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No Yard? No Problem! You Can STILL Grow Food!

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Everyone is talking about growing their own food. Lots of people are starting backyard gardens, filling pots on balconies and patios, and even starting little farms in the suburbs. But not everyone has outdoor space. What if you are living in an apartment and have no place to even put a pot for a tomato ...Read More »

How To Build A Survival Shelter. Your Life May Depend On It (VIDEO)

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | I often emphasize that your energy output coupled with your ability to adapt to the situation at hand will play a big part in how successful you are at living in a primitive setting. One of your first concerns in surviving outdoors is finding shelter. Short-term shelters are easy to construct an will serve you well in ...Read More »

So Cold It Hurts: 6 Cold Weather Injuries and How to Deal with Them

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | It has been a few weeks since Snowmageddon hit the east coast. The northeast was struck especially hard. We had a “bomb cyclone” snow storm followed by blistering cold from a “polar vortex”. Temperatures were hovering in the single digits. The wind chill brought us well below zero for days. The time was ripe for ...Read More »

10 Smart Survival Strategies For The Woman Living Alone

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Most preparedness information out there seems to assume that everyone is part of a family with a mom, a dad, three kids, and a dog. Or, if not that, an extended family that includes brothers, uncles, and a grand-pappy.  Somehow, the picture presented always includes a man. The truth is, that is not always the ...Read More »

Hand And Surface Hygiene When There’s No Water To Spare

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Much has been written about the need for drinking water in a survival situation.  And luckily, most people have gotten the message and either store extra water in barrels, have cases or jugs of bottled water, or have a source of fresh water that can be made ready for drinking with filters, chemicals, or bleach. ...Read More »

Quick And Easy Methods For Preparing Tomatoes For Canning

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | I’m not gonna lie – there is nothing messier than a bushel of tomatoes getting turned into jars of tomato-ey loveliness.  It’s a fair bit of work to process your own tomato products, but the intensely flavored results make it all worthwhile. From my book, The Organic Canner, here are some of the shortcuts that ...Read More »

September 23 - Just Another Day

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | As you are reading this on an “Alternative Media” website, then you probably have heard a bit of hype regarding September 23, 2017, as potentially being a day of religious “End Times” significance. On this day, the position of the stars, as seen from earth, appear in such a way that some believe it is a ...Read More »

Survival Food: How To Catch A Fish Without A Hook (VIDEO)

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | In a survival situation, your energy output will play a big part in how successful you are at living in a primitive setting. As well, your ability to adapt to the situation at hand is also a necessary mindset to have when left to your own devices. Your first concern in surviving outdoors is shelter ...Read More »

What Will You Eat When Your Garden Is A Flop?

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | I love growing my own vegetables. 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 this year. This year, my garden is a flop. Daisy’s ...Read More »

Solar Eclipse MEANING

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | On Monday, August 21st, 2017, America will experience a Solar Eclipse unlike any since 1776, in that the path of “totality” (100% darkness, about seventy miles wide) will stay completely inside of the United States only.  As the America only eclipse of 1776 signified the birth of the “United States”, the America only eclipse of ...Read More »

Living Life The Old Fashioned Way

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | There is a tendency in all of us to compare the old fashioned 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 ...Read More »

Forbes Says Self-Reliant Homesteaders Are “Delusional” and “Mooching” Off “Civil Society”

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | It’s always interesting reading when someone smug and sanctimonious writes a clueless diatribe about another group of people being smug and sanctimonious. So when I saw that an economist for Moody’s and Forbes had written an op-ed calling self-reliant homesteaders “delusional,” I knew I’d be in for some misinformed hilarity. The article, entitled, “Dear Homesteaders, ...Read More »

Live-Off-The-Land with These 7 Summer Survival Foods

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | By: Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition |  So, summer is here again, guys and gals.  What better time to practice your survival skills?  I have mentioned in articles past that it is a good idea to put away all the high-tech gizmos and get back to the basics of doing things to give your practice realism.  We’re ...Read More »

Cooking Outside: 5 Tasty Ways to Practice Prepping

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | Everyone knows that practice makes for perfect prepping. But when is the last time you practiced your off-grid skills by cooking outside? That’s the beautiful thing about summer. You can prep and it feels like a party instead of a chore. Take some time while the weather is hot to hone your off-grid cooking skills. ...Read More »

How To Overcome The Fear Of Pressure Canning

Off-Grid & Independent Living |  | At risk of being the last person to come to the party, I have been resisting the call to begin pressure canning.  It is not that I have not tried.  A couple of years ago I was ready to go; I had psyched myself up to learn, purchased a canner, some tools, and dozens of ...Read More »

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