Don’t Ask, Just Plant — Taking Back Our Food Sovereignty with Guerrilla Gardening

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

During both world wars, Victory Gardens were a staple throughout the United States, found everywhere from private residences to public lands and even the front lawns of city hall. Their purpose was simple: to reduce pressure from the public food supply during times of war. Victory Gardens also carried an unexpected perk, they helped boost morale during uncertain times by empowering gardeners through their contribution of labor and production of sorely needed fresh fruits and vegetables. Incredibly, these seemingly humble vegetable patches produced a staggering 41% of all fruits and vegetables consumed by the nation.

Jump to the present day and our system of food production would be all but unrecognizable to Victory Garden veterans. Instead of food self-sufficiency, we have homeowners persecuted for growing produce on their own property and children who think food comes packaged from the supermarket. Small farms are going bankrupt and being assimilated into industrial corporate farming operations. And when individuals push back against the hijacking of our food supply, they are met with fierce opposition, often stemming from local government.

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Make Your Own Healing “Boo-Boo” Stick for First Aid

20th October 2015

By Gaye Levy

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Lately it seems that I can not get through the day without banging my shins against something, getting bit by an insect, burning myself while reaching into the oven, or having a dry skin itch-attack then scratching my skin raw. Nothing major, mind you, but I do look like I have been through a war zone.

In the old days, my solution to treating these surface wounds has been to reach for the Neosporin and slather it all over the place. In the new days, meaning now, I ditch the petroleum based ointment in favor of a more natural remedy.

What I have come up with is my own version of a first aid stick, something I call my “Healing Boo-Boo Stick”, which I’m going to share with you today.

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Urban Homesteads and Communal Farms: How To Turn Dirt Into Gold

By Carmen Allgood

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

When Tiny is Huge: How a Family Produces 6,000 Pounds of Food in Their Back Yard

Just 30 minutes north of Los Angeles in the burbs of Pasadena, California, is a burgeoning tiny farm tucked snugly between three major freeways. For the last decade, the Dervaes family has proven the impossible dream can come true and happily shares the trials and tribulations of their Urban Homestead with the world. Using Laura Ingalls Wilders’ autobiographical Little House children’s stories as a sweet-dream lifestyle, their chosen model for sustainable self-sufficiency is now dubbed: Little Homestead in the City.

The family of four raises more than 350 varieties of fruit, veggies, herbs, and berries on 1/10 of an acre, which translates to a 66′ x 66′ garden space. The tiny farm is also abuzz with bees making honey, while chickens and ducks lay eggs and lend their considerable skills to insect control. Other animals share the farm but are safe since the family has a vegetarian palette.

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11 Vegetables Anyone Can Grow At Home

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

One in three U.S. households are now growing food, according to a special report from the National Gardening Association (NGA).[1] This equates to about 42 million households with a food garden in 2013, a 17 percent increase from 2008.

Keeping a garden can improve your health by providing you with fresher, uncontaminated food, and cutting your grocery bill. NGA estimates that while the average US family spends $70 per year to plant a vegetable garden, they grow about $600 worth of produce – that’s a $530 return on your investment.[2]

The promise of garden-fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and carrots is what initially draws many new gardeners in… but what keeps so many involved is the intrinsically rewarding feeling of growing your own food.

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DVD Giveaway ‘The Greenhouse Of The Future’ Documentary

11th May 2015

From Wake Up World

Wake Up World is giving away 5 copies of The Greenhouse of the Future: Abundance & Energy Autonomy on DVD!

With drought, economic instability, erratic weather and interruptions in transportation a very real threat, it really doesn’t take much to disrupt our food supply, especially since we rely so heavily on corporate farming and mega supermarkets. Add to this the challenges of population growth and the ecological toll of conventional, large-scale food production, and we have a seriously unsustainable food system in place.

But, as the famous proverb says: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” A team of innovators from Quebec, Canada (Francis Gendron, Christian Desilets and Curt Close) have developed and filmed an eco-friendly and exceptionally cost-effective solution — the greenhouse of the future!

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How To Commit Nutritional Anarchy! Resistance Through Food Self-Sufficiency

By Daisy Luther, Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton

Guest Writers for Wake Up World

Once upon a time, if we felt we needed to, we could go to the pharmacy or department store, select a bottle of vitamins, and feel pretty confident about the actual contents of the bottles.

Nowadays, real vitamins are so hard to track down that they might as well be on the endangered species list. In fact, most of what is sold as “vitamins” in the United States actually contains toxic ingredients and nutritional content that isn’t readily bio-available. Just going to the drug-store and buying one of the brightly colored bottles off the shelf may actually be worse for your health than being bereft of the nutrient. And matters may soon get even worse, as the US government “harmonizes” with an overbearing set of rules called Codex Alimentarius.

Before spending your hard-earned money on candy-flavored chewables or much-advertised over-the-counter vitamin imposters, do some research.

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9 Things To Do to Prepare for Hard Times Ahead

27th March 2015

By Gaye Levy

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Most Prepper types that I know appear to have a common trait: they are good at evaluating risks then moving to mitigate those risks in a nimble manner. What that means, in somewhat plainer English, is they have the ability to evaluate a situations, make a plan, learn from it, and ultimately act in a responsible manner.

Along those lines, more recently I have done some personal analysis and put more focus on what I call “hard times ahead”. With my disaster preps more or less in order, I want to ensure that my own household will get through a period of difficulty when, for instance, there is not enough food, work, or money to go around.

A couple of years I shared 7 Tips to Prepare for Hard Times. Today, with even more concern about an eminent financial collapse, I suggest 9 more tips to prepare for hard times ahead.

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Permaculture – What Is It and Why Is It Important?

By Phillip J. Watt

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Developed by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970’s, permaculture has spread wildly throughout the world. The term initially meant ‘permanent agriculture’, however it evolved to also represent ‘permanent culture’.

Permaculture is the ethical, scientific and synchronistic design of natural systems to ensure a sustainable philosophy of living. It also aims to facilitate abundance for the future of humanity by producing all the food and materials it needs on a local scale. At its core, permaculture is simply the collaboration of humans and nature in action.

Due to the unsustainable agricultural practices that we currently employ, permaculture is also an evidence-based solution to the self-destructive path we are on.

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13 Ways To Roll With The Punches

21st November 2014

By Gaye Levy

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The great recession of the 21st century has been marching forward for seven plus years. For many, these have not been easy times. For the the enlightened, these seven years have been troubling and extremely stressful. As questionable government controls are mandated and insidious corporate shenanigans and corruption are uncovered, that stressful edge is likely to get steeper over time for many of us, with no end in sight.

In this type of environment, it is easy to become frustrated and immune to taking steps to effect change. Instead, many go about their day, afraid of rocking the boat or too fearful to even think about the consequences of a major breakdown, crisis or natural disaster. Even those who have prepared, stockpiled food and water and learned survival skills (such as fire building, sheltering and emergency medicine) wonder whether we will make it through if/when the SHTF.

There is an idiom that is commonly used to describe one’s ability to deal with difficult and stressful situations. It is called “Rolling with the Punches” and it means accepting whatever happens from outside your control, dealing with it, and moving on in a healthy and productive manner. It means having the skills to deal with difficult and unexpected situations, no matter what.

Learning to roll with the punches is a survival skill that can be honed and polished, ready to serve you when you’re faced with tough life situation. Today I will share 13 ways to roll with the punches, or put another way, 13 tips for learning how to endure when the SHTF and the world around you seems to be falling apart.

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Overcoming Fear in Today’s Uncertain World

By Gaye Levy

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Every afternoon as I sit down with an extra large cup of espresso, I ponder something to write about next. In that last three years, I have written over 570 articles. A lot the articles have been about prepping and self sufficiency but a large number have also been about more touchy-feely topics as I talk about life and getting by during hard times.

Today is one of those days, as I muse about coping skills as they relate to the fear of ‘the worst’. I don’t know about you, but as hard as I try to stay above it all, there are days when the burden of truth and knowledge is all too much and a teeny tiny bit of fear sets in.

What Do You Fear?

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Fear is something that every human and most animals will experience at some time or another. It is that feeling of anxiety we get when the outcome of something threatens our well-being and safety.

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Survival Basics: 12 Tips for Families with Children

By Gaye Levy

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

As someone who is well past child-bearing age, I often tend to overlook the importance of addressing survival and preparedness strategies for families with young children. That being said, when it comes to children, three words come to mind: safety, security, and comfort.

As adults, I believe it is our duty to introduce children to preparedness activities at a young age. This needs to be done in a fun, but serious manner, so as to avoid fear. The last thing we want to do is introduce a boogie man when there is none!

Over the years, I have always treated young children as mini-adults with an ability to rationalize, understand, and feel the emotions and body language of the adults around them. I love that children are fresh and unspoiled by life and it’s failures. Quite simply, I love kids.

For no other reason than that, I wish to share my thoughts on preparedness for families with little ones under the roof.

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Street Smarts: 6 Tips for Urban Survival in a SHTF Situation

25th July 2014

By Gaye Levy

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The term “Urban Survival” can mean different things depending on the context in which it is used. To my pal George at, it represents surviving the replay of the Great Depression of 1929 in current times. And in a sense, that is the foundation upon which my website, Backdoor Survival, was initially built.

But for today’s article, I am going to use the term in a slightly different context, namely how you can survive in an urban environment with street smarts. Or, put even another way, tips for developing a street smart attitude in a survival situation.

First let us start out with a definition of “street smart”. The Urban Dictionary describes street smart as the prevailing trait of “someone who is intelligent, has good common sense, knows how to handle bad situations, and has the skills necessary to function where they live”. To me, “Street Smart” is the ability to recognize what is going on in the world and the place that you live in. That, plus having the physical and mental tools to adapt and survive within that world and that place. That is my definition and I like it.

So imagine this…

There is chaos around you (due to a natural disaster, civil unrest, massive unemployment, whatever – they’re all possible) and even though you stay close to home, you must venture out to go to your job, take your kids to school, and to periodically make a trip to the grocery store. And yet the moment you step outside you can feel the tension.

What do you do?

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