Survival Gardening

By Theresa Crouse – SurvivoPedia

People strive for independence from big government for different reasons. Maybe you’re a “traditional” prepper who is worried about, and preparing for, a future disaster. Until then, you may be perfectly happy living with all of the modern conveniences. On the other hand, you may be seeking to be self-sufficient today and in the future.

Some people do this because they’re concerned about the planet. Others may do it in order to be able to feed themselves without depending on the government or grocery stores. Maybe you’re worried about all of the chemicals used in commercial farming. Or maybe it’s a combination of all of these.

I consider myself to be resilient. The old analogy “watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves” applies here. I’m taking care of myself and my family today in ways that will insure that we will be able to take care of ourselves in the future, even when fragile food systems may fail. Survival is built into everything I do – I just call it being self-sufficient, present, and forward-thinking.

There are many reasons you may want to be self-sufficient, or resilient, but many of the basic tools and knowledge that you need will be the same regardless of your reason. And I’m here to tell you that as long as you have a little space, you can grow enough food to survive.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Are You Making These Steps To Resilience?

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RaisingRabbits

By EllieThe Prepper Journal

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.

Raising Rabbits for the obvious benefit: Meat

Believe it or not, rabbits actually are the most efficient of all livestock in converting feed to muscle mass. That basically means that it is going to take less pellets/grass/weeds per pound of meat to raise a rabbit to butchering size than for any other animal, including chickens. At the same time, rabbits are also faster at reaching butchering size than chickens. For example, if you start incubating eggs the same day that the rabbits are bred, rabbits will be ready to harvest about a month before the chickens are.

Furthermore, rabbits are a little more efficient in terms of man hours and equipment investment required. The female rabbits (known as “does”) do all the work of raising kits. All a person needs to do is supply a nest box. On the other hand, you need an incubator (and electricity) to efficiently raise chickens. (Hens are not the most efficient at raising chicks as this has been bred out of them over time. Actually, even in ancient Egypt there were commercial hatcheries for raising chickens.) Yes, we do keep chickens here, but only for their eggs. Rabbits can easily be kept in cages, even inside the house if need be.

A rabbit will provide enough meat for a family dinner, unlike goats and pigs which will provide a lot more meat, but will also require refrigeration or other means of preserving the excess. Rabbit is an all-white meat that is low in fat and cholesterol while being very high in protein. A common objection to rabbit meat is “rabbit starvation.” This happens when an already truly starving person eats only wild rabbits for a long period. Wild rabbits naturally have far less fat due to the circumstances of their existence.

Continue reading at The Prepper Journal: Raising Rabbits: One Size Fits All Prepper Solution?

By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper

It’s summer time! School is out, you may have time off work, and everything just feels a bit more relaxed without the usual hustle and bustle. Now is the time to really give your kids something to write about in the inevitable “What I Did Last Summer” essay when school starts back up.

Bonus! It’s also the perfect time of year to brush up on some of your skills with prepper summer vacation activities.  Not only is it a fun way to pass the time, most of these activities are frugal too.

Here’s a list of the best prepper summer vacation activities!

  1. Go camping. This time of year, you won’t have to worry about getting too cold at night. Put down your devices and go stay somewhere wild and wonderful to camp with your family. Be sure to practice all of the necessary safety precautions at your destination. (This book is a guide to freebie places to camp all across the country.)
  2. Cook outdoors. Go beyond the barbecue and try a sun oven or cooking over a campfire.
  3. Go hiking. Take the family out for an all-day adventure. This is a great time to put on your bug out bags and test them. Are they too heavy? Do you have everything you need in them?
  4. Take a class.  There are lots of weekend classes in the summer. Get certified in First Aid or Wilderness Survival. Learn a new skill like sewing or home preservation.
  5. Grow your own food. Even if you live in the city, you can use a teeny patio or balcony to grow at least some of your own food. This is a skill that could serve you very well one day.
  6. Pick survival-themed beach books. Even if you’re headed to the beach, you don’t have to leave prepping completely behind. Pick up an awesome piece of prepper fiction to enjoy while you’re lying by the water. (I am a huge fan of this series for grown-ups and here’s a list of some of my daughters’ favorite books through their childhoods.)
  7. Send the kids to a summer camp. But not just any summer camp! Pick one in which they’ll be spending lots of time doing outdoor activities, many of which are the precursor to serious survival skills. Some programs to look for are archery, marksmanship, hiking, fishing, outdoor skills, swimming, and cooking.
  8. Go fishing. Hang up your shingle and head out. Fishing is a great skill for preppers. Not only is it incredibly relaxing, you are learning two very valuable skills: acquiring food and cleaning the fish. Bonus points if you cook your catch over an open fire.
  9. Learn to preserve food. If you don’t yet know how to can or dehydrate food, summer is the perfect time to learn, when produce is abundant. Hit the farmer’s market and grab a bushel of something delicious. Then go home and put it up to enjoy throughout the winter. (Here are some tips for water bath canning, pressure canning, and dehydrating.) My kids were always very proud to serve jam that they had made and preserved themselves to guests, and they also loved giving homemade jam as holiday presents.
  10. Go shooting.  If your family enjoys firearms, summer is a great time to brush up on your skills. You can go to a range, or even better, go to a place with simulations so that you can really up your personal defense game. Even paintball can be a fun way to improve your skills.
  11. Hit some secondhand sales. One of our very favorite activities is getting up on a weekend morning and heading out with a thermos of coffee in hand. We go to yard sales, estate sales, flea markets, and thrift stores and come home loaded with treasures for only a few dollars. The stuff you find will often be of very high quality for a fraction of the price of newer, lesser quality goods. As well, if you purchase from an estate sale, you can often find extremely useful things like tools and kitchen devices.
  12. Go foraging. This is a great way to teach kids about edible plants. Grab a good local guidebook with high-quality pictures and head out to the woods with a basket. Then, come home and prepare your finds together in a delicious foraged feast.

Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list, and all of the caveats apply. (Don’t eat poison stuff, don’t drown in the river, don’t leave food in your tent and get eaten by a bear, and if you do, please don’t blame me for suggesting you go foraging, swimming or camping.)

One of the most important things is to put down the devices, get away from the screens, and go outside. Spend some time in nature and some time away from your normal responsibilities. Really connect with one another and take a break from the demands of our normal lives.

What are some other good, family-friendly activities that build skills while being fun? What are your summer plans?

This article first appeared at The Organic Prepper: The 12 Best Prepper Summer Vacation Activities

About the author:

Daisy Luther is a single mom who lives in a small village in the mountains of Northern California, where she homeschools her youngest daughter and raises veggies, chickens, and a motley assortment of dogs and cats.   She is a best-selling author who has written several books, including The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource.  Daisy is a prolific blogger who has been widely republished throughout alternative media. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health, self-reliance, personal liberty, and preparedness. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter,.

 

Survivopedia diy irrigation system

By  – SurvivoPedia

In the summer time, when the weather is hot (actually scorching hot in some places), what can be more important than knowing how to build your own irrigation system for your garden?

DIY irrigation systems will save you some of your hard-earned dollars, and they also make for an interesting learning experience. They help you with acquire new skills and that’s a big part of a prepper’s way of life, isn’t it?

Now, irrigation systems are essential whether you’re growing roses in your back yard for winning prizes or what not, or, more importantly, for your survival garden. Hose-watering your plants is quite a chore. You’ll have to move the hose around every 30 minutes or so and then store the hose in your yard afterward etc.; basically it’s a waste of time and resources.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: How To Build Your Own Irrigation System

Survivopedia beans

By  – SurvivoPedia

As homesteaders, and preppers, we’re always looking for things that are versatile, easy to store and carry, and cheap.

Well, there’s one food that meets all of these criteria and then some: beans. They have a ton of health and survival benefits and are easy to grow and dry.

To Bean or Not to Bean? 

Why you should grow or stockpile beans for survival? There are at least four reasons to include beans in your stash.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Basic Survival Food From Your Garden: Beans

Fish Farming: The Overlooked Path To More Income, Tons Of Food, And Less Worries

By Jessica W Off The Grid News

Generating an income that can sustain operations on the homestead is critical for many of us.

Newly established homesteads require a decent amount of income to add acreage, outbuildings and livestock, as well as purchasing many other items or services. Well-established homesteads also require a steady income to repair and replace, upgrade and add on to provide for needs or wants. Perhaps you are looking to replace an income from a 9-5 job; there are numerous ways to make that happen on every homestead.

Homesteaders, especially those who have the desire to be completely self-sufficient, are frequently researching new opportunities to generate a sustainable income on the homestead. We sell fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets, livestock to local butchers, and milk and eggs to friends and neighbors.

Ready to try something new this year?

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: Fish Farming: The Overlooked Path To More Income, Tons Of Food, And Less Worries

By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper

‘Survival Saturday is  a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week in the News

You just can’t trust anyone, or so it appears in this week’s Survival Saturday round-up.  We’re all being programmed. Our culture makes the following things normal: food only comes from stores, kids must spend most of their time in a government-run school, and we all require constant entertainment. Industrial food, anything you view on television, and the school system all seem to have agendas that include making tons of money and churning out obedient little citizens who don’t question anything.

The flour recall is way worse than just the bags in your pantry.

Last week, General Mills announced a recall of three brands of flour due to E. coli contamination. The recall affects 10 million pounds of flour.  Holy cow, that’s a lot of flour. In case you missed hearing about this, the affected products are Gold Medal All-Purpose, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens All-Purpose.

These are three of several varieties and brands of flour recalled by General Mills in relation to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli.

E. coli is an extremely serious foodborne illness that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The elderly, the young, pregnant women, and those with a compromised immune system are the most susceptible. You may recall the virulent Jack-in-the-Box restaurant E. coli outbreak of 1993. 74 stores across the nation served the tainted food that killed 4 children and left 178 more victims with permanent brain and kidney damage.

But, like a Ginsu knife ad, that’s not all. There’s more than just the original recall! A surprise gift from the processed food manufacturers.

The potentially tainted flour was also distributed to restaurants and food production companies. And they aren’t telling us which of those companies may have received and used the flour.

Huh. That’s nice. Well, don’t worry your pretty little head about it, because the FDA says you don’t need to know. “A spokeswoman for the FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine said the agency’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network did not include information in its outbreak notice about the flour sent to food producers because it would not have had meaning for the general public.”

We can probably look for some processed food recalls soon. Food Safety News said, “If the flour was used by producers for foods that are not baked or otherwise cooked before sale to consumers — such as raw cookie dough, pizza dough or pie crusts — there could be secondary recalls in the works.”

If ever you needed more reason to grow your own, buy from people you trust, and avoid all things processed, the massive recalls that have been occurring lately have to cause you to think twice about what you’re buying from the store. I got dinged myself with the most recent recall, products that should have been absolutely fine (that huge recall of frozen fruits and vegetables.)

Industrial food simply can’t be trusted.  Buy local and cook from scratch. I promise. It’s not as hard as the mainstream would have you think.

Who really controls what people think?

If you haven’t noticed the extreme bias and outright dishonesty in the mainstream news, you’ve probably accidentally stumbled upon the wrong web page and it’s highly likely that I’m just going to make you mad or hurt your politically correct feelings.

Well, there’s a very good reason that the so-called news is propaganda. Six megacorporations own all of it. And that means that the propaganda goes further than just the news – it’s also positioned into “entertainment” too. Everything mainstream is touched by Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner, News Corporation, Viacom, and the CBS Corporation.  If they want the majority of people to think a certain way, they have the power to make it happen.Emmy award winning reporter Bernard Goldberg wrote a whistleblowing tell-all about the left leaning bias of the media that you’ve got to read.

Entertainment is designed to bias your way of thinking too. The word “program” for what you see on television could hardly be more apt, because it does just that: it programs you for a certain future, certain expectations in life, and to lean toward certain opinions. (Like: guns are scary, rules are good, and you need to become a debt slave so you can own cool new Product X.)

According to a great article on the topic by Michael Snyder, the average American watches/listens to 10 hours per day of programming. That means if you take the folks who don’t watch TV at all as one end of the scale, there are people watching MORE than 10 hours a day!

How do those folks get anything done? Oh….wait…..

A hacktivist group called the Ghost Squad Hackers dedicated this month to hacking the daylights out of the mainstream news corporations. They’ve hit Fox, CNN, and NBC with DDoS attacks. It appears that GSH has a loose affiliation with Anonymous, who was silenced last month as they attacked every major bank in the world. Nick Bernabe’s article sheds more light on this most recent hacktivist brouhaha.  Wouldn’t it be fun if they managed to break into the news one night and actually tell some truth to the listeners?

8th Grade Curriculum Includes Quiz About Pimping Hos and Stealing Cars

Good grief. There’s an old joke math quiz that was floating around many years ago. It’s very politically incorrect, and not in that cool way that most of us like to be politically incorrect.

And some teacher in Alabama decided to give the quiz to her 8th graders. It’s loaded with references to pimping hos, selling drugs, knocking up girls, whacking people, and car theft. You can see the entire horrible quiz here.

Geez.  Speaking of programming. Let’s make drugs, irresponsible sex, and crime really cool and funny, shall we? How else will we populate the industrial prison system with the next generation of slaves who are forced to work for 13 cents an hour?

Hello, homeschool.

Meanwhile in Venezuela

If you’re watching Venezuela like I am, you know that things have gone from abysmal to the 3rd level of Hell.  People are starving. Not like, hmmm…it’s bedtime but I’m hungry and maybe I should make popcorn but maybe it’s too much work…kinda hungry. Starving. Literally.

You need to take notes because we in America could be on the same slippery slope.

Hyperinflation has hit the country. A carton of a dozen eggs costs $150. A pound of powdered milk costs $100.  (Here are the details about the insane prices, from an interview with a single mom who is trying to keep her children fed.) Solution: stock up on long-term emergency food and high-quality dry milk while you can.

In a collapse situation, the failure to prepare can lead to nutritional deficiency diseases that are nearly unheard of these days. Each of these links tells you how to prepare to prevent specific nutritional deficiency diseases.:

And speaking of collapses, shortages of medicine, poor nutrition, and health issues, this is one of the most interesting book reviews I’ve read in a long time.

Protesters who are tired of standing in long lines at government-owned grocery stores only to be turned away when the food runs out, marched toward the Presidential Palace. They were stopped by police in riot gear. This time. Although the Venezulean leader blames everyone and everything but his own (and his predecessor’s) Socialist leadership for the collapse, I think it’s only a matter of time before President Maduro ends up facing the angry mobs directly. Scenes from the French Revolution come to mind.

For a gritty look at life during an economic collapse, this book was written by a fellow who survived the collapse of Argentina.  It’s not for the faint of heart.

Also keep in mind that when things go downhill, so does water quality. Not only are people starving, but, via Zero Hedge,  the water  flowing from the taps looks like this:

You’ll want to also focus on water preparation (read my book on the topic!) and invest in a high-quality filtration device like this one.

Build your pantry. Learn to grow food. I’ll bet the folks waiting in those lines wish they’d done just that before the SHTF in their world.

The Bookshelf

Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat

From Scratch: Traditional, whole-foods dishes for easy, everyday meals

Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News

Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV

Venezuela Before Chávez: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse

The Pantry Primer

The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios

 

Want more info for self-reliant lifestyles?

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The countdown is on! Next week, I’ll be sending out invitations to join a new intensive preparedness course with my buddy Lisa Bedford (of Survival Mom fame).

This unique and interactive online school is designed for a small group of highly focused students, willing to commit their time and energy to insure their homes and families are prepared.We encourage students to make Summer Prepping Intensive their own, choosing the classes, assignments, reading selections, and other activities that will best help get them prepped in a hurry.

In just 10 action-packed, intentional, and rigorous weeks, our students attend comprehensive online classes taught by some of the most influential names in the prepper and survival world. Classes are interactive, with time to address questions and concerns. Just a few of our instructors are:

  • Author and EMP expert, Arthur T. Bradley
  • Survivor of Argentina’s economic collapses, author Fernando Aguirre (FerFAL)
  • Michael Snyder, author and editor of The Economic Collapse
  • Herbalist, author, and podcast host, Cat Ellis
  • Author of the bestselling book, The Prepper’s Blueprint, Tess Pennington

Be on the lookout for an email with all of the details. Our subscribers will get the first shot at enrollment in this limited-space Summer Prepping Intensive. (Scroll up to the top of my homepage to be sure that you’ve subscribed!)

Anything to add to Survival Saturday?

Do you have any news links you want to share? Now’s the time! You are absolutely welcome to post your links in the comments below. (Your participation is what makes this feature so unique out here in Bloggerland!)

This article first appeared at The Organic Prepper: Survival Saturday: Is Your Family Being Programmed by the American Way of Life?

About the author:

Daisy Luther lives on a small organic homestead in Northern California.  She is the author of The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health and preparedness, and offers a path of rational anarchy against a system that will leave us broke, unhealthy, and enslaved if we comply.  Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter,.