Build Community In 9 Easy Steps … Even When You’re Raising Your Kids In A Barn!

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Are you ready to build community in your life?

You know that question parents ask their kids when they chew with their mouths open, track mud through the house, or something like that? That thing about being raised in a barn?

Yeah, well, mine actually were.

It was a lot of fun when the kids were little, but it sort of started backfiring on Dave and me as they grew.

Because now, when I ask them incredulously, “Where are your manners? Were you raised in a barn?”

… They look at me innocently and say, “Well, yeah, Mom, as a matter of fact we were!”

I kind of blew it on that one, didn’t I? 😉

Still, despite literally living in a barn for a while when we first moved to our rural property, I wanted to get to know like-minded people.

  • People who wanted to grow their own food.
  • Who were resilient and self-reliant.
  • And who wanted the same deep connections I was hungering for.

For obvious reasons, I didn’t have a living room. And, honestly, since I had small kids, I wanted to maintain the ability to screen the folks who came into my home.

How did I address these community-busting challenges?

Well, I wasn’t sure what to do at first. But eventually, it came to me: I started hosting monthly events.

That may sound intimidating initially, but I show you just how simple—yet incredibly powerful!—it can be in my next video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground.

It really is a complete guide to hosting community-building events.

You’ll learn:

  • How To Grow A Community In 9 Easy Steps
  • 6 Safe, Inexpensive Venues For Getting Started
  • My Failproof Technique For Ensuring You Always Have Speakers
  • 12 Ways To Get The Word Out
  • The MOST IMPORTANT Item On The Refreshments Table

… And lots more!

Then, I’d love to hear from you!

What’s your favorite way to build community? Tell us in the comments below.

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Seasons, They are a Changin’

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The season is changing from summer to fall and the seasons of life for us are also changing.

I recently wrote about the realtor asking me to share 10 things about our house that would help the new owners.
Our house wasn’t listed for 36 hours and it had 5 showings and two offers.

The two offers were within dollars of each other. One offer stood out. They had written a letter. A letter saying how they both grew up with woods and acreage. How they were engaged and had a baby. Also had a 12 year old son from a pervious marriage.

We started our marriage very similar to theirs and I knew they were the ones. I had prayed for them without even knowing them.
This 5 acres needed more children to play here. My babies were 3, 5, 11, and 12 when we moved here. So much laughter. So many memories. It was a wonderful place to raise our children.

It only makes sense that this would be the time to move. I’m already grieving the kids growing up. Not that they asked me, but that isn’t anything new.

We close in a week. One more lazy Saturday morning. One more drive to church. The lazy Saturday’s are much quieter, as are the drives to church.
I am in the middle of grieving their childhood and the memories in this home, and at the same time so excited of the journey that is to come.

You see, The Principal didn’t get the job in Seattle (had I even mentioned that was a possibility?) That process kept us from buying a 5th wheel and traveling full time, which was the plan we had originally. It put the brakes on that plan and in the end was a huge blessing and the home of our, well my, dreams.
A yellow house with a red door, 3 dormers (my mom always wanted 3 dormers), and a large front porch. It’s in town. I know! No more homesteading. Well, in the traditional sense. Suburban homesteading and prepping may be topics going forward.

Can you grieve selling your home? I believe you can. There was a lot of life lived in 15 years. A lot of hugs. A lot of arguments between siblings. A lot of sleepovers on the trampoline. There were 4 new teenagers in this home. There were 4 new drivers who maneuvered our driveway and 4 18th Birthday born fires.

Our daughter shared this:

I drove down the driveway in Blanchard for the last time today. The next time I drive down that driveway it will probably be to show my Kids where I grew up. As it is sad to leave, I carry my memories along with me. Building and re-building the different tree houses that we never finished, riding our bikes around on the quad trail that we made or pacing around it when having a ruff day, walking through the woods behind us with the moose trailer and grandma with a gun to get to the Millers, the sword fights, capture the flag with glow stick, the many bonfires, walking to the end of the driveway to get Grans paper every morning, the many Christmas, the animals we have buried, the family debates in the living room, the full on wrestling matches (where I won by the way) and many many more memories both good and bad. We moved onto this property when I was 5. Now we go on to the next adventure that awaits us. We may have sold a home but we have not sold the memories. If anything we opened up an opportunity for a new young family to make their own memories on this Red Rock Ranch.

::passing you a tissue::

I am blessed to have lived in one place for so long, considering my beginning. I never dreamt I would be so blessed for what is to come.
Here’s to new memories in our new home and may we take good care of it as the previous owners did.

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Seasons, They are a Changin’

The season is changing from summer to fall and the seasons of life for us are also changing.

I recently wrote about the realtor asking me to share 10 things about our house that would help the new owners.
Our house wasn’t listed for 36 hours and it had 5 showings and two offers.

The two offers were within dollars of each other. One offer stood out. They had written a letter. A letter saying how they both grew up with woods and acreage. How they were engaged and had a baby. Also had a 12 year old son from a pervious marriage.

We started our marriage very similar to theirs and I knew they were the ones. I had prayed for them without even knowing them.
This 5 acres needed more children to play here. My babies were 3, 5, 11, and 12 when we moved here. So much laughter. So many memories. It was a wonderful place to raise our children.

It only makes sense that this would be the time to move. I’m already grieving the kids growing up. Not that they asked me, but that isn’t anything new.

We close in a week. One more lazy Saturday morning. One more drive to church. The lazy Saturday’s are much quieter, as are the drives to church.
I am in the middle of grieving their childhood and the memories in this home, and at the same time so excited of the journey that is to come.

You see, The Principal didn’t get the job in Seattle (had I even mentioned that was a possibility?) That process kept us from buying a 5th wheel and traveling full time, which was the plan we had originally. It put the brakes on that plan and in the end was a huge blessing and the home of our, well my, dreams.
A yellow house with a red door, 3 dormers (my mom always wanted 3 dormers), and a large front porch. It’s in town. I know! No more homesteading. Well, in the traditional sense. Suburban homesteading and prepping may be topics going forward.

Can you grieve selling your home? I believe you can. There was a lot of life lived in 15 years. A lot of hugs. A lot of arguments between siblings. A lot of sleepovers on the trampoline. There were 4 new teenagers in this home. There were 4 new drivers who maneuvered our driveway and 4 18th Birthday born fires.

Our daughter shared this:

I drove down the driveway in Blanchard for the last time today. The next time I drive down that driveway it will probably be to show my Kids where I grew up. As it is sad to leave, I carry my memories along with me. Building and re-building the different tree houses that we never finished, riding our bikes around on the quad trail that we made or pacing around it when having a ruff day, walking through the woods behind us with the moose trailer and grandma with a gun to get to the Millers, the sword fights, capture the flag with glow stick, the many bonfires, walking to the end of the driveway to get Grans paper every morning, the many Christmas, the animals we have buried, the family debates in the living room, the full on wrestling matches (where I won by the way) and many many more memories both good and bad. We moved onto this property when I was 5. Now we go on to the next adventure that awaits us. We may have sold a home but we have not sold the memories. If anything we opened up an opportunity for a new young family to make their own memories on this Red Rock Ranch.

::passing you a tissue::

I am blessed to have lived in one place for so long, considering my beginning. I never dreamt I would be so blessed for what is to come.
Here’s to new memories in our new home and may we take good care of it as the previous owners did.

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Seasons, They are a Changin’

The season is changing from summer to fall and the seasons of life for us are also changing.

I recently wrote about the realtor asking me to share 10 things about our house that would help the new owners.
Our house wasn’t listed for 36 hours and it had 5 showings and two offers.

The two offers were within dollars of each other. One offer stood out. They had written a letter. A letter saying how they both grew up with woods and acreage. How they were engaged and had a baby. Also had a 12 year old son from a pervious marriage.

We started our marriage very similar to theirs and I knew they were the ones. I had prayed for them without even knowing them.
This 5 acres needed more children to play here. My babies were 3, 5, 11, and 12 when we moved here. So much laughter. So many memories. It was a wonderful place to raise our children.

It only makes sense that this would be the time to move. I’m already grieving the kids growing up. Not that they asked me, but that isn’t anything new.

We close in a week. One more lazy Saturday morning. One more drive to church. The lazy Saturday’s are much quieter, as are the drives to church.
I am in the middle of grieving their childhood and the memories in this home, and at the same time so excited of the journey that is to come.

You see, The Principal didn’t get the job in Seattle (had I even mentioned that was a possibility?) That process kept us from buying a 5th wheel and traveling full time, which was the plan we had originally. It put the brakes on that plan and in the end was a huge blessing and the home of our, well my, dreams.
A yellow house with a red door, 3 dormers (my mom always wanted 3 dormers), and a large front porch. It’s in town. I know! No more homesteading. Well, in the traditional sense. Suburban homesteading and prepping may be topics going forward.

Can you grieve selling your home? I believe you can. There was a lot of life lived in 15 years. A lot of hugs. A lot of arguments between siblings. A lot of sleepovers on the trampoline. There were 4 new teenagers in this home. There were 4 new drivers who maneuvered our driveway and 4 18th Birthday born fires.

Our daughter shared this:

I drove down the driveway in Blanchard for the last time today. The next time I drive down that driveway it will probably be to show my Kids where I grew up. As it is sad to leave, I carry my memories along with me. Building and re-building the different tree houses that we never finished, riding our bikes around on the quad trail that we made or pacing around it when having a ruff day, walking through the woods behind us with the moose trailer and grandma with a gun to get to the Millers, the sword fights, capture the flag with glow stick, the many bonfires, walking to the end of the driveway to get Grans paper every morning, the many Christmas, the animals we have buried, the family debates in the living room, the full on wrestling matches (where I won by the way) and many many more memories both good and bad. We moved onto this property when I was 5. Now we go on to the next adventure that awaits us. We may have sold a home but we have not sold the memories. If anything we opened up an opportunity for a new young family to make their own memories on this Red Rock Ranch.

::passing you a tissue::

I am blessed to have lived in one place for so long, considering my beginning. I never dreamt I would be so blessed for what is to come.
Here’s to new memories in our new home and may we take good care of it as the previous owners did.

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Maine Lighthouse for sale

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Red and white C19th lighthouse on island in Maine

They should advertise on Landbuddy.com

If you want to truly be alone in style, check out this private island and historic lighthouse for sale in Maine.

Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse is located on Green Island off the coast of Brooklin, Maine, and offers 360-degree oceanfront views and white sand beaches.

The white clapboard lightkeeper’s cottage was built in 1856 and has four bedrooms, solar electricity, a wood stove, and a full kitchen with a refrigerator and gas range, according to the listing from Acadia Realty. “Imagine sitting on the porch of the keepers house, watching schooners come within yards of your porch,” the listing states. “Sitting on this outer island is like having your own private window to the world with amazing views in all directions.”

The picturesque scenery includes Isle Au Haut and the mountains of Acadia, as well as plenty of barking seals, which love to hang out around the island. “When you’re on the island, it feels a lot bigger than an acre,” said Steve Shelton, the listing broker.

In fact, the size of the island changes from day to day. At high tide, the island is about an acre; but at low tide, white sand beaches emerge and the land surface expands to 5 acres, according to Shelton. You can even walk to the mainland during low tide. “From the porch, you can wave to people when they come through on their boats,” he said. “It’s awesome.”

Shelton said the property is slated to be featured on an upcoming episode of the TV show “Unplugged Nation.” The current owners used a rainwater collection system, but the possibility of drilling a well is there, Shelton said. “It’s really cool,” he said. “It’s off the grid.”

Shelton said that compared with other lighthouse properties he’s seen, this one is in good shape and priced relatively low. It’s been in the same family for years and was originally put on the market for $850,000. The asking price has since been lowered to $650,000, he said.

Indeed, the asking price is less expensive than Graves Light in Boston Harbor (which sold for $933,888 at a government auction in 2013).

Just think about this: For the same amount of money, you could get a 569-square-foot condo in Mission Hill . . . or you could own your own island and lighthouse. Which would you choose?

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SIG P320 Drop Test: What’s wrong with the US Army’s new sidearm?

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On January 19, 2017, it was announced that the SIG Sauer P320 had won the United States Military XM17 Modular Handgun System competition. Becoming the new US armed forces sidearm was a huge deal, even more so because it beat their hated rival in the process, the Glock pistol.

Fans quickly flocked to buy the newly crowned champion. Fanboys made a huge deal over it, blowing the P320 out of proportion and crowning it the best invention ever in mankind’s history. If that sounds exaggerated you should have seen some of the threads discussing the contract win back then…

Anyway, the difference between fanboys and actual firearms experts is that anyone that knows the first thing about weapons design knows that the P320, in spite of its design pro and cons, simply hadn’t past the ultimate test: Time.

You see, when certain people (me included) recommend Glock and mention it as without a doubt the best combat handgun in the world, we don’t do so out of blind fan adoration, we do it out of clinical observation. Simplicity, weight, accuracy, durability, reliability, commonality, ease of use, these are all important and they are the reason why the Glock is the most copied combat handgun design, but none of this would matter if it hadn’t passed the test of time.

You see, the Glock 17 was adopted by the Austrian military and police forces in 1982. Shortly after by the Norwegian and Swedish armed forces and more recently in 2013 the British Army adopted the Glock 17 Gen 4 to replace their Browning Hi-Power pistols. Why didn’t the US Military adopt it as well? All excuses aside, it came down to a matter of politics. The American military doesn’t want to carry around all day long a very non-American, rather very European firearm. Silly? Maybe, but it’s the same reason why they didn’t go for the FAL and chose the M14 instead while the rest of the world saw the potential of “the right arm of the free world”.

But all this brings us to the fact that way too many people spend their hard earned money on a gun that wasn’t nearly as proven as they thought it was. They believed that the army adopting it instantly gave it all the credentials they needed. Guns & Ammo ran with this now infamous cover.

And then someone dropped his P320.

You see, the trigger in the P320 is too heavy, and inertia is enough to dischage the weapon when dropped. Glock covers this potential issue with its trigger safety, which the P320 lacks.

Now Sig fanboys are on meltdown mode. Quite honestly a modern firearm with such a massive design flow should not be carried. That Sig chose to play dump and not do an official recall and instead offer an upgrade in their “voluntarily recall” added offense to insult. The upgraded trigger isnt looking very good either.

Is the P320 a viable carry option? Of course its not, at least not with such a design flaw it isn’t, and the upgraded trigger is having problems of its own.

Good guns are like good software or good cars, they need to be tested and get the bugs sorted out. In the case of guns we’re talking about decades of recorded use in the field, both battlefield and street.

For your concealed carry gun, its particularly important to stick to reliable, well proven models which you know you can count on. The P320 simply isn’t that gun, at least not today.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

9 Incredible Underground Bunkers That Will Blow Your Mind

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A thermonuclear war, a zombie virus outbreak, or an alien invasion — whatever may arrive, the world population will most likely deplete by less than half. Due to this deadly possibility, many people struggle to figure out on how they can live through the harshest times. If a catastrophe that can eradicate humanity happens today, did you prepare enough to survive?

Quick Navigation

  1. The Survival Condo Project
  2. Luxury Underground Doomsday Banker
  3. Atlas Galvanized Steel Underground Shelter
  4. Vivos Europa One
  5. Radius Engineering Survival Shelters
  6. Silo Home
  7. Cavern Suite
  8. The Oppidum
  9. Subterra Castle

Things may not go the same way as your favorite prime time series. Although you can take advantage of the tiniest opportunity to run, find an ally, and make a barricade, your chances of survival above the ground remains at a slim ten to twenty percent. An underground shelter provides a better hiding place, increasing your chances to live through war, pestilence, and famine.

When country leaders fail to stop a nuclear war or a mad scientist spreads an airborne virus that can turn every living being into a flesh-eating zombie, a perfectly shielded underground place filled with complete amenities is exactly where everyone would want to be trapped into. Surprisingly, such dreamy, luxurious, and sci-fi-like underground bunkers exist in different parts of the world.

The existence of these incredible underground bunkers serves as proof that some lives will go on. Despite some crazy war freaks or aliens wreaking havoc in the face of the Earth, a privileged few may survive effortlessly and breed the next generations of humanity. This is a possibility some families and communities are preparing for.

We gathered ten incredible underground bunkers that can provide years of shelter. If you have some cash to burn, consider investing on tough, nuclear-proof, underground bunkers. Make sure to stock up with food, water, and electricity that will last for many years.

#1 – The Survival Condo Project

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In 2008, former network and data centers developer Larry Hall, purchased an unused missile silo for $300,000 and transformed it into a doomsday bunker. This luxury apartment underground will serve as shelter for people  who don’t want to become casualties in an apocalyptic event and owns enough cash to burn.

The whole facility costs $20 million dollars to build and can accommodate up to a dozen families. For the years to come, residents can get food from its food stores, fish tanks, and garden planters with grow lamps. Apart from a safe home to spend a few years in, the Survival Condo Project also offers five year supply of food per person, mandatory survival training, and internet access for every purchase.

The location of this underground luxury condominium remains as a top-secret. But Larry Halls says it hides somewhere in Wichita, Kansas. Probably covered by rolling hills and farmland. The silo served as a previous home to a nuclear warhead that can withstand a direct nuclear hit.

The Survival Condo Project has 15 floors divided into 12 family homes including general access areas and space for operations. A full-floor unit which costs $3 million measures 1,820 feet, a bit bigger than one-thirds of a basketball court. Each units include three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining area, wash & dry area, and a great room.

Larry Halls also said that when North Korea conducted some nuclear testing, he received a surge of calls from people who would like to purchase unit.

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underground bunkers - survival condo project

underground bunkers - survival condo project

underground bunkers - survival condo project

underground bunkers - survival condo project

underground bunkers - survival condo project

Images: Business Insider

#2 – Luxury Underground Doomsday Bunker

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Located somewhere in Tifton, Georgia, this two-story, 12-bedroom underground bunker serves as the ultimate escape pod from all the worries in life. With a total tag price of $17.5 million, this doomsday shelter promises not just safety, but also high-end entertainment throughout the entire apocalypse.

The luxurious underground doomsday bunker will help you forget about everything with its entertainment facilities such as conference room, computer room, home theater, commercial kitchen, workshop room, recreation room, and a library. Also, you will remain connected to the internet through 2 DSL technology.

The fortress does not only showcase its dreamy amenities, but it also guarantees safety against asteroids, chemical attacks, nuclear explosion, zombie outbreak, and more. Its three-foot upgraded concrete walls can withstand a 20-kiloton nuclear blast. It is also equipped with decontamination showers, solar power backup, private water systems, secure air intake and HVAC.

The design may not appear as the coziest and fanciest. But in an apocalyptic world, you’ll never find anything like this. Take a peek on what’s inside of this $17.5 million worth of underground bunker.

underground bunkers - luxury doomsday bunker

underground bunkers - luxury doomsday bunker

Images: Luxury 4 Play

#3 – Atlas Galvanized Steel Underground Shelter

If you can’t burn millions of dollars to have a safe place to hide during the end of the world, you can turn to the Atlas Survival Shelter. For less than $50,000, you can buy an underground bunker that will shield you in the event of a civil war, nuclear attack, or a zombie apocalypse.

While 20 feet below ground, the Atlas Galvanized Steel Underground Shelter provides comfy deluxe shelter with complete amenities such as sleeping quarters, kitchen, living area, restroom, storage room and a concealed escape hatch. It also has solar panels and other external pieces disguised so that no one can find your fallout den.

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underground bunkers - atlas

underground bunkers - atlas

underground bunkers - atlas

Images: Viral Nova

#4 – Vivos Europa One

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Vivos founder, Robert Vicinio unveiled one of the most luxurious underground bunkers that exist. The entire facility costs $1 billion built for millionaires in the event of an apocalypse. Vivos Europa One can survive through chemical attacks, thermonuclear war, tsunami, earthquakes, and other disasters.

The Vivos Europa One shelter, located in Rothenstein, Germany boasts lavish amenities such as grand swimming pools, gyms, theaters, restaurants, customized apartment units, outdoor service, and even a helicopter service. It also features its own roadways, railways, tunnel chambers, top-notch security system, blast-proof doors, self-contained water system, and power generators.

Each family who purchased a unit will receive a 2500 square feet apartment unit with design based on their own specifications. It remains a huge question as to how much they need to pay to get themselves into this underground shelter. Sources say that families will need to pay for staffing, management, and other facility costs on top of the base sum for their unit.

But no matter how much money they burn for living in this facility, it guarantees the safety and comfort of all family members.

underground bunkers - Vivo Europa One

underground bunkers - Vivo Europa One

underground bunkers - Vivo Europa One

underground bunkers - Vivo Europa One

Images: Vivos

#5 – Radius Engineering Survival Shelters

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To ease your mind from the rising tension between nuclear-capable countries and worries of a civil unrest, investing a decent amount of money for this underground survival shelter may serve as one of your best life-saving decisions. At a price of $200,000, you get a Radius Engineering Survival Shelter with fiberglass shells that outlasts steel shells and concrete shells. Apart from the extremely tough walls, Radius also build their bunkers with air purifiers with a UV-radiation sterilization system too.

So if you feel like the world’s not getting any better, consider saving money to spend for this doomsday shelter project. A regular unit costs around $200,000 while an apartment for multiple families is around $2 million. Radius has been building underground bunkers for three decades now. These are regularly meant for military uses but due to terrorist attacks and nuclear threats, the company created family models too.

underground bunkers -radius engineering

underground bunkers -radius engineering

Images: Wired

#6 – Silo Home

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The Silo Home in Saranac, New York up in Adirondack Mountains makes another incredible underground shelter that will keep you alive when a nuclear bomb hits the big city. The property costs around $750,000 listed on the Saranac real estate. At the site, you will see a regular, cabin-like home serving as a decoy house. However, the real home lies underneath the closet.

When you get to the decoy house, you enter this closet that will lead you to a blast-proof, 2000-pound steel door. The above section of the command center covers a space of over 2,000 feet for the kitchen, and living area with a bedroom. On the other hand, its bottom part is where you can find the restrooms and bedrooms.

At the bottom level, you can access the deep silo measuring 185 feet where the Atlas F missile used to stay during the cold war. Although the living areas look normal, its window views are just a mimic of outdoor lighting. The Silo Home also provides luxurious amenities such as an enormous master suite, a marble-tiled jacuzzi, and a gourmet kitchen.

underground bunkers -silo home NY

underground bunkers -silo home NY

Images: Zillow.com

#7 – Cavern Suite

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The Grand Canyon provided enough thrill to adventurers who visited the spot. If ever you decided to sleep somewhere near, consider the Grand Canyon Caverns located in Peach Springs, Arizona that once served as a fallout shelter.

In 1927, a woodcutter named Walter Peck discovered the underground caverns. Suspecting that the area might be full of gold, he bought the land and searched for the treasures. When he found out that the cave holds no piece of gold, he decided to turn it into an attraction and guided the first guests through the caverns.

Many owners bought this land and they used the caverns for different purposes. Its most notable use was during the Cuban Missile Crisis where it housed an estimate of 2000 people. As of today, some of the relics or stockpiles remain in the caverns.

A group of friends purchased the property in 2001 and turned the bomb shelter into a luxurious suit with 220 feet by 400 feet coverage. If a nuclear attack happens, it can still house up to 2000 people for several weeks.

underground bunkers - canyon caverns

underground bunkers - canyon caverns

Images: Thrillist.com

#8 – The Oppidum

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From a secret corridor, residents can access this underground shelter and shut the passage with a blast-proof door in just a minute. This escape mechanism of The Oppidum, the world’s largest known private apocalypse shelter, allows its residents to escape to the underground shelter and return quickly above the ground.

This luxurious underground compound has a total space of 77,500 square feet with 13 foot high ceilings. Some of its high-end features include a spa, swimming pool, cinema, library, and other leisure facilities. Apart from its defense against a nuclear explosion or a strong earthquake, its location plays a huge role on its security.

The Oppidum is located in Czech Republic, a region surrounded by mountains. The place was never targeted as a subject for aggression. Geographically, any possible conflict will most likely stay away from Czech Republic or invaders may likely reach it at a later stage. By that time, residents and the owner of The Oppidum will arrive and have plenty of time to prepare.

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underground bunkers -oppidum

underground bunkers -oppidum

Images: The Oppidum

#9 – Subterra Castle

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In Eskridge, Kansas, a family lives in what was previously a shelter of a four-megaton hydrogen bomb. Because of this, their 47-ton garage door holds a tremendous defense that can withstand a doomsday blast. After investing some hard work, the site becomes a cozy underground home named Subterra Castle which will shield them from thermonuclear wars, harsh weather, earthquakes, and other crazy apocalyptic event.

The Peden family, known as one of the first people who turned a former cold-war missile site into a livable home run a business called 20th Century Castles. It helps other people plan and build an underground shelter.

The Subterra Castle covers 34 acres of estate, including an airstrip, and other facilities. The silo which was bought by Ed Peden for only $40,000 transformed this former junk heap to a modern day castle. The complex tunnels of the site stays 10-15 feet underground. The family just needs to make sure they stock up with emergency food and other basic needs, then they can sleep well knowing that they are safe from almost everything.

underground bunkers - subterra castle

underground bunkers - subterra castle

Images: 20th Century Castles

9 Incredible Underground Bunkers That Will Blow Your Mind

A thermonuclear war, a zombie virus outbreak, or an alien invasion — whatever may arrive, the world population will most likely deplete by less than half. Due to this deadly possibility, many people struggle to figure out on how they can live through the harshest times. If a catastrophe that can eradicate humanity happens today, did you prepare enough to survive?

Quick Navigation

  1. The Survival Condo Project
  2. Luxury Underground Doomsday Banker
  3. Atlas Galvanized Steel Underground Shelter
  4. Vivos Europa One
  5. Radius Engineering Survival Shelters
  6. Silo Home
  7. Cavern Suite
  8. The Oppidum
  9. Subterra Castle

Things may not go the same way as your favorite prime time series. Although you can take advantage of the tiniest opportunity to run, find an ally, and make a barricade, your chances of survival above the ground remains at a slim ten to twenty percent. An underground shelter provides a better hiding place, increasing your chances to live through war, pestilence, and famine.

When country leaders fail to stop a nuclear war or a mad scientist spreads an airborne virus that can turn every living being into a flesh-eating zombie, a perfectly shielded underground place filled with complete amenities is exactly where everyone would want to be trapped into. Surprisingly, such dreamy, luxurious, and sci-fi-like underground bunkers exist in different parts of the world.

The existence of these incredible underground bunkers serves as proof that some lives will go on. Despite some crazy war freaks or aliens wreaking havoc in the face of the Earth, a privileged few may survive effortlessly and breed the next generations of humanity. This is a possibility some families and communities are preparing for.

We gathered ten incredible underground bunkers that can provide years of shelter. If you have some cash to burn, consider investing on tough, nuclear-proof, underground bunkers. Make sure to stock up with food, water, and electricity that will last for many years.

#1 – The Survival Condo Project

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In 2008, former network and data centers developer Larry Hall, purchased an unused missile silo for $300,000 and transformed it into a doomsday bunker. This luxury apartment underground will serve as shelter for people  who don’t want to become casualties in an apocalyptic event and owns enough cash to burn.

The whole facility costs $20 million dollars to build and can accommodate up to a dozen families. For the years to come, residents can get food from its food stores, fish tanks, and garden planters with grow lamps. Apart from a safe home to spend a few years in, the Survival Condo Project also offers five year supply of food per person, mandatory survival training, and internet access for every purchase.

The location of this underground luxury condominium remains as a top-secret. But Larry Halls says it hides somewhere in Wichita, Kansas. Probably covered by rolling hills and farmland. The silo served as a previous home to a nuclear warhead that can withstand a direct nuclear hit.

The Survival Condo Project has 15 floors divided into 12 family homes including general access areas and space for operations. A full-floor unit which costs $3 million measures 1,820 feet, a bit bigger than one-thirds of a basketball court. Each units include three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining area, wash & dry area, and a great room.

Larry Halls also said that when North Korea conducted some nuclear testing, he received a surge of calls from people who would like to purchase unit.

underground bunkers - survival condo project

underground bunkers - survival condo project

underground bunkers - survival condo project

underground bunkers - survival condo project

underground bunkers - survival condo project

underground bunkers - survival condo project

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#2 – Luxury Underground Doomsday Bunker

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Located somewhere in Tifton, Georgia, this two-story, 12-bedroom underground bunker serves as the ultimate escape pod from all the worries in life. With a total tag price of $17.5 million, this doomsday shelter promises not just safety, but also high-end entertainment throughout the entire apocalypse.

The luxurious underground doomsday bunker will help you forget about everything with its entertainment facilities such as conference room, computer room, home theater, commercial kitchen, workshop room, recreation room, and a library. Also, you will remain connected to the internet through 2 DSL technology.

The fortress does not only showcase its dreamy amenities, but it also guarantees safety against asteroids, chemical attacks, nuclear explosion, zombie outbreak, and more. Its three-foot upgraded concrete walls can withstand a 20-kiloton nuclear blast. It is also equipped with decontamination showers, solar power backup, private water systems, secure air intake and HVAC.

The design may not appear as the coziest and fanciest. But in an apocalyptic world, you’ll never find anything like this. Take a peek on what’s inside of this $17.5 million worth of underground bunker.

underground bunkers - luxury doomsday bunker

underground bunkers - luxury doomsday bunker

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#3 – Atlas Galvanized Steel Underground Shelter

If you can’t burn millions of dollars to have a safe place to hide during the end of the world, you can turn to the Atlas Survival Shelter. For less than $50,000, you can buy an underground bunker that will shield you in the event of a civil war, nuclear attack, or a zombie apocalypse.

While 20 feet below ground, the Atlas Galvanized Steel Underground Shelter provides comfy deluxe shelter with complete amenities such as sleeping quarters, kitchen, living area, restroom, storage room and a concealed escape hatch. It also has solar panels and other external pieces disguised so that no one can find your fallout den.

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underground bunkers - atlas

underground bunkers - atlas

underground bunkers - atlas

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#4 – Vivos Europa One

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Vivos founder, Robert Vicinio unveiled one of the most luxurious underground bunkers that exist. The entire facility costs $1 billion built for millionaires in the event of an apocalypse. Vivos Europa One can survive through chemical attacks, thermonuclear war, tsunami, earthquakes, and other disasters.

The Vivos Europa One shelter, located in Rothenstein, Germany boasts lavish amenities such as grand swimming pools, gyms, theaters, restaurants, customized apartment units, outdoor service, and even a helicopter service. It also features its own roadways, railways, tunnel chambers, top-notch security system, blast-proof doors, self-contained water system, and power generators.

Each family who purchased a unit will receive a 2500 square feet apartment unit with design based on their own specifications. It remains a huge question as to how much they need to pay to get themselves into this underground shelter. Sources say that families will need to pay for staffing, management, and other facility costs on top of the base sum for their unit.

But no matter how much money they burn for living in this facility, it guarantees the safety and comfort of all family members.

underground bunkers - Vivo Europa One

underground bunkers - Vivo Europa One

underground bunkers - Vivo Europa One

underground bunkers - Vivo Europa One

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#5 – Radius Engineering Survival Shelters

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To ease your mind from the rising tension between nuclear-capable countries and worries of a civil unrest, investing a decent amount of money for this underground survival shelter may serve as one of your best life-saving decisions. At a price of $200,000, you get a Radius Engineering Survival Shelter with fiberglass shells that outlasts steel shells and concrete shells. Apart from the extremely tough walls, Radius also build their bunkers with air purifiers with a UV-radiation sterilization system too.

So if you feel like the world’s not getting any better, consider saving money to spend for this doomsday shelter project. A regular unit costs around $200,000 while an apartment for multiple families is around $2 million. Radius has been building underground bunkers for three decades now. These are regularly meant for military uses but due to terrorist attacks and nuclear threats, the company created family models too.

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underground bunkers -radius engineering

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#6 – Silo Home

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The Silo Home in Saranac, New York up in Adirondack Mountains makes another incredible underground shelter that will keep you alive when a nuclear bomb hits the big city. The property costs around $750,000 listed on the Saranac real estate. At the site, you will see a regular, cabin-like home serving as a decoy house. However, the real home lies underneath the closet.

When you get to the decoy house, you enter this closet that will lead you to a blast-proof, 2000-pound steel door. The above section of the command center covers a space of over 2,000 feet for the kitchen, and living area with a bedroom. On the other hand, its bottom part is where you can find the restrooms and bedrooms.

At the bottom level, you can access the deep silo measuring 185 feet where the Atlas F missile used to stay during the cold war. Although the living areas look normal, its window views are just a mimic of outdoor lighting. The Silo Home also provides luxurious amenities such as an enormous master suite, a marble-tiled jacuzzi, and a gourmet kitchen.

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underground bunkers -silo home NY

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#7 – Cavern Suite

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The Grand Canyon provided enough thrill to adventurers who visited the spot. If ever you decided to sleep somewhere near, consider the Grand Canyon Caverns located in Peach Springs, Arizona that once served as a fallout shelter.

In 1927, a woodcutter named Walter Peck discovered the underground caverns. Suspecting that the area might be full of gold, he bought the land and searched for the treasures. When he found out that the cave holds no piece of gold, he decided to turn it into an attraction and guided the first guests through the caverns.

Many owners bought this land and they used the caverns for different purposes. Its most notable use was during the Cuban Missile Crisis where it housed an estimate of 2000 people. As of today, some of the relics or stockpiles remain in the caverns.

A group of friends purchased the property in 2001 and turned the bomb shelter into a luxurious suit with 220 feet by 400 feet coverage. If a nuclear attack happens, it can still house up to 2000 people for several weeks.

underground bunkers - canyon caverns

underground bunkers - canyon caverns

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#8 – The Oppidum

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From a secret corridor, residents can access this underground shelter and shut the passage with a blast-proof door in just a minute. This escape mechanism of The Oppidum, the world’s largest known private apocalypse shelter, allows its residents to escape to the underground shelter and return quickly above the ground.

This luxurious underground compound has a total space of 77,500 square feet with 13 foot high ceilings. Some of its high-end features include a spa, swimming pool, cinema, library, and other leisure facilities. Apart from its defense against a nuclear explosion or a strong earthquake, its location plays a huge role on its security.

The Oppidum is located in Czech Republic, a region surrounded by mountains. The place was never targeted as a subject for aggression. Geographically, any possible conflict will most likely stay away from Czech Republic or invaders may likely reach it at a later stage. By that time, residents and the owner of The Oppidum will arrive and have plenty of time to prepare.

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underground bunkers -oppidum

underground bunkers -oppidum

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#9 – Subterra Castle

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In Eskridge, Kansas, a family lives in what was previously a shelter of a four-megaton hydrogen bomb. Because of this, their 47-ton garage door holds a tremendous defense that can withstand a doomsday blast. After investing some hard work, the site becomes a cozy underground home named Subterra Castle which will shield them from thermonuclear wars, harsh weather, earthquakes, and other crazy apocalyptic event.

The Peden family, known as one of the first people who turned a former cold-war missile site into a livable home run a business called 20th Century Castles. It helps other people plan and build an underground shelter.

The Subterra Castle covers 34 acres of estate, including an airstrip, and other facilities. The silo which was bought by Ed Peden for only $40,000 transformed this former junk heap to a modern day castle. The complex tunnels of the site stays 10-15 feet underground. The family just needs to make sure they stock up with emergency food and other basic needs, then they can sleep well knowing that they are safe from almost everything.

underground bunkers - subterra castle

underground bunkers - subterra castle

Images: 20th Century Castles

3 Steps To Making Money From Backyard Chickens

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3 Steps To Making Money From Backyard Chickens

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When it comes to building a small business around your chickens, there are a lot of options: different breeds, different feeds, different markets. Some initial planning will help you better navigate the marketplace and reach your goals.

1. Choose the right product.

When starting your flock, you’ll need to choose which type of breed best suits your business plans. If you see a need for organic free-range chicken in your area, then you will want to do some research and decide which breed is desirable for providing meat. If you are selling eggs, you will want to choose between the breeds that lay white, green, blue, speckled, dark chocolate, light brown and pink eggs. The colored eggs can bring a slightly higher price at the farmer’s market, but they would not be the best choice if you are selling to restaurants, which typically choose volume and value over eggshell color.

If you want to sell chicks or laying hens, then consider choosing a breed that isn’t commonly offered in your area, or one that is in high demand. You could ask in your local feed store, or anywhere chicks are being sold, to find out which breeds have commonly sold the most. Breeds differ in value. Although they offer different, and in some cases very unique products, the prices will vary immensely. A general breed may cost only $3 for a chick, while some of the desirable breeds can cost upwards of $10 to $30 per chick. Those costs need to be accounted for when choosing a breed to raise. Some of the special breeds require an up-front investment, but have potential to return that investment with higher sale prices.

You also may find that you want to raise multiple breeds in order to feed your family while also having unique products to sell. Understanding what you want to sell will help you start to plan the direction for your flock.

2. Choose the right flock size.

After choosing what you want to raise and sell, you will need to determine how large of a flock to have. This is based on the needs of your family as well as how much you plan to sell. Careful planning can help you alleviate the cost of overproduction while keeping your flock fresh and rotated. We would all like to get rich off our farms, but it’s important to choose a flock size that actually works for you and your family. How many dozen eggs do you want to sell per week? How many chicks do you plan to start selling in your area or to buyers online? How many pounds of meat will you have ready to offer customers at any one time?

3 Steps To Making Chicken Farming Profitable

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Determine how much meat or the number of eggs you want for your own family on a consistent basis. Anything additional is what you can sell. Consider how many people are in your family and how many eggs or how much meat you want per day for each one. Then determine how many birds you’ll need in order to meet that need. Each hen lays up to one egg per day, which may translate into one to two hens per family member, depending on how many eggs each person consumes.

Diatomaceous Earth: The All-Natural Livestock De-Wormer!

As daylight length changes with the seasons, the hens’ laying cycles will change slightly. In winter, when there is less daylight each day, they will lay fewer eggs. When they’re molting, then will not lay eggs. For these reasons, as well as unexpected accidents or health problems, you may want to plan on having several additional birds to help feed your family when egg cycles are different. You also can use these variables to determine how many hens you will need to produce the quantity of eggs you want to take to market or supply to local businesses. How many eggs you will sell each day or each week determines how many dozen hens you want to keep.

As your hens age, they will decrease egg laying, and will eventually stop completely. For an efficient, profitable farm, you will want to swap out your hens every two years or so, as it ensures consistent egg production. This is the point at which you could slaughter for meat. As you keep your hens fresh, it will boost productivity and ensure egg laying is at its highest capacity.

If you are raising chicks, you will need to determine if you want to rely on your hens going broody and sitting on small batches of eggs, or if you will need to build or purchase an incubator for larger batches. The cost of an incubator will vary based on if you are purchasing new or used, or building your own. You already have the hens which can sit on the eggs, but you will be limited to the amount they can handle. If a small batch is all you are starting with, then it should be sufficient for you. But for large-scale production down the road, consider an incubator for more consistent results.

To really make money off your chickens, you will eventually need to expand to more than just a backyard flock – say, flocks of several hundred or more. With volume comes more efficient feeding and care and the opportunity to sell in bulk to certain types of customers. This may not be your starting place, but as you learn to manage your flock and develop new avenues for sales, your need for larger flocks will eventually grow.

3. Choose the right market.

As you are choosing the type of product and the volume you want to sell, also consider the avenues through which you will sell. Some of the options are obvious: farmer’s market, local grocery stores that may be open to selling your goods, online forums, local restaurants, Craigslist, local feed or farming stores, natural or bulk food stores, bakeries, or any other business that may have a need for fresh eggs or meat. You are not confined to selling at a farmer’s market, although that’s a great place to start. You can inquire at local restaurants and bakeries to find out how many eggs or pounds of meat they purchase and whether your free-range product would suit their needs. This will start to give you an idea of how many eggs or how much meat you could expect to sell to certain types of customers, as well as how much they typically pay for those items.

Some local feed or farming stores offer chicks for sale in the springtime. These may come from a large distributor, but they may be interested in offering your local chicks instead. If not, you can expand your reach through online forums, Craigslist and social media. Having unique breeds may help you reach people who want more than a general breed. Try chicken and breeder forums, breeder clubs, or even local 4-H groups where the members may be looking to purchase their next projects.

Many advertising options are inexpensive or free, and just take a little time. Don’t be afraid to step out and start relationships with local businesses which may be looking for quality products like yours. A free-range or organic, locally raised option is typically better than the distributed products they may currently be purchasing. Finding out how many eggs or how much meat they may purchase can also give insight as to the size of flock you’ll want to own.

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Waiting On The Lord: My Personal Struggle

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      I have never shied away from sharing my walk with the Lord… whether it be my successes or failures.  And I write because there may be others of you who are experiencing the same discontentment with the pace of your journey. So today I share where I’m at along my personal path.  I am in a season of what I would describe as “teetering on a precipice”; of feeling that God has so much more for me to do, but He isn’t revealing it to me, and I’m not sure why.  He’s not answering my questions, and my requests for more of the Holy Spirit seem to be falling on deaf ears.  Yet, I know that I am not afraid to walk in bold obedience, or to go where He sends me. I don’t think He is displeased with my work for His Kingdom, but why does our conversation seem to be lagging?
     Then, interestingly, I stumbled across this poem by Carmela Patterson, titled, Teetering On The Edge. It sums up what I’ve been feeling…

We stand on a precipice and teeter on the edge
O Lord, help us not to slip and fall;
Let satan not draw between us a wedge ~
Speak loudly that we may hear your Call. 
Lord, we are so weak and growing very weary
We stumble, fall, drag ourselves hour upon hour
Our eyes are swollen shut, tired and teary;
O lift our crosses with your almighty power. 
We can’t live up to our own expectations
Let alone try to live up to Yours;
Help us to revel again in jubilation,
Help us fight off satan’s lures. 
Our bodies, minds, hearts, souls and spirit
Suffer under the weight of the cross we carry;
Your humble submission, may we mirror it,
Permit your guiding hand not to tarry. 
It becomes clear to us that we are to blame
For the position in which we find ourselves;
In soulful petition we call upon Your Name,
Lord, forgive us and hold us to Thyself. 
Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you bring ~
Thank you for removing sin’s sting ~
In gratitude and Praise to you we sing ~
You are our Lord! You are our King!
In Heaven and earth Praises ring ~
In Adoration we all sing!
You are Lord and King! ! ! 

     There it is — the fear that satan is driving a wedge between me and God; keeping me separated from His voice by some invisible barrier.  Have I lived up to your expectations, Father, when you called me to Your service?  Is this to be the limit of how much You can use me?  Because I want to run the race with everything my flesh and soul and spirit have to offer! What is it that I am meant to do for You?
     This past weekend, I had the privilege of learning the origin and meaning of my father’s surname and my mother’s maiden name.  From my father’s side my last name was Ellison, meaning “son of Ellis”, with Ellis being from the Greek name “Elias”, or the Hebrew name “Eliyahu” meaning “Jehovah is God”.  Essentially, my family name comes to mean, “son of God”.  From my mother’s side, I am descended from the last name Palmer.  The surname Palmer was originally derived from the Old French word palmer, which was taken from the Latin word palmifer meaning palm bearer. In this case the original bearer of the surname was a pilgrim who carried palm branches back from the Holy Land. I was astounded that I carried such a strong legacy related to the Scriptures! So, naturally, I am left wondering if I am living up to those identities.
     But the weekend also afforded me the opportunity to speak to a man with great spiritual insight [after observing a training session on some higher spiritual mechanics that Mark and I are just tuning into).  This man spoke prophetic words to me as if he could see into my heart.  He said, “You are almost there! It’s like there is a thin membrane between you and the Throne Room, and your face is making multiple imprints, like you are trying to break through saran wrap.  You’re asking so many questions, and not waiting for God to bring you an answer before you are on to your next question.  Relax! Quit thinking so much! Rest! You will get your answers — and your breakthrough — in His timing!”
     And just like Carmela’s poem says … I am to blame for the position I find myself in.  I’m too impatient and want to run ahead of where God wants to take me.  About eight years ago, another man gave me a message that I was to write for God, and then he told me he had a Scripture that I should hold close to my heart.  It is Isaiah 40:31:  But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired. Obviously, I have not buried that verse deep enough into my heart.
     Lord, help me to walk before I run, so that I do not become weary for the long road before me.  Help me to understand and expect that You will bring new strength and new power to me — when You are ready to give it to me … and when I am ready to receive it. And, Jesus, if there is more for me to do, I will gladly accept it.  But if I am thinking too highly of myself, then humble me so that I might be content with whatever assignment You give me. I do not think my work is done, but I am willing to wait for You to show me if that is true or not.  Until then, I will praise You for where You’ve taken me so far, and what You have shown me of Your awesome Kingdom.  I will continue to write of Your Goodness and persist in my obedience to Your call on my life. But I have to tell you that I will never stop seeking You, nor knocking on that door to Your throne room. I may not bear the righteous fruit of my family names, but I will remain a servant of my Lord through eternity, ready to do the good works You have prepared for me. In gratitude and praise, I thank You!

UPDATE:  It may be a few days before I post again, due to Hurricane Harvey. We are in the crosshairs of this hurricane, and we have boarded up, and expecting lots of winds and torrential rain, and possible loss of power for several days.  We are praying for the blood of Jesus to cover us, our animals, and our property.  Your prayers are appreciated!

Psalm 62:5    “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him”.

   

78 Percent Of Americans Living Paycheck To Paycheck

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78 Percent Of Americans Living Paycheck To Paycheck

 

Aug. 24, 2017

Around 78 percent of Americans with a fulltime job say they live paycheck to paycheck, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.com.

Disturbingly, the survey found Americans are worse off than they were last year.

Want Out Of The Rat-Race But Need A Steady Stream Of Income?

Other frightening highlights from the poll include:

  • 71 percent of Americans say they are in debt – an increase from 68 percent last year.
  • 56 percent of those surveyed say their debt is “unmanageable.”
  • 1 in 10 of those who make more than $100,000 a year say they are living paycheck to paycheck.
  • The number of Americans living payday to payday is growing. In 2016, 75 percent of respondents admitted to living paycheck to paycheck.
  • 56 percent of Americans save less than $100 per month.

CareerBuilder.com, a jobs website, surveyed 3,000 full-time employees and 2,000 hiring and human-resources managers as part of the survey.

What is your reaction? Share it in the section below:

78 Percent Of Americans Living Paycheck To Paycheck

78 Percent Of Americans Living Paycheck To Paycheck

 

Aug. 24, 2017

Around 78 percent of Americans with a fulltime job say they live paycheck to paycheck, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.com.

Disturbingly, the survey found Americans are worse off than they were last year.

Want Out Of The Rat-Race But Need A Steady Stream Of Income?

Other frightening highlights from the poll include:

  • 71 percent of Americans say they are in debt – an increase from 68 percent last year.
  • 56 percent of those surveyed say their debt is “unmanageable.”
  • 1 in 10 of those who make more than $100,000 a year say they are living paycheck to paycheck.
  • The number of Americans living payday to payday is growing. In 2016, 75 percent of respondents admitted to living paycheck to paycheck.
  • 56 percent of Americans save less than $100 per month.

CareerBuilder.com, a jobs website, surveyed 3,000 full-time employees and 2,000 hiring and human-resources managers as part of the survey.

What is your reaction? Share it in the section below:

78 Percent Of Americans Living Paycheck To Paycheck

78 Percent Of Americans Living Paycheck To Paycheck

 

Aug. 24, 2017

Around 78 percent of Americans with a fulltime job say they live paycheck to paycheck, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.com.

Disturbingly, the survey found Americans are worse off than they were last year.

Want Out Of The Rat-Race But Need A Steady Stream Of Income?

Other frightening highlights from the poll include:

  • 71 percent of Americans say they are in debt – an increase from 68 percent last year.
  • 56 percent of those surveyed say their debt is “unmanageable.”
  • 1 in 10 of those who make more than $100,000 a year say they are living paycheck to paycheck.
  • The number of Americans living payday to payday is growing. In 2016, 75 percent of respondents admitted to living paycheck to paycheck.
  • 56 percent of Americans save less than $100 per month.

CareerBuilder.com, a jobs website, surveyed 3,000 full-time employees and 2,000 hiring and human-resources managers as part of the survey.

What is your reaction? Share it in the section below:

Test Your Flood Preparedness

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Flood Preparedness – Floods are a natural disaster that can happen no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water, at the bottom of a hill/mountain, or downstream from a dam.

Evacuation Planning

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Evacuation planning is important so everyone in your family will know exactly what to do in case there’s a fire, earthquake, flood, terrorist attack or other disaster.

Media Deception –“Negative Hallucination”, Programmed to Delete Via Focus, Memory Hole

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“Negative Hallucination” hypnosis experiment – MUST SEE from NaturalNews on Vimeo.

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much of what we were informed about Lincoln was pretty much bunk.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/21/lincoln-myth-ideological-cornerstone-america-empire/

“Lincoln is theology, not historiology. He is a faith, he is a church, he is a religion, and he has his own priests and acolytes, most of whom . . . are passionately opposed to anybody telling the truth about him . . . with rare exceptions, you can’t believe what any major Lincoln scholar tells you about Abraham Lincoln and race.” –Lerone Bennett, Jr., Forced into Glory, p. 114 The author of the above quotation, Lerone Bennett, Jr., was the executive editor of Ebony magazine for several decades, beginning in 1958.

He is a distinguished African-American author of numerous books, including a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. He spent twenty years researching and writing his book, Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream, from which he drew the above conclusion about the so-called Lincoln scholars and how they have lied about Lincoln for generations.

For obvious reasons, Mr. Bennett is incensed over how so many lies have been told about Lincoln and race.

Shipping Container Homes: The Benefits (And Drawbacks)

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There are an estimated 17 million shipping containers in the world, with 5-6 million of them currently on vessels, trucks and trains.

Shipping containers help deliver products we consume every single day, but for a growing number of modern homesteaders and off-gridders, they also form the structure for their homes.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, we discuss everything you’ve ever wanted to know about shipping container homes. Our guest is Adam Hellicar, the owner of Honeybox, Inc., a Canadian-based company that buys shipping containers and then constructs houses of all sizes. He even built one on a mountaintop!

Adam tells us:

  • Why the benefits of shipping container homes outweigh the drawbacks.
  • How shipping container homes can be insulated so homeowners stay comfortable during scorching-hot heat and frigid-cold weather.
  • Why such homes are an ideal solution for people who live off the grid.

We learned a lot about shipping container homes from Adam, and we know you will, too!

 

 

When Do Bow Sights Work Best?

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Hunting is an art; an expression or application of human creative skills and imaginations. It needs both time and patience to make you perfect. But once you reach the optimal perfection, it is really beautiful.

With the passage of years, renovation of instinctive aiming for the new, convenient and clear-cut approach to bow hunting had been an insistence, when there new methods always come up.  Then it is bow sight; a very reliable and prominent apparatus that is the best for aiming bows.

Why a Bow Sight?

While bow hunting, sight allows you to make a maximum genuine shoot at play during your hunting every time rather than risks wounding the animal or missing completely. It can be especially useful for the stand hunters who have a good grasp of distance knowledge from their stands.

What is Instinctive Aiming?

Instinctive aiming is an approach that completely depends on the bow hunters’ action and judiciousness. It is simply a technique that does not require the hunters to know the approximate distance between the hunters themselves and the target. Though instinctive aiming seems flexible, it is logically a tricky approach that requires time and patience to get you skilled at it.

Well. Then when do bow sights work best?

Adjusting the Bow Accurately

When you are using a bow sight, how can you know that you are on the right track to adjust your sight to use it properly?

A pair of simple and quick techniques will help you set aside your sight to make a perfect shoot.

The first you should not adjust the sight after every arrow field. Before you make your adjustment, fire three or four arrows and identify the center where the arrows have landed. The second you ought to figure out the average distance before you shoot unless you are actually on the target at your optimal distance.

Check this video how to sight in a bow

Plucking the Right Bow Sight

In the meantime, you have well realized that you need a bow sight. But you might not know what to look for in one. While picking the bow sight, make sure that you take these following factors into your account.

  • Accuracy

The way how you determine the accuracy of your bow sight is experimentation. An ideal sight looks like a circle vertically laid out with 3 to 5 pins inside of them. The topper and the bottom pin will be your close and farther distance respectively. It requires you to practice and set every pin accurately. Make sure that it is coupled with a rangefinder that let you know how far away your target is.

  • Weight

Unlike other equipment, the merely weight of a bow sight can determine its quality. Comparatively, heavy bow sight is simply troublesome. Moreover, if you have already a heavy bow, another pound will take a toll on you. The ideal and reasonable weight of a sight should be one pound or less.

  • Durability

One primary factor you need to take into consideration is its durability. There are some cheap models made of plastic that might not stand up to the long period of outdoor use. Better take a metal sight instead. Also, have a look at the fiber optic system of the sight itself that should contain a casing to protect the fragile glass wire from breaking.

Identifying the Best Distance

While getting closer to the target, you need to calculate the distances quickly in range for a clean shot. Try to measure things out and you will be able to know because you are unlikely to move more than one or two yards during the hunt.

Handling the Bow Properly

No matter what approach you are using; bow sight or instinctive aiming. It is significant to know how to handle the bow for a better result in archery.

  • If you are right hander, hold the bow in your left hand and extend your left arm forward and collateral to the surface. Use your right hand to knock the arrow on the string.
  • Once the arrow is in place, pull it back till your chin. It is called anchor point.
  • After establishing the anchor point, the aiming comes. Now depending on the technique, you love using, release your arrow. Make sure your bow arm is still pointed to the target.

Conclusion

Bow hunting is an adventurous outdoor game and it becomes more fun and excitement when you know how a bow works best and you make a right shot. In spite of some limitations, a sight is the best way for the amateur archer and it welcomes a novice to the world of hunting.

About the Author

Kevin Fleeman is the founder of Selfpatron.com that site is dedicated to the sport of hunting. We have a deep respect for nature and for the environment and we therefore take the sport of hunting very seriously. Selfpatron.com provides guides on how to hunt effectively, answer reader questions, and reviews of the latest hunting gear.

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How To Divide Perennial Plants This Fall – Create New Plants For Free!

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There is no better time to divide perennial plants than in late summer and early fall! Dividing and transplanting perennial plants is more than just a great way to create loads of new plants. It’s also an excellent way to

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Fully Automatic Terror!

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Fully Automatic Terror! James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! It would seem that the new fully automatic we must concern ourselves with has nothing to do with scary black guns and more to do with transmission. Whether we are looking at radical Muslims in Europe or white supremacists in America they are using … Continue reading Fully Automatic Terror!

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Power to Go!

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Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

 

Portable Energy Storage Systems 

We recently wrote of batteries for electric devices, the value of rechargeable, assuming a reliable power source, as well as home generators, something to the benefit of every survival enthusiast. Along those lines why not consider portable energy storage systems as a part of your prepper planning? Useful for a bug-out scenario or in a hunker down situation, the sizes and versatility of the systems out there offer some reasonable options for the short-term, and they can readily support some longer-term situations, should you find yourself and yours in one.

    

Here in the USA, being from a big city, I believed we are “blessed” with a steady-state of power, if we pay the bills in a timely manner. Then I spent a weekend on the Navajo Reservation in Northeastern Arizona. Two to three power losses a day. Well, there are many places where this is normal. On my half-dozen trips to India power is lost multiple times a day at the local businesses. The big “campus” call-centers have their own dedicated power stations just to keep your favorite 24/7/365 Customer Service Centers up and running. Bottom line, we are spoiled.

Other than tracking down a tripped GFI circuit, to find the tripped receptacle behind a garage cabinet, which you had bolted to the floor, not much thought is put into these “givens”, until a storm or accident put us in the dark. Switch on, lights on. And, you must admit, even after you deal with these you do let what you learned get pushed out of your head after a while because, you know, switch on, light on.

Having a reliable power energy storage system already on-line, ready to go, is never a bad thing. As small as a tablet, weighing less than a pound, to units that are only portable by crane and permanently affixed to your home, and ranging in price from a family meal out to a new family car, there is a right solution for us all.

  

Think of these systems as bigger rechargeable systems that you can use to recharge your smaller rechargeable batteries, as well as direct connect devices like tablets, and GPS receivers, and ham radios, always standing “at the ready” like good soldiers.

Knowing the underlying technologies used will assist you in making good choices. Solar – it has come a long way. A great alternative, but some days the sun just doesn’t shine – May Gray, June Gloom, the sun has exploded July, Michigan and Minnesota ALL winter long, Alaska 6 months a year. Anyone living near an ocean, or The Great Lakes knows low-pressure on-shore, high pressure off-shore produces a marine layer that can block out most if not all the suns energy. However, as long as photons are present solar cells charge, diffused light and reflective light are less efficient, but they still allow solar cells to collect power. The drawback is size, weight and time. While there are some light, portable systems, they can have a large footprint when deployed and they will tie you to a stationary location during charging. We are a fan of these but suggest you check out the footprint and charging times to make the best selection for your situation.

  

Solid State Batteries use a range of electro-chemical storage solutions, including advanced chemistry batteries and capacitors. Caution should one of these be ruptured. Flow Batteries store energy directly in an electrolyte solution (i.e., a car battery) for a longer cycle life, and quick response times, but again, caution should one rupture, and when they are done, they are truly done.

While we can’t forget the other stored energy systems, which include Flywheels, mechanical devices that harness rotational energy to deliver instantaneous electricity. These get complex, large, and expensive to obtain and to “keep on-line”. Other systems available include Compressed Air Energy Storage, Thermal and Pumped Hydro-Power (everyone has their own lake with a dam, right?) Interesting technology but perhaps not practical for “home”, or “away from home” use.

Bottom line, portable energy cells, readily available that can easily be transported, that can be used and reused repeatedly, are a great addition to any survival plan, hunker down plan, bug-out or go bag and should be a part of your disaster planning.

 

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Apartment Dweller Preparedness Recommendations

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About 23% of all people in the United States live in an apartment dwelling (structure type: 2 or more units). That’s about 68 million people according to nmhc.org 2015 statistics. If you fit in that statistic and if you are a prepper, you’re presented with certain unique challenges for your preparedness. What are the preparedness challenges for the suburban apartment dweller? What can be done about some of these challenges?   A recent email posed the following question: I live in an apartment in the northern Seattle ‘burbs, and would like to know if you, or the online community, have

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5 Sneaky Storage Spaces for Supplies in a Small Apartment

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the biggest challenges in preparing for emergencies in an apartment is finding storage space.  You also need spaces to hide things away from prying eyes. Here are a few sneaky storage ideas I’ve tried myself, or sent in by readers: Over the door shoe organizer You don’t necessarily have to use it for shoes: Store extra reserves such as bottled water, food, toilet paper and power outage needs such as batteries, […]

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7 Foods You Should NOT Try To Dehydrate

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Any pro-prepper will tell you that dehydrating food for storage is one of the smartest survival tactics in their repertoire. Dehydrating food gives you the ability to store otherwise perishable rations for years on end. This will not only increase the volume of your food supply but can also add some nutritional variation to what […]

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Urban Survivors: A Post-SHTF Water Supply

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ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, we’re going to cover some quick, down-and-dirty techniques for throwing a water supply together before the SHTF for our urban-dwelling readers.  Too often urbanites are ignored, and there are surely many more of you as readers than the comments reveal.

Many of you may be wondering about this, as I’ve written extensively about a rain-catchment system for your home, underground cisterns, methods of water storage in the home, and the like.  I have also written on how to locate water from “unlikely” sources.  So why this?

Because we’re a hair’s breadth away from a war and/or an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) Strike against the U.S., and many have not initiated any of these plans for water storage.

On another note, naysayers and trolls have been posting without hiatus.  Their methods are simple: Deny, Discredit, and Denounce.  Do not pay any attention to these “nonproductive” comments, in which everything written is attacked without any viable solution being proposed.  The information presented here is not as “perfect” as the credentials of the trolls, however, if you take the initiative…research it yourself and then act upon it…the information gives you both options and ideas to enable you to succeed.

If you’re in an urban environment, especially living in an apartment or condo, your options regarding water storage are going to be severely limited.  Tell you what.  If you’re not thinking outside of the box, nobody will do so for you when the time is needed.  My advice is if you have a storage unit in the building or complex?  See if you can rent an extra one.  If not, then allocate the one that you have for storing emergency supplies, one of them being water.

You can store 5-gallon containers with water in that storage unit.  A good idea for you would be two 5-gallon containers for each member of the family.  That would give you a minimum of a five-day supply per family member, as each person needs about 2 gallons per day.  Cases of bottled water would be your next option, followed by the 2-liter bottle storage method.  Ensure that if you’re in an apartment, that you have at least 1 of those 5-gallon containers per person.  I’m trying to suggest it so that you don’t have too much “water weight” in one given area…although 1 container per person is certainly on the “conservative” side.  Use your best judgment.

In an apartment: allocate water for use for the toilet.  You want a couple of 5-gallon containers for the toilet.  When the emergency either occurs or looms “danger close,” you need to fill up the bathtub and all the sinks in the house completely.  Fill up every large container that can’t be easily knocked over, and preferably those with lids.  Fill up containers with lids, lining and stacking them up all over the house, if need be.

You may plan on bugging out, but you may be trapped there for a while, and it’s better safe than sorry: load up now and store it to see you through until you can leave.

Here’s an idea for you that may work should your city or town be suffering from the effects of an EMP but not a nuke or nuclear radiation.  Tap into the downspout nearest to your unit.  With the aid of a square and a sturdy but flexible sheet of plastic (such as a disposable plastic baking sheet, for instance), make a “funnel” and run the end of this into a length of 1” or comparable PVC pipe, securing your funnel with strong duct tape.  You’ll then need to “punch” into the downspout, and then position your funnel to catch the water and run it into your PVC pipe, then to a container that you preposition.

To answer your question: if you just place a container at the bottom of the downspout and there’s a water shortage, how long will it be until a “Planet of the Apes” scenario unfolds, and another 100 people want the water that’s in that container?

Not to mention that you’ll have to expose yourself to the outside.  High rise apartment-dwellers will have a hard time with this one, and if you don’t have a balcony facing the downspout, you’ll have to figure an alternative method to pipe it in or collect it.  For apartment dwellers with balconies, you can stretch sheets of plastic in an “open” funnel, and channel the water into collecting containers.  Preposition open containers all over your balcony.

Here’s a good idea for you.  Pick up a large metal or plastic outdoor garbage can.  Line the inside of it with two layers of thick contractor strength trash bags.  Leave that out on your balcony or on your porch.  Be smart: after the SHTF, place a bunch of trash around the base of it, maybe kick a dent or two into it, and go at it with a can of spray paint all over.  Make it appear to be a trash can.

But it’ll be your “urban cistern,” hidden from the IHM (Incredible Human Mob).

You can fill that with water you collect, from the rain-gutter tap I just mentioned, to the smaller containers and plastic sheets you use to gather rainwater.  With the plastic bag overlapped it will look just as an ordinary trash can.

Make sure you also have plenty of water purification gear: filters, chemical additives such as bleach, iodine, or HTH (calcium hypochlorite) to treat the water you collect, and pitchers with filtration systems, such as Brita’s, etc.  You also need to find a building or storage facility that is not going to hold anything particularly useful.  Use the spouts from this location to collect rainwater.  Just remember, chances are unless you visit it or watch over it, the water you collect will be taken.

Now, about others in your building: if you’re fortunate enough to have a laundry room in your building, you can organize a “building water supply” with the washing machines.  Run the machines to fill and use them as a storage reservoir.  You can (after it has hit) disconnect the hoses and see if you might be able to take some water from them.  Don’t forget that utility sink: stopper it up, plug it up, or whatever.  But fill that bad boy up, and keep it topped off.

The reason: if you’re working on some kind of “community/building/public good project” to save water for the rest of the building’s residents, it will deflect the attentions of the neighbors from water you’re storing in your own unit.  In addition, a “neighborhood watch” mentality may be just what you need to protect you and yours.  We’ll get into that more deeply in the next segment.  You’ll need that “watch” mentality, especially for the water supply, because you’ll have to rotate a guard on it.

Let us not forget other essential areas that will most likely be able to supply you with water: outdoor community pools, fire hydrants, and the like.  Water will be where you will find it.  Let us not forget those hot water heaters.  Use your own judgment…verify that an EMP has struck before you scavenge from ultra-critical/necessary infrastructure.

The nature of your water-gathering operations will be directly affected by the type of structure you live in and the population density.

I’m going to open this up to you and field you a questionI am especially interested in any readers who live in New York City who went through the blackouts of the 1970’s.  Please write to us and tell us how it was…especially those of you who may have lived on the 40th floor of a 100-story apartment building.  Let us know what you did, and the measures you took.  This is an experience that is valuable and would be greatly appreciated by myself as well as the other readers of ReadyNutrition.

Lastly, when all is said and done, and you’re able, unless you are “The Omega Man,” as Charlton Heston played in the movie, you need to get out of Dodge.  The challenge to find water after an EMP strike is a big one in an urban environment.  It can be done with the proper amount of desire, dedication, and planning.  The next segment we’re going to cover defensive postures in an urban environment for yourself and your family, as well as your building for a post SHTF scenario.  Until then, stay frosty and keep fighting that good fight each day.  JJ out!

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Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Prepper Camp, Gardening and Politically Correct TV With Rick Austin

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Prepper Camp Gardening and Politically Correct Tv With Rick AustinThis week in the show Lisa and I had the pleasure of speaking with Rick Austin, a.k.a., The Survivalist Gardener. Of all the interview we have done on the Survivalist Prepper show, this one ranks high on my list of favorites.

We not only talked about his book Secret Garden of Survival, we also talked about Prepper Camp, his weekly show on YouTube called Politically Correct TV, and Rick’s other books, Secret Greenhouse of Survival and Secret Livestock of Survival.

SPP216 Prepper Camp, Gardening and Politically Correct TV With Rick Austin

Over the course of an hour we talked quite a bit, covering quite a few topics. Below is a list of topics we covered, but make sure and listen to get the full picture.

Prepper Camp 2017

For those of you who haven’t heard about Prepper Camp, Rick does a great job of explaining why it’s better than the typical prepper convention, and what to expect. Rick and his wife Survivor Jane started prepper camp in 2015 and has steadily grown in popularity ever since.

Prepper Camp was put together with the idea of putting the emphasis on learning preparedness skills, not just buying preparedness supplies. This 3 day event offers a number of classes to take, taught by well known experts in the preparedness industry.

There are still a few tickets available (at the time of this podcast) but registration ends on August 31st. Visit the Prepper Camp website for more information.

Secret Garden of Survival

For some people (including me) this seems like it would be a daunting task, but that is not the case at all. The principals or the survival garden apply whether you live in the suburbs, or a rural area. Rick’s garden is on 1/2 an acre, and produces as much food as 2 1/2 acres using typical farming methods…row gardens.

The great thing about a camouflaged survival garden is you don’t even need a half acre to put one together, and after the first year it basically takes care of it’s self. No watering, no weeding, all you have to do is harvest.

Rick’s books are available at Amazon in Kindle or paperback format. He also has a book on a Survival Greenhouse, and Survival Livestock.

Politically Correct TV

I wasn’t aware of this weekly show until I got in contact with Rick, but I’m glad I know now! This isn’t an over the top, and over produced Alex Jones type show, it’s 3 guys asking questions and stating facts.

Rick hosts the show with MinuteMan1776 and Dean Logic (on Twitter) and this show is right in my wheelhouse. If this is something you would be interested in, make sure and subscribe to the channel on YouTube. 

Where Else to Find Rick…

Iv’e already mentioned quite a few places where you can find out more about Rick Austin, but the best place might be his website SecretGardenOfSurvival. He is also active on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.

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Size Matters? How To Choose Your Bushcraft Tools Wisely

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You know the old saying that bigger is better, right? Well when it comes to bushcraft tools, one may wonder how to choose wisely the right tool for the job. Since the name of the game is wilderness survival, the perfect multi-purpose tool for the job is the proverbial blade also known as the survival knife.

And if you’re wondering why I am talking about knives when we’re supposed to be discussing bushcraft tools, a high quality, solid knife is the perfect bushcraft tool, at least in my opinion. Depending on its size and shape, a bushcraft/survival knife can be described as the quintessential multi-purpose tool.

For tens of thousands of years, the cutting blade was a man’s best friend in the wilderness, as it was an indispensable tool in basically any survival scenario. The bushcraft knife will serve you well when it comes to meeting basic survival needs, also known as the holy trinity: water, food, and shelter.

The 3-second Survival Hack That Gives You Superhuman Powers 

On top of that, a bushcraft knife will play a big part in making a fire. If we’re talking about a jack of all trades, a full tang-high quality blade is a must have bushcraft tool in any scenario imaginable. Which brings us to today’s topic, because size matters: how much blade (as in length) is enough?

How much blade do you need?

Are you playing in the Crocodile Dundee category or do you just want the perfect all-arounder to fulfill your specific needs?

Video first seen on Dave Hughes.

Well, this is an almost philosophical question because everything depends on personal preferences.

However, a proper bushcraft knife must help you survive, and for that to happen, it must be able to handle a variety of functions, including self-defense, digging (very important when building a shelter), slicing, cutting, food-prep, first aid (as a tool of sorts), hunting weapon, fire making, prying tool, hammering … you get the idea, right?

Why Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better

When choosing the perfect bushcraft tool, whether it’s a knife or anything else, you must keep in mind that less is typically more, as function always trumps styling, regardless of what you’ve seen on the lobotomy box (TV).

Which brings us to our initial problem: size matters, indeed, but bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to choosing the perfect bushcraft tool. If a blade is way too big, you won’t be able to use it for detailed tasks such as carving precision gear (think snare sets) or dressing small game.

However, there’s a flipside to that coin: a small blade can’t be used for heavy-duty tasks or rugged jobs like chopping and batoning. A bigger blade would come handy when splitting wood or cutting trees, provided you don’t have anything available but your bushcraft knife.

And there’s always the issue with the ratio between the blade’s thickness and its length. The thing is, a longer blade will provide you with more leverage for heavy-duty tasks.

There are disadvantages too; for example, as the leverage increases, so do the odds of breaking the blade. A long and thin blade can be compared to a kitchen knife, while a shorter and thicker blade is more like a chisel. Do you see where this is going?

A bushcraft knife should be thicker and probably shorter than a regular knife if you’re looking for sturdiness and reliability.

After using a number of survival knives, I think the ideal size for a bushcraft knife is about 10 inches, and I am talking about overall length, which puts the blade length at about 5 inches, give or take, depending on the design.

Obviously, a hardcore bushcraft knife must be a full tang-fixed blade – forget about folders as they’re not as reliable/durable as fixed blades.

A 4-5-inch blade, provided it’s made of high quality steel, can be used for basically any task imaginable, making for the ideal combo of portability and efficiency. And speaking of practicality, a 5-inch blade knife is very comfy to carry around at all times.

The thing is, the best knife/bushcraft tool in the world would not help you out a bit if it sits cozy in your closet or in your gear bag. What you have on your person when SHTF is what makes a difference in a survival situation, right?

Big knives like machetes or 10-12-inch long bowie knives are pretty cool looking and definitely usable in a survival scenario, but they’re not the definition of practicality. A large blade can be really useful when it comes to chopping wood, yet it would never match an axe/hatchet in this department and it would be completely useless at finer tasks.

And if you think you can’t fell trees with a 5-incher, think again; everything’s about technique.

Video first seen on IA Woodsman.

However, if you’re looking into serious woodwork, you should consider carrying a hatchet together with your bushcraft knife. A medium-sized, 5-inch blade together with a hatchet would make for the perfect bushcraft survival combo.

Carrying a large knife only (a 12-incher for example, or a machete) would fill an intermediate role but it would not excel at either end compared to a a 5-incher/hatchet combo.

So, now that we’ve been through all the reasons, hopefully you can see why I believe that a 5-inch blade would make for the best bushcraft tool.

It’s fairly easy to carry around and it can be used for a multitude of purposes, i.e. to cut branches for improvising a shelter, to prepare firewood, to clean small game/fish, and it’s also more likely that you’ll have it on your person 24/7, whereas a 12-inch bowie knife or machete is more likely to sit at home on a shelf or stuffed in your bug-out bag somewhere.

When all is said and done, a smaller knife would serve you best as a bushcraft tool. You can go a little bigger, but I’d recommend keeping it under 7 inches, with the ideal size being between 4 and 5 inches.

If you take a look at what bushcraft experts are carrying, you’d see that Ray Mears, Mors Kochanski, Les Stroud, and Cody Lundin are all using bushcraft knives of roughly the same size: 4-5 inch blades.

And forget about the appeal-to-authority fallacy: just try it for yourself, and bottom line, choose wisely and don’t skimp on quality when it comes to survival gear! Your survival might depend on this!

I hope the article helped. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to comment in the dedicated section below.

This article has been written by Chris Black for Survivopedia.

Size Matters? How To Choose Your Bushcraft Tools Wisely

You know the old saying that bigger is better, right? Well when it comes to bushcraft tools, one may wonder how to choose wisely the right tool for the job. Since the name of the game is wilderness survival, the perfect multi-purpose tool for the job is the proverbial blade also known as the survival knife.

And if you’re wondering why I am talking about knives when we’re supposed to be discussing bushcraft tools, a high quality, solid knife is the perfect bushcraft tool, at least in my opinion. Depending on its size and shape, a bushcraft/survival knife can be described as the quintessential multi-purpose tool.

For tens of thousands of years, the cutting blade was a man’s best friend in the wilderness, as it was an indispensable tool in basically any survival scenario. The bushcraft knife will serve you well when it comes to meeting basic survival needs, also known as the holy trinity: water, food, and shelter.

The 3-second Survival Hack That Gives You Superhuman Powers 

On top of that, a bushcraft knife will play a big part in making a fire. If we’re talking about a jack of all trades, a full tang-high quality blade is a must have bushcraft tool in any scenario imaginable. Which brings us to today’s topic, because size matters: how much blade (as in length) is enough?

How much blade do you need?

Are you playing in the Crocodile Dundee category or do you just want the perfect all-arounder to fulfill your specific needs?

Video first seen on Dave Hughes.

Well, this is an almost philosophical question because everything depends on personal preferences.

However, a proper bushcraft knife must help you survive, and for that to happen, it must be able to handle a variety of functions, including self-defense, digging (very important when building a shelter), slicing, cutting, food-prep, first aid (as a tool of sorts), hunting weapon, fire making, prying tool, hammering … you get the idea, right?

Why Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better

When choosing the perfect bushcraft tool, whether it’s a knife or anything else, you must keep in mind that less is typically more, as function always trumps styling, regardless of what you’ve seen on the lobotomy box (TV).

Which brings us to our initial problem: size matters, indeed, but bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to choosing the perfect bushcraft tool. If a blade is way too big, you won’t be able to use it for detailed tasks such as carving precision gear (think snare sets) or dressing small game.

However, there’s a flipside to that coin: a small blade can’t be used for heavy-duty tasks or rugged jobs like chopping and batoning. A bigger blade would come handy when splitting wood or cutting trees, provided you don’t have anything available but your bushcraft knife.

And there’s always the issue with the ratio between the blade’s thickness and its length. The thing is, a longer blade will provide you with more leverage for heavy-duty tasks.

There are disadvantages too; for example, as the leverage increases, so do the odds of breaking the blade. A long and thin blade can be compared to a kitchen knife, while a shorter and thicker blade is more like a chisel. Do you see where this is going?

A bushcraft knife should be thicker and probably shorter than a regular knife if you’re looking for sturdiness and reliability.

After using a number of survival knives, I think the ideal size for a bushcraft knife is about 10 inches, and I am talking about overall length, which puts the blade length at about 5 inches, give or take, depending on the design.

Obviously, a hardcore bushcraft knife must be a full tang-fixed blade – forget about folders as they’re not as reliable/durable as fixed blades.

A 4-5-inch blade, provided it’s made of high quality steel, can be used for basically any task imaginable, making for the ideal combo of portability and efficiency. And speaking of practicality, a 5-inch blade knife is very comfy to carry around at all times.

The thing is, the best knife/bushcraft tool in the world would not help you out a bit if it sits cozy in your closet or in your gear bag. What you have on your person when SHTF is what makes a difference in a survival situation, right?

Big knives like machetes or 10-12-inch long bowie knives are pretty cool looking and definitely usable in a survival scenario, but they’re not the definition of practicality. A large blade can be really useful when it comes to chopping wood, yet it would never match an axe/hatchet in this department and it would be completely useless at finer tasks.

And if you think you can’t fell trees with a 5-incher, think again; everything’s about technique.

Video first seen on IA Woodsman.

However, if you’re looking into serious woodwork, you should consider carrying a hatchet together with your bushcraft knife. A medium-sized, 5-inch blade together with a hatchet would make for the perfect bushcraft survival combo.

Carrying a large knife only (a 12-incher for example, or a machete) would fill an intermediate role but it would not excel at either end compared to a a 5-incher/hatchet combo.

So, now that we’ve been through all the reasons, hopefully you can see why I believe that a 5-inch blade would make for the best bushcraft tool.

It’s fairly easy to carry around and it can be used for a multitude of purposes, i.e. to cut branches for improvising a shelter, to prepare firewood, to clean small game/fish, and it’s also more likely that you’ll have it on your person 24/7, whereas a 12-inch bowie knife or machete is more likely to sit at home on a shelf or stuffed in your bug-out bag somewhere.

When all is said and done, a smaller knife would serve you best as a bushcraft tool. You can go a little bigger, but I’d recommend keeping it under 7 inches, with the ideal size being between 4 and 5 inches.

If you take a look at what bushcraft experts are carrying, you’d see that Ray Mears, Mors Kochanski, Les Stroud, and Cody Lundin are all using bushcraft knives of roughly the same size: 4-5 inch blades.

And forget about the appeal-to-authority fallacy: just try it for yourself, and bottom line, choose wisely and don’t skimp on quality when it comes to survival gear! Your survival might depend on this!

I hope the article helped. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to comment in the dedicated section below.

This article has been written by Chris Black for Survivopedia.