Backyard Liberty – The Smart Easy Way To Food Independence

Survival Aquaponics - Backyard LibertyA few days ago, I asked readers of this blog to recommend a product to review, from a short list that I provided and Backyard Liberty – The Smart Easy Way To Food Independence, was at the top of the list when adding up the number of suggestions for each, and for good reason, we all have to eat and being food independent is after all one of the key concepts of prepping, homesteading and survival.

From the introduction:

Mainstream America may be unwilling to accept the inevitable possibility of a crisis situation, but the truth is, it will eventually take place. Whether it’s due to a national contamination of our food source, war, or other disruptions to “the norm”, crisis scenarios have occurred all throughout history and you need to be prepared in the event that you’re alive when it happens.

One of the most important things that you have to be aware of and prepared for in any type of crisis situation is how you will eat. As everyone will no doubt turn to looting, scavenging and any other possible means to get food, the available food supply will eventually be depleted and you will have to be able to create your own source of food. And this is where the practice of survival aquaponics comes into the picture.

We all know that a crisis is going to happen at some point, so most preppers store up a supply of water, food, medications and weapons for self-defense, but during consulting with clients (yes, I do that too – I just don’t advertise it) were I’ve seen the most short comings in their preps is in their resupply plan.

It’s a face… you can only store so much food, because of cost and space, and the more food that you store the more that you have to keep up with, via dating, and rotation. After you reach a certain point it can get overwhelming and unmanageable.

The only solution to all of this is to set up a renewable resupply chain – as in growing your own, on your own land or in hidden locations. As you know I’m a big fan of the small self-reliant homestead concept… I.E. raising a home vegetable garden, chickens for eggs and meat, rabbits for meat, bees for honey, a fruit orchard etc.

I do all of the above and have for years, but I’ll admit that I’ve never tried survival aquaponics, but after reading “Backyard Liberty – The Smart Easy Way To Food Independence” I think that I’ll give it a try.

It looks simple enough, and the plans detail a low-cost set-up that just about anyone can afford to put together, even me. It’s also well written with 97 pages including color photographs, with sections breaking each topic into easily digestible details.

The plans give several different recommendations for tanks, including swimming pools, plastic barrels, and IBC tanks, discarded bathtubs and hot tubs, to name a few, but I’m going to use the IBC tanks, because I already have several on hand and know where I can buy several more cheaply.

Survival Aquaponics - Backyard Liberty

IBC tank


It will probably be a couple of months before I can set this up, because I have so many other projects in the works, (isn’t prepping fun) but I think that survival aquaponics will be a great step forward to increase my personal food resupply chain.

Although I’ll be starting from scratch, I’m confident that I’ll have no trouble setting this up and running it effectively, using the instructions that are provided in the Backyard Liberty Plan.

Ah, I almost forgot… there are several bonus programs that you get free of charge when you download Backyard Liberty including – How to build a water biofilter, How to survive an economic collapse, and 27 Items to hoard before a crisis.

If you’re already a hands on expert and have your own survival aquaponics set-up, then please share your thoughts and tips in the comments below. Thank you.

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. Thanks for the info.

    How much was the product?

    • The cost is $37….

      But the secret to these types of sales is to stop the video and try to close the window… It will pop up a “are you sure you want to close this window” screen, click to stay on the page and then instead of a video you’ll get everything in text/web format. If you buy from here it will be $37….

      But, if you try to close the window again, and see the “are you sure you want to close this window” screen, click to stay on the page and then you’ll get the special price of $22… lol

      • Jumbo:


      • Jumbo, I accidentally hit the thumbs down, meant thumbs up.

      • Jumbo,

        Good tip.

      • Desert Fox says:

        Sorry to say but that trick does not work! I tried it several times and the price still is $37. Actually I wouldn’t mind paying that if I knew all that info they give you is in hard copies and not in internet videos or reports. I need a hard copy.

        • Desert Fox, I just tried it again and it offered me the $22 price. The only thing I noticed is that I added it to the cart at $37 first and then closed out the cart. Maybe that is the trigger? I know that with this type of advertising that there is always a sequence to use that will get you a reduced price. Has anyone else gotten to the $22 offer page?

  2. A very interesting derivation actually from the hobby of reef keeping whereby the small polyped stoney (SPS) corals require intense lighting from Metal Halide lamps or compact flourecents ( eg. Hamilton Lighting) and most recently introduction of LEDs, to grow algae, plus water pumps (Iwaki 70RLT, Little Giant , etc) to provide vigorous recirculation of water. In the tank you would have fish grazers like Tangs who would also complete the ecosystem with just minimal addition of nutrients like iodine, strontium, etc.

    Aquaponics still requires a power source to run the pump to recirculate the water from the fish tank to the plants, obviously the way to do this would be by solar power with battery back up, but also requires a staple food source for the fish although I guess you could cultivate earth worms from composting or mealworms, etc. Even still, bags of fish food are easier to store than trying to preserve fresh vegetables and fish meat.

    I haven’t researched it yet other than the occasional articles on line that read, but it certainly should be investigated by anyone who has limited land for regular farming/animal husbandry.

  3. Chuck Findlay says:

    Is it Worth Doing, Or is it Just Easier To Pay Someone?

    I spent part of today making up some herbal capsules, I have “The Capsule Machine” and have over the last year bought a lot of dried herbs, empty gelatin caps and several books on herbs and watched (and downloaded them to my computer) numerous videos about herbs. I’m no way an expert, but I learn a bit more almost every day.

    While thinking about the time invested in making up the capsules and that many people wouldn’t do it as it’s time consuming. I remembered a post on ammo reloading and someone said (after several posters said how involved reloading was and how much equipment cost) that to him it was not worth it to reload as he made more per hour then the the reloading was worth and would rather just buy the ammo.

    The same argument could be applied to my making my herbal caps or to canning food, after all Kroger is just down the street and has canned food, why can food? And Wally World sells herbal meds (But I wonder how good Wally World’s herbs are?) as do health stores. And the price is not that much for what you get.

    Here are a few other things I do that could be considered too time or labor intensive to be worth doing.

    Auto repair
    Canning food (still learning, but I do have a lot of canned bacon so I could trade with BC Truck.)
    Electrical repair (Home, Auto and Solar electric repair)
    Electronic repair (repair of CB, Ham radios and the like.)
    Installing windows and doors (Doors are much harder then most people imagine, takes me 3.5 hrs to do it right.)
    Building out buildings and sheds for people (I did this through working with a local lumber yard)
    Gun repair and bluing (did this for a few years at the gun shop.)
    Building my own off-grid solar system
    Making my own wind generator
    Building camp stoves
    Construction and or home repair
    Reloading ammo
    Drying/ dehydrating food
    Cutting and splitting my own fire wood (includes cutting down trees)
    Building my own wood stoves (welding helps a lot with this)
    Re-Roofing my garage (Did this in July and my brother and I roasted our rear end off.)
    And 50 other things I can’t think of right now.

    If a person has a good paying job they can easily make the argument that it is a better and more profitable use of their time to pay someone to do things as their job more then pays for the labor to do these things with money left over.

    And that makes sense if our world keeps going the way it is and the person paying has and will continue to make or have the money to pay others.

    But I have (for several reasons) never had a sustained high income. I get by fine, but to just throw money at a problem is something I have only experienced a few times. And even then I didn’t do it as I knew money was too useful to throw it away paying others to do something I could do myself and enjoy doing.

    What happens to the person that buys everything, that always pays others to do things when times get tough? Many times it’s things they could easily learn to do themselves. While the S has not HTF they get buy just fine, but if the flow of money slows, stops or just doesn’t buy what it once did the person that always bought things instead of learning to do for themselves is going to be in trouble. They will need things repaired, they may need ammo, their auto may need a break job. What do they do when there is no money to pay for a break job and they never learned to do any auto repair? Or learned any other skill that could be used to barter the break job on their auto? Most of us are not going to work for others we don’t know without some return. I help family and friends all the time, but the guy or gal 3 streets over I don’t work for for free. I charge for my work. If a person has not made plans for this you can hardly expect people to just repair your auto when you offer nothing in return.

    They will have a dead auto sitting there. Or having never learned to can or dehydrate food they are going to suffer even more then having a dead car.

    Need a break job and don’t know how to do it, but here is some canned meat veggies or green beans to trade. Or how about you do the auto repair and I reload 100 357 Mag’s for you? Or here is some eggs.

    While no one can learn how to do everything, we all can learn how to do lots of things for ourselves and in the process may be able to use those skills to trade with others for things we don’t do.

    I know many people tell themselves they don’t have the time or energy to learn new things, things that they would have to spend time buying more equipment and even more of an investment of time to learn. It’s easy to stay in out comfort zone and pay others to do things. But SHTF may come, retirement and it’s lower income is coming for all of us.

    And none of the skills I’m talking about are beyond an older person, yea we are slower and less able to do hard labor, but working only a few hours (or even a single hour) at a time you can get a lot done. It’s like buying silver, I never buy a lot at any single time, but buying it in small amounts over time has allowed me to amass what I think is a lot.

    What skills do you do now that you in the past have paid others to do?

    What skills do you pay others to do but want to learn to do yourself?

    Are there any skills you don’t do, don’t want to do and have you come up with some other skill to barter to get things done?

    Also most skills require tools and supplies, you need to give thought to buying tools and stocking parts and or making parts from other things.

    Re purposing things is in itself a valuable skill, I’m always doing this. Before I throw something away I give thought to alternative uses for it.

    Things I don’t do, or do well and or don’t want to do.
    Drywall work, it sucks and I avoid it and when I do get talked into doing it I hate it. So far I have only done it a few times in the last 5-years. I did some drywall for the X-Wife because she has no extra money to pay someone, but normally I say NO to drywall work.

    I also don’t sew well at all. I bought a used machine and have been building up a sewing kit, but I know it will never be a passion, it’s a need to do thing for me.

    Farm animals is another area that I don’t do. I like to camp in the warmer months and being away from home for 10-days just doesn’t seem doable with animals.

    We all probably need to learn more and it’s easy to sit and do nothing. But life has a way of kicking you around and the more we know and can do the less those kicks are going to hurt.

    Back to this morning and the Capsule Machine and what I was making this morning and why.

    I had a heart attack a few years ago and am doing fine now. I have since then not had a single heart pain. But I want to head off future problems so I mixed up several herbs that help with my heart, the blood vessels that feed the heart, cholesterol and high blood pressure (never had high blood pressure, but I’m being proactive) The mix I made up is not available in a store, but the dried herbs are. So I ran them through my Magic Mill grain grinder to turn them into powder and put them in capsules. I take these every morning and evening.

    I also made up a herbal antiviral / antibiotic capsule with a mix of Garlic Echinacea & Goldenseal powder. All three of these fight infection. Any time I feel any kind of cold symptoms coming on I take them for a few days. While it’s no proof they work I haven’t developed any cold doing this.

    The Capsule Machine I have is a must have in my opinion as it’s a tool that allows you to make up medicine easily. And med cost is always going up. Here is a link to it. It only cost $15.00 or so. Size 0 is the size I have, Size 0 is a standard capsule size. Make sure you get the one that is in the size caps you want to use.

    My next step is to plant a lot of these herbs this Spring and then start to dry them myself.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Actually I intended this to be it’s own thread.

      • Chuck, I wish you HAD submitted those thoughts as a thread – I think it would have generated a lot of interesting comments.
        Like you, I do most things myself – but I always keep in mind that old adage, “a jack of all trades is a master of none”.
        I may repair the brakes on my 1950’s era vehicles, but would I do the same on your new Mercedes with ABS, computer calculated wear sensors, and tolerances that have to be strictly maintained for the system to operate correctly? No, I would not – that’s a job for a professional.
        Same with welding. Yes, I can weld but I would never do work for others where failure may result in a life threatening catastrophe.

        Our society today is comprised of oh so many instant gratification junkies – people who feel that because they have watched a u-tube video, they can do anything with the same expertise of someone who has diligently studied and trained for 10 years to become a master of that task.
        We have carpenters who have no idea how to make sense of a stress/span table and will tell you not to worry as those charts are only to make lumber manufacturers more profitable. We have “handymen” who will repair your home wiring but cannot explain to you how the system actually operates. We have people who will work on your gas lines but don’t know the difference between the pipe thread compounds used for water lines and those that MUST be used for gas lines. And in the “prepper” field it is totally insane. We have “experts” who have never raised enough of their own food to actually feed their families advising others how to do it or speaking of “combat tactics” when they have never been in the military – much less in actual combat.

        I enjoy being able to do just about anything on a novice level and a very few things on a professional level, but I will always support the true professionals who live in my area with my dollars and my recommendations – they are the folks I want to be sure are still around and prospering enough that their expertise can be passed to the next generation.

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          I wanted MD to post them in a new thread (mentioned it in the first line of the post that I sad to delete once posted) But I may not have remembered to past that part to MD. I no longer have a web presence in my real name and therefore no e-mail address to send things to him. I don’t want an e-mail address as all the people I talk to have phones and we text or just call each other.

          MD you still could post it in a new thread…

    • Chuck, that was an awesome, awesome post/comment!

  4. Chuck Findlay says:

    I bought a book at The Good Will on aquaponics, it shows you how to build your own system for much less then a commercial system.

    PS: Survival mode kicking in here.

    I would not buy grow lights over the net as it’s bound to get you looked at ad a potential drug lab. Buy them locally and pay cash.

    None of us needs a SWAT team kicking in our door thinking we are growing illegal drugs. These guys today are overly trigger happy and ALWAYS get away with murder.

  5. BRAKE not break. Please.

  6. I’ve had my aquaponics setup for about a year now…My experience has been positive but not exactly productive – here’s why…

    1. I live in a harsh climate so the whole setup must be indoors. This is good because it is convenient but bad because the moisture from the system must be exhausted and that means pulling heat from the house with it.
    2. I must have artificial lights, water heaters and pumps. All of course use electricity and if the grid goes down, we must be prepared to deal with a lot of fish meat – fast.
    3. There is no supplier from which I can get new fry (babies) conveniently. There is even confusion whether tilapia are illegal where I live.
    4. We use well water. In the winter, I can melt snow but this means heat must be used to turn it to water. In the summer, I can carry in buckets of rainwater from the roof runoff but it is time consuming, messy and I need a catchment tank to make this system efficient. If I try to use the well water, very few plants will do well.

    Aquaponics has been a great way to teach my children about symbiotic relationships in nature but hasn’t developed into a viable source of food for us. Here’s what I would do instead…
    1. Dig a very deep pond – deep enough that I can be sure the fish survive the winter – in my area that would be at least 25 feet deep .
    2. Stock the pond with indigenous fish.
    3. Harvest the fish as needed via hook or net summer or winter.
    4. Grow sprouts for fresh veggies in the winter and harvest and preserve food from a big garden in the summer.

    I don’t regret setting up the system and in fact think it would be a fabulous way to garden in a hot/dry area of the world. It just hasn’t been the super productive system that I hoped it would be.

  7. I bought the system and used it to build one IBC system. I have 50 fish half grown and have been getting lots of vegetables for my large family. There info is a great start as it puts lots of pieces together. Using it and more info from the net and I have been very happy. I do have a good greenhouse to do this in and live in a cold high dessert area. I have learned much and have found it takes more money and time than I though it would take but when the system is up and dialed in IT WORKS. I will expand it. Don’t wait until you need it to start it as it takes months to produce food at first. The electricity use is not that bad and my solar panels produce all I need. My kids love to feed the fish and the wife the fresh food.

    • Do you use the solar power to heat the green house or just for the aquaponics pump? What kind of ave temps in colder months do you see? Thanks for your review, interested but in a very cold area.

      • I just product electricity. The sun heats the greenhouse and my house in the day. I did need a tank heater for the fish to start the fingerings and it insures they are OK at night. Now that summer is coming the heater will not be needed. My sun room get down to a low of 44F on a bad night and the tank was going down to 73F so I added the heater and set it to 77F. Weather is good now and the tank get up as high as 90F daytime.

    • I too would like more information – Although mine hasn’t been super productive, I’m not ready to give up on it yet.

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