Category Archives: Home Production & Storage

Articles, commentary, and information on building up sufficient and ongoing supplies against long-term need.

Home food production – Begin with the end in mind

There is one good thing about uprooting your family and moving to another state: You get to choose a new home. Having lived in two previous homes, we’ve learned a few things about what is important to us. One important … Continue reading

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Update: Step One – Shelter

This weekend we entered contract to buy a house. It’s been a bit of a challenge, and it wasn’t looking good there for awhile. But we did it, and now we’re in the application and documentation stage. The first problem … Continue reading

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Step One – Shelter

With my new job comes relocation. I’m not looking forward to it, and other than my new job itself, it demands the bulk of my attention every day. There are a lot of decisions to be made, and a lot … Continue reading

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Emergency preparation for apartments

American Prepper Network had a good article up today about emergency preparations you can make even if your living space is limited (or controlled, ie. strict rules). I think the main point of this article is that even this limited … Continue reading

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Lessons from Japan

I haven’t written anything about the Japanese earthquake so far. It seems almost mean-spirited to try to and find things they did wrong. The biggest lesson, really, is this: Sometimes it just doesn’t matter what you do. I’m sure there … Continue reading

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Be a good neighbor

I read about this situation on the American Preppers Network site. A woman is growing an organic garden in her front yard and has run afoul of her HOA. I know I should be shocked, upset, outraged, etc., but you … Continue reading

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Six steps to urban homesteading

I’m not sure this qualifies as “urban homesteading” to me, but this article gives some pointers on making the most of your space when seeking to become more self reliant: Urban homesteading may sound time-consuming, but the couple points out … Continue reading

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Mylar bags and five gallon buckets

MooMama over at American Preppers Network has a detailed post on how to preserve beans in five gallon buckets using mylar bags, complete with pictures. Definitely worth a read.

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Survival gardening

Our local garden columnist recently recommended a new book by writer, gardener, and scientist Carol Deppe, entitled “The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times”. I have not had a chance to read this book yet (its a … Continue reading

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The lure of "bulk"

As a general rule, buying bulk is a good way to save money. But one has to be careful. Take for example my recent toilet paper shopping for my business. We have a regular catalog for a business supplies, so … Continue reading

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