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Backyard Chickens Must Be Registered In North Carolina "For Your Own Safety"

There isn’t much that feels more self-reliant than going out to your backyard hen house to get fresh eggs for breakfast.  There’s no need for USDA approval, you know what your hens have been eating, and you don’t have to pay a premium price and hope that the farm who raised the chickens that laid


Living Life The Old Fashioned Way

There is a tendency in all of us to compare the old to the new.  This is especially true in the preparedness community where in anticipation of hard times ahead, we look to our parents and grandparents for ideas for living a self-reliant and sustainable life. I have been thinking about that a lot lately;


What Will You Eat When Your Garden Is A Flop?

I love growing my own vegetables. I spend many fulfilling hours outside every summer, tending to my plants, nurturing my soil, and babying things along, with the birds for music and a basket full of delicious organic food to show for it each day. Except this year. This year, my garden is a flop. Daisy’s


Survival Food: How To Catch A Fish Without A Hook (VIDEO)

In a survival situation, your energy output will play a big part in how successful you are at living in a primitive setting. As well, your ability to adapt to the situation at hand is also a necessary mindset to have when left to your own devices. Your first concern in surviving outdoors is shelter


Watch This Guy Build An Amazing Shelter In The Woods Using Only Dirt, Trees And Rocks (VIDEO)

In our modern culture it’s rare to find many individuals with the knowledge to survive well should they find themselves lost in the woods or in need of survival skills. Perhaps this is because we think the chances we might ever need to use skills like this are low, or maybe we simply take our


Planning To Raise Rabbits?: 30 Deadly Plants You Should Never Feed Them

In my quest for living self reliantly, I have begun taking steps to surround myself with low cost livestock choices that can serve multiple purposes. Animals that can not only provide me with meat during unstable and volatile times, but can reproduce quickly, as well as, provide me with fertilizer amendments for growing vegetables and


Florida Court Rules “Off Grid” Living Illegal

By: Joshua Krause | The Daily Sheeple – Robin Speronis had been living in an off-grid home for many years without incident, until she was interviewed by a local FOX affiliate in November of 2013. Robin Speronis had been living in an off-grid home for many years without incident, until she was interviewed by a


Cast Iron Cooking: One Of The Best Investments A Prepper Can Make

Years ago, I made an investment into cast iron skillets to use in an off-grid environment. We frequently went camping and I needed to find cookware that could be used indoors, as well as outdoors. Additionally, I had just started reading about all of the health risks related to non-stick cookware and the perfluorocarbons (PFCs), a


Police Abduct 10 Children From A Family In Kentucky Because Of Their ‘Off The Grid’ Lifestyle

If the government does not like the way that you are raising your kids, they will come in and grab them at any time without giving any warning whatsoever.  Of course this is completely and totally unlawful, but it has been happening all over America.  The most recent example of this that has made national


Going Rogue: 15 Ways To Detach From The System

I am inspired by the very definition of self-reliance: to be reliant on one’s own capabilities, judgment, or resources. Ultimately, it is the epitome of independence and lays the groundwork of what we are all striving for – to live a life based on our personal principles and beliefs. It is a concept rooted in the groundwork  that made America


How To Homestead When You Rent: Part 4

When someone talks about desire to homestead, it is easy to conjure up a vision of cows out at pasture, a flock of chickens in the backyard, and an acre of organic crops in the field.  At the same time, it is easy to confuse homesteading with living off-grid.  Sometimes the two do meet, but


How To Homestead When You Rent: Part Three

Most prepper-types are also homesteaders but do not know it.  I say that because we “Homestead in Place” which is a term I defined back in January 2014.  Perhaps others are now using that term; I have not checked.  None the less, it still applies. By my own definition, to “homestead in place” means that


DIY Emergency Lights From Solar Yard Lights

When it comes to emergency lighting, flashlights and lanterns rule.  The problem, however, is that they require a power source, be it batteries, propane, or some other type of fuel.  There are candles, of course, but candles do eventually burn out, plus, in some environments and especially around children, candles can represent a safety hazard.


Fatwood: The Quick And The Tender (VIDEO)

When it comes down to it, you want your fires to start quickly and efficiently. Not using excessive fire starting materials (cardboard, paper, wood) can help you save these resources for another time. Fatwood is one of the most efficient ways to start a fire. The small bits of wood drip gooey sap into the


10 New Steps For Living A Strategic Life

When it comes to living a preparedness lifestyle, from the get go I have focused on what I like to call “prepping for the rest of us”.  To me, this has always meant embracing survival strategies that transcend the weird, the strange and the off-the-wall. The focus is and has always been prepping for ordinary


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