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Why Do Any of This?

By |2022-09-20T16:04:52-07:00September 16th, 2022|Categories: Aquaponics, General Interest, Self Reliance|

I am often asked... "Why do any of this?" Often enough someone asks me that question and I usually give the standard answer of my desire to bring back to the forefront of our community's minds the habits and practices our predecessors used to make life better for the living. For each one of us [...]

Learning from the Ancients

By |2022-09-11T15:15:17-07:00September 11th, 2022|Categories: Life Hacks - Survival, Self Reliance|Tags: , |

When you are looking to keep you and yours Self Reliant you have to look to those who had to be or else. Those that it didn't matter what you thought, how you were brought up, or current station in life it was a matter of life or death. In the times where if you [...]

7 Ways to Live WITHOUT a Refrigerator

By |2022-09-02T11:32:44-07:00September 1st, 2022|Categories: Life Hacks - Food, Preserve, Self Reliance, Storage|

In the past when the power went out, you weren't worried too much unless it lasted for more than a day or two. All that food you have in your fridge and freezer would be in serious jeopardy of spoiling before long. Add in the factor that recent energy consultants are forecasting a shortage of [...]

Herbal Extracts Series Part II – Tinctures

By |2022-09-19T20:10:07-07:00August 12th, 2022|Categories: Alchemy of Herbs, Life Hacks - Medicinal, Self Reliance|

What on earth are herbal extracts? There are certain health promoting compounds that can be found in the plants around us, whether they be wild or cultivated. Herbal extraction is the process of drawing out the therapeutic components of a chosen herb or plant. In many cases, the beneficial compounds we want are tucked away [...]

Harvesting Seeds – What to Watch Out For

By |2022-08-12T13:31:40-07:00August 11th, 2022|Categories: Life Hacks - Storage, Seed, Seedlings, Self Reliance|

If there is anything that the last few years have taught us, it is that life is always changing. This unpredictability has revved up to a point, seemingly like never before, that society feels it is on the brink of all out chaos for a better part of 2 years. Those paying attention are feeling [...]

How to Store Seeds for the Long Term

By |2022-08-11T13:00:37-07:00August 11th, 2022|Categories: Seed, Self Reliance, Storage|

I remember going into my grandma's "catch all" cupboard when I was a child and was amazed at her collection of the seeds of her favorite flowers and vegetable plants. Back in the day, it was just a way of life to keep those types of essential things around. You never knew when you were [...]

Seedbanks are a Must BEFORE You Garden

By |2022-08-09T15:20:23-07:00August 9th, 2022|Categories: Food, Permaculture, Seed, Seedlings, Self Reliance, Wild Edibles|

It's all fine and dandy to talk about planting gardens and what types of veggies you are looking to harvest, along with the other 100's of thousands of other plants you want in your yard, but if you don't have the actual seeds to do what you want to do, you will only have a [...]

Teaching the Love for Reading

By |2022-08-09T15:19:30-07:00August 9th, 2022|Categories: Life Hacks - General, Self Reliance|

It matters not who you are, when you become a parent you yearn to see your children succeed in life. What shape that success takes is totally arbitrary to the exception of one thing: Those who find success, or a semblance of their version of it, are those who can intake information visually and learn [...]

Learning Pioneer Eating Methods

By |2022-08-06T22:31:15-07:00August 6th, 2022|Categories: Food, Life Hacks - Food, Self Reliance, Storage|

The movies don't give it justice. Whenever someone is hungry, John Wayne can whip out the hardtack or the salted bacon and make a fulfilling meal out of those meager fixin's. Or, if you have seen the wind breaking clip from Blazing Saddles, those beans of a "musical" nature are plentiful. They’d sit out under [...]

Herbal Extracts Series Part I – Teas, Infusions and Decoctions

By |2022-09-19T20:07:15-07:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: Alchemy of Herbs, Life Hacks - Medicinal, Self Reliance|Tags: |

Beyond your cup of joe in the morning, most of us haven't given any additional thought about what we drink that could help us in the long run, or even in the short term for that matter. We grab whatever is handy or in the fridge at work or at home and guzzle it down [...]