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serves a really, really vital role to the global anarchist movement. It's a widespread (almost ubiquitous), accessible, non-threatening, and undeniably *good* entry into the scene. No matter where you are in the (Western) world, if you're curious about and want to see what it's all about and learn how you can help, you can probably drive not too far and visit a FNB meal - and if you help out enough and gain the trust of the other members, they'll eventually tell you what else you can help with

And of course this is in addition to it just being great mutual aid that you should be helping with

If you're a leftist and you don't know how to help, go to foodnotbombs.net/info/location or do a DDG search for "[city] food not bombs" and check out their next meal, even if only to eat and chat. They'll be happy to have you!

First off, a reminder that you don't have to be a member of the Sunbeam City coop or even our Mastodon instance to edit the ! Anybody who wants to contribute is welcome to :sunbeam:

That said, if you're not sure where to start, here are some pages/sections in need of some love:
• The food/farming page needs resources on goats, veganism, cooking, and food preservation wiki.sunbeam.city/doku.php?id=
• The technology page needs resources on radio, and can always use more cool software (dat, for instance, isn't represented) wiki.sunbeam.city/doku.php?id=
• The energy page currently has no resources on sustainable or DIY energy storage wiki.sunbeam.city/doku.php?id=
• If you have a link you think is helpful but don't know where to put it/are too nervous to mess with the formatting, you can drop it on our link dumping ground page wiki.sunbeam.city/doku.php?id=

:boost_ok: Please boost! Let's make our wiki the most comprehensive resource on the web :greensun:

DIY power generation video, youtube 

"Turn a ceiling fan into a wind turbine generator?!"

Yo, #solarpunk / #lunarpunk crowds. Me again. Have more power generation knowledge. I'd argue in favor of using this knowledge to create a human- or water-driven generator, instead of a wind turbine - easier to maintain and upgrade when it's right there at ground level instead of up on a pole, y'know?

youtube.com/watch?v=ApKFeaJ6xY

DIY power generation video, youtube 

@LexYeen Almost any motor can be turned into a generator! Washing machine drums are a powerful and easy-to-find option - lots of discarded washers out there

Hey everyone! starts in 2 weeks, so I just wanted to go over something before people get too far into planning their actions

Remember that is an and movement. If you support sustainability, but you don't recognize that an end to consumerism, exploitation, and hierarchy is necessary for that to happen, you're not solarpunk, you're just green

We won't be accepting submissions that involve campaigning for any political candidate or making an excessively consumerist purchase (i.e. buying a Tesla wouldn't be accepted, buying a bike and selling your car would; buying a portable solar panel for hiking trips wouldn't, but buying a small solar panel setup to get your apartment off-grid would). Use your common sense and we'll use ours

Once again, we're available to answer any questions you have, either about these rules or just helping with your action! Happy planning :greensun:

Hey everyone! starts in 2 weeks, so I just wanted to go over something before people get too far into planning their actions

Remember that is an and movement. If you support sustainability, but you don't recognize that an end to consumerism, exploitation, and hierarchy is necessary for that to happen, you're not solarpunk, you're just green

We won't be accepting submissions that involve campaigning for any political candidate or making an excessively consumerist purchase (i.e. buying a Tesla wouldn't be accepted, buying a bike and selling your car would; buying a portable solar panel for hiking trips wouldn't, but buying a small solar panel setup to get your apartment off-grid would). Use your common sense and we'll use ours

Once again, we're available to answer any questions you have, either about these rules or just helping with your action! Happy planning :greensun:

Beekeeping isn't the only way to - solitary are just as important. Building a bee hotel can offer shelter for wild bees, and as a bonus they'll pollinate your garden for you style

modernfarmer.com/2017/02/build

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mushroom/fungi talk 

@nevercouldhurt I've seen this around! I did a DDG search to find a source to link but I wound up finding something even better: some instructions to it!

wasterush.info/grow-yourself/

I'm gonna shove this in the tag if you don't mind. And actually, it seems pretty too

doesn't have to be prohibitively expensive! In honor of the patron saint of beekeepers, here's a plan for a top-bar you can build out of a 55gal barrel and some pallet wood, plus a guide for trapping your own from nature! Happy Valentine's Day 🐝

ladyleeshome.com/diy-top-bar-h
keepingbee.org/bee-trap/

For anyone looking for to learn to be independent or instructables.com/classes/ has some great recources you can check out.

The wastes of are a massive untapped source of wealth that I think and especially the movement need to take better advantage of

We'd never need to buy paper if we pulped and recycled junk mail and receipts. We'd never need to buy dirt if we composted all our food waste. We'd never need to buy anything made of plastic or aluminum if we melted and molded them ourselves. We'd need to buy much less wood if we collected all the discarded pallets

(2/2) We can take apart machines and electronics that've been thrown away due to one broken part and turn them into Frankenstein devices that'd fill our every need. We just need the people with the skills, time, and motivation to get the ball rolling and start building community self-sufficiency

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Super easy techniques!

richsoil.com/hugelkultur/ Hugulkultur - no dig, no till, no watering, no fertilizing, needs nothing but wood and dirt
gardeningchannel.com/how-to-ma Keyhole garden - includes a compost bin, works even in harsh climates
goveganic.net/article182.html Ruth Stout method - no dig, no till, no watering, no fertilizing, little weeding, needs nothing but hay/other mulch
themicrogardener.com/15-benefi Herb spiral - very productive and time/space-efficient!


Factors for successful composting!
Air
The microbes need air to work. Make sure they have enough by keeping compost "fluffy." Don't add material that mats together tightly. Turn as often as possible!
Water
Keep your materials about as moist as a well-wrung cloth. Wet, but not drenched. Don't put your pile too far from a water source.
Particle size
Smaller compostables get eaten quicker. So slice it up, tear it up, bruise it, or otherwise rough up your compostables.
Temperature
Check on your pile by feeling the temperature of the center of the pile, a few inches down inside. Heat means it's working. Ambient air temperatures can slow down or speed up composting, but you can compost in most conditions.
Volume
Compost heaps should heap up! Spread too thinly, decomposition will slow. At least three by three by three (feet) is enough to maintain ideal conditions for making compost.


Stuff you can put in your compost

Grass and plant trimmings
Kitchen scraps
Fall leaves
Past its prime produce
Coffee grounds & steeped tea
Veggies from making stock
Manure from vegetarian animals
Egg shells, ground
Paper scraps and cardboard, shredded
Cotton, canvas or burlap scraps
Wood shavings or sawdust (untreated lumber only)
Receipts, junk mail, newspapers
Corncobs, melon rinds, citrus peels, apple cores
Jack o lanterns
Beer, wine, coffee, tea
Latex items like balloons or condoms
Herbs & spices that lost their flavor
Pet bedding, feathers
Nut & seed shells
Wood ash & charred firewood
Hay and straw
Seaweed or algae
Lint from the dryer or vacuum

Leave out
Bones, meat
Dairy products
Fatty or greasy items
Rice
Items with lots of added salt

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Hey guys, Mastodon's format (where the person someone boosted from isn't visible, only the OP) is making it a lot harder for @actionweek to gain followers and activity than its sister blog on tumblr (72 here, 390 on tumblr)

Not that I particularly care about follower counts, it's just this is a cool event I'm trying to start and I think fedi would like it! But so few people are even hearing about it, and I think that's a shame

So if you could help out by either boosting this or the date toot pinned to the top of that account, that'd be a huge help! Love you guys :greensun:💕

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Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.