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

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

City Farming with Backyard Quail – An Alternative to Raising Chickens

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Some time ago, I shared some information about raising livestock.  Although it was a bit tongue in cheek, the serious part of it all was that if given the room, it would be wonderful to have a small flock of chickens that could provide fresh eggs for consumption.  That plus chicken meat, of course. A ...Read More »

Propane For Preppers – Part One

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Having sufficient fuel for cooking and heat following an emergency is always an concern for preppers.  If you are lucky, you live in a wooded area and have access to a wood burning stove as well as plenty of wood to feed the fire.  Most of us, though, turn to propane as our primary source ...Read More »

One Man’s Perspective From Living Off Grid

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Who hasn’t, at one time or another, wondered what it would be like to chuck it all, give up the job, abandon suburbia, and become totally self-sufficient by living off of the land?  Back in the late sixties and early seventies, folks with that mindset were sometimes called hippies. The reality is that some were ...Read More »

4 Critical Components To Getting Prepped For A Blackout

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | By: Ryan Banister, Ready Nutrition | Power outages can happen at any time. Just this summer, there were up to 14 days of blackouts across California, and while they were not necessarily consecutive days, these power outages can be devastating for those who may be without a plan – especially in the peak of summer. As ...Read More »

How To Build An Outdoor Mud Oven For Use Now And When The SHTF

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Rocket stoves and outdoor grills are great for cooking in a pot or skillet when the power is down or non-existent following a disaster or a worst case SHTF situation where fuel is either flat-out unavailable or intolerably expensive. There are some things, though, that cook best in an oven. One solution, of course, is ...Read More »

How I Left The 9-5 Rat Race To Work From Home In My PJs

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Did you ever want to get out of the 9-5 rat race and work from home? A lot of folks ask me how I got started working from home and rocking the PJs, farm boots, and a perpetual mug of coffee. While it seems to be the goal of many, few are actually doing it. We ...Read More »

Beefing Up Your Prepper Pantry With Jerky

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Beef jerky is the epitome of homesteading. Our pioneer ancestors dried beef as a way to help them make it through the harsh winters and when food was scarce. Native Americans dried meat and enhanced the flavor by using dried fruits and berries by making pemmican. With meat prices steadily increasing at the grocery store, ...Read More »

21 Life Hacks To Help You Breeze Through The Apocalypse (Or At Least The Next Power Outage)

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Life hacks are all over the place at the minute (seriously, they’re everywhere) and some are really good – but often they’re more Martha Stewart than Grizzly Adams. Here are a few life hacks that are applicable not only to regular everyday lifestyles but to those crazy preppers – ahem – people who are of a ...Read More »

Raising Competent Kids In An Incompetent World

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

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

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

SHTF Planning: 3 Ways To Purify Water

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

A Guide To Making And Canning Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Like An Italian Grandma

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Do you have tomatoes running out your ears?  Get more. Once you taste genuine homemade spaghetti sauce you will definitely want enough that you never have to resort to store-bought again. When you share it with others, they’ll think that you have an Italian grandma you never told them about. Here is the step by ...Read More »

Mapping A Road To Self-Sufficiency

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | The number one question I am asked by new readers is “where do I  start?”.  This is followed by a meek comment indicating “I have a job and a  family and can not afford to move to a farm in the outback.” Well first of all, let me say that no apologies are needed.   None.  ...Read More »

How To Break Up With Your Supermarket

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

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