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STEP Group addressing a Leak:

Here we have the video of a leak that the people at our STEP Group were called out to investigate.

At the STEP Group through our many programs and enterprises we strive to provide valued services to the general public, and teach “Skills Training and Employment” to those who need it most. In the process we offer value added services to the public at a great discount.

Awesome! Children need to learn where their food comes from.

Ethan the Farmer here:

In our society today, it never ceases to amaze me that a lot of people have lost their connection to the food, and where it comes form. I can remember the first time I heard a child say that eggs come from the store. and over the years of doing events and reaching out to the public as a whole has become detached from their food, and detached from the actual rural world that provides food for most of our society.

When I saw this post it made me happy to see children learning where their food comes from and whats involved in growing their food. We need more programs like this.

www.columbiaspy.com/2019/06/columbia-students-learn-gardening-at.html?m=1

Here at GTKYF Foundation Inc we have many programs related to getting people involved in their food, and getting people to know their farmer. Click the links to learn more about some of the programs as they relate to Farms, Food, Families, and Freedom.

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What’s it like to always be in the red? 

The red…

In some societies they used a red letter 

Our Organization Presentation:

Here is our brand new Slide Presentation Overview of our organization:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSiovXcNVjZAlON-t3h8l_sl9V8iZjFD85p7ekqUEL8FntKRcF8AeFmCKD_NfuTj_1jCsqFdQ5BMC2Z/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=15000

We Are there…

“I’ll be all around in the dark – I’ll be everywhere. Wherever you can look – wherever there’s a fight, so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad. I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready, and when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise and livin’ in the houses they build – I’ll be there, too.”

Tom Joad, Grapes of Wrath : John Steinbeck

It might seem a little sensationalistic, but at “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”, a Program of GTKYF Foundation Inc. we are essentially committed to that principle of being there for people.

Why did Tom Joad say this? What did he mean?

Throughout American history, there’s been the concept of the rugged individual. It has taken many forms – but in Steinbeck’s America, an America under siege by corporate interests and powerful forces that the beleaguered migrant families could not fully understand, that individual was a force for good, a protector and a help to the common person – a little bit like Robin Hood.

It might seem a little sensationalistic, but at “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” a program of GTKYF Foundation Inc, we are essentially committed to that principle of being there for people. From Colorado to Pennsylvania and around the country, GTKYF Foundation Inc through “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” is there, promoting the principles that we stand for – the protection and well-being of our food, farms, families and freedoms.

We need a return to the kinds of American ingenuity and determination that have made this country great – a return to common sense values and community building, a return to vibrant small business models and local manufacturing bases. But we aren’t going to get there without people helping people.

The corporate scene is fine with the isolation of the American experience. They need people to be in their little boxes, and dependent on corporate networks for everything they own and use, and everything they need to survive.

At “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”, we reject that approach. We want to build grassroots sustainable capabilities in our neighborhoods and communities. We want to see people helping people without sticking to the confines of the corporate world’s strict requirements on things like charity, compassion and trust.

That’s why we chose the quote from Steinbeck’s immortal character Tom Joad, a character who has been used throughout the past generations to illustrate American grit and hard work, determination and tenacity in the face of strong and powerful interests that want to keep a few up, and the rest of us down.

All of our programs – our advocacy hotlines and our sharing libraries and our trades programs and training programs, all add up to one thing. They’re an investment in the community. They’re an investment in the idea that people are inherently good and productive, that the “common people” deserve everything that they can get in this late-stage capitalist landscape, and that for those who are being honest, some of these “little people” are the best people around: the tireless firefighter, the compassionate teacher, and the guy who rolls up the carts at your local grocery store every night for forty years.

When we show up and help a family who has opened up the oven or resorted to space heaters to try to heat their home – when we help a senior citizen who’s stranded amongst his or her personal possessions – when we diagnose a water or sewer problem or wrangle chickens or cows or help with gardening and getting small local businesses set up – we’re doing that in commitment to the ideals that we stand for. Help us with your own natural resources – your tools and your vehicles and your grit and determination – or with some of the money that you’ve earned as a career professional.

Together, we can change things – if you’re fed up with the way that government and business forces control your life, you don’t have to just put up with it. We the people are a force to be reckoned with. If you don’t believe it, just show up and try your hand at some of our programs and see these principles in action.

As Tom Joad said:

“A fellow ain’t got a soul of his own, just little piece of a big soul, the one big soul that belongs to everybody…”

Or, in other words, we can cultivate our own personal souls, but when we neglect the soul of the community – nothing good crops up in that empty space!

Let our Neighbors Helping Neighbors program help you if you need it – or if you have something to offer, come to us and help us to better our communities. If you don’t do it – no one else will. Be a team captain for the people. It will enrich your life and reward you in so many ways. Trust us – we know.

This Article originally published at: http://farmfresh.media/we-are-there


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Little Free Library: Our Take on it

There’s a major trend taking off in American small towns and other communities – it’s something you might notice as you drive along or walk along the street. You’ll see a small wooden construction on a post that looks kind of like a mailbox, except that there’s a little glass door on the front with a row of books inside.

The little free library is a very rare example of Americans swinging back toward an earlier mindset of sharing and commonality.

It seems really at odds with the way that we live today, but it’s a refreshing sign that people still want to have shared assets and shared space.

You’ll see these little free libraries popping up everywhere. Notwithstanding some forms of local government regulation, they are becoming a familiar sight on the American street. Some are creating them by re-purposing old newspaper vending machines – others who are more carpentry-minded are building their own sometimes impressive crafted versions.

The little free library is also a mute commentary on how we live.

The old saying was “a chicken in every pot” – which insinuated that each family could afford to feed itself. With today’s absolutely saturated food system, it’s cheaper to eat unhealthy processed food and pack on the calories, so the old slogan doesn’t really apply. We pay more to lose weight than to get sufficient caloric intake.

Now, we have a lawnmower in every garage. We have a snow-blower in every shed. We have big industrial sized equipment that’s being used to handle tiny little lots of an acre or less.

That’s just one example of what you could call “waste through isolation” – the idea that instead of knowing your neighbors and sharing things, you instead pile up all of these things on your own, and maintain them, at pretty significant cost, on your own property.

For all of those reactionaries who would say that criticism of this model sounds like communism or Marxism – it’s not. It’s just common sense. Ask the depression-era citizen if he or she would prefer to buy an expensive machine or share it with neighbors – guess what you’d hear.

However, with the Great Depression being about 100 years in the past, we’re living in a very different time. Waste through isolation is now a common principle – you have million-dollar churches that could house the homeless sitting empty except for several hours a week. You have corporations destroying perfectly good food and other items instead of giving it away to the poor and disenfranchised. You have ride-sharing services desperately trying to get people to combine trips for the health of the planet.

At GTKYF , we don’t believe in practicing waste through isolation. We believe in making use of things. That’s why our little free library program isn’t just for books. For example, we operate a library of tools, where individuals can sign out useful implements, use them and return them in good condition, so that the next person can also get value.

You don’t have to do a whole lot of math to see how much this saves American families. When we share, we take away some of those tremendous costs of shopping through the corporate commercial system and being dependent on big companies to sell us everything that we use to sustain us throughout our lives.

Why do we support little free libraries? It’s all part of promoting independence and success for our farms, food, families and freedoms. We want to empower the average citizen to live a better quality of life, to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and to think of themselves as deserving of all of that this world has to offer.

Part of that involves setting people up for success with shared skill sets, shared resources and shared assets. You don’t get to the kinds of results that we want by isolating people – that’s why it’s called Neighbors Helping Neighbors. And that’s why we’re out there on the forefront of the effort to spread fiscal solvency and commercial benefits as widely as possible.

Another big part of the GTKYF Foundation Inc little free library is a seed library.

Why seeds?

Because corporations bent on the extremities of human greed have made their way toward patenting what we can find on its own in nature. (If you want a good grim laugh, read this explanation right from the horse’s mouth about “why patent seeds?”)

That act in itself is unnatural and abhorrent. We want to work the other way – to expand access to seeds and natural products, to get more people farming instead of concentrating food production in fewer hands. There’s a reason that people make their way out to Monsanto’s headquarters to demonstrate again this corporate behemoth – because it’s not a passive partner in the destruction of the natural world – it’s an active one! It’s also an active agent in promoting waste through isolation.

Check out our little free libraries and use what you need – become part of a movement toward a better tomorrow.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors – A Plumbing Story

Imagine you’re one of those many households around Pennsylvania and around the country with two working parents, and one or more kids.

You’re trying to juggle your mortgage, your utilities, your absurdly high Comcast bill, your health insurance payments and everything else that comes your way.

Suddenly, you’re looking at signing onto a contract with a plumber that’s going to cost you $4,000! Something’s wrong with your home, and the home insurance that you pay every month doesn’t help, because the home insurance company doesn’t feel like covering it.

You look at the legalese language on your contract and realize there is no way to get that covered – it’s the New Year, your bank account is low from buying Christmas presents – and all of your other bills are also about to come due!

Well, you don’t have to imagine the scenario – because that’s something that happened to a local family of six just a few days after the holiday season.

When sewage and gray water backed up into the house, causing an unholy mess in the basement, the homeowners were desperate. They called a local plumbing firm out of the yellow pages, one of the biggest names around, a name they had seen on trucks and billboards and on TV.

What they got was an estimate for over $4,000 to replace the entire sewer line, including ripping shrubs out from around the perimeter of the home, and running more than 40 feet of pipe to the street.

All of this was based on a 15 minute inspection where the plumber showed up, looked at the line from the street, and said – it’s not running. Therefore, the line is broken.

Now, the plumbing company wanted the homeowners to sign to get this project going right away – within the week, since they didn’t have use of their water and couldn’t shower, wash dishes, do laundry or even flush the toilet without a deluge of dirty, nasty water leaking from the pipes.

So what did these homeowners do?

They were lucky enough to know crews affiliated with the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, of GTKYF Foundation Inc. A crew showed up and quickly diagnosed the problem within minutes. They unclogged the line, restored use of the sewer system, and put in a new cleanout to help diagnose line problems – all at cost, in a way that worked for the stressed-out family’s budget.

Compassion Mixed with Talent and Expertise

First, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program is run by people who have real trades expertise and experience with household plumbing systems, heating systems,  electrical systems and more.

It’s also run by people who have compassion for everyday working families and their needs in an often predatory economy.

But there’s a third resource that the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program has – that’s an investment in modern tools.

When our crews show up at a home, they are able to look inside plumbing lines and other infrastructure and diagnose problems.

With a significant investment in a RIDGID see-scope and camera system, there’s no guesswork when it comes to what’s happening inside your pipes. On the other hand, if the plumbing shop doesn’t look inside, and tries to diagnose everything from outside, they’re working on outdated technology and relatively ineffective methods. And a goal of padding the often commission based tech pay check.

At the same time, they benefit from getting a large project done up-front to get money flowing in to cover overhead and expenses. That’s why some of the bigger firms tell homeowners to replace the WHOLE LINE at the first whisper of a problem, telling them “it’ll cost more to fix it again later” – that’s NOT always the case. They’re looking to line their pockets – and if it doesn’t fit the customer’s budget – well, that’s just too bad.

That’s not how Neighbors Helping Neighbors works – we’re not a for-profit company. At the same time, we’re not just a non-profit with very little experience or skill. This program provides real, solid assistance to homeowners at affordable rates, not just to get someone’s business, but to help out those who are in need.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors doesn’t just do HVAC and plumbing – we handle all sorts of home improvement and home maintenance situations where homeowners are under the gun, unsure where to turn, uncertain about how they will keep their home safe and liveable.

If you have a home repair crisis and aren’t sure who you can trust, call Neighbors Helping Neighbors and get connected with helpful technicians involved in the STEP Group, a skills training and employment program, to see firsthand how this process works.

That’s what the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program is based on – we teach those who want to learn the skills they need to make a living in a world where labor is so often underpaid and underappreciated. We “take out the middleman” between the talented worker and the price-conscious customer. We simply do work the old way – the direct way. We believe that everyone deserves an honest service, and attention to their needs. You don’t see that in the corporate world, where financially stressed families are encouraged to go into debt just to survive. Time and time again, as we work with homeowners to look at energy efficiency, sustainability and maintenance solutions, we hear the gratitude that comes with having heroes show up to help you when you need it most.

It’s just what we do. Call and talk to us about what you’re facing and we’ll see if we can help.

Please help those taking a stand in France 

We are getting reports Macron is starting to shut down the internet in a limited manner in order to quell communication. If you can get this to a website and create a link thank you. 

We must keep #France online so when authorities block Twitter, Facebook or other outlets, here is how u can go around the blockade.

Most of the time, your ISP automatically assigns a primary and secondary DNS server when your router or computer requests network information via DHCP. But what if those ISP-provided DNS servers aren’t working properly or “they” block certain sites?

Ways to connect when authorities block services:

* Unblock YouTube grants you access to any blocked web page – https://m.proxfree.com

* Web Proxy — is an intermediate point between your computer and the needed website. –  https://hidemy.name/en/

* Use ProxMate . This is a addons for webbrowser Mozilla Firefox or Chrome.  –  https://proxmate.me

* DNS provider that is open and democratic –  https://www.opennic.org

* Android: Circumvent Internet restrictions with Tor -https://cyberguerrilla.org/android-circumvent-net-blocking-with-tor.htm

* Android users-   

* https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.psiphon3

* Apple users – http://download.cnet.com/Free-VPN-Onavo-Protect/3000-2064_4-75893697.html

* Google browser – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/zenmate-vpn-best-cyber-se/fdcgdnkidjaadafnichfpabhfomcebme

* Firefox users – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/anonymox/

* List of DNS servers that can be used to avoid censorship – https://www.lifewire.com/free-and-public-dns-servers-2626062

* How Do I Change DNS Servers? – https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-change-dns-server-settings-2617979

* Tor Browser – https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en

* What is the Tor Browser? – https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en


In case it is needed: Dial up internet access VPN Jabber … http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/security/asa-5500-series-next-generation-firewalls/guide_c07-717020.pdf


Alternate DNS – https://wikileaks.org/wiki/Alternative_DNS/de


Stay Anonymous- https://www.whonix.org


General router DNS setup(recommended) – http://support.smartdnsproxy.com/customer/portal/articles/1558303-general-router-dns-setup-smart-dns-proxy


Express VPN https://www.expressvpn.com/support/vpn-setup/manual-config-for-dd-wrt-router-with-openvpn/


Anonymity Script- https://github.com/HiroshiManRise/anonym8


Secure your wifi- https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409751,00.asp


Stop your internet provider from tracking you – http://www.pcworld.com/article/3184767/security/three-privacy-tools-that-block-your-internet-provider-from-tracking-you.html


VPN GATE client for linux – https://github.com/Dragon2fly/vpngate-with-proxy


HIDING TOR FROM YOUR ISP – PART 1 – BRIDGES AND PLUGGABLE TRANSPORTS- https://www.deepdotweb.com/jolly-rogers-security-guide-for-beginners/hiding-tor-from-your-isp-part-1-bridges-and-pluggable-transports/


TOR Bridges- https://www.torproject.org/docs/bridges