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Last Month On The Homestead

In This, That, and The Other by M.D. Creekmore

Well, folks, as they say, it’s better late than never… well, yeah, they (people in general) do say that and it’s true sometimes but not always but then that’s another subject all to itself. Anyways, I should have posted this at the end of November, but things got in the way and I got lost with other projects… namely my other …

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How to Raise Catfish in a Barrel

In Small Acreage Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

The text and illustrations of this article are from Organic Gardening and Farming; October 1973. By Philip and Joyce Mahan After some study and experimentation, we have set up a productive food chain– table scraps to earthworms to catfish–in our backyard. The project is satisfactory in many respects, utilizing waste materials to produce fresh fish for food and at the same time …

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The Backyard Fish Farm

In Small Acreage Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

The text and illustrations of this article are from Organic Gardening and Farming; January 1972 The new series of reader research projects starts with an exciting plan to turn grass clippings into organic fish. Dr. John H. Todd with Dr. William 0. McLarney, Director of Aquaculture Director of Aquaculture Studies for the New Alchemy Institute OVER THE PAST FOUR MONTHS in the series “Shaping an Organic America” I have …

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The Solar Greenhouse That’s Right for You

In Small Acreage Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

The Solar Greenhouse That’s Right for You (Text & illustrations for this web page came from the August 1978 issue of Organic Farming & Gardening) Here is a new gardening tool that produces fresh food when the snow flies. by JACK RUTTLE ALMOST ANY STRUCTURE that is built to look like a solar greenhouse will work. That is to say, the solar greenhouse concept …

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What Foods Should A Prepper Store?

In Featured, Prepping and Survivalism by M.D. Creekmore

When it comes to storing enough food to survive, unassisted and on your own for three to six months or a full year or maybe even longer is the point where most new preppers get overwhelmed and some give up altogether. And while I agree that storing and rotating such a large amount of food on a continuing basis can …

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How To Stay Warm During a Power Outage

In Featured, Prepping and Survivalism by M.D. Creekmore

Let’s face it, heating your home during a long-term power outage is probably one of the biggest challenges that a homeowner facing the cold winter has to overcome. You have to keep your body temperature in the normal range i.e. above 95 F (35 C) or hypothermia will start to set in. When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous …

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Cooking With A Thermos Bottle (Can It Really Be Done?)

In Prepping and Survivalism by M.D. Creekmore

I first learned of Thermos cooking while reading Kurt Saxon’s The Survivor newsletter back in the late 1980s and have been using this thermal cooking method to save propane ever since. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I would estimate a savings of $40 to $50 per year from my doing this. In a grid-down situation, using …

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How To Make A Homemade Water Filter

In Prepping and Survivalism by M.D. Creekmore

When asked where they should start their survival preparations, most people answer food storage. Wrong. In fact, food isn’t even in the top three survival priorities. The most important elements of survival are oxygen, shelter from extreme weather, and water. Depending on health, physical activity, and environment, and with limited activity, most humans can survive:  Five minutes or less …

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How To Build A Live Animal Trap (An Easy Illustrated Guide)

In Bushcraft and Outdoors by M.D. Creekmore

No doubt many of you have read about various improvised and homemade traps in one of the many outdoor survival books and thought, Wow, what a great idea—I could do that. Indeed, many of the ideas and diagrams shown are ingenious, and a few of them actually work to trap game—with practice. After seeing all these trap designs in these …

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Tennessee Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers in 2019

In Knives and Related Topics by M.D. Creekmore

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and/or works in a trade requiring the cutting of hard objects, you should learn about the laws governing knife ownership in the State of Tennessee. [ Note: Out of all of the pocket knives available on Amazon.com this one is my favorite everyday carry knife – click here to see what it is on Amazon.com. I …

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How to Make Trees Grow Faster [and healthier]

In Small Acreage Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

The Grandma White Method – From “The Complete Book of Composting” Copyright 1960 by J. I. Rodale Using Compost For Tree Growth Start right from the very beginning. Use compost to start and nourish your tree. We cannot recommend commercial, chemical fertilizers which do not add humus to the soil. You must add organic matter to the soil if you …

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The First 23 Things I Put In My Survival “Go Bag”

In EDC and Bugging Out by M.D. Creekmore

Some people might consider a bug-out bag and a 72-hour kit as essentially the same thing. For the purposes of this article, we will consider them as two separate kits. The 72-hour kit is more of a “stay at home and ride out the short-term disaster” kit, while the bug-out bag described below is more of a “grab and go” …

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What Survival Skills Does A Prepper Need?

In Prepping and Survivalism by M.D. Creekmore

Top 15 Essential Prepper Skills to Learn Now! Any person who sets out to acquire a set of survival skills must start with a brutally honest self-assessment. If you don’t make a truthful appraisal of where you are in terms of your survival skills and knowledge, you have no reliable means of getting to where you want to be. Do …

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How to Raise Chickens at Home for Eggs and Meat

In Small Acreage Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

by Jane W My interest in chickens began at age three when my grandmother would allow me to gather eggs from the nests in the chicken house at their farm. I learned from her to be observant and gentle with animals. When my own child reached that age, I wanted to share some of that magic with him and began …