

Cancer Prevention:
The antioxidant activity of the organic compounds found in sprouts make it a very good anti-cancer choice for your diet. The vitamin C, vitamin A, as well as amino acids and proteins (including the huge amount of enzymes) can also impact the free radical content in the body. Free radicals are the natural, dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells. They are also responsible for some heart diseases, premature aging, cognitive decline, and a variety of age-related health concerns. Sprouts can counteract these effects, thereby helping to reduce the chances of developing cancer.

Vision and Eye Health: 

Vitamin A has been associated with an improvement in vision health for many years. It acts as an antioxidant agent to protect the eyes’ cells from free radicals. In this way, sprouts can help prevent glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. In fact, vision can even improve in some cases, so eat your sprouts and start seeing the world a bit more clearly!

Allergy and Asthma

Some varieties of sprouts, like broccoli sprouts, have been linked to reducing allergic reactions, including asthma, which is an inflammatory condition of the respiratory system. Although the exact chemical pathway is not fully understood, additional research is being done on this topic all the time.

A Few Words of Caution: 

Sprouts are far more beneficial when eaten raw, however, they have also been associated with outbreaks of bacterial foodborne illnesses like E. coli and other potentially serious infections. You should only purchase them from reputable sources and grocery stores, and make sure to wash the sprouts thoroughly before serving in a salad or as a topping to a dish. Other than this concern, they are a delicious and nutritious way to add some flare to your meal and some benefits to your health!
To learn how to grow sprouts, watch for our post this Thursday!