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Skills To Survive Without Modern Conveniences: 10 Pioneer Skills We Cannot Lose

Living without power, mini-marts, cars, electronics or running water may seem like a nightmare scenario but to pioneers it was just the way life was. Having the skills to survive without modern conveniences is not only smart in case SHTF, it’s also great for the environment. We’ve compiled a list of homesteading …

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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 small space. …

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The Best Off-Grid Lessons From Amish Life 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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52 Plants In The Wild You Can Eat

We all know our market vegetables and fruits are safe to eat, but what about other wild edibles? Here are a few common (North American) goodies that are safe to eat if you find yourself stuck in the wild… first of all, please note that you need to know with …

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Natural Home Cures For 15 Types Of Pain

Some things are annoying or painful but don’t necessarily warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. It could also be that, because of some disaster caused by man or nature, you CAN’T get to a doctor. In either case, home cures will save you money and make you more comfortable …

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The Most Used Ingredients by Pioneers For A Survival Food Long-Term

Every of you has something to learn from these pioneers While working cattle at my in-laws’ ranch recently I caught myself dreaming about the past, running through a checklist of things I take for granted that George – the ranch’s founder who grew up in the 1930s — never had …

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The Best Forgotten Meat-Preservation Methods Of The 1800s, Which Can Take Years And Years

The struggle to keep and store enough food is not a new problem, and as far back as 12,000 B.C., there is evidence of food preservation. The greatest tools to the ancients would have been sun and wind. Of course, we also can look to the Native Americans to learn …

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5 Survival Knots Every Survivalist Should Know

Knot-tying is an essential skill that any prepper or survivalist should master, with no exception. After all, having rope or a paracord with you is of no use if you can’t tie a proper knot. And I’m not talking about the knots we were taught as kids, when we were …

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10 Survival Skills Your Great-Grandparents Knew (That Most Of Us Have Forgotten)

Our modern society is highly dependent upon we’ll call the “system.” Not only do we rely upon utility services to bring us electricity, water and natural gas, but also on an incredibly complex supply chain which provides us with everything from food to computers. Without that supply chain, most of us …

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24 Lost Survival Tips from 100 Years Ago – With Illustrations

When we’ll have no running water, no hyperactive emergency services, no electricity… we are going to turn back to what people did 100 years ago. Here you’ll find some “little” survival tricks popular in the early 1900’s and (some of them) useful even today. 100 years ago Gallaher Ltd printed a short …