My usual contributions to this blog consist of pithy little bits of practical advice that you hopefully will never need to worry about, so allow me to deviate from that formula for just one go around and get all warm and fuzzy on you. It’s not that my commitment to emergency preparation has lessened, but a late season storm dusted the mountains with snow a couple of days ago, today the sun is back and warm, just a few puffy clouds to give variety to a porcela... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 31, 2014 by Lorin John
A lot of folks, when they hear the word “Organic Farming”, think of an unwashed young person in hemp clothing hoeing a row of Swiss Chard by hand on a commune before heading off to a tasty lunch of an alfalfa grass smoothie. Well, there is nothing wrong with Swiss chard, alfalfa grass, or for that matter, hemp clothing. But such a tableau hardly describes the state of organic farming today. While some traditional practices of pre-industrial farming may be used by organic farme... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 24, 2014 by Catherine Alford
Track Every Penny You Spend
Before making a budget, you should first track your spending for two or three months. You can set up a spreadsheet with categories like food, gas, dining out, etc. Every time you buy something or pay a bill, put the amount into the ca... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 23, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
First aid and medicine will be in short supply when you can't call a doctor. Growing your own medicine is not difficult and doing so could ultimately save your life. The salves, poultices, wound washes, and tinctures which can be made from trees also have a long-shelf life and can be stored for ... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 23, 2014 by Kent Page McGroarty
People raise rabbits for a number of reasons, including for fur, show and food. Less expensive than raising chickens, raising bunnies can turn into a profitable business or side business. If interested in this idea, check out a few tips for raising bun-buns the right way:
Before doing anything else, ensure it's legal to raise rabbits in your community. This means checking with the local zoning commission and board of health. A license may ... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 18, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Bushcraft is the name we give a collection of skills that all involve thriving in the wilderness. From knowing how to build a fire in various conditions to finding food by hunting and foraging, to carving and building necessary items from wood and other natural materials; bushcraft is all about surviving long term without the need for grocery stores, sporting goods stores, or the corner market.
You can break bushcraft down into 10 basic categories to start with, and add more in as you gain more and more skills. Che... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 16, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
The recent news about the EPA’s new definition of ‘tributary’ had me doing some research into EPA related news, recent studies and actions that have been undertaken by the EPA and the current administration, including some of the people in the House and the Senate.
Posted on July 14, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Most people think olive oil isn’t good for prepping because it goes bad too quickly, but what you might not know is that olive oil will last for at least 1-2 years if it’s left unopened and stored in a cool dark place.
That means that as long as you cycle through your stock regularly you can keep a year’s worth of the wonder oil stocked up in case things get bad. Olive oil is better for much more than cooking, and can do just about everything from medical uses to making a candle. Check out the five uses for olive oil below and start keeping so... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 12, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
Are you new to prepping and survival? Perhaps you grew up on a farm and you think you know all there is to know about self-reliance and sustainability? Think again! Throughout the country, preparedness is taking a front seat and prepper events are being hosted to help you learn the basics or sharpen your skills.
Preparedness and safety expos are a family-friendly way to start from the beginning, increase your knowledge and skills, and encourage your loved ones to participate in survival exercises and strategies. Everyone can benefit from learning how to survive natural and man-made d... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 25, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
Are you new to survival and the outdoors? Perhaps a seasoned explorer and survivalist? Somewhere in between? Whatever your skill level is, you can benefit from taking survival classes. Available in most parts of the country as well as online, through private schools, outdoor sport retailers, and government agencies, paid and free, there are many options when considering enrolling in survival classes. Learning... Continue Reading →