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Brainstorming! – CERT Emergency Communications Plan

We gathered as group at the training room in the local fire station. This was great venue with whiteboards and plenty of room to spread out. An enthusiastic group that really wants to find better ways to help out in the community during an emergency really made this morning a joy. Here are some images …

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Next Step – Getting Ready for Brainwriting – CERT Emergency Communications Plan

The next step in developing our CERT Emergency Communications plan is the brainwriting challenge for team members. Challenge Question How do we create a workable plan that allows the CERT team to communicate within the team, with local authorities and the community in an emergency Specific Questions Buckets Deployed CommunicationCommunication between CERT and the communityHam …

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Starting Our Journey – Developing Our CERT Emergency Communications Plan

Our local CERT team is working on a communications plan to cover 2 very different situations: CERT means Community Emergency Response Team. There are CERT teams across the United States. We are going to document our work so others can leverage our work and make developing a communications plan easier for other groups. We hope …

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Do We Need Creativity in the Engineering Process?

Yes, the answer is yes. Join me as I give you an inside look into my creative process as a mechanical engineer / industrial designer in a New Product Development (NPD group).

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Do You Want to Go Camping but Don’t Know How?

Camping is a great way to get outdoors and take a break from the digital clutter. Consider a digital detox and reap the benefits. I want to help you achieve that goal of taking your family camping. You can read the first of my camping series of books: www.montie.com/book This book helps families (or individuals) …

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Simple Idea Makes Mowing Grass Easier on the Farm

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Winter Garden is Growing

There are lots of great crops to grow in the winter. The best part is that there is much less weeding in the winter!

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Unexpected Consequences of Food Inflation

This podcast was recorded in the car and there was more road noise than I wanted, but these are some important thoughts, please bear with me. Lets talk about how rising food prices can lead to reduced food production. Also why the return on investment for buying a freezer full of beef might be better …

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Grow Your Own Food – Protect Your Community from Tyrants

Sounds crazy, but it you were a tyrant, how could you get control of a nation. How to lose control of your life and liberty create a food shortage or make food so expensive people can’t afford it give it some time, let the prices rise tell the people that the shortage has a solution, …

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Rolling with the Challenges on the Farm

Some days are easier than others. Being flexible helps turn a frustrating day into a productive and happy one! The zero turn is fixed and the garlic bed is weeded and hay put down around the garlic. The blackberries are starting to fruit!

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Gemba Walk after Mowing

Lets take a walk around the farm and see what is growing! One of the topics that comes up in the video is the concept of imposing my will on the farm. Planning for the growing season requires creating a calendar of when to do what. Different crops need to go in at different times …

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The Food Forest is Growing

Our food forest is starting to grow with the warmer weather. Here are some pictures

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Why You Probably Aren’t Planting a Garden / You Can Farm

This year has been a challenging year when it comes to supply chain issues and inflation. The rising price of gas and food has impacted all of us at some level. People with the least disposable income getting hurt the worst. At some point, rising food prices will lead to political instability and riots. Rising …

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Planting Time

The last two days have been a blur. We have been busy. Even with 4 people on the farm working hard, we still have more stuff to do before everything is been planted. We are on still on a rapid learning curve as we work hard. The garden area in the pictures below was pasture …

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Almost Time to Plant

It is the time of year where you never know if it is going to be an 80 degree day or a 40 degree day. We are still getting ready to start planting our summer garden. This was also the first time I mowed the grass for the season. More and more plants are starting …

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