How I made my Home out of a shipping container

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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 […]

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

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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.

Keeping Clean : Unmentionables and Laundry

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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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, […]

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

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 […]

Goat Management and Husbandry : What you need to know

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Hand Tools vs. Power Tools in a SHTF Situation

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 […]

Build Your Own Underground Root Cellar – Plans and Advice

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How to build a chicken tractor (videos by bctruck)

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Chicken Dressing Day or How to Pluck a Chicken…

This is a guest post by Ruby R and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. Looking back at my childhood, I think we were ‘preppers’ out of necessity. My father worked in a limestone quarry and would be ‘laid off’ during the colder winter months. My mother canned anything and everything that could be used […]

Rain Collecting Automatic Chicken Waterer

You can order the Oasis Poultry Water Nipples here – 10 for $12.98.

Path to a Simpler Life

Living a simpler life doesn’t mean living an easier life. In reality it is just the opposite. Living a simpler life tends to be a harder life. At least harder in the context of work required to live that kind of lifestyle. Even though it’s a more challenging lifestyle… it’s a more rewarding lifestyle.

I’ll be the first to admit that my consumerism lifestyle has made me fat. I work a job that doesn’t require a lot of physical labor, I pay other folks to do things I could be doing, and as a result I’d added on around 60 pounds of excess weight. If you think about it…. were our grandparents or great-grandparents overweight? I’m guessing probably not. They worked manual labor for a living and/or tended a garden and farm animals for food. Something else to think about…. aside from lung cancer from smoking how many cancers did they have to contend with?

Around a year ago I decided that I needed to wean myself off a consumerism lifestyle and get back to a more simpler time. Like most folks that think about making this leap, I had several reason that moved me forward and got me into researching my desired lifestyle. By living a simpler life, not only am I improving my life but there are other advantages as well. Since this is more of a thought provoking article vs. a how to article… I am going to toss out some things to think about.

Honey Beekeeping Part 5

This guest post by  Petticoat Prepper and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. You can read part one here, part two here, part three here and part four here. It’s now the end of your season and the bees have been hard at work laying in their winter provisions. Depending on your area they may need more than other […]

Honey Beekeeping part 4

This guest post by  Petticoat Prepper and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. You can read part one here, part two here and part three here. The first few weeks have passed and your bees have been busy. You’ve kept the 2:1 sugar syrup in the feeder and they’ve built comb and the queen has laid thousands of […]