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5 Old Fashioned Ideals That Can Aid A Modern Day Survivalist

As early as fifty or sixty years ago, whether we realize it or not, modern society was learning basic survival skills. On any given weekend a boy usually could be found under the hood of the car with his Dad, changing plugs or replacing a battery. There was raking and mowing to be done, …

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5 Off-Grid Forgotten Lessons From Amish We All Should Learn

Several years ago we had a week-long power outage in my region. Even though we live in a fairly old-fashioned rural community, panic still set in somewhere around hour 12 of the weather-related disaster. It was summer, a really, really hot summer, with temperatures hitting about 95 degrees before noon. …

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Wilderness Survival Skills: 7 Unique Ways To Find Water In The Wild

Knowing how to find and where to find water sources is one of the most crucial wilderness survival skills. Failure to find water has massive and compounding effects on both your physical and mental health. In fact, your body is in a constant state of losing water, regardless of the outside temperature. …

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Off Grid Gardening: How to Get 10 Times More Potatoes

Americans love potatoes, eating about 125 pounds, per person, per year. Although potatoes are easy to grow, many off-gridders on small plots of land avoid them because traditional growing techniques take up a lot of space. However, by using the caging technique, you can get a high yield in a …

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Great Depression Recipes – Simple Meal Ideas for Hard Times

The Great Depression is almost universally thought of as the darkest time in recent U.S. history from at least a financial standpoint. Like many of you, I know close family members who lived through the depression and their stories of the hardships, but more precisely how they made do regardless of …

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Wild Mushrooms: What to Eat, What to Avoid

You’ve lost the trail and miscalculated just how much food you needed to bring with you. You stumble upon a sunlit grove with patches of mouthwatering mushrooms – are you saved? The following is an introductory guide for beginning mushroom hunters. Keep reading to learn how you can tell the difference …

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How They Lived Native American Life With 150 Years Ago?

It is always fascinating to see how other people live or to speculate how our ancestors went about their daily lives. The foods they eat, how they care for their children, and their basic everyday activities can tell us quite a bit about them. Today we’re getting a glimpse into …

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Landrace Gardening: The Forgotten Your Ancestors Grew Vegetables

Farming food for the homestead is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process, and you can’t afford to get it wrong. The truth, though, is that every region has its own challenges to which those plants may not be perfectly adapted. The solution? Annually selecting and saving seeds to breed a locally …

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The Most Used Foods By Our Ancestors During Hunger

Necessity really is the mother of invention. When famine strikes, and people are hungry, they start looking for unusual sources of food. Most people wouldn’t dream of eating these things today. But, these ten ingenious foods from history prove there are no picky eaters when food is scarce. Learning what …

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15 Forgotten Survival Lessons From The Wild West With Ilustration

When we think of the Wild West we often think of the old films with John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. They’d sit out under the stars, eating beans from a can and chewing tobacco or smoking a cigar. By the way, in 1900s these cigarette packs came with a set …