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Storing and Using Root Vegetables

The days of fresh summer fruits and vegetables are behind us yet again and it’s time to make friends with the root vegetable. Summer produce is tasty and decadent in a way that only fragile, temperamental things can be. Root vegetables, however, are dependable. They can last us through the winter with very little nurturing and with some creativity, you can go from slogging through another squash casserole to looking forward to it.
Storing root vegetables is easy. If you’re […]


Saving the Honeybee

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 so soil builds up nutrients. We even need things that are hard to appreciate like spiders, vultures, snakes and sharks. And…bees.
By now you probably […]

Best Prepper Books

It won’t be long before the days shorten, the temps drop and we’re all spending more inside. What to do? Read! Here are some favorite Prepper fiction and non-fiction books:
The Flu by Jaqueline Druga –  (Fiction) This author imagines what would happen if the Spanish Flu, thought to be extinct, resurfaced in the United States. Set in fictional Lodi, Ohio, this book explores the consequences and moral tests of a new plague.
Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques […]


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 salad to go with your tasty Wise entrée (eh-hem), here are some tips:

Be sure you know what you’re eating. The first rule of foraging […]

The Care and Feeding of Your Sump Pump

The Care and Feeding of Your Sump Pump Your sump pump is a lot like your pancreas; nobody thinks about it until it stops working. And, if it does stop working you’ll have to call a bunch of professionals and paying a really big bill. If your house has a basement you probably have a sump basin.
The sump basin is the collection point for rainwater or ground water (most basements east of the Rockies are dug below the waterline). […]

Preparing for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Part 1 – The Reality

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. An average season sees 12 tropical storms and six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes, but as more and more people flock to the coasts to live and work, each year the number of people who are affected during the season rises dramatically. As we saw in Hurricane Sandy last year, even after the storm passes, residents can be stranded without supplies for weeks.
Forecasters at AccuWeather […]

Village Construction Kit

One of our favorite topics to pop up this year was the DIY modern village kit from Open Source Ecology. Marcin Jakubowski announced that modern life could be maintained with 50 basic machines. Now, Jakubowski is a physicist, but he’s also a farmer. As a farmer / physicist, he decided that science wasn’t really solving any of the world’s problems so in 2003 he founded Open Source Ecology, a network of farmers, engineers and supporters whose main goal is […]

How Many Calories Do I Need?

If you’re using your emergency food stores to get through a weekend power-outage, you don’t need to pay too much attention to nutrition. However, if you’re planning for long-term food shortage, it makes sense to understand what nutrition you need verses what your kids need, and what you need on an active day versus what you need on a more relaxed day. This kind of planning will ensure you get the right number of calories from your survival meals.
Also, […]

Vegetarian Nutrition

The number of folks choosing a vegetarian diet is expanding. You can get all the nutrition you need with a smart vegetarian diet; however, the biggest concern for vegetarians is getting enough protein, which can be particularly challenging when relying on emergency food or survival food. Still, it’s not difficult with a little bit of pre-planning.
How much protein do I need?
First, let’s talk about protein. As a general rule, between 10 percent and 15 percent of your total calories […]

How Much Do I Need to Store?

Trying to figure out how much emergency food you need? We’ve got an easy online food storage calculator to share with you, but you’ll need to think through your food insurance plan a bit first.

How many people over 10 years old will you be feeding?
How many children under 10?
How many servings of freeze dried food per day do you want to plan for? Some families plan for 2 meals per day for reduced costs and storage space and some […]