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….”)
  • (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.”)
  • (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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Modern Combat and Survival

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Modern Combat and Survival

Modern Combat and Survival Jeff Anderson
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What was the greatest prepper lesson learned in 2017? I called it the year of the prepper and it will go down as one of the more disaster ridden and memorable years in a long time. There is a lot to pick apart that pertains to disaster preparedness in 2017. Still I think it warrants our time and will be worth it in the long run.

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Backwoods Home Magazine

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My favorite magazine of all time has to be Backwoods Home Magazine (BHM). I’ve never met the people who produce this magazine, but I can say for sure that they are of my tribe. We have the same mind set. The same aspirations.

Articles in BHM include writings on many diverse topics including:

  • Homesteading
  • Self-Reliance
  • Renewable Energy
  • Prepping
  • Gardening
  • Livestock
  • Firearms
  • Homeschooling
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Water Collection
  • Community
  • …and so much more

The current issue, at the time of this posting, is the January/February 2017 issue. It blew me away, and inspired my wife to strongly suggest that I write this post because there are so many articles relevant to our focus here on, including pieces about:

Bugging out in place.
Prioritizing preparedness when money is tight.
10 foods to forage in winter.
Grid-down battery devices.
Build a stove pipe wood stove.
Build a wood-fired water heater.


Ask Jackie Clay
One of my favorite recurring features of Backwoods Home is the Ask Jackie Clay section where a woman (named Jackie Clay) answers a fairly large number of random questions sent in by readers each month. All questions are taken seriously, and answered with humor and expertise. This issue covers 18 questions, including: where to find parts for a 1948 Ford tractor, canning organ meats, and re-canning previously canned pears into pear butter. Jackie has been a homesteader for most of her life, and lives a lifestyle of self-reliance with family in Minnesota. In each issue of Backwoods Home, people ask Jackie random questions that are answered with humor and expertise. Sometimes the answers include fun stories added by Jackie too.

Irreverent Jokes
The Irreverent Jokes area is another monthly favorite. With every issue, I know I will have a good laugh while reading them. Here are a few jokes:

What’s the difference between a hippo and a Zippo? One is really heavy. The other is a little lighter.

It was raining hard and a big puddle had formed in front of the little Irish pub. An old man stood beside the puddle holding a stick with a string on the end and jiggled it up and down in the water.
A curious gentleman asked what he was doing.
“Fishing,” replied the old man.
“Poor old fool” thought the gentleman, so he invited the old man to have a drink in the pub.
Feeling he should start some conversation while they were sipping their whiskey, the gentleman asked, “And how many have you caught today?”
“You’re the eighth.”

My girlfriend thinks that I’m a stalker. Well, she’s not exactly my girlfriend yet…

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.
“What are you doing?” she asked.
“Hunting flies,” he responded.
“Oh! Killing any?” she asked.
“Yep, 3 males, 2 females,” he replied.
Intrigued, she asked, “How can you tell them apart?”
He responded, “3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone.”

Selective Advertising
Even the advertising in Backwoods Home is appealing because they are really selective about who advertises in their magazine, keeping products and services ads relevant to self-reliance. That means that I actually enjoy looking over the ads. And there aren’t so many of them that they interfere with the great articles.

Magazine Back Issues
After you finish reading your first issue of Backwoods Home magazine, you will likely want to see more. Fortunately there are plenty of back issues available. BHM has been around since 1989, and they’ve covered pretty much every self-reliance/homesteading topic imaginable. Every back issue of the magazine is available for purchase on Amazon, and there’s a complete list of articles, organized by issue, available on their website. You can browse each issue’s topics online and see what is interesting to you.

Article Anthologies
Another option when it comes to getting ahold of additional Backwoods Home articles are their anthologies. Each year BHM compiles the most popular articles from that year and publishes them together in a paperback book. Currently there are twenty four anthologies available on Amazon.

If you don’t like the idea of having paper books taking up space in your home, you’ll be pleased to know that every issue of the magazine is also available as an ebook. Additionally you can get future issues in an electronic subscription.

Digital Products
Backwoods Home Magazine
Though not available on Amazon, Backwoods Home magazine has several CDs available on their web site, the best of which is their anthology DVD that has every article from BHM’s first twenty four years (in .pdf format) for a really great price. All of Backwoods Home’s digital resources are reasonably priced, and a great resource for homesteaders, preppers, gardeners, homeschoolers, and anyone else interested in a lifestyle of self-reliance.

The folks that produce and write for Backwoods Home magazine are real people, interested in helping their neighbors. Their tribe. Sure, they need to make a living, so they don’t publish and distribute the magazine for free, but they don’t overcharge for the great content that they provide. They really seem to be publishing this magazine to help, inspire, and educate their readers. I appreciate that, and I think you will, too.

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7 Great Homesteading Magazine Recommendations

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Here are some of my favorite Homesteading Magazine Recommendations, These have a lot of great information (and are sometimes the sources of some of my project ideas). I like the term prepsteader as a way to merge the similarities of preppers and homesteaders Subscribing saves a lot of money over buying them at the newsstand. […]

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Poll: ‘House-To-House’ Gun ‘Confiscation’ Proposal Leads By Wide Margin In California

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Poll: ‘House-To-House' Gun 'Confiscation’ Proposal Leads By Wide Margin In California

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LOS ANGELES – A California ballot initiative that opponents claim would lead to house-to-house gun confiscation leads in a statewide survey among registered voters.

Proposition 63, as it is called, is winning 64-28 percent, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll of 1,879 registered voters conducted by SurveyMonkey.

The proposition would ban magazines larger than 10 rounds. It also would:

  • Require ammunition sales be made through licensed vendors.
  • Require lost or stolen guns or ammo be reported to police.
  • Require buyers pass a background check prior to purchasing ammunition.

“Millions of legal magazines will need to be sold out-of-state, taken out-of-state, or seized by law enforcement,” according to the Coalition for Civil Liberties, which opposes Proposition 63.

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Many legal firearms will only operate with “magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds, making them effectively illegal,” the coalition noted.

“This backdoor gun ban is not just on future sales, but forces you to surrender your existing private property to law enforcement,” it added.

The coalition asserted that Proposition 63, if passed, will lead to “house-to-house confiscation” of guns and magazines.

According to the text of the proposed law, anyone who is caught possessing an illegal magazine can be jailed for up to one year. Current owners of such magazines have three choices, according to the text: 1) remove it from the state, 2) sell it to a licensed dealer, or 3) surrender it to police “for destruction.”

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Food Storage: Use a Magazine Rack for Can Goods

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I am quite happy with my cardboard can organizers, they have survived a couple moves and several years of can foods being stored in them, but they are sized for normal sized cans. I still need something for can drinks, tuna cans, and tomato paste cans. As soon as I saw a picture on pinterest of someone using a Magazine Rack for Can Storage I knew it was worth exploring. See larger image Universal Recycled Plastic Large Magazine File, 6-1/4″ x 9-1/2″ x 11″ 3/4, Black (8119) Simple, smart and sturdy. Designed with a generous size to keep your magazines,

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7 Everyday Legal Weapons

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First time I went to the Statue of Liberty, I came close to getting arrested. I was with two active duty military friends. We passed through the post 9-11 metal detectors, and alarm bells went off. What happened next still makes me smile, years later. And it’s got me to thinking about everyday carry legal […]

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