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100 Helpful Resources to Help on Your Climb to Self-Reliance

A few months back Jake from My Bug Out Bag List contacted me. He was in the same place I was in a year and a half ago… new to the preparedness blogger scene. Since then we’ve stayed in touch on our journey to self-reliance. 

One of the greatest parts of the preparedness community is their willingness to help each other. One piece of advice I gave Jake, which is true even if you’re not a blogger, is to add value to other people’s lives. He took the advice and is building a fine blog full of helpful information and original content. Here’s his latest post. Be sure to give him a shout! 

This article first appeared on My Bug Out Bag List and republished here with the author’s permission.

100 Ways to Prep: Watch, Read and Tweet Your Way To Self Reliance

By Jake 

It’s a common theme amongst my readers that I hear the words “gear is great, but it is nothing without knowledge”. I wanted to use those words to inspire my next blog post. So here you go, more knowledge than you could ever hope to acquire.

Below I’ve listed 20 each of my favorite blogs, books, YouTube channels, Facebook Pages and Twitter accounts for you to visit, watch, read and learn from.

One thing to note is that many of these blogs have an accompanying Facebook page and Twitter account, many Facebook pages have a twitter account, many YouTube channels have a website, etc. In order to provide the broadest base of knowledge I did my best to avoid overlap between these. But by all means please check out all avenues of communication each one of these amazing people and sites has to offer.

I hope this provides a great start to you on your prepping journey! Now I’ll shut up because you have some reading, watching and tweeting to do ;)

Disclaimer: These lists are not “ranked” in any sort of order. It is simply a list of my favorite resources so pay no attention to #1 vs #20.

Blogs

The Survivalist Blog

  1. Willow Haven Outdoor
  2. My Family Survival Plan
  3. Survival Sherpa
  4. Off Grid Survival
  5. Survival Cache
  6. Apartment Prepper
  7. Modern Survival Blog
  8. The Prepper Journal
  9. Survival Blog
  10. American Preppers Network
  11. The Survival Mom
  12. SHTF Plan
  13. Backdoor Survival
  14. The Survivalist Blog
  15. Suburban Prepper
  16. The Survival Podcast
  17. Prepper Website
  18. Canadian Preppers Network
  19. Knowledge Weighs Nothing
  20. The Prepared Ninja

YouTube Channels

The Pathfinder School

  1. The Pathfinder School
  2. Nutnfancy
  3. Equip2Endure
  4. Ultimate Survival Tips
  5. SIGMA 3 Survival School
  6. Maine Prepper
  7. Ray Mears Bushcraft
  8. Analytical Survival
  9. Funky Prepper
  10. James Yeager
  11. No More Op 4
  12. Southern Prepper
  13. The Patriot Nurse
  14. Sensible Prepper
  15. Yankee Prepper
  16. Bushcraft on Fire
  17. Common Sense Outdoors
  18. The Urban Prepper
  19. Sootch00
  20. Becky’s Homestead

Facebook Pages

Homestead Survival

  1. Doomsday Preppers
  2. Homestead Survival
  3. Prepper Penny
  4. Preppers World
  5. American Preppers Network
  6. Prepper Chicks
  7. Homesteading/Survivalism
  8. Survival Preparedness
  9. Dual Survival
  10. SHTF Survival Tips
  11. Reality Survival
  12. The Prepper Project
  13. The Wannabe Homesteader
  14. Ready Nutrition
  15. Prepared Housewives
  16. SHFT & Prepping Central
  17. reThink Survival
  18. Prepared Christian
  19. Food Storage and Survival
  20. The Art of Manliness

Twitter Accounts

Survivor Jane

  1. The Weather Network (Canada)
  2. The Weather Channel (US)
  3. The Weather Channel Breaking
  4. National Hurricane Center
  5. National Weather Service
  6. The Urban Homestead
  7. CNN Breaking News
  8. Prepper Central
  9. Survivor Jane
  10. Prepper Exchange
  11. Expert Prepper
  12. iSurival Skills
  13. Prepper Broadcasting Network
  14. Prepper Talk
  15. Survival Spot
  16. Camping Survival
  17. The Survival News
  18. Les Stroud (Survivorman)
  19. I.N.C.H. Survival
  20. Daily Survival Tips

Books

SAS Survival Handbook

  1. SAS Survival Guide
  2. Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag – Your 72-Hour Disaster Kit
  3. Survival Mom – How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenario
  4. Edible Wild Plants – Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate
  5. Ray Mears – Essential Bushcraft
  6. Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle
  7. Bushcraft – Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival
  8. 31 Days to Survival – A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness
  9. Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat – One Man’s Solution
  10. The Prepper’s Pocket Guide – 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster
  11. The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure
  12. When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes
  13. The Forager’s Harvest – A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
  14. Medicine for the Outdoors – The Essential Guide to First Aid and Medical Emergency, 5th Edition
  15. How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
  16. Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family
  17. Prepper’s Instruction Manual – 50 Steps to Prepare for any Disaster
  18. Mini Farming: Self Sufficiency on a 1/4 Acre
  19. Strategic Relocation – North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd Edition
  20. A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America

So what are your favorite places to learn? Who did I miss? I’d love to hear all of your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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Off Grid: 9 Years of Self-Sufficiency (and lovin’ every minute of it)

Ever want to really unplug? Not just leaving your cell phone behind on your weekend camping trip. I mean cutting the electrical umbilical cord and all the trappings of our modern societal construct.

If so, you’ll be inspired by this story of one couple’s journey to off grid living, resilience, and freedom.

I’ve been following Barbara Peterson’s blog for some time now. I asked her if I could share this story with you. She gladly said yes. It was originally published on her site, Farm Wars

Off Grid and Lovin’ It

land

Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

Most of us have wondered what it would be like to pack bag and baggage, move to a remote area of the country, be able to cut all ties to the outside world if necessary and live off-grid. Quite a daunting task, and a bit scary. But it can be done, as evidenced by Bud and Judy who did just that around 9 years ago, and are thriving today because of it.

I asked Bud what their motivation was, and he said: “We just wanted to do things on our own.” Well, they are doing just that. Isolated from the artificial existence of city life, cocooned in the warm glow of self-sufficiency and ready to cut the ties to civilization at any moment, Bud and Judy are living a life that most of us only dream about, and I was about to get a peek at their hideaway…

The Road to Paradise

It was a nice day, and the sun was shining. I could hardly wait to see what Bud and Judy had created. From all accounts, this was a little piece of paradise, right here in the southernmost hills of Oregon. Would it be like I had imagined?

When my friend Linda and I entered the road going to the homestead I couldn’t help but notice the peaceful quiet surrounding me like a soft glove, caressing my senses and pulling me into its wonder. Water is abundant here, flowing out of the mountain and filling ponds, homes, and reservoirs. No well pumps here, just free gravity flow all year-round.

Sometimes the Road is Rocky

The sides of the road were lined in rock. Rocks cover a good portion of the land, and this required a bit of clearing. So, what do you do with the rock that you clear off your land? Why, build a fence, of course!

Road2

Permanent and beautiful, rock fences are also practical, especially when the building material is free. We were almost to the house, and the anticipation was growing minute by minute.

Down on the Ranch

When we arrived, it was like the veil was lifted to another place in time. A time when factory farms didn’t exist and pollution wasn’t a concern. The thought ran through my head that I could live here for the rest of my life, never see the city again and it wouldn’t bother me one little bit.

Homestead

The house is surrounded by critters, green grass, herbs, flowers, and life as it was meant to be. Water flows from the mountain to the house, over a small rock waterfall and down to a small pond above the garden area.

Water

Gardener’s Delight

I asked Judy why everything stayed so green. She attributed it to the water and lots of horse manure. She plants in raised garden beds filled with manure and compost. She says that this is the best way to get the soil nice and rich for gardening.

garden and wagon 

Covers over the beds when necessary extend the growing season.

garden 

Every Goat’s Dream

Off to the right are the milking goats. Bud has built them individual homes with ramps, platforms, and cozy sleeping quarters.

Read the rest of their journey here

Author bio: Barbara Peterson, Writer/Activist, lives on a small ranch in Oregon where she raises geese, chickens, goats and horses. This rural lifestyle is under attack at the most basic level. Federal regulations and the corporate takeover of our food supply with Monsanto’s invasive GMO technology is designed to make it next to impossible to raise animals and organic food.

It is time to step up to the plate and fight or lose it all without a whimper. Choose to take a stand and fight. We can make a difference.

You may contact her on her site at FarmWars.com

 

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