Finding and Buying a Homestead

There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking to start homesteading. Fortunately, there are a lot of great resources out there. Books such as Homesteading: A Backyard Guide and Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills are both great places to start. In this article, I’ll discuss some of the first things you should consider when you want to find and buy a homestead. Finding the Perfect Location It’s important to look at many different areas when you are searching for a location for your future homestead. Laws and Regulations. Different areas offer many different amenities depending on the country, region and specific location. Consider the state and local laws regarding homesteading, hunting, collecting rainwater, raising livestock and owning firearms. It’s important to make sure your homestead is  …

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Clean Water in an Emergency

Before we get to priority #4 here is the summary of your top 5 Priorities of Emergency Preparedness. They are: 1. Make a Plan. Review, Rotate, Replace. Make adjustments for family size, age and local community needs. Consider evacuation, communication and staying put. 2. Gather Grab and Go Supplies. 72 hour kits, MREs, food bars, water pouches, water purification, first-aid, storage. 3. Gather Shelter in Place Supplies. Radios, flashlights, first-aid, sanitation, hygiene, warmth, shelter, storage. 4. Clean Water. Water storage, barrels, filters, storage. 5. Shelf Stable Food. Items in pantry, short term and long term food storage items. Priority 4 – Clean water Having access to clean water in an emergency is critical and almost always overlooked until it is too late. Here are a few obvious points to understand  …

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What’s Edible in the Wild?

This article is an excerpt from Bushcraft: The Ultimate Guide to Survival in the Wilderness by Richard Graves. We would encourage you to continue learning through his book and purchasing it here. Used by permission from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Food and water are essential to living. Under normal conditions a person cannot live longer than three days without water, but one can live ten days or longer without food. Food, apart from its vitamins, minerals salts and other minute elements, must contain Proteins and Carbohydrates. Proteins are the flesh builders. Carbohydrates are the energy makers- the fuels for your body’s furnace. Every action calls for work from some of your body’s cells, and, although new cells are continually being made in your body tissue, old cells are dying. These body  …

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Advanced Knots For The Beginner

Being able to tie a variety of knots may not be something that comes to mind when you are preparing to survive in the wilderness (or in an urban environment after an economic collapse) but knowing a few advanced knots can save your life. Knots are useful for building shelters, constructing traps, securing a fishing line, and climbing steep terrain. If you use the wrong knot for any of these situations, you may have to cut the knot when you can’t untie it, or have it slip out and come undone. Here are five advanced knots that amateurs can master – and they each have unique applications in survival situations. 1. Square Knot The square knot is the one that you’re most likely familiar with already. It’s a very basic  …

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What Type of Clothes to Pack in Your 72-Hour Kit

It seems that all too often, preppers can be overly concerned about the supplies and tools they have in their 72-hour kit, and forget that everyday items like clothing are just as important in a survival situation. Making sure you’ve packed the proper clothes in your bug out bag is very crucial – and can often mean the difference between surviving and emergency just as much as any other item. A survival situation can strike when you least expect it – when you’re on vacation, when you’re on your way home from work, or even when you’re in bed for the night. You don’t want to be caught with just your Bermuda shorts, your business casual office wear, or your sleepwear for the next 72 hours. But if you’re not  …

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How to Operate a HAM Radio

HAM radio is a popular hobby that allows amateur operators to communicate with one another on multiple frequencies. It is also a useful skill to develop in the event of an emergency or disaster. During a disaster, cell phones and internet might be out of service so having an alternative way to communicate with your family, friends or network is going to be crucial to obtaining information and ensuring you thrive during the emergency. Having a working HAM radio and knowing how to operate it will prove invaluable in a survival situation. Here’s what you need to know: Licensing To operate a HAM radio, you must obtain a license, but this is not particularly difficult. HAM operators call this “getting your ticket.” To get a license, you will have to  …

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Wild Edible Mushrooms

Have you ever seen a wild mushroom and wondered if you could eat it? Before you put it in your mouth WAIT! If you are not 100% positive of the type of mushroom, you could be making a deadly mistake by eating it. It is vital that you always identify any mushroom that you eat. Since there are literally hundreds of edible species of mushrooms, this list illustrates some of the more distinctive mushrooms and their specific traits. Being able to successfully identify these characteristics and traits should help you to avoid the poisonous species. If you are interested in knowing all the species of mushrooms that are in North America, a suggested field guide book called “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms” can be picked up  …

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Build Your Own Wind-Powered Water Pump

One of the most important jobs when you’re growing your own food is ensuring that your garden is getting an adequate supply of water. If you are in a situation that requires you to grow a lot of your own food, keeping the garden watered by hand can be a time-consuming job. Following an economic collapse, electricity and other forms of nonrenewable energy will be very scarce, which means you won’t be able to rely on powered water pumps. Fortunately, there’s an alternative. Humans used wind power to pump water for centuries prior to the industrial revolution, and following an economic collapse, you can return to this technology – with a few modern additions. In fact, you can build a wind-powered water pump out of recycled bike parts and PVC  …

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How to Survive Hypothermia

It’s always colder in the mountains so no matter where you’re headed on your next backpacking adventure or what time of year it is, bring these cold facts with you! Check out this infographic on some helpful tips on how to survive hypothermia. Hopefully this helps! CHECK OUT THIS BOOKBushcraft: The Ultimate Guide to Survival in the Wilderness

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Knife Sharpening Techniques

Nothing is more frustrating than getting out your favorite knife and finding the blade dull. Here is how to quickly, easily and inexpensively transform that dull blade back into the efficient, precise tool you have come to rely on. Why you should sharpen your knives A dull knife can be more dangerous than a sharp one when it comes to cutting yourself. Dull knives have a higher tendency to slip during use on the material being cut. They also require you to apply more force when cutting, which further leads to the blade slipping and a higher chance of being cut. A sharp knife makes for a much safer, faster and more efficient job. Also, a sharp knife will leave less damage to the material being cut. How often should  …

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