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Self-Sufficiency Skill: Basic Vehicle Maintenance

Self-Sufficiency Skill: Basic Vehicle Maintenance

Maintaining my vehicle is my least favorite thing to do.  I tend to procrastinate on it way too long.  I justify my procrastination by telling myself that there are a million other more pressing things I need to get done today and the car can wait.  In the summer, I...
Four Woes That Go Along With Winter Homesteading

Four Woes That Go Along With Winter Homesteading

We’re only a week or so into January and winter has completely lost its charm.  I’m ready for longer days, California sunshine, and temperatures that don’t require three layers of clothing.  And for those of you that think California doesn’t get any “weather”, I have...
These Food Essentials Should Be in Every Bug Out Bag

These Food Essentials Should Be in Every Bug Out Bag

No matter how well-prepared and stocked your bug out location is, you should always carry food in your BOB in case you are unable to get to your destination. When most people think of emergency rations, they think of MREs. However, Joshua Krause wrote an excellent...
Winter Beekeeping Maintenance for a Healthy Hive

Winter Beekeeping Maintenance for a Healthy Hive

When people think of bees, they imagine warm, sunny days and lots of blooms, but the dead of winter is the best time to get your equipment ready so you won’t be caught short when the bloom comes roaring in at the beginning of spring.  Bees, like any other livestock,...
Preppers – Foot Care is a Top Priority

Preppers – Foot Care is a Top Priority

I have a confession to make. I was born with extremely high arches and an obscene love of boots in all their variations. Although my feet don’t quite meet the standards for Pes Cavus (who’s literal translation is “hollow foot”), the footprint I leave behind, were I to...
Five Components Determine How Healthy You Are

Five Components Determine How Healthy You Are

A few years back when my kids were still pretty young, one of my girls and I and the family dog took a short walk in National Forest not too far from where we live. I had let the dog off the leash to stretch its legs while my young daughter and I enjoyed a leisurely...
What to Expect When You’re Goats Are Expecting

What to Expect When You’re Goats Are Expecting

We’re on Kid Watch here- goat kid, that is.  Several of our does are bagging up and we’re hoping the rest won’t be far behind.  All of our does were exposed to bucks over the summer and gestation lasts about 150 days (about five months) for standard sized breeds.  We...
Winter Homesteading: A Must-Read Guide to Staying Ahead

Winter Homesteading: A Must-Read Guide to Staying Ahead

There’s a misperception shared by some that farmers have it pretty easy, relatively speaking, in the winter months compared to the high production summer months.  This isn’t exactly true.  Summertime means longer daylight hours and more time spent working outside, but...
How Your Guard Dog Security Could Easily Be Compromised

How Your Guard Dog Security Could Easily Be Compromised

[Editor’s Note: We would like to think our dogs are vigilantly guarding our properties and will deter anyone who dares to enter, but this isn’t always the case. Dogs can easily be swayed and manipulated to concede. In a SHTF scenario, you want to ensure...
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