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
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
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
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.
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
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
According to my research, the term “Homestead” was first used in the United States in the 1860’s. More specifically, in 1862 a law was passed that offered for free up to 160 acres to any family who paid a registration fee, lived on the land for five years, and cultivated it as a farm. A
Homesteading is the buzz word of the year within the preparedness community, and rightfully so. The desire to be self-sufficient and self-reliant has never been stronger. Folks of all ages and all walks of life are beginning to look back to pioneer days as they seek skills to learn how to grow food, cook from
In times of crises, the government has proven, time and time again, that it cannot be counted on to adequately protect the American people. As the American people have not prepared for the coming dark days, they will be vulnerable to starvation, dehydration, cholera, pandemics and attacks from resource-deficient looters. Will the government be there to save them?
The United States is extremely inefficient when it comes to energy consumption. Our dependence upon this finite resource could very well be our Achilles’ heel. What will happen when these fuel sources are depleted? Or, if we were in the middle of an emergency and ran out of our fuel source? I have often emphasized
Why would the government want to punish people that are just trying to work hard, become more self-sufficient and take care of their families? There are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today, and often they appear to be singled out for punishment by bureaucratic control freaks that are horrified at the thought
By: Daniel Taylor | Old-Thinker News – We have been slowly chained down in a kind of technological cave. The age in which we are living has enabled the potential for human isolation like no other time in history. And not just physical isolation. Our reality is increasingly controlled by people we have never seen or
By: Joshua Krause | The Daily Sheeple – For nearly a decade, the substance known as graphene has rocked the scientific world. As of late, it has changed the world of electronics by creating more efficient transistors and high powered super capacitors, though many speculate that it may have hundreds of possible applications in medicine,
What if you could spend a fraction of what it would cost to buy or build your own house and instead build a unique home that you could make completely off grid? It can be done and there’s a bunch of people who’ve done it already. Shipping containers exist in a massive surplus and someone
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Over the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been around my computer much. That’s because we are working hard to live a more agrarian lifestyle. And to do that, you have to “make hay while the sun shines.” That little proverb was first recorded in 1546, in John Heywood’s “A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in