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...

Laundry – Keeping Clothes Clean When the Grid Goes Down

Using history and modern innovation, we now have a lot of options for keeping our clothes clean, even if we end up off the grid, conserving power, or lacking electricity entirely.

Hand Water Pumps Making a Comeback

As recently as 100 years ago, the most important site consideration for homesteaders and villages was whether plenty of good water was within easy reach. When electric power lines and drilled water wells reached...

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...

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.

Planning Your Homestead Orchard: Benefits of Dwarf Trees

There are a lot of times when we’d be equally or better served with a smaller tree, and lots reasons to consider a dwarf tree or semi-dwarf instead of a standard

Raised Beds – Pro-Con Fact -check

Before we get started, I want to say that I’m a huge fan of permanent and raised beds. They don’t need any exaggerations to be an incredible gardening method, but sometimes that’s exactly what we...

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...

Build an Outhouse (Privy) with plans from 1909

Editors Note: We have discussed the importance of sanitation here on the Prepper Journal before and Linda has written this excellent article with advice from an old book that shows how you can make...

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...

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

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...

Small Animal & Livestock Euthanasia on the Homestead – What You Need To Know

Editor's Note: Sometimes, when reading the archives of the site I find some amazing posts that merit exposure to the current generation of Preppers and followers. This from Granny Miller from 5 years ago...

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...

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.

Sprouts for Preppers

Sprouts can be a great solution for preppers at all levels, as well as our animals. They can be had and done in a million and one ways, eliminate some of the climate issues...

Lessons from History – Starving Spring

Preppers sometimes get the impression that spring answers the winter prayers of the hungry. Not always. One of the worst times of year for pre-supermarket temperate-zone humanity wasn’t winter at all. It was spring,...

Understanding Your Growing Zone for A Bountiful Harvest

Editors Note: A guest contribution from Cat Murphy to The Prepper Journal. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share then enter into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of...

Lessons from History – Hand Powered Tools

A disaster is a bad time to lose all of our conveniences in life. There are also some hand powered tools we can pull from the pages of history – and that inspire modern tools – that will help us with our self-reliance.

Canning Jars – Versatility Via Variety

Editors Note: Another guest contribution from R. Ann Parris to The Prepper Journal. Size ultimately does matter. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share then enter into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to...

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.

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.

The Many Benefits of Raising Chickens

Our family finally took the plunge and invested in baby chicks.  My husband and I have talked about raising chickens for years and, honestly, I don’t know what took us so long.  We did...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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...