Self-Reliance

Fire Evacuation Procedures: Do You Have a Plan?
September 12, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Our recent fires in the state of Washington have been a lesson in preparing fire evacuation procedures. The fires swooped in so fast that there was little time for evacuation …

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Tips To Help Homeowners Prepare For A Natural Disaster
September 11, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Knowing beforehand what to do when a natural disaster hits is pivotal.

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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
September 10, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Emergency survival and preparation is a hot topic right now. You’ll find many articles online regarding what foods should be on your survival items list. Some are better for long-term storage …

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An Earthy Guide to the Best Composting Toilets

By Patricia Baird Greene In order to find and follow your own path to the best composting toilet for your family and self-sustaining living situation, it may be helpful to …

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Wood-Splitting Tools for Today’s Homestead
August 30, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Wood-splitting tools have enabled homesteaders to survive and thrive for centuries. Just like many of today’s tools we use on the homestead, there have been some marked improvements since the …

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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
August 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to start a fire …

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Battery Maintenance Tips
August 24, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Your truck, small farm tractor, ATV, RV, and small farm generator all have one thing in common. They all use batteries. In this article we discuss the common types of …

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Elderberry Offers Edible and Medicinal Benefits
August 9, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

My first experience with elderberries came when my husband and I moved to the country to build our first home. We purchased land that was pretty much untouched as far …

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DIY Yellow Jacket Trap

Imagine it’s noontime on the farm and your family is ready to enjoy a great lunch outside. The plates are full and the view is postcard gorgeous. But, oh no! They are back!  Not those pesky neighbors, but a swarm of hungry yellow jackets ready to …

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
August 1, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings. These cookers are meant to prepare all different types of meat …

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50 Must-Haves for TEOTWAWKI

By Thomas Sciacca – Arguably, the most important thing to store for a SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan) or complete TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) …

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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
July 29, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be uncomfortable. I had …

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What Size Generator Do I Need for My Farm, Ranch or Off-Grid Home?
July 28, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

When most people think of Connecticut they envision a state covered in pavement and cramped little houses stacked on top of one another, but nothing could be farther from the …

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15 Essential First Aid Kit Contents
July 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Though we know we should carry a first aid kit, contents can vary box by box. Should you purchase ones sold on department store endcaps or build your own? Whether …

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Exploring the Numerous Calendula Benefits
July 23, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), or pot marigold as it’s sometimes called, is a multi-purpose edible and medicinal herb. The Shakers and early settlers knew the culinary value and superior healing qualities …

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