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Published on GOUPstate on October 1, 2016
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In this video, Jack Spirko demonstrates a very rudimentary hydroponic system consisting of a number of stacked 5-gallon buckets with holes drilled in the bottom of all but one. He uses it to Read more [...]
Jules Dervaes, his son, and two daughters live and work on their "Path to Freedom" Urban Homestead in Pasadena, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Also living on their 4000 square foot homestead are 2 goats, 4 ducks, 8 chickens, 400 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and edible flowers, and countless bees. The family works at home, raising animals, growing vegetables, keeping bees, composting, cooking and canning.
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