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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 »

Making a Homestead Evacuation Plan

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | With wildfire season approaching in California, my thoughts are with my many friends there who have small farms. Even if you don’t live in a wildfire zone, if you raise livestock, you need to have a homestead evacuation plan.  Any place can have a barn fire, a chemical spill, or other environmental emergencies. I’ve written quite ...Read More »

Grow A Week’s Worth Of Livestock Feed For Pennies! (VIDEO)

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Over the last few years, prices for livestock feed has steadily risen for various reasons, making it more difficult to feed our chickens the organic diet we prefer they have. In order to cut costs, we looked into creating a fodder system that would sprout seeds such as wheat, barley, oats, clover, dandelion, alfalfa, sunflower seeds and ...Read More »

The Self-Reliance Manifesto: More Than 300 Resources To Guide You On The Path To Radical Freedom

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Self-Reliance. It’s a revolutionary word these days and I thought it deserved a manifesto. Manifesto: noun man·i·fes·to ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō A declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer. ~~~~~ Have you happened to notice that our society is out of balance? The consumers outnumber the producers at such a rapid clip that we can’t possibly ...Read More »

Here’s Why A Prepper Homestead May Not Be A Good Plan For Survival

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 no matter ...Read More »

The No-Excuses Guide to Self-Reliance in the Suburbs

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Do you live in the suburbs but yearn for the farm life? The two do not have to be mutually exclusive. There’s a guide that can help you realize your self-reliance dreams no matter where you live. As most of you know, I moved last year from my 5-acre farm in Northern California to my ...Read More »

Sustainable Farming: Starting A Quail Flock

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Getting started raising quail requires a little more effort than raising chickens, but they’re well worth it.  Domesticated quail has a delicious, mild flavor that’s not gamey and they’re prolific layers.  If you’d like to learn more about the different breeds and their requirements, go here. Chicks or Eggs Day old chickens, ducks, and turkeys ...Read More »

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