Category Archives for "Prepping"

These Shoelaces Double As A Fire Starter For Emergency Situations…

If you’re into the outdoors, although you can always expect the best, you’ve also got to be prepared for the worst just in case you end up in a sticky situation. And having the ability to start a fire whenever you need to could mean all the difference. That’s where these really cool Paracord Shoelace fire starters come […]

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Homestead Waterworks – Farm Ponds & Swales

“An area of our homestead infrastructure that we spend A LOT of time thinking about, worrying about, and being creative about, is water. As we are living completely off-grid, we have to figure out ways to source water for drinking, bathing, washing dishes, cooking, watering the garden, watering fruit trees, and watering animals. Over the […]

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One Persons Yearly Homestead Schedule

“Keeping an Annual Homestead Calendar has been an incredibly beneficial organizational tool for me as I attempt to manage our schedule a bit more efficiently. It makes this otherwise undisciplined person, well, slightly more disciplined. Helps me to get my ducks in a row, if you will. As I previously mentioned, having this list on […]

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5 Survival Uses Of Pine Resin

“Pine resin has multiple uses for survival. This sap is produced by the pine tree to seal up cuts or damages to the tree. If you ever find yourself lost in a wilderness environment, having a pine tree in the area is one of the best case scenarios you can hope for. There are many […]

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6,000 lbs Of Food On 1/10th Acre – Urban Farm

Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year. From 1/10th of an acre, four people […]

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The Start Of An Adventure: Totally Off-Grid!

“I recently visited a land cooperative of 4 families owning 60 acres in a northern state—opsec. These families came together with a common dream of owning land in the country over 15 years ago, but that is where most of the commonality ended.  Each family has a home site, but also cooperatively makes decisions about […]

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Doortop Stash

“Pop quiz: What does the top edge of say, your utility closet door look like? I’m betting that you’ve never seen it, even if you’ve lived in your home for awhile. And although there’s not a lot of room to hide stuff in there, well, if you’re like me, the stuff you want to hide […]

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Skills That Pay The Bills: Self-Employment For Homesteaders

“You finally did it! You managed to get away from the madness of urban life and build your own homestead. Now you raise your own meals; you take care of the land, buildings, livestock and a home. That sweet taste of freedom and accomplishment that homesteading brings is beyond compare to your old way of […]

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Five Things You Should Be Making (And Not Buying)

““Why?” My husband asks for the eight zillionth time. “They sell _________ (insert item here) at the store. WHY are you making it yourself?” I give him a cheezy grin and say, “Because I can.” Why would you make something that you could just run out and buy? Lots of reasons. Homemade food tastes better. […]

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Independent At Home: Six Systems For Self-Sufficient Living

“In a world that is constantly evolving, sometimes for the worse, independent living can be an invaluable discipline. With smart tactics and technologies, you can grow your own food, power your own home and sever the wires that make you dependent on anyone but yourself. In celebrating the independent spirit, we’ve explored six systems for […]

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