Monday, December 8, 2014

Valhalla Homesteading Marathon announcement

THE VALHALLA PROJECT IS SHUTTING DOWN!! No, there's no way we're quitting the proven, tested Valhalla Project program itself: instead,we're locking our gates (no exit or entry, with exceptions granted only for qualified combat veterans) while conducting an unprecedented 30-day "field training exercise" on homestead readiness.

This special exercise is part of a new outreach effort to inform post-9/11 combat veterans who are interested in homesteading. For more than three years now the Valhalla Project has been talking the homesteading talk. Now we're testing: can we walk the walk ourselves -- while also reaching out to and inviting curious, qualified combat veterans to walk that walk along with us this coming month (or any time during the New Year of 2015)?

Are we ready in case an emergency event isolates us here? What about our ability to support and engage transitioning veterans who may be here at the time? We're going "hot" with the exercise in order to find out, while at the same time continuing to maintain and build facilities on the 200 acre Valhalla Project property as a special haven for combat veterans who are transitioning to their new civilian lives.

Dedicated combat veterans all over the nation who are determined to raise awareness about veteran issues have climbed mountains, run for thousands of miles, hitchhiked cross country, and much more. The Valhalla Project founders are translating those initiatives into action through a unique outreach campaign that embraces the challenges involved with simply staying in place with no outside services at all and relying exclusively on the wild life, farm animals, and what is already on hand.

Thirty days of near-total isolation: no shopping or deliveries, no Google or Amazon or (gasp!) even Netflix, enduring intermittent power outages (for 24 hours each Friday), and making it with what we have on hand. Will we run short of something? Discover critical needs? Going to the field with the plan is the first step in learning what works and what areas still need attention.

YOU can be a part of the exercise even if you're not here. How? By contributing suggestions and ideas before the FTX begins, and by following our daily text and video reports as we progress.

And, yes, you can be a part of the FTX on the ground if you wish to join, participate, learn, and contribute. All qualified vets and combat zone civilians are welcome: just contact us for details.

Exercise kickoff date is exactly one week from now, on 15 December, terminating on 15 January (Christmas and New Years Eve included).Tomorrow we will post the long list of rules for this very unique outreach effort to connect with individual veterans. Those who are leaving the military, interested in what it takes to start a homestead, or perhaps looking for a special place to spend the holidays are welcome to join us. They will help themselves, their buddies, and future generations of America's combat veterans.

Keep watching for much, much more to come in the next few days before the Valhalla Project Homesteading Marathon is launched on December 15th!

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The Valhalla Project needs your help and support
We need YOUR help to keep Valhalla functioning efficiently - while at the same time expanding vitally important programs to assist post-9/11 combat veterans and war zone civilian workers to transition back into the civilian world. 

The Valhalla Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity recognized by the IRS.
Nobody, including cadre or board members, draws a paycheck here, nor will they ever: 
we simply give everything we have to make Valhalla possible. 

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