Stacking Functions: Increasing Yields & Decreasing Labor with Multi-Function Elements

Stacking functions is a quick term for the concept of planning things (elements) and areas (space) to perform the most services for us.

Plan Your Survival Shelter: 5 Stages to Building a Survival Cabin.

Editors Note: A guest submission from David Woods to The Prepper Journal. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well...

Alternative Feeds for Livestock

Having some backup ideas and methods in place as alternate feeds is rarely a bad thing, especially if we’re counting on meat rabbits and chickens, eggs, and milk in a collapse or Great Depression situation.

Feeding the Beast During SHTF – Soups & Substitutions

Here are some formulas and ideas for turning common storage foods into actual meals, increasing the variety of meals we can make with a few standard ingredients.

Prepper Lessons from History – Castle Gardens

And yet in these periods when death by violence and disease was prevalent, when survival was a constant chore, we find castle gardens within the very walls that were so utilitarian.

Living Comfortably When the SHTF

Imagine a long-term situation where you have food and water, but survival is a constant struggle. Will lack of sleep and uncomfortable surroundings take a toll on you over time?

DIY MRE Alternatives

MRE’s enjoy unending popularity within prepper folds, although sometimes the issues – weight, waste, size, and expense – lead us to looking for alternatives. Palatability is another common kicker for many, and the lack...

Back to Basics: How to Stockpile Food for Emergencies

Last week I began a new series called, Back to Basics. As I said in my first article: “Why and How to Stockpile Water for Emergencies”, this may be familiar ground for a lot...

How to Preserve Tomatoes and Apples With a Homemade Solar Food Dryer

By: Mary Lou Shaw I saw dried tomatoes selling for $10/pound at a food coop and thought that price was outrageous. Now that I make and eat my own dried tomatoes, I think they’re priceless. My...

How to Make Beeswax Soap

It has been on my list of things I should probably know how to do and when my stepfather, who keeps bees, brought me seven pounds of beeswax from his hives, I thought the time was right.

Survival Homesteading: Crop Production and Storage for Livestock

One of the hardest cords to cut for homesteaders is dependence on commercial feeds. However, I’ve put together some ideas for root vegetables that can cut some of our feed bills and feed dependency and alternative or “forgotten” ways of storing and using grains.

Feeding the Beast During SHTF – Bread Options

I do like my breads and I do like something sweet now and again, so here’s half a dozen ways we can still get them, even without a working oven or supermarket.

Feeding the Beast During SHTF – Disaster Cooking

Thinking through what we prepare food in can save us labor in various ways. Both can help us prioritize for purchases moving forward.

How Many Canning Jars Do You Need?

When we work our way toward a goal of self-sufficiency, a lot of times producing and preserving food comes up. There are lots of methods, and there are thankfully things like dry meats, grains...

Site Planning for Your Survival Homestead

A great deal can go into site planning for your survival homestead, even when the infrastructure is already in place and funds don’t exist to renovate lines or move buildings. Where we place things can increase or decrease our defensive abilities, success in growing, and how likely we are to see something – which can be good or bad

Cookstoves and the Prepared Lifestyle

Editors Note: This article has been generously contributed by Chris from Cookstoves.net. Imagine this scenario: It’s the dead of winter. The ground is covered in snow, the temperature is below freezing during the daylight and...

The Case for Homesteading

Editors Note: The following guest article has been generously contributed by Matt Sevald. Recently, Pat Henry wrote more thought-provoking articles concerning the motivations of preppers wishing for an aptly named “reset” event. He rightly addressed...

Conventional Guides to Crop Rotation

Plants with really good, healthy soil can fight off a lot of diseases and overcome leaf damage from pests without problems. However, even when we start with really good soil, certain practices mean we strip it out, stop the nutrient cycling, or otherwise break those systems. Rotation is one way we can prevent some of the stripping and reduce the disease load for our plants.

Tracking and Separating Seeds for Success

Both tracking seeds and their results and separating seeds in storage can help limit some of the pains and aggravations of gardening.

Productive & Easy Container Gardening

Some of us are restricted entirely to small spaces, and some of us have either clay, rock, or sandy soils that are easier to avoid than to mitigate. Some of us keep container gardens...

Planned Parenthood for Preppers

Managed Livestock Breeding Livestock keeping is one of the things that those interested in self-sufficiency regularly end up considering. There are factors involving breeding, especially, that can increase our success and let us custom-fit our...

13 Tips for Using Oatmeal from Your Food Stores

Using mostly things that are also already in my storage or that are easy and inexpensive to obtain, I can churn out desserts, snacks, sides, dinners and breakfasts that are interesting and varied, and don’t really taste like oatmeal.

Understanding Seed Types and Their Importance

Maybe we’re stuck in a rut because of the things we read about seeds, and maybe aren't really and truly understanding seed types and some of the terms we see.

5 Things You Need to Go Off Grid Now – Pt. 2

Our last article; the first in this series of 5 things you need to go off grid now, began with the concept of preppers looking for an ideal life of untethering ourselves from “the...

Is This Far Enough Off the Grid?

I know, but we can dream can't we? This just might work if you want to be your own grid-square. A place with almost unlimited and unobstructed views, enough acreage to sight in your...

How to Protect your Site against Intrusion from Squatters and Traveler’s

Editors Note: Another guest contribution from Dakota Murphey on site security, something she has written about before in The Prepper Journal. Always interesting to see what others think about their security and options, Dakota...

Practical Preps: Backyard Projects Big and Small

Dead of winter or height of summer, there are some relatively quick, easy, and commonly inexpensive projects we can tackle right in our own backyards to improve our self-reliance and test our preps. Train Prepper...

Raising Mealworms for Chicken Food

Today we are going to discuss creating a self-replicating food supply for your backyard flock. Yes, we are talking about becoming worm farmers – mealworms, to be exact (not to be confused with our...

Gardening During Disasters

It can be frustrating to plant a garden and watch it fail. It can be mean life and death when it is the food your family is counting on for survival.

Market Garden Strategies for Survival Gardens

Preppers can reap some big rewards by applying some of the habits of successful market gardeners and small farmers to our home gardens. See, they have an eye on profit, which means an eye on...