The Survival Homestead

Below you’ll find detailed information on how to set-up a homestead, with detailed information on a wide range of homesteading topics, such as power generation, building, finding homestead property, raising livestock etc… These topics will help you avoid making costly mistakes… Let’s get started…

Mother Earth News – Go Green with Low-Budget Housing

by M.D. Creekmore - April 16, 2014 • 14 comments

From Mother Earth News article - Go Green with Low-Budget Housing : You may be surprised that I’d rate mobile homes low on the list yet write favorably of camper trailers. The difference is that camper trailers are recreational vehicles and are designed for off-grid use. Of course, some models are more like mobile homes, so you’ll have […]

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DC/AC Power Distribution Panel Part 2

by Guest Blogger - April 4, 2014 • 12 comments

This is an entry in our current non-fiction writing contest  By DanW Read part one here. Intro: This part deals with more about component selection, preparation and installation for my Power Distribution Panel project.  Part 3 is a summary, component functional description, and parts list.  Part 4 is my Construction Notes. So, read on! Thanks in […]

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How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House?

by M.D. Creekmore - April 4, 2014 • 13 comments

In summer 2006 Judy Alexander embarked on an experiment to see how much food she could grow, and how many neighbors could benefit, from the garden around her house. Check out her homegrown rainwater collection and irrigation system – watering her 60+ edible crops. Meet the bees, the chickens and the worms. And catch her […]

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DC/AC Power Distribution Panel

by Guest Blogger - April 2, 2014 • 15 comments

This is an entry in our current non-fiction writing contest  By DanW Intro: This article covers the second half of my Portable Solar Battery Charger & Power Distribution Panel project.  This is a detailed description of how to build a Multi-Voltage DC and (Inverter generated) AC Power Distribution Panel complete with a parts list, component functional […]

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The Basics of Raising Chickens for Eggs

by Guest Blogger - March 17, 2014 • 61 comments

Guest post By Paylie Roberts Raising chickens is quite simple, if you have the right tools. I’m hoping to save you some money and time by not having you repeat my mistakes. This goal of this article is to provide a condensed foundation article for those new to raising “back yard” chickens. Note that I have […]

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The Survival Podcast Homestead – First Year Review

by M.D. Creekmore - March 12, 2014 • 6 comments

A look at fellow prepper Jack Spirko’s homestead… I like Jack he is a good guy and everyone should listen to his podcast at least once… )

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How to Cook and Heat With Wood – One Solution

by Guest Blogger - March 7, 2014 • 55 comments

This is a guest post by Dan W and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. How do you plan to heat your home (or BOL), cook food, bake or boil water if there is no longer a ready supply of natural gas, propane, fuel for Coleman type stoves, electricity or other power? It’s post SHTF and there’s […]

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You asked for it – pics of my chicken coop from start to finish…

by M.D. Creekmore - March 2, 2014 • 45 comments

Several readers have recently asked me to post pics of my chicken coop, so I thought it would be a good idea to publish a few that show the coop being built from start to finish.

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Must read tips on how to rebuild, repair, and repurpose

by M.D. Creekmore - January 8, 2014 • 234 comments

This is a guest post by BCtruck  and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Well here it is. My very first attempt at writing something longer than a comment here. I want to ask folks a question. If today was the last day of the life we all know, one with everyday conveniences such as running water, electricity, […]

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How I made my Home out of a shipping container

by M.D. Creekmore - December 30, 2013 • 38 comments

This is a guest post by KR Prepper and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. You all know that I like living frugal. There’s a certain power that comes from knowing that you don’t ‘have’ to spend money I used to run a recording studio. I saw the writing on the wall, that I wouldn’t be able to sustain my […]

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About those generators – Tips and tactics to keep it running through the night!

by M.D. Creekmore - December 18, 2013 • 41 comments
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So was writing a piece about different fuel for generators and heating the pros and cons and such. And wouldn’t you know it the power goes out. This is not a rare occurrence at my place, today is windy with sub-freezing temperatures but I’m ready. With no internet I couldn’t do the research I needed, I hiked out to the main road and sure enough a falling tree had taken down some power lines along with a power pole so I figured I’m in for about 10 hours with no power. After making sure my place was rigged for the power outage I switched to a lap top that had a charged battery and wrote this piece. None of the three generators I own are running.

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Keeping Clean : Unmentionables and Laundry

by M.D. Creekmore - December 11, 2013 • 87 comments

This is a guest post by TNFarmer and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. We here on this blog talk and read a lot about all kinds of prepping and survivalist situations which are all interesting, compelling and thought provoking. I am going to mention some things in this brief article that some may have not thought […]

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More tips and advice on raising honey bees for the survival homestead

by M.D. Creekmore - November 22, 2013 • 8 comments

This is a guest post by Warren W and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Many years ago after the depression  of 1930-1940 my father (a city boy and the original prepper) bought  a 135A farm in middle Georgia.  It was worn out, red clay ditches  from peaches and cotton, poor terraces, hints of being a pre-civil war  plantation […]

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Goat Management and Husbandry – What you need to know Part 2

by M.D. Creekmore - October 21, 2013 • 12 comments
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This is a guest post by Millie from KY and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Please read part one here… Now for the rest of the story. You know what to feed, how to house and how to enjoy your goats. What else? Well, there is breeding, having kids and raising them up. There is also butchering, […]

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Questions and Answers With The Wolf Pack : Heating a double wide trailer?

by M.D. Creekmore - October 2, 2013 • 29 comments

Question from SW I live in a double wide trailer (2000sq ft) and it came with a fireplace. The fireplace is in the corner of the living room and they basically built a 45* wall in the corner to install it into. Last year I started a fire in it for the first time (been […]

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Goat Management and Husbandry : What you need to know

by M.D. Creekmore - September 18, 2013 • 35 comments

This is a guest post by Millie in KY and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Goats are fun, quirky and are great pets! But we Pack Members are interested in with them for an “off the grid” homestead or SHTF situation. That being the case, the previous qualities only enhance the fun of having them. They […]

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So you think you can handle self sufficiency…but can you really handle self sufficiency?

by M.D. Creekmore - August 26, 2013 • 61 comments

This is a guest post by Mother Earth  and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. So you understand where I’m coming from…California girl marries country boy. Yes, it was as bad as it sounds. The first time he cut a chickens head off and went to hand it to me, I ran screaming for the house! That was […]

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Questions and Answers With The Wolf Pack : What are the most common and most useful sizes of nails, screws, tacks, washers, ect. to have on hand for when TSHTF

by M.D. Creekmore - August 23, 2013 • 29 comments

Question from t42n24t2 I’ve often wondered what are the most common and most useful sizes of nails, screws, tacks, washers, ect. to have on hand for when TSHTF. What good are my hammers and screwdrivers going to be if my tool box does not have them. True, you can buy assortments (and I have), but […]

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Hand Tools vs. Power Tools in a SHTF Situation

by M.D. Creekmore - July 17, 2013 • 42 comments

This is a guest post by John H and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. I have read so many excellent and relevant articles on this  site about prepping and survival that I am a little sheepish about submitting  my own for your consideration.  I just would like to contribute  some knowledge that might enhance someone’s life or […]

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Build Your Own Underground Root Cellar – Plans and Advice

by M.D. Creekmore - June 3, 2013 • 5 comments

How to Make a Fridge Root Cellar Building Barrel Root Cellars

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