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People-Powered Machines in Vietnam and the Ozarks

For years, I have stated vigorously that my feet will never leave Ozarks soil again, but you know what they say about never saying...

Beyond Off-Grid Filmmaker Seeks Support

A Missouri filmmaker has assembled an eclectic mix of gardeners, natural builders, homesteaders, preppers and farmers who have at least one thing in common...

When The Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence

Editors Note: I came across this fascinating essay from Matt Bracken that made the rounds about a year ago. In it, he paints a...

Should You Pay Off that Credit Card or Stock up On Supplies?

When I first got into prepping I listened to a lot of sources. I read a lot of literature, perused websites galore and read...

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...

How Young Americans Survived the Hard Times of the Great Depression

Editors Note: I don't know what the future holds, but history has a funny way of repeating itself. I would be lying if I...

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...

Your Survival Garden’s Worst Enemy: Weeds

With so many Americans growing vegetable gardens for the first time, I thought it apropos to write a post concerning the one culprit that...

3 Questions Regarding the Prepping Movement

I was approached via email back in June of this year by a reporter in New York State who was covering a local story...

Stepping Up to a 100-year-old Treadle Sewing Machine

When I was young, I’d watch in fascination as my mother used her treadle sewing machine (a late 1800’s Singer that belonged to my...

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...

Grow Food All Year Long: Recycled Patio Door Greenhouse Project

In the 1960s, my father spit out the word “plastic” as if it were poison. To him, anything made of a substance other than...

100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel

During our boiling, broiling, blistering summer of 2012 here in the Missouri Ozarks, water was a topic of conversation wherever we went. Creeks and...

Disaster Preparedness Strategies – Will Yours Work?

Over the past few years Disaster Preparedness (‘prepping’) has become a popular topic. A very large mix of people have begun preaching prepping, all...

Prepping 101 – A Step By Step Plan for How to Get Started Prepping...

This is the fifth in a series for the beginning prepper on how to get started Prepping. In part one of this series we...

Prepping 101 – A Step By Step Plan for How to Get Started Prepping...

This is the fourth in a series for the beginning prepper on how to get started Prepping. In part one of this series we...

Prepping 101 – A Step By Step Plan for How to Get Started Prepping...

This is the third in a series for the beginning prepper on how to get started Prepping. In part one of this series we...

Prepping 101 – A Step By Step Plan for How to Get Started Prepping...

This is the second in a series for the beginning prepper on how to get started Prepping. If you want to read part 1,...

What is the difference between a Survivalist and a Prepper?

No, this isn’t a trick question and I do think there are very big differences between someone who calls themselves a survivalist and someone...

Help Your Chickens Lay More Eggs

Editors Note: As we begin construction on our own chicken coop this week, I came across this article on the Ready Store Blog and...

Cheap by Choice: When Frugality Means Freedom

As a parent, sometimes I’ve asked my kids to do things they don’t want to do.  (Haven’t we all?)  The biggest key to their...

After an EMP Attack – How To Get Home When it’s 700 Miles Away

I sometimes have to go out of town on business just like millions of other people each year. The distance and locations all vary...

Never Understimate The Value Of A Clean Shave

So I’ve hit a breaking point; I finally ran out of the razor blades that I bought in bulk  last year and took a...

Practice Combat Without Getting Killed

There are two sides to most of the more opinionated comments and occasionally articles I read out in the blogging world with respect to...

Survival Lessons from the Hatfields & McCoys

I recently watched the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys and was fascinated, like so many others to watch this interpretation of an American Legend....

Prepper Power! – The Advantage of Hydroelectricity

It’s a fact that energy makes our lives far more comfortable and in some cases, even safer. Preppers who are able to have a...

After the Freeze Dried Food is Gone

What happens when you have eaten through all your supplies of dehydrated, canned, and stored food?  Even the most optimistic among us should not...

A Killer Lurking In Your Pantry

For Pi Day this year, I decided to make my family an apple pie to celebrate the obscure and nerdy mathematical holiday.  We had...

How Do Your Children View Prepping?

My youngest daughter surprised me the other night (as she often does) with a short story that she had written. She loves to write...

Hello – I’m a Prepper

That sounds a little odd when you say it out loud at first doesn’t it? Have you said those words out loud yourself? I...