Off-Grid & Independent Living


7 Tips To Help You Prepare For Hard Times

Once you have been blogging for awhile, you begin to realize that bad news – and by bad news I mean the unthinkable – sells. Funny how that works but following a natural disaster or major world event, site visits go up – way up.  When my friend George at Urban Survival first told me ...Read More »

Survival Cross Training: It's Not Just For The Gym

Possessing crucial skill sets are a must have when forming a survival group. Individuals bringing a variety of skills binds the group further to create a solid, well-functioning team. That said, like  anything regarding preparedness, you do not want to become complacent and believe that just one person should perform a certain set of tasks. Remember, what one man ...Read More »

Food Freedom: Backyard Strategies You Can Try Today

Food freedom – now that’s a loaded statement. Is there such a thing? How many of you go to the store every week to get produce and meat? I would venture to guess almost all of us. Over the last several years, a substantial amount of our wealth has gone into purchasing food staples like ...Read More »

Cash Is Out, Bartering Is King

It’s yard sale season now! It’s a great place and time to practice bartering skills and pick up cheap but valuable items. Part of my preps are acquiring items the majority of folks take for granted but will have huge value in an economic collapse situation. Fire, water, smokes, salt, spices, sanitation/hygiene items, etc. are ...Read More »

Some Preppers Are Getting Ready For The End Of The World, While Others Are Running For Office

Deep inside, most of us know that something is coming.  Many of us may not know exactly what it is that is heading our way, but there are millions of Americans that feel so alarmed about what they sense is on the horizon that they are taking extreme measures to get prepared.  Of course the ...Read More »

Why You Need To Become More Self-Reliant NOW, No Matter Where You Live (VIDEO)

Recently, I spoke with Rory from The Daily Coin about the potential for economic collapse and why we need to pay attention to what’s going on in Venezuela. We discussed how to prepare for it, why everyone needs to work on becoming more self-reliant, and some actionable steps that you can take. The situation in ...Read More »

The Five Myths Of Water Storage

For many, water becomes their very first prep.  By that I mean that steps are taken to either purchase a supply of bottled water, set up a water barrel, or locate a source of local water that can be filtered and purified for consumption. I was no exception.  Water was my first major prepping purchase ...Read More »

Mail Order Chicks: Caring For Chicks After Transport

This week, we had a few additions join our happy little ranch by mail order. This was the first time that I ordered poultry online, and decided to give it a go. Each year, I like to try raising a different small animal breeds to challenge myself in producing my own food. Last year, it was ...Read More »

Ron Finley - The "Gangsta Gardener" (VIDEO)

“Food is the problem AND the solution.” Ocean Robbins introduces a speaker at the 2016 Food Revolution Summit, Ron Finley, the Gangsta Gardener from South Central Los Angeles. Watch Ron Finley as he presents his inspirational story during a TED Talk about growing healthy, sustainable food – and also how he’s growing a community.   ...Read More »

8 Things You Can Do Now To Promote Medical Self-Care

Something not frequently addressed by the survival and prepping community is the importance of good health and medical self-care.  What I am referring to is individual responsibility for our own physical and mental wellness. Why is this important?  If there were to be a major disruptive event, whether local, regional or global in nature, you ...Read More »

The Care And Feeding Of Pressure Canners

A pressure canner can be a prepper’s best friend, especially if there is access to home grown fruits and veggies, or a local farm community that will sell you “less than pretty” items for a song.  On the other hand, mention the phrase “pressure canning” to someone who has never canned  and they will start ...Read More »

Everything You Need To Know About Raising Baby Chicks On A Budget

Baby chicks…they’re adorable, fluffy, and incredibly delicate!  Despite their fragility, they’re actually pretty simple to raise. If you have some outdoor space and live in an area where it’s allowed, fresh eggs and meat (if you’re interested in that) can easily be yours! This week’s self-reliance strategies are all about getting started with baby chicks. ...Read More »

A Propane Primer For Prepping And Survival

Call it serendipity if you will but a couple of months ago when I was contacted by Chris Newman, developer of the InstaBed Cubic Garden System, I had no idea that I was about to meet and get to know a really smart guy with MacGyver like skills and knowledge in all aspects of prepping ...Read More »

Untethering: 10 Days Without The Internet

So, recently, it probably seemed like I vanished off the face of the earth. Well, it turns out I only vanished from the virtual earth because we were without the internet. No, I didn’t get buried under a mound of moving boxes. We’re alive and well here in the mountains, although we were somewhat disconnected ...Read More »

HUD Wants To Make Living In A Tiny House Or RV Illegal (VIDEO)

The tiny house movement has taken America by storm, in part because our economy is in the toilet. People are striving to reduce their expenses by embracing minimalism. They’re breaking free from the corporate grind because, as I’ve always advised, they are learning to live with less and radically reducing their expenses. But, these days ...Read More »

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