Category: Small Acreage Homesteading

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How to Build an Underground Bunker on a Budget

by Doc Wacholz In April 2011, we saw one of the worst tornado outbreaks ever in the Southeast. On April 27th alone, there were 208 tornadoes with four being EF5’s tearing across hundreds of miles of the countryside, killing hundreds of people and destroying hundreds of millions of dollars in property across six states. This was the catalyst (amongst other things) to build a storm/ shelter/root cellar/bunker. This is not the easiest way or maybe...

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How to Build a Prepper Bunker or Root Cellar Cheaply

by Doc Wacholz In April 2011, we saw one of the worst tornado outbreaks ever in the Southeast. On April 27th alone, there were 208 tornadoes with four being EF5’s tearing across hundreds of miles of the countryside, killing hundreds of people and destroying hundreds of millions of dollars in property across six states. This was the catalyst (amongst other things) to build a storm/ shelter/root cellar/bunker. This is not the easiest way or maybe...

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Is Kentucky a Good Survival Retreat Location for Preppers?

By Joel Skousen Author,  Strategic Relocation and The Secure Home Kentucky and Tennessee are a couple of my favorite states for relocation for those already in the East looking for safety.  They are both in or beyond the Appalachian chain of mountains which will channel refugee flows coming from the east into known highway corridors, which can be strategically avoided.  First, let me offer some general comments about Kentucky, which is a very diverse state,...

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How to Raise Catfish in a Barrel

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 yielding ample compost for a small garden. The material cost is minimal. The whole operation...

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The Backyard Fish Farm

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 dealt with the urgent need to create a science and biotechnology which will permit revitalization...

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The Solar Greenhouse That’s Right for You

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 is so right that you can ignore (or not know) the fine points of solar...

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Wildfire Survival Tips To Keep Your Homestead Safe

by Ron Melchiore I had another post in mind to submit to you folks but forest fires are a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve recently become aware of the fires burning in various areas particularly in the Southeastern United States. In fact, it finally made the National news tonight. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail many years ago and I can’t imagine the number of fires or amount of territory now...

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How to Make Trees Grow Faster [and healthier]

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 want productive, disease-free trees. Soil that is well supplied with humus retains moisture and has...

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Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners – The Complete Guide!

by  Petticoat Prepper First let me say, I am no expert. I have been keeping bees for the past year. It’s been fun, frustrating, interesting and challenging. I’ll share what I’ve done and hopefully those interested will find a bit of help. Just keep in mind; it’s rather like herding cats. I am setting up to add 3 more hives to my backyard this year. I just placed my order for two more starter kits as...

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Identifying and Harvesting Wild Berries for the Homestead

by Bobcat-Prepper “Warning – Positively identify any food in the wild as safe before collecting. Some berries that are dark purple (like pokeberry) or black (like nightshade) are TOXIC.” I have been hiking and running around an abandoned 16 acre field near my home for the last year for exercise, and this spring I started paying attention to some familiar spouts popping up – raspberry and blackberry canes. That got me thinking about how much my...