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Winter Foot Care

Now that winter’s almost here, it’s time to find that heavy footwear of yours, whether it’s boots, heavy-duty shoes, thick socks, etc. Unfortunately, these added measures can wreak havoc on your feet.  Without proper foot care, you may be severely limiting your mobility and independence. If you’re a prepper, though, you should know how to […]

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All-Natural Winter Remedies

With winter just about here, it’s time to start preparing for cold, cough, and flu season. Though many people may stock their shelves with all kinds of store-bought items, we preppers tend to look for the all natural winter remedies whenever possible. Fortunately, there are many that rival the pills, powders and ointments you’d find […]

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Septic System Maintenance

If you are living out in the country, you probably have a septic system, rather than being connected to a city sewage system. If so, good for you. I was thrilled to find that my home had a septic system, rather than city sewer service. Where I live, the city sewage systems tend to back […]

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Pruning Fruit Trees and Grape Vines

When we moved into our new house, I was thrilled. For the first time, we had enough land to do something with. Now, I realize my few acres may not seem much like a homestead to some, but when all you’ve had is postage sized yards, having one with about an acre of arable land […]

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Hand-Milking A Cow Or Goat

Adding a milk cow or goat to a homestead is a great way of increasing self-sufficiency. Before we purchased our rural property, the city where we lived wouldn’t allow me to have one. This is something you need to consider before buying a goat, in particular, for a suburban property.  You can pretty much forget […]

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Homesteading Rabbits

When we first considered becoming more self-sufficient, we realized we would need a source of meat. Without much acreage, we decided something smaller would be best – rabbits fit the bill perfectly. If you’ve never raised rabbits, there’s a surprising amount of information out there and it can be somewhat confusing. To help you get […]

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Eating Weeds

“A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered,” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. To that, I’d like to add “or whose virtues we’ve forgotten”. When my wife and I first started homesteading, we went to a lot of trouble to keep “weeds” out and only grow vegetables and fruits. Little did […]

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Homestead Fowl Primer

When we first started considering homesteading, I had visions of raising a flock of chickens, enjoying fresh eggs daily and fresh meat on a regular basis. Little did I know that the hybrid breed of chicken I bought wasn’t really suited to homesteading – they’d been designed for life in a modern chicken house, with […]

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Aquaponics

When we first started considering homesteading, we wanted to use an aquaculture system to raise fish. Both my wife and I love fresh fish, and raising our own meant that we could have fresh fish year-round without worrying about mercury and other threats. However, we quickly discovered that aquaculture has some down sides, including the […]

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Fuel-Powered Generators

Preparedness is a subject that has been close to my heart ever since a hurricane tore through my community back east, many years ago.  It left many people completely devastated. Since that event, I have done a great deal of research in order to be prepared for any emergency. One of my first tasks was […]

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Radiant Heating

Two of the most popular topics commonly discussed today are using our resources wisely and saving money. I am constantly looking for ways to be more efficient and become more personally independent. Independence from the Power Company is a big step in the right direction! One of the most costly expenses I have identified is […]

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Fast Food From Nature

Sometimes, ya just gotta eat. While food is fairly far down on the list for emergency essentials necessary for life – adults can survive without food for 3 weeks or so –  (air, shelter and water all beat it out), it’s nice to have regular meals. Many Baby Boomers like to hit the outdoors – […]

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Protecting Valuable Records

In our society, without adequate records, you can be seriously hindered in your efforts to move forward – maintaining your personal independence – after an emergency event. Try selling a car without its pink slip. Try getting your life-saving medications without a prescription. Try withdrawing money from your bank without your bank card or driver’s […]

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Old School Communications

For as long as people have been on this Earth, they’ve been devising various methods of communication. Even in ancient times, people were able to communicate with one another across great distances by employing some of these methods. While technology has certainly changed things, especially in recent times, making long-distance communication as easy as the […]

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