Prepping up in Ohio!

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Prepping up in Ohio!
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Hello all you great fans! I am very sorry I could not be on the internet air last week but it was unavoidable. Hey, we are going to make it up to you on this eposode! I have a show from the Ohio Prepper Show in Bowling Green Ohio. This show we talk to the founder of the show and longtime Prepper Nick Getzinger.

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Awesome Information Resources (Your Answers to the Question of the Month!)

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We’re guessing that, like us, you’re constantly striving to improve your garden and your gardening methods … to make your composting processes a little bit more efficient … to strengthen the microbial activity in your soil a little bit more … to improve your favorite vegetable variety through seed saving and experimentation … and the list goes on!

And while you can achieve those goals by yourself, no one would argue that getting a little help from others makes the process a whole lot smoother, faster, and more fun!

So where do our Community members turn when they’re looking for advice and information on gardening, homesteading, and home medicine (besides The Grow Network, of course!)?

We asked them recently and compiled the following list of recommended resources. (Many thanks to Fibrefarmer, Marcia, Mary Kathryn, Permies949, Scott Sexton, tracyWandling, and all the other TGN Community members who contributed their ideas!)

Wildcrafting, Foraging, and Plant Identification

  • Eat the Weeds (blog and educational resources about foraging and edible wild plants)
  • Plants for a Future (database containing the edible, medicinal, and other uses of more than 7,000 plants)

Gardening, Farming, and Permaculture

  • Acres USA (Marjory says, “Mostly geared towards small farmers, the in-depth articles on a particular crop are great.”)
  • Your local Extension office (Merin says, “The climate and wildlife here (SW Colorado) are so different from those where I used to live (SE Texas) that it has been really helpful to be able to speak to our Extension agent and fellow Master Gardeners in this area to learn how to tackle some of the differences. A lot of them are also a wealth of information on organic and permaculture practices that work in this area….”)
  • MIgardener.com (gardening products and information)
  • North Texas Vegetable Gardeners Facebook group (“I love this group because it’s focused on gardening in my region,” says TGN’s social media manager Ruth Reyes-Loiacan. “It’s nice to have a large community of local people doing the same thing. Currently, the group has 29,000 members!”)
  • Permies (Of this forum for permaculturists and homesteaders, tracyWandling says, “It has a category for just about everything, and a wide variety of contributors of all levels who share their experiences and expertise with readers. It’s a great place to ask questions and interact with others who are doing the same things you are and are always willing to lend a helping hand. Great site.”)
  • PermaEthos (educational and community-building site)
  • Permaculture Apprentice (permaculture-related resources)
  • Permaculture Design Magazinere (contains articles on eco-regeneration, broadscale farming systems, agroforestry, home garden design, and community action)
  • Permaculture Magazine (magazine for permaculture enthusiasts covers all aspects of life)
  • Praxxus55712 YouTube channel (Marcia says she also recommends the YouTube channel WisconsinGarden.)
  • Self-Reliant School (information on growing, cooking, and preserving food)
  • Stacey Murphy/BK Farmyards (offers educational training about backyard farming and real food)
  • Tenth Acre Farm: Permaculture for the Suburbs (information on micro-farming)

Homesteading and Sustainability

  • BackYard Chickens (Merin adds that, with nearly 100,000 members—many of whom are both knowledgeable and willing to share information—the related Backyard Chickens Facebook group is also a great resource for backyard chicken keepers.)
  • Food in Jars Community Facebook group (Wendy Meredith says it offers “great ideas and new recipes on how to can much of what I produce.”)
  • MelissaKNorris.com (information on raising, preserving, and preparing food; home of the Pioneering Today podcast)
  • Mother Earth News Magazine (articles on homesteading and organic gardening, with a focus on self-sufficiency and sustainability)
  • The Prairie Homestead (blog offering homesteading advice)
  • Starry Hilder’s Off-Grid Homestead (blog about off-grid homesteading)
  • The Survival Podcast (online talk show about modern survivalism, sustainability, and alternative energy)

Health and Herbalism

Finally, regardless of the category, remember that your local library likely offers myriad excellent, free resources. “My library is a tremendous source of inspiration,” says TGN Community member Fibrefarmer. “They have the best books for the best price (free), but I have to give them back after a few weeks :(.  But still, it saves money, and they let me borrow the books as many times as I need. If they don’t have the book, they can order a copy or borrow it from another library via interlibrary loan.”

What about you? Is your favorite resource on this list? If not, let us know about it by leaving us a note in the comments!

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Survival Groups: Who’s In Who’s Out

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Survival Groups: Who’s In Who’s Out
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On this episode of Reality Check we discuss what skills and trades you might want in your group. Every survival group always thinks there are a few people with skills that are shoo-ins. Everyone says they want a blacksmith, a doctor, an herbalist, and usually someone who can reload ammunition. Those are great skills to have, but what about a veterinarian, a pharmacist, or a dental assistant?

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Who will join your group?

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Who will join your group?
Host: David Jones “Prepping Up with the Jones “Audio player provided!

Dave answers questions from last week’s show on how to conduct a Prepper exercise. He reviews what “crawl, walk, run” means when exercising alone or in a group. Then Dave talks about a very important question that every Prepper needs to ask and that is how to pick people to join your group.

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Prepper Leadership!

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Prepper Leadership!
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This week Dave tackles a tough question that many Preppers have thought about. Only a few have done anything to ensure success with Prepper Leadership. If you are the leader of your group either by design or by simple happen stance you will want to know things you should do to make sure you have success.

Listen or download “Prepper Leadership” in player below!

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Come Unity; Community!

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Come Unity; Community! Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! In the future the communities that are prepared for disaster the better off they will be. As populations increase and the cost of recovery increases we could reach a point where resources don’t stretch far enough. The sad truth is that the government … Continue reading Come Unity; Community!

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What’s up with Prepper Camp?

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What’s up with Prepper Camp? Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below In this show I give a recap of Prepper Camp 2017. I give a quick overview of the classes that were held and what I gained from them. We also discuss what some of the other attendees said about their experience. I walked … Continue reading What’s up with Prepper Camp?

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Community Rules for Preppers and Survivalists!

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Community Rules for Preppers and Survivalists James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player provided! The community is our greatest ally. It’s not our bugout bag, our network of government moles or even our high-powered arsenal. All the information in the world cannot help you if it all comes crashing down.  When you look at real … Continue reading Community Rules for Preppers and Survivalists!

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The CONS Part 2 of Country SHTF

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The CONS Part 2 of Country SHTF Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps“ Audio in player below! If you listen to the first part of show you heard about the positives of country shtf. Tonight will be all about the negatives. On this episode of Survival and Tech Preps we talk about the amount of people … Continue reading The CONS Part 2 of Country SHTF

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SHTF in Country Living!

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SHTF in Country Living Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps“ Audio in player below! We’ve talked about a shtf scenario while living in a metro area or apartment but what about the country? This show will be all about country living during shtf and as you may know it has multiple advantages but there are also … Continue reading SHTF in Country Living!

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Morality in a shtf event.

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Someone recently posed the question ” If you are a person with high moral values, how will these morals be effected by a major shtf event? Will you stick to your high morals, or do you think that such an event will change you and cause you to throw these morals aside?”

I think the best way in which I can answer this, at least for myself, is to show you a video. This movie is based on a true event and to my mind best shows the way that I feel I would have to respond to a clear and present danger to myself, my family and my friends regardless of the survival scenario.

Be Your Best During the Worst Helping Others!

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Be Your Best During the Worst  Helping Others Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio in player below! Will you be a “helper” when the worst happens? In response to a question about how to handle troubling images in the news, children’s television icon, Fred Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see … Continue reading Be Your Best During the Worst Helping Others!

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The cost & importance of learning. Clubs, Groups & Schools. Plus the advantages & disadvantages.

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The cost & importance of learning, clubs, groups & schools. Plus the advantages & disadvantages.

When it comes to long term survival, the skills start with choosing the right clothing & equipment. After that you have to learn how to use that equipment & you need to learn how to manage if you should lose that equipment. Survival schools are generally expensive, this is because they have to put in a lot of time teaching people the skills, & time cost money if you are running a business. Some schools will teach you primitive skills, others will not. Some schools will teach you how to survive if you get lost in the bush, others may teach you how to survive long term. But it will all cost you money.

Bushcraft groups are good & they will teach you some survival skills. Again, some may promote the use of modern tools & equipment, where as others may teach you more primitive skills. In general, you will pay a yearly fee which is used to pay for your insurance cover. Survival groups fall roughly into the same category as the bushcraft groups, a mixed lot which may or may not teach you what you need to know. Basically it depends on the individual members, some will be more knowledgeable than others, but in the long run they can’t teach you what they don’t know themselves.

It is well known that in order to survive long term in a wilderness situation, you will need to learn primitive skills, & your equipment & tools will need to be low tech. Modern equipment is not made to last, batteries will go flat, items will break & wear out. You need sustainable methods & primitive gear. If you start off with pre 19th century equipment you will never drop below that level of comfort. But if you start off with all modern gear, then sooner or later you will be thrown back into the stone age.

Now let’s look at another kind of club or group, an 18thcentury living history group. Most again will charge a yearly membership fee, & it must be said that not all living history groups are equal in the benefits that they offer the survivalist. But, the potential for learning is still there, you simply may have to put in more effort to gather some members together who have the skills that you need to learn.

Our group, the New England Colonial Living History Group does not charge any membership fees or training fees, it is all free. However, we do not carry any insurance either, our members are covered by the Civil Liability Amendment (Personal Responsibility) Bill 2002. For many years I payed for our group insurance out of my own pocket so that lower income families could afford to join our group. Eventually, I had to stop paying out of my own pocket (there never were any accidents or insurance claims). When you think about it we go with groups of friends out bush for various recreational activities, & no one ever questions if there is insurance cover. We all take personal responsibility for ourselves, & we watch out for the safety of others.

The advantages of joining a group like ours is that our activities cover a wide range of interests. We can advise on equipment & clothing, & we teach people all the skills they may need for free. Individuals do not have to participate in any activity if they do not wish to, but remember, in a shtf situation, there will be NO insurance, NO doctors & NO hospitals. If you want to cover yourself, use your money to purchase a good modern medical kit & take it to group meetings. Also carry a personal first aid kit in your pack. That way if you cut yourself or smack yourself in the head whilst learning archery, you can patch yourself up & keep going.

Kids in general love participating in living history. It is an opportunity to do something which is fun & educational & they get to share this experience with there parents or carers. In shooting clubs, archery clubs & fishing clubs you will learn only so much, very little of what you do learn will prepare you for survival. In a group like ours though you get to learn everything; you learn what is the best equipment & how to use it. You learn how to repair your equipment & in the case of archery & fishing, you learn how to make your own from scratch with no modern tools.

Some living history groups have splinter groups such as a militia group where you can learn battle tactics. Some groups are purely Ranger groups & again, battle training is a normal part of their activities on top of all the other skills you can learn. All Living History groups are family oriented, so all the family gets to join in one way or another. On top of all this learning & training, living history groups are a lot of fun. If you are serious about long term wilderness survival, I recommend you inquire in your area for a living history group, be it medieval period or 18thcentury or somewhere in between.
Keith.


Our Group’s Official Forum: http://eighteenthcenturylivinghistory.freeforums.org/  

You will also find links to other groups in other areas & countries on our forum.

Groups, Build it and they will come!

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Groups, Build it and they will come! Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Preppers live a secret life and most want to keep it that way but others would love to meet other preppers and share their prepping knowledge, ideas and experiences. You can see the value in a team of people who share the … Continue reading Groups, Build it and they will come!

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Groups Vs. Loan Wolf Survival

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Groups Vs. Loan Wolf Survival Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” What’s your prepping style? Do you long for a small, close-knit prepping community where members are committed to supporting each other during tough times and security threats? Or, are you looking to steer clear of other people, and rely on seclusion and supplies to ride … Continue reading Groups Vs. Loan Wolf Survival

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Extroverts or Introverts in Prepping!

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Extroverts or Introverts in Prepping! Highlander “Survival and Tech Preps” I bet most of you have never even heard these terms before right? Well basically an extrovert is a very outgoing, and friendly type of person whereas an introvert is not. Introversion is a personality trait characterized by a focus on internal feelings rather than on … Continue reading Extroverts or Introverts in Prepping!

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Groups: Seeing the big picture!

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Groups: Seeing the big picture! DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia” In the first three parts on survival groups we talked about why join a survival group, the ABC’s of the survival group and knowing your role. What does all this mean to you?  There was a lot of information given and some of these things warrant … Continue reading Groups: Seeing the big picture!

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Survival groups – Leadership and your role

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Survival groups – Leadership and your role DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia” In the first two parts I spoke of survival groups and why part of one, the ABC’s of survival group and deciding to join or build one.  This week join me in talking about things to consider in leadership and what your roles and … Continue reading Survival groups – Leadership and your role

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ABC’s of the Survival Group!

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ABC’s of the Survival Group! DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia” The second part in a series of shows highlighting the survival group.  With this we include many different kinds of groups.  Last week we talked about the need for a group, the kinds of groups and whether or not to build or join one.  Moving forward … Continue reading ABC’s of the Survival Group!

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Survival groups why do you need one?

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Survival groups why do you need one? DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia” You considered all the scenarios and you feel prepared.  One thing troubles you, others…  There must be others out there that think like you do.  Others that think like you do that can offer assistance, others to barter with.  You know that it is … Continue reading Survival groups why do you need one?

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How to Find a Prepper Group in Your Area or Online!

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How to Find a Prepper Group in Your Area or Online! Prepping is similar to “Fight Club” in that the main rules about prepping is “you don’t talk about your preps”. Talking about your preps to other people in your local area, like neighbors, cashiers, or co-workers can actually come back to bite you when … Continue reading How to Find a Prepper Group in Your Area or Online!

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Useful Information For On The Trail.

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Not all of this will be relevant to your situation should you have to leave your home if or when the SHTF. But modern guerrilla warfare was based on the following 18th century rules, & I think they are worth taking note of.
Keith. 


Rogers Rangers Standing Orders 1759.

1.  Don’t forget nothing.


2.  Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute’s warning.


3.  When you’re on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer.  See the enemy first.


4.  Tell the truth about what you see and what you do.  There is an army depending on us for correct information.  You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don’t never lie to a Ranger or officer.


5.  Don’t never take a chance you don’t have to.


6.  When we’re on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can’t go through two men.


7.  If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it’s hard to track us.


8.  When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.


9.  When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.


10.  If we take prisoners, we keep ’em separate till we have had time to examine them, so they can’t cook up a story between ’em.


11.  Don’t ever march home the same way.  Take a different route so you won’t be ambushed.


12.  No matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout twenty yards ahead, twenty yards on each flank and twenty yards in the rear, so the main body can’t be surprised and wiped out.


13.  Every night you’ll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.


14.  Don’t sit down to eat without posting sentries.


15.   Don’t sleep beyond dawn.  Dawn’s when the French and Indians attack.


16.  Don’t cross a river by a regular ford.


17.  If somebody’s trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.


18.  Don’t stand up when the enemy’s coming against you.  Kneel down, lie down, hide behind a tree.


19.  Let the enemy come till he’s almost close enough to touch.  Then let him have it and jump out and finish him with your hatchet.


…and we’re back…News from Rich and SurvivalRing…

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Hi folks, It’s been a while since my last post, although I’ve been in the backroom of SurvivalRing every day for months, keeping things tuned, tight, backed up, and secure. I’ve thought about posting a lot of things, and often I was poised and ready to add my thoughts to the blog, and at the […]