It’s alive! ALIVE! “Maintenance”

It’s alive! ALIVE! “Maintenance”
Ryan & Collin Buford “The Next Generation” Audio player below!

It’s alive! ALIVE! "Maintenance"We barely escaped zombies last week, but now we’re faced with a new terror on the horizon: the Frankenstein in the garage. This week on The Next Generation Show, we will be going over the power of bringing things to life and the importance of redundancy and refurbishing in the home and on the homestead. Part of this challenge is being able to understand the principles of mechanics and the preventative measures we need to take to keep them alive. Read more “It’s alive! ALIVE! “Maintenance””

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Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop Class!

Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop Class!
Ryan Buford “The Next Generation” Audio player below

Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop ClassThere is much to be said about the benefits of early skills training, like wood shop, metal shop and even home economics. The skills learned in these classes were designed to help the youth better serve themselves and each other in small communities across America.

What’s that? Your child isn’t enrolled in shop class? Your school district doesn’t offer metal working? Or home economics – known today as the “American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences”? Read more “Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop Class!”

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Being Frugal in Preparedness!

Being Frugal in Preparedness!
Ryan Buford “The Next Generation” Audio player below!

Being Frugal in PreparednessFrugality was a stigma as I grew up. It was something akin to stingy, miserly, unwilling to share. The connotation of being frugal is something over the last few decades has gone so far from its origins that has become something that is scary to our culture to consider as something to strive for.

This week we will explore the true meaning of what it is to be frugal, what it means to the preparedness community, and what it can be to the next generation. Some of the things you can do as parents will easily be absorbed by the kids at your side so make this trait something they can be proud of. Read more “Being Frugal in Preparedness!”

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Vinegar, not just for Fish n Chips!

Vinegar, not just for Fish n Chips!
Lynna “A Preppers Path ” Audio player below!

Vinegar, not just for Fish n Chips

Vinegar, one would be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t used vinegar in one way or another. We most commonly think of white or apple cider however vinegar can be made from a vast array of things it really just depends on the source material. A combination of acetic acid, water and some trace minerals and viola you have vinegar. The uses for this amazing liquid are varied and wide because of it’s ease in production as one of the milder acids, historically it has had a wide variety of uses in our industrial, medical and domestic areas of life. Read more “Vinegar, not just for Fish n Chips!”

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Creating On a Budget; Living Simple!

Creating On a Budget; Living Simple!
Contributed by “Dakota”

Creating On a Budget; Living SimpleBeing rich is a state of mind, mostly. I’ve never had a lot of money, but I’ve enjoyed the riches of others through my culinary career. I have work, good health, love, friends, live among nature, and a spiritual path. To me that’s riches. I’ve never felt poor. Read more “Creating On a Budget; Living Simple!”

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Handmade Holiday!

Handmade Holiday
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below!

Handmade HolidayOn this episode of Herbal Prepper Live, we’re talking about handmade herbal and natural gifts for the holidays. If you’re like me, you probably shun the stores between the Thanksgiving to Christmas shopping frenzy. But, I still like to give gifts people will actually want- gifts that make people feel better, gifts that help make the home cozy during the winter, and gifts that help people be more prepared. Read more “Handmade Holiday!”

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Thanksgiving off grid workshop making candles!

Thanksgiving off grid workshop making candles!

Thanksgiving off grid workshop making candlesLiving off grid for most means solar power for light to see when darkness falls and solar means sun. But when living in norther or southern latitudes the sun does not visit long and is often obscured by snow, rain, or a few clouds. We can not rely totally on solar and so we become creative to stay out of the dark. On this Thanksgiving day we went to the office/workshop to make candles. No, for us this is not work but only the beginning of Thanksgiving day in the mountains of northern Idaho.  Follow along for our tip on how to create your own light. Read more “Thanksgiving off grid workshop making candles!”

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What’s in your SHTF library?

What’s in your SHTF library?
Forrest Garvin “The Prepping Academy” Audio player below!

What’s in your SHTF library?On this episode of the “The Prepping Academy Join Forrest and Tenderfoot will hit the bookshelves and pick their favorite prepping and survival books. Read more “What’s in your SHTF library?”

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Herbal Gifts Handmade!

Herbal Gifts Handmade!
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Listen in player below!

Handmade Herbal GiftsCalling all DIYers! Want some ideas for frugal, quick-to-make holiday gifts? You still have time to to make loads of handmade, natural, herbal gifts. Be sure to listen to Herbal Prepper Live this Sunday to learn how. Read more “Herbal Gifts Handmade!”

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Got Homestead Land? What to Do Next

Got Homestead Land? What to Do Next

Got Homestead Land? What to Do NextIf you own land whether it be a quarter acre or one hundred acres, you can create your own homestead. The essence of homesteading is to focus on increasing what you’re able to produce yourself and reducing the number of store-bought things you consume. How you do this, to what extent, and in what order, is totally up to you and will depend on your long-term vision for your homestead. Once you have your land, here’s what to do next to use your homestead efficiently without blowing a hole in your savings account. Read more “Got Homestead Land? What to Do Next”

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5 Cheap Survival Projects to Make Right Now!

5 Cheap Survival Projects to Make Right Now!

5 Cheap Survival Projects to Make Right NowIf you’re prepping to bug in in case of a major disaster (like most preppers do), you’re probably wondering what piece of gear to buy next? I know spending is fun, but the thing that’s more important is to have survival skills. Besides, some of these items are insanely expensive, they just aren’t worth the money considering you can make them yourself for a fraction of the cost.

In what follows, I want to give you a few easy survival projects you can do without breaking the bank. They’re actually useful, meaning you’re not doing this just for practice. Some of them are even suitable for kids – a great way to introduce them to prepping.

#1. Make an Altoids Tin Oil Lamp

Though altoids tins are most often used by preppers to keep their mini first aid kits, they also make perfect lamps.

The basic idea is to melt the wax of several candles (into a jar or something) by putting it in a pot filled with water on a stove. Once you melt the wax, you pour it into the altoids tin, but not before you glue the candle wicks to the bottom of the container. Read more “5 Cheap Survival Projects to Make Right Now!”

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The Survival Entrepreneur!

The Survival Entrepreneur!
Jamea Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below!

The Survival EntrepreneurThere are lots of people out there making varying degrees of money from the survival niche. Whether its owning a blog, writing a book or even some level of training or consulting there is money to be made. There are even people making decent money with YouTube and survival content. You could also invent something great to affect the survival industry. Either way there is money to be made if you have great content or Read more “The Survival Entrepreneur!”

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How to Make a Snake Trap Even with Household Items?

How to Make a Snake Trap Even with Household Items?

We may not come across snakes every day, but that doesn’t make them any less important. Snakes are nothing like other animals, right? The kind of fear we have for them is completely different, mainly due to their venomous species. So it doesn’t matter if you’re an outdoor enthusiast or not; Read more “How to Make a Snake Trap Even with Household Items?”

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