Thanks to Patrice Lewis at Rural Revolution for this description of her family’s tire garden. Great pictures included! – We’ve lived in north Idaho for nearly nine years now, and it’s worth noting that we’ve never had a successful garden. One year we had a pretty good one, but I wouldn’t
“He travels fastest who travels alone . . . but not after the frost has dropped below zero fifty degrees or more.” —Yukon Code To Build a Fire is a short story that induces feelings of bitter cold. In addition to being an entertaining (and fast) read, this story offers
Documented strategies are of high-value when learning a new set of skills, when implementing a new strategy, or when starting a new project. Are you just starting to consider a preparedness plan for your family or do you want to learn more about food storage? If so, FoodStorageMadeEasy has a
This inexpensive DIY Candle is long-lasting, and is similar to the Meatloaf Oil Lamp. Enjoy!
Cordage, or line, is one of the most basic and valued survival tools ever improvised. Parachute cord, aka 550 cord, is popular with the survival crowd. Baling twine is valuable as well, as this article from Rural Revolution states. Every home, homestead, car, backpack, or bug out bag should have
“Have you ever eaten a pine tree?” -Euell Gibbons Did you know that pine needle tea contains so much Vitamin C that it was once used to help sailors avoid scurvy? The cambium layer of pine bark can be made into flour and has been considered “famine food?” These are
Have you ever used an issue canteen cup stove? They take up almost no space when carried beneath your canteen cup and can come in handy on the trail.
This article on cooking during an outage was originally published by Nola.com in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac but is, of course, applicable during winter or in any “no electricity” scenario. Hundreds of thousands in the metro New Orleans area were without power after Hurricane Isaac passed this week. The tricky thing about
Household bleach has a number of survival applications and is reasonably priced. Please note that bleach has a shelf life of about 6 months (depending on manufacture date,) especially if you are using it to purify water. H/t to go-preppers.com. The vast majority of households have a bottle or two of
Did you know that the word “Adirondack” is a Mohawk term that means “bark-eater” or “they eat trees?” Watch this video to learn multiple ways that nutrient-rich foods, including those with high quantities of Vitamin C, can be procured from pine trees.
The state of Tennessee just declared a State of Emergency due to winter conditions. No time like the present to consider a Winter Survival Kit for your car. How to Make a Winter Survival Kit (This can be printed in PDF at ReadyWisconsin.gov) Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit
Recently we have come across a number of recommendations for the creation of a binder or notebook for family preparedness. H/t to Survivallife for this explanation from James Stevens. Equally important as having water, food, clothing, and some money stored for present and future use is is the need to have a
This family garden transformed into a homestead farm. Would you like to do this?
What is a Crucible Experience? “…both an opportunity and a test. It is a defining moment that unleashes abilities, forces crucial choices, and sharpens focus. It teaches a person who he or she is.” -Walter Bennis From The Survival Template, Chapter 9 Years ago I participated in a training program
During mountain and cold warfare training in Norway, these Royal Marines undergo a unique training ritual. Without spoiling the video, I will recommend listening for these words from the Royal Marine Instructor Cadre: “Control, Confidence, Humor, Character.” Training scenarios such as this one develop these traits: Control – Confidence – Humor
Last Spring a friend of mine suggested I try out Sub-Irrigated Planters, also known as “SIPS” or sometimes “Self-Irrigating Planters.” These types of planters can be purchased or improvised, and employ a reservoir of water that allows the plants to wick the proper amount as they grow. My SIPS are mostly
Hard-copy, paper resources are important, as internet access is not always guaranteed. A library of survival books is also valuable and should include a personalized “household readiness binder.” TheSurvivalMom put together this list of “Survival and Prepper Downloads and Printables” to get the process started. Do you have your plans and resources
This primitive oven uses fire, rocks, raw meat, and a few improvised natural tools. I prefer a similar technique, using a cast iron dutch oven. A shovel is helpful in this type of project, as well, for moving coals and hot rocks. The end product looks delicious. Falling off of