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Essential Stuff Project (ESP)

Cat at Cider Press Grinder

Cat at Cider Press Grinder

Welcome! to our website, and to the ESP Community. We are located in Montana’s Flathead Valley, in the community of Bigfork, although our membership is spread throughout the valley.

ESP Home Page: no matter where you are within our website, you can always click on “The EssentiaList” in the green band at the top of every page, to return to our Home page (this page). Note that the links column (right-hand side of page) appears on all pages except individual articles.

> > Help us get the word out about ESP: See  ‘ESP Poster‘ in the right-hand column under ‘About ESP’ to view or print the poster for display around the valley. < <  

Note from Cat: If you get a “404 Error” (broken link error), please send me an email, providing the full url that gave the error (copy/paste) so I can fix the link.  (see ESP Contact).

The following is by ESP’s secretary: Cat (Catherine).

Gatherings (Events)

We no longer hold regular events, called “Gatherings;” instead, check out our Blog (i/e, our Post-Topics) for relevant articles, including summaries of past Gatherings.

As of 2022, our Monthly Open Stage doesn’t have a location for our monthly events (it is longer at Max’s Market in Bigfork). If you have any ideas, please let me know (see ESP Contact) so I can check it out.

About ESP

Go to our “About Us” page to learn more about ESP and the core team, including our mission statement. Or read the Article about ESP from the Daily InterLake newspaper (November 24, 2008). Contact Us is another option. You can print out our ESP Poster for display at valley locations.

Go to our  Gatherings & Events page to learn about upcoming events. Or use the “Blog Categories” pull-down to select “Notices-Events.”

About our Site

It is mainly a “blog” of event-topics, with each entry called a Post. Each post is given a date & time stamp, then all posts are stored in chronological sequence, just as in a diary. Here you will find the articles on various topics, including summaries of our gatherings, notices of coming events, and articles on specific subjects pertinent to our mission.

NOTE: We have basically shut-down our monthly gatherings and other events, due to lack of location for our events, and because several of our long-time members, including one of our core team members (Ed Blackler) are deceased. But I am keeping our site open for readers, and I occasionally add a new article of interest.

In the future, I may move our site to my personal site (, as a subdirectory (e.g. ‘;’ but that has not yet happened (as of this 9/7/22 update)).


In the right-hand column you will find a list of links in various categories.

I want to add a new link:, but will wait until I get our site moved to a new url.

Top half of the column

These are links to other pages/posts on our website, and include: Search, Home, BLOG, Blog Categories, Blog Archives, About ESP, and Events.

Middle of the column

Links to various local, state and federal Government entities

Bottom half of the column

These include links to other websites for various topics related to our mission, as well as to our own site on the following topics:

GMOs, Preparedness, General Links, and Files, 

Below that are links to Recent Posts and Recent Comments on our site.

At the very bottom is the Meta section, which provides WordPress links (WordPress is the software used for this site), including links to Log In/Out

3 Responses to “ESP Home”

  1. DWood says:

    Thanks for the news letter; I enjoy it very much. I need to how ever devote more time to attending – I will make a greater effort towards that means.
    I especially like the food swap idea being floated. [See also Food Swapping in the Flathead].

    Food or music and essential stuff are some of the reasons that bring communities and community members closer to understanding one another. [See also Clementine’s Open Stage]

  2. Kurt says:

    First let me thank you for a very informative site. Just found The EssentiaList and will be back many times.

    Now to get to what I wanted to pass on. I came across the listing concerning an external link about a book titled “A Manual of Home Making (1919) that had a link to an HTML version of the book. Time consuming to DL and keep the data. For older books like this, I try looking at the Internet Archive ( Found the above mentioned book and DLed it in .pdf format.

    There are usually other formats you may choose from including .txt. Great source for older print material. As an example, try searching for “cook book”. Many older cookbooks come up in the results.

    Thanks again!

  3. Eleusis says:

    I have been looking for a list of activities and events around the valley for a few months chasing loose ends.

    Montana needs to collect more Intelligent Lifeforms. This [ESP site] is good to see.

    I have a list of names used to disguise MSG in Foods. Working with Hydrogen as a Alternative Energy source, Power, Transportation and Heat. Playing with the Rocket Stove idea too.

    be nice to find others [with similar interests]