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.

Raising Rabbits: One Size Fits All Prepper Solution?

Rabbits truly are the “one-size-fits-all” preppers domestic livestock and after reading the reasons why raising rabbits could be ideal for any prepper, we think you will agree.

Gardening: Break Out of the Box

Our world has changed enormously in ten, twenty and fifty years. It’s night and day from a hundred years ago. How we reach each other and share information is mind blowing. We now know...

Foraging for Edible Wild Plants

I believe it is of great value and importance to know about the wild edible plants in your vicinity and how foraging for edible plants can benefit you. You may need this information if one were to be lost or stranded in the woodlands for some time.

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...

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...

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.

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?

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.

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...

Alternative Energy Sources for Your Home

You don’t need to go off the grid to have these types of alternative energy sources in your home.

Mother Nature: Healing What Ails You

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Riss Ryker.   Living below poverty level, has, in a sense, forced me to prepare for anything coming my way. Learning the value...

1881 Cyclopedia Explains Composting Methods and Benefits

When garden composting caught on in the early 1980s, I thought back to my mother sending us kids to the garden every night to bury the day’s apple cores, carrot tops and hickory nut...

Author Marjory Wildcraft Goes from Hong Kong Highrise to Texas Prepper

Last summer, when a friend presented me with a set of author Marjory Wildcraft’s gardening DVDs, I thought I already knew everything about growing vegetables. This winter, I finally started watching “Grow Your Own...

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...

Lessons from History – Staying Warm in Winter

Whether bedding down in a sturdy home, on the move, or making a temporary camp for the snowy season, there are a lot of lessons we can take from history to keep us safer and more comfortable.

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...

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

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...

Introduction to Building a Storage Shed – Part 2

In this part, we will look at some other things to consider before you install your storage shed. And some general lessons learned to keep in mind through the process.

Put Old T-shirts to Work

Is it just me, or are there entirely too many T-shirts in the world? Perhaps I had a few as a youngster, but the first I can truly recall was a white T-shirt with a...

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...

Food Preservation Techniques: Learn How to Pickle

The following is an excerpt from Well-Preserved by Eugenia Bone (Random House, 2009). This hybrid cookbook/training manual will teach you techniques for putting up small batches of foods to make them last beyond their...

Why Do Chickens Stop Laying Eggs in the Winter

If you are looking into becoming more self-sufficient, one of the first places you can begin to impact your reliance on our modern systems is in how you get the food you eat. Most...

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.

Raising Goats: Perfect Survival Livestock?

Goats can supply milk, meat, hides for clothing and be a work or pack animal if needed. It's time to look at what the goat has to offer and why I think it is better than a cow.

Survival Gardens: Bedding Down for Winter

First let’s give a nod at the growing zones that are just entering or hitting the main strides of their production seasons. Best of luck to you! For many of us in the northern hemisphere,...

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...

Powering Your Survival Homestead

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Lancer. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly win a $300 Amazon Gift Card...

Getting the Most from Food and Water During a Disaster

In a disaster we all know water is going to be very precious. Water is also one of the hardest things to store. Now is the time to think about ways to get the most out of every drop.