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Make 2019 the Year You Learn Stuff

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Instead of coming up with all sorts of intense resolutions that will totally change everything (until you stop doing them in a week or so) what if you did something different this year? What if you vowed to make 2019 the year that you learn stuff? Now, before you roll your eyes and say, “That’s ...Read More »

How to Be a Producer In a Nation of Consumers

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | In this world, there are two kinds of people. You can be a consumer or you can be a producer. Neither one is inherently good or bad – these are just descriptive terms. You can produce 100% of your own food and have a terrible heart, one that rejoices in the misfortune of others. You ...Read More »

The Lost Art of Scratch Cooking

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | If you compare the meals served in many of the kitchens today to meals served 100+ years ago, there is one very big difference.  Nearly every meal served in North America has at least one dish that has come from a box, bag, or pouch. Take breakfast, for example.  Did you have toast?  If so, ...Read More »

A Reality Check for Those Who Plan to Start Prepper Homestead AFTER the SHTF

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Lots of preppers are convinced that they’re going to “live off the land” should the world as we know it come tumbling down around our ears. Seed banks are stockpiled, books are purchased, and people are confident that they’ll be able to outlive everyone else based on the sweat of their inexperienced brows. But this may ...Read More »

DIY Emergency Lights From Solar Yard Lights

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | 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. ...Read More »

3 Ways to Make Food Go Further That Will Help You Now (AND When the SHTF)

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | A lot of folks think those Depression Era techniques for stretching food are only for a worst case, SHTF scenario. But in truth, those ideas are good for every day, because the price of food just keeps going up, up, UP. It’s more important now than ever to make your food go further. The ability ...Read More »

How to Still Be Chill Without a Refrigerator

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Looking for a fun way to spend this hot summer week? I’m just going to go out on a limb here and say that spending it without a working refrigerator is NOT it. A few years ago I was out for the day.  I got home and opened the fridge and grabbed a drink. I ...Read More »

How to Grow a Survival Garden (and what to do if it dies)

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | I love growing my own vegetable garden. 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 for that one year. That one year, my garden was a ...Read More »

Homesteading Gardening and Farming Hints

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | How do you grow sunflower sprouts? Start your own seedlings without plastic pots? Should you save your seeds? These are just a few of the questions people interested in homesteading ask themselves. They’re also topics that the managers of Vía Orgánica, a regenerative teaching farm and ranch in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, provide instruction ...Read More »

Six Must-Have Blades For Off-Grid Living

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | When it comes to survival, there is nothing more important than a dependable knife. This tool, in my humble opinion, is indispensable. It will cut down branches for a survival shelter, used to cut down branches to make a fire, make traps or skin animals. It can also be used for cooking and defense, if need be. Because of ...Read More »

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

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | 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 »

The Easy Way To Start A Wood Fire

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Fire, and all it represents, is one of the building blocks of survival along with food, water, and shelter.  Fire will cook the food, purify the water, and heat the shelter.  For that reason, it should come as no surprise that fire starting tools and paraphernalia are one of the first things newbie preppers acquire ...Read More »

Survival Basics: Water And Water Storage

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | During a recent book giveaway, the question asked was “What piece of prepping gear is at the top of your bucket list?”  Needless to say, I was more than a little bit surprised to find that the top response was water storage, water filters, and water purification equipment. While having the gear is nice, anyone ...Read More »

Grid Down: How to Get Water From Your Well When There is No Power

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | One of the problems faced with an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) is that your well will not be pumping water into your home.  For those living in urban areas and are relying on municipal water, your water could also be short-lived and it’s important to have a backup plan. Well water is a different matter entirely because it is your well ...Read More »

8 Prepper Hacks For Cleaning Without Running Water

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | That magic moment when you go to wash your hands….and nothing comes out of the tap. Late on Friday evening – you know, too late to reach the local repair guy – that was the scenario at our rented farm. Nary a drop was coming from our faucets. For the past couple of months, I ...Read More »

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