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6 Things to Upcycle Now

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While “recycling” means reclaiming materials to make something entirely new, “upcycling “ means converting something you were going to throw away into something new and useful. Upcycling projects are a great way to practice seeing everyday objects in a new light and to get your mind thinking about ways to make the most of what

Microhouses

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As the nation recovers from the housing market bust, homeowners seem to be asking themselves if they can be happier with less and in less space. The shift away from McMansions to more modest housing caught our attention because the possibilities to use micro housing for emergency preparedness or off-the-grid living are virtually endless. A

Five Ways to Make Use of Your Food Waste

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Recent studies reveal that Americans throw away about 40% of their food. Consider how much you could save by cutting your food budget by almost half, or how much further your food stores would stretch if you could put to good use everything you buy. The little effort it takes to use food that would

Saving the Honeybee

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Preppers talk a lot about gardening because the ultimate preparation is being self-sufficient, or mostly self-sufficient, in a way that lasts for generations. However, we’re never truly self-sufficient because we are always dependent on Earth’s systems. For example, we need it to rain, we need sunshine and we need worms to break down organic matter

Foraging

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It seems like everybody is headed to the back yard for salad these days! Foraging is a great skill to cultivate.  Now that it’s gaining popularity, there is even more information out there about how to do it well and how to do it safely. If you’re ready to forage for dinner or for a

Pickling 101

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Most people think of “pickles” as pickled cucumbers and only as a garnish. Did you know you can pickle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables? Pickles of one kind or another have been made for more than 4000 years and are so popular in the United States that at one time 40% of the

Three Great Prepper Equipment Investments

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It’s rewarding to see new Prepper products continually coming on the market. Not only does it mean that more and more people are paying attention, it means that engineers are busy designing great things for us. The first product that we love is only $25 and we think everyone ought to have one. These three

Square Foot Gardening

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Square foot gardening is an efficient method of growing vegetables and herbs in small, organized spaces. So-called “square foot gardens” are raised beds divided with 1”x1” wood into individual sections that are, you guessed it, a square foot each. So what’s wrong with row gardening? Mel Bartholomew, the creator of the Square Foot Gardening Method,

Composting 101

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Composting is more important than ever as many of us are starting with gardens in suburban neighborhoods where the fertile topsoil has been lost to construction or chemical pollution. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden outside of suburbia, composting will still increase your yields and the quality of the food you grow. It

Hydroponic Gardening

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There are two kinds of emergencies: short-term emergencies and long-term emergencies. More and more people are starting to think about preparing for long-term emergencies and creating a life-style Plan B that would allow them to carry on in a ‘new normal.’ Dehydrated food plays a big role in short-term emergencies and bridging the gap for

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