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You Can Turn A $2000 Shipping Container Into An Epic Off-Grid Home

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


The Austerity Diaries: Making Hay While The Sun Shines

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


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;


All-In-One Energy System Offers Sustainable Power For Off-Grid Homes, Farms

An innovative 'trigeneration' system fueled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad. Developed by a consortium led by Newcastle University and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), through theRCUK Energy Programme, the small-scale combined


The Big Blackout: Why I’m Going Low-Tech To Prep For An EMP

This might be stating the obvious, but in the event of an EMP, things will not be the same, no matter how great your generator is. Aaron Dykes of Truthstream Media wrote an excellent article about the extreme likelihood of a catastrophic event that could take out our power grid: Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul


Thinking About Raising Chickens? Start Here.

by Jennifer Megyesi, The New pioneer Whether you decide to keep chickens for eggs, meat, show or just companionship, learning to care for them is easy and rewarding, providing that you know some basics. Local laws, such as zoning and other ordinances, may end your chicken enterprise before it takes flight. The best way to


Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal

Living off the grid is illegal in Cape Coral, Florida, according to a court ruling last Thursday. Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city’s codes allow Robin Speronis to live without utility power but she is still required to hook her home to the city’s water system. Her alternative source of power must be approved by


Why You Should Consider Quail For The Urban Homestead (VIDEO)

Raising food sources in urban settings or those living in close proximity to others can pose a problem for some. Urban homesteaders have started efforts in finding microlivestock to raise that will provide adequate nutrition as well as can be raised in small spaces and not annoy neighbors. For years, Marjorie Wildcraft has educated the


Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid

It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. You can


Is It Realistic To Grow Your Own Groceries?

At one time or another, every prepper will ask him or herself:  could I become 100% self-reliant in terms of providing food for myself and my family? Many will say, no, that is not possible. Heck, a couple of weeks ago I even mentioned that I was all but giving up on my food garden.


When Your Egg Basket Runneth Over: 4 Ways To Use Up Eggs

Our chickens have been in egg laying overload now that the temperatures are warming up. In fact, I’m getting so many eggs that my egg basket runneth over. This is a good problem to have! Many argue on whether or not to wash the bloom off the egg. It’s entirely your preference. If you leave


SHTF Planning: 3 Ways To Purify Water

Water is the foundation of life, and as such, water preparedness is one of the most important aspects of being prepared. That said, many are not prepared for even 1 day of water rations. Moreover, there are many who feel that storing water is a waste of time; after all, they can simply use tap


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


How To Break Up With Your Supermarket

Back in the beginning of your relationship, it seemed like the supermarket had so much to offer.  The produce sparkled under the fluorescent lights. The colorful packages were inviting and said all of the right things. The meat was all tidily wrapped up in plastic and styrofoam, with nary a drip in sight. Then one


Raising Competent Kids In An Incompetent World

It’s probably no surprise that the young people of today aren’t particularly independent.  Not only does the “education” system take great pains to mold them into follow-the-herd, terrified automatons, society in general doesn’t force them to do much for themselves either. My oldest daughter recently came home for summer vacation and we discussed her first year


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