Monday, July 28th, 2014


The Unsustainable Absurdity of the Average American Diet

Friday, July 25th, 2014

We eat blueberries in December and drink pumpkin spice lattes in the summer. We eat tropical fruit with Midwestern grains. Without the transportation system, there would be absolutely no rhyme or reason to our “normal” diets.

Backyard Bushcraft Skills: No Wilderness Required

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Your journey to self-reliance starts in your own backyard!

The Best Firewood For Heating

Friday, July 18th, 2014

We had an awful lot of trees to choose from to burn in the range, and some were far better than others.

20 Signs The Epic Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Thanks to an epic drought that never seems to end, we are witnessing the beginning of a water crisis that most people never even dreamed was possible in this day and age.

Outdoor Cooking Was Essential To Keep the Cottage Cool

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

In the Summer, especially if there was no breeze passing through the place it was suffocatingly hot, and unbearable if you lit the range. In order to burn less fuel as well as keep the cottage cool we would cook and eat outside as much as possible.

Sow Revolution: Join the Grocery Store Rebellion

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Let’s exit the food system that we’ve been taught to believe was necessary for our survival. Let’s refuse to enrich a system that is killing us. It’s time to sow some revolution and start a Grocery Store Rebellion.

The Liberty Brothers – Living Off-Grid Author Rich Scheben

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Liberty Brothers speak to Rich Scheben, the author of “One New York Man’s Journey to Off Grid Living in Montana”.


Saturday, July 5th, 2014

State Veterinarian Susan Keller is urging North Dakota ranchers to make sure their livestock are vaccinated against anthrax, after the first confirmed case of the year in a Barnes County beef cow.

How We Used To Fertilize The Vegetable Garden

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Back in the day there ware none of the composts and fertilizers around that you can buy nowadays.

Around Half the States in the Country are Now Experiencing Drought

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Vast tracts of land once used for grazing or food production will lie fallow. the dust bowl conditions of the 1930′s should not be forgotten, they could be returning to a town near you much sooner than you think.

Are you 100% Self Sufficient? Probably Not…

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Complete self-sufficiency. That was a goal of mine for some years until I realized I simply don’t have the money, the time or the land to pull it off.

Who’s Next? Martin Winters Jailed For Having An Emergency Food Supply

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

My job, as a wife, mother and grandmother is to try and limit the effect the negative aspects of those changes have on my family. It’s in my job description, it’s a part of who I am and that’s something that isn’t going to change.

7 Ways I Would Have Starved If The SHTF

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Here is a video I shot, “walking” you around a few parts of my property and pointing out the 7 different ways I would have starved to death, if the SHTF already and I had been forced to feed my family from my garden.

Homegrown Firewood From a Small Garden

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Now to say that eucalyptus is fast growing is an understatement, it grows astonishingly fast, between 6 and 8 feet a year for the most common varieties.

Ironing Day Using Flat Irons: The Blight of My Life

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

There were two types of iron years ago, the solid metal ones, flat irons which was what I had, and box iron, a similar thing, but the top of the iron where the handle is, lifted up letting you put hot embers inside to save keep reheating it.

80+ Items You Can Compost

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

A passionate composter and urban farmer, this author knows compost. What comes as a surprise to you on this list?

Natural antibiotics to stockpile now: 10 herbs and foods that kill superbugs

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Before you find yourself in dire need of something that will kill superbugs, here are 10 herbs and foods that will do the job naturally.

5 Reasons You Should Be Preparing

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Most people prepare based on their understanding of the emergencies that are most likely to affect them. Unfortunately, most of society feels that natural disasters are the only type of scenario they should prepare for.

Off Grid Survival: The Winter of 1962-1963

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

By the start of October 1963 I had enough food at Knowle that I could feed a battalion for six months! There was a huge wood supply in a shed Ern built in the garden and we had two more water barrels, just to be on the safe side. No point in going through something like that unless you learn from it.

SHTF Planning: 3 Ways to Purify Water

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Water is the foundation of life, and as such, water preparedness is one of the most important aspects of being prepared. To avoid water-related illnesses, learn these three valuable methods to purify water using household materials.

Baking Soda: Stock Up For All of Your Hygienic Needs

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

There is simply nothing cheaper or more versatile for your personal health. If the grid goes down, it will make hygiene quite a bit easier.

Getting The Most From The Cottage Garden

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

As I’ve said before the garden at Knowle cottage was big, but not huge. It took some creative planting to make sure we produced enough to feed the family.

10 Reasons to Add Plantain to Your SHTF Medicine Chest

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

No matter how domesticated we’ve become, at our genetic core, our hunter-gather within longs to be unleashed. In our quest to express our primal genes, we encounter Nature’s revenge from stings, bites, cuts and injury. The fear and misery that follows is enough to keep one indoors and isolated from our natural environment.

Doing The Laundry Without A Washing Machine…Or Electricity

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

We were lucky though. We had the coppers, many folks had to stoop over a regular tin bath and they often never had a mangle, now that really would have been hard work.

16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

A couple of weeks a go after expressing an urgency to put our preps into high-gear, several readers asked why that I felt so strongly, about it, and why I felt the “the end” was getting close. I think that is a good and reasonable question, so I decided to do a write up, and offer an explanation.

Texas: 34 Communities Have 90 Days of Water Left, 12 Have Just 45 Days Before They Run Dry

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Experts have warned that even if the rain started today it would have to continue at a steady and heavy rate for weeks in order to replenish supplies.

Can You Live without a Refrigerator?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Truthfully, I really like having a refrigerator and would not willingly give mine up. But the experience of going without one taught me it is doable and in an emergency, I’ll know what foods to save and what to use up right away.

In Ground Composting

Monday, May 19th, 2014

When we were growing our own food space was very important. We had a good sized garden, but not massive, and compost heaps take up a lot of room.

Balancing Act: The Plates Just fell Off The Poles

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

I am usually a rational, logical individual and I know I am being irrational. I have never before felt that I want to press the reset button and start again. A nice, calm, organised reboot of the system that is me.

The New Media Saved the Day at the Bundy Ranch

Friday, May 16th, 2014

In today’s expanding Police-State environment, being armed with a cell phone can be just as powerful as an AR15. The First Amendment cannot survive without the support of the Second Amendment. That is one valuable lesson we learned at Bundy Ranch.

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