Ice Age Farmer Ep #002: July 14, 2017

Today: steps towards self-sufficiency, Grand Solar Minimum news of climate-caused secondary effects, Mark Zuckerberg visits a farm, an IAF advisory about previously recommended equipment, and your questions on reflective insulation, grid down scenarios, and prolific greens. Get in touch: iceagefarmer [at]


Start taking daily steps NOW towards radical self-sufficiency so that you can thrive in the current Grand Solar Minimum / Little Ice Age.




* algae bloom killing cattle in lake county, OR
first reported case in Lake County, a result of heavy rains after few seasons of drought…

* as if we needed anything more, Mormon crickets are at record high levels — dangerous on roads, and eating crops…
Why? deep snow cover helped insulate and protect the eggs,

^ both examples of how changing conditions will result in unexpected behaviors in a complex system

* M-class solar flare — look for outages like the April 21st power outages:…

* zuckerberg visits a Wisconsin farm, talks about wanting to know where his food comes from
discipline — work morning to night
yes but baby, when you have that first salad from your own garden, you taste the freedom
and you want more
and when you go through days eating only food you’ve sourced, grown, prepared
it’s worth it
really interesting about the timing here — we see big investments in indoor farming
zuckerberg talking about food sources
RIGHT as crops are being decimated
75% georgia peaches —…
and RIGHT as NASA talks about Solar Minimum
+ they are broadcasting the pre-scripting for mass crop-loss, food shortages, famines,

* speaking of crop losses, briefly, remember it’s also about the quality of crop
Germany struggling with heavy rains, making high-protein wheat hard to come by:…
Fueling price increases:…

* Southern hemisphere, winter
Australia having a HELL of a winter Chile too:…
breaking cold record set in 1924

this does not bode well for our coming winter. Start getting ready now.…


2. IAF Advisory 45W kingbo — some of them are shoddy. a corner is electrified, sometimes my whole rack shocks me

speaking of electric shock, don’t use water heaters in too little water, they break, and then will shock the shit out of you

3. Questions

[gabriel L] what kind of reflective coating is that ?
Reflectix, brand insulation
see here among its uses, when used under the circulating pipes under a radiant heat floor, it has an R value of 21
have a feeling we’ll be revisiting this material–or something like it, hopefully cheaper–when exploring a radiant-heated greenhouse, water circulated through a solar water heater or compost heater

[merlyn] nice setup but how does this work when grid goes offline

[Jack-L] most prolific greens?
sweet potato, and then a tuber
radish, plus super short to harvest
holland greens typhon


Start taking daily steps NOW towards radical self-sufficiency so that you can thrive in the current Grand Solar Minimum / Little Ice Age.


USDA Wheat DERAILED 25% – Start Growing Today!

We are seeing massive crop losses across the world due to the Grand Solar Minimum — ideally, we have alternative systems in place to produce food for our families and communities BEFORE the system collapses completely. What is happening now is historically what happens before famine.

Are you taking responsibility for your family thriving in the times ahead?

Please share with your friends information on the Grand Solar Minimum and the resulting climate disturbances we are experiencing, as well as intensification of the crop losses that have already begun.




IAF: A Call to Spread Awareness

IAF issues a sincere call to spread awareness of the Grand Solar Minimum we have entered and the importance of GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD, and, in sharing the message, building stronger, self-sufficient communities to thrive in the times ahead.

“Survival seed packs” do a disservice by implying a sense of food security, when in fact, it is the knowledge of how to grow food, save seeds for next year, and share this knowledge with a growing, self-sufficient community. IAF explores how to meet the most basic of human needs in a bottom-up (individual) model, without the state to provide for you.

Also in this video:

* hill your potatoes at 8-10″ high. potatoes are top of list of calorie-rich food.
* viewing spirulina algae at 1200x

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Part 2, coming soon, will further break down food production. SUBSCRIBE NOW!

Aquaponics: Ideal Level of Nitrates

After several weeks of nitrates at zero, despite increasing feeding (and protein content), today I am introducing new fish to the Aquaponics system.

While balance (and patience!) is always the key in aquaponics, I prefer to establish that balance with a non-zero level of nitrates, which at least guarantees that this is not a limiting factor to plant growth. On the other hand, we want this balance to be relatively low, for fish comfort. Some folks like to run at 80-100ppm, so that if for any reason feeding must be stopped, there is at least a buffer of nitrates for the plants to burn through for a bit.

Fellow aquaponicians: where do you run your system?

YOU CAN DO THIS AT HOME! –And you should, to produce clean food for your family. It’s that or watch as the food prices continue to increase, and ultimately, the shelves empty completely.

Start taking daily steps NOW towards radical self-sufficiency so that you can thrive in the modern Grand Solar Minimum / Ice Age.