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Survival tips: Alternate power sources for your homestead

July 07, 2023 -

If you prefer renewable energy sources, consider investing in hydropower, solar or wind power systems. (h/t to

Knowing about green, alternate energy sources can help you harness nature’s power effectively as you finalize your emergency preparedness plans.Hydroelectric power

Hydroelectric power is a renewable energy source that harnesses the natural flow of moving water to generate electricity. A dam or reservoir is used to trap water and create ...

Survival basics: Tips for finalizing a homestead evacuation plan

July 28, 2023 -

Barn fires, chemical spills and other environmental emergencies can spread quickly throughout your homestead. Being ready before the smoke even rises into the air is the best way to evacuate quickly when you don't have a lot of time to prep.

You can get ready quickly if you only have a handful of people in your family, but the preparation could take much longer if you also have to worry about many animals on your farm or homestead. This is why before disaster even strikes, ...

Survival essentials: 9 Off-grid appliances for your homestead

November 14, 2022 -

Here are nine off-grid appliances that you might need on your homestead.Composting toilet

A composting toilet is best suited for preppers who love camping or going on long RV road trips. You can also benefit from having a composting toilet if your off-grid home is temporarily out of running water.

When installing a composting toilet, include a vent and a fan to help ventilate any odors out of the room. Connect the vent and fan to a solar panel so they can run ...

Homestead must-haves: 10 Reasons to get a compact tractor

December 06, 2022 -

If this sounds familiar, you might want to get a new or used tractor to save time while doing chores around your homestead. (h/t to

Here are 10 reasons to consider buying a new or used compact tractor.For handling material

A compact tractor comes with a loader that can be used to move large quantities of material like compost, gravel soil, rocks, soil and other things you might have to move around on your property.

A front-end loader ...

Prepping and livestock tips: 5 Animals to raise on your homestead

February 21, 2023 -

If you want to become self-reliant or try a new hobby, you can look into raising animals on your property for meat or dairy. (h/t to

While chickens are the first choice for many homesteaders, animal husbandry goes beyond chickens. Here are some animals that you can raise on your homestead for food:Grazing animals

When deciding between grazing animals, you can keep either a cow or sheep. What you choose will depend on what you need the animal ...

Rachel of “That 1870s Homestead” shares food canning lessons for beginners

January 30, 2023 -

She emphasized the importance of canning knowledge not just for active homesteaders, but also to those wanting to bolster their food security when SHTF.

Rachel defined the two main methods of canning – hot pack and cold pack. "Hot pack means that food is already cooked and hot and you are packing it hot in hot jars and putting it in a hot canner. Cold pack is the opposite. It's usually a raw product that is going in cold and in a cold canner being brought up to temperature," ...

Prepper must-haves: 15 Tools and supplies you need on your homestead

December 13, 2022 -

Instead of attempting something this challenging while unprepared, it's best to plan first and get basic supplies and tools that will make life on your homestead a little easier as you get started. (h/t to

Some of these important tools include things you can use around the house, in your kitchen and for outdoor tasks like Mason jars, duct tape and gloves. While it's possible to set up your homestead with basic tools, it's better to have some ...

Great Britain considers forcing backyard chickens to be registered due to “avian flu” psy-op

March 10, 2023 -

The claim is that bird flu is killing off too many chickens in Great Britain. And the only way to solve the problem, we are told, is to force all Brits to inform the government about how many birds they have on their property at any given time.

The governments of England, Wales, and Scotland are all attempting to impose this new registration requirement on their populations. It would basically become illegal, if the laws get passed, for U.K. residents to own chickens without ...

EPA warns about DIOXINS released from chlorinated compounds such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or “backyard burning” of household trash

February 22, 2023 -

One of the first things the EPA warns about on the page is that burning trash produces not only dioxins but other noxious chemicals such as particle pollution, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, hexachlorobenzene, and ash.

"Many dangerous health conditions can be caused by inhaling or ingesting even small amounts of these pollutants," the EPA warns. "Small children, the elderly, or people with preexisting respiratory ...

Food supply 101: How to grow food for your stockpile and be more self-sufficient

May 10, 2023 -

Who is Marjory Wildcraft?

Marjory Wildcraft is known as the female leader of the Survival and Preparedness movement.

In 2009, she founded The Grow Network, a community of like-minded individuals who valued modern self-sufficient living.

Wildcraft has a DVD series called Grow Your Own Groceries, which has over a half million copies in use by homesteaders, foodies, preppers, universities and missionary organizations worldwide.

She spends her free time experimenting ...

Learn how to live without electricity from the Amish community

December 24, 2022 -

The Amish community can teach preppers many things about being self-sufficient and living independently off the grid.

Read on to learn how some Amish ways of living can be applied to the typical prepper lifestyle. (h/t to

The Amish keep the cost of the house and outbuilding down by working with their community. A family's relatives and friends will often camp on the family's land to help build the new structure.

When the Amish ...

Prepper projects: How to build a root cellar for your food stockpile

December 02, 2022 -

Make the most of your basement or a spare room by turning it into a root cellar for food storage. (h/t to is a root cellar?

A root cellar is a storage location that uses the natural cooling, insulating and humidifying properties of the earth to store food. You can store fruits and vegetables from your home garden or the local farmers’ market in a root cellar, especially if your area frequently experiences power outages.

Before refrigeration, ...

Prepping 101: How to financially prepare for rising energy prices

October 27, 2022 -

Gasoline prices have also affected electric or gas bills. You should start preparing because these prices may continue to rise.

If you're worried about how you're going to afford your bills, consider making some major and minor changes like switching to public transport and using solar energy. (h/t to

Here are more tips on how you and your family can prepare for rising energy prices.Downsize your home

Downsizing your home may be one of ...

DIY prepping: How to set up a gravity-fed water system

January 16, 2023 -

A gravity-fed water system is used to pull water from creeks, rain barrels, springs, streams and rivers upstream or uphill from the water source.

Gravity-fed water systems are simple, but you may have trouble using them under certain conditions:

The guide for this gravity-fed, off-grid water system is from "The Doable Off-Grid Homestead," an off-grid reference book.DIY gravity-fed water system

Before setting up your gravity-fed ...

9 Ways to feed your chickens for FREE

2 months ago -

Here are some ways to feed your chicken for free. (h/t to your chickens to free range

Getting chickens to free range can be a challenge – especially if you consider factors, such as predator risk, disease and the quality of the forage content. Consider these positive aspects of free-ranging chickens:

A way to encourage chickens to free range is to provide them with food and water in different areas of the yard ...

How to dig a well to secure your water supply before SHTF

October 25, 2022 -

Technology has made it easier to forget crucial prepping skills

Even if you live in an area where many people have wells on their property, not everyone may know how to hand-dig a well.

There are many drilling tools available for your use, but when SHTF you might not have access to those tools, especially if you don't have the fuel or electricity necessary to power them.

With picks, shovels and some elbow grease, you can dig a well on your homestead. Before SHTF, ...

Protect yourself against food shortage with these useful prepping practices

February 22, 2023 -

The leading solution suggested by Professor Julian Cribb and other experts in the field is a global switch to vegetarianism, but this alternative comes with its own challenges. Experts think that 10 billion is the max cutoff point for the population and supporting more people than that is almost impossible.

This means that even if everyone agrees to avoid eating meat, issues related to soil, climate, land and access should still be considered.

If you are worried ...

Beehives, herbal gardens and more: 8 Useful prepper projects to try before SHTF

November 21, 2022 -

If you're looking for more ways to improve your homestead, you can try useful prepping projects like starting a garden with medicinal plants and building a greenhouse. (h/t to

Here are eight projects to try on your homestead:Beehive

This advanced project is great if you love honey or if you would like to earn some extra cash by selling honey.

You need to have some woodworking skills and the right tools. There are many beehive designs to ...

Prepper projects: Building a root cellar for food storage

January 05, 2023 -

Modern root cellars can be used to store local food and produce from your home garden. It can also be used as storage for canned goods throughout the winter. (h/t to of a modern root cellar

A root cellar is a structure usually constructed below ground to store fruits, vegetables and dairy products.

Here are several benefits of having a modern root cellar on your homestead:

Read on to learn ...

Home gardening tips: How to make the best compost for healthy crops

May 16, 2023 -

But if you don't know what you're doing, you'll sometimes end up with smelly, useless sludge instead of compost.

To avoid this, learn some tips and tricks to produce good compost for your home garden. (h/t to you can compost

Start by learning which materials can be safely added to your compost pile.

Avoid the following materials because they will attract pests and produce unpleasant odors:

Here are other materials ...

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