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50 Must-Haves for TEOTWAWKI

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) scenario is knowledge. Without it, you won’t survive.

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The Endangered Large Black Pig
September 3, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Native to Cornwall, Somerset, and Devon in England, the Large Black pig is often referred to as the “dog” among pig breeds. This is because of its …

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Solar Gadgets on the Homestead

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee Often times, solar power is viewed as a desired, yet unaffordable option to the farmer and homesteader. While a full solar system may not be …

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Off-Grid Refrigeration

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink When buying appliances for a new home or a remodel, most people cruise the big box store looking for the right combination of features, …

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How (And Why) I Moved To A Straw Bale House

Add to Favorites By C. Gonzales, Port Republic, Maryland By August 2010, I had had enough. My home was lovely, warm when needed, cool when needed, pretty, functional, and safe. But it lacked natural …

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We Had So Much Fun Building The First Cabin, We Built Another

Add to Favorites By Chris Bordeleau OUR OFF-GRID ADVENTURE started in 2007. Little did we know that building cabins was fun and that our place would sprout four additional structures in the next …

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A Simple Solar Electric Backup System

Add to Favorites If the electrical grid goes down, I need a backup to keep my freezers and wood furnace going. The furnace, a wood gasifier connected to a 500-gallon …

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How to Dig a Well By Hand

Add to Favorites If you’re a homesteader, there’s value in knowing how to dig a well by hand. Of the three main types of wells—dug, drilled and driven—dug wells are …

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Are Off-Grid Hydropower Systems Viable on the Homestead?
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites When my grandfather was a boy, his family operated the only grist mill in the parish. He had to quit school when he was in the third …

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Wind Energy Facts: Is Wind Power For You?

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink – My interest in wind energy facts started with a particularly brutal winter up here off-grid in the Colorado mountains at 8,200 feet elevation. It …

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What is Solar Water Heating and How Does it Work?
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites My Granny Brown didn’t have indoor plumbing until I was around 11 years old. There were no solar water heating systems then. Instead, they put a small …

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Solar Energy Efficiency Offers Better Power
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites In America, the ever fragile electrical grid has caused more people to consider alternative power sources. Solar energy efficiency has made powerful strides in the effectiveness of …

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Determining The Best Renewable Energy Source For Your Homestead
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Living off-grid with the best renewable energy source has benefits and rewards. The most obvious is the saving of money on monthly power bills. Setting up your …

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A Day in My Life in an Off-The-Grid Home
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Are you thinking of moving to an off-the-grid home? Ever wonder what it would be like to live off grid? Come spend the day with me. Hopefully, …

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Farm Pond Maintenance to Prevent Winterkill

Add to Favorites By Bob Robinson – Ponds and lakes in the northern United States have in the past experienced what I will term a “fish kill” related to lack …

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