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I’m confident that most of you have plenty of food stocked away. Many of you have at least a small vegetable garden, and some of you even have livestock of some sort. That’s great, but what happens during an extended disaster or a total collapse of society? Eventually, your freeze-dried food and canned goods will run out. You’ll have a tough time getting all the essential amino acids your body needs from plant-based protein sources alone. It’s not impossible, but… Read More »

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You might think you can’t take self-reliance to the next level in the suburbs. I know, it can be a pain in the ass sometimes with houses stacked up on top of each other, nosy neighbors, and ridiculous HOA rules, but the good news is that you don’t need acreage and a cabin in the woods to grow most of your own food. That’s a great thing because for most of us, heading to the hills just isn’t an option. Maybe you have… Read More »

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Trapping is an important part of self-reliance because it gives you the ability to procure food more easily than hunting or foraging. One of the biggest advantages is that you only need to check your traps once or twice a day, saving you valuable time and energy. The most important detail is knowing what animals to look for—certain types are more plentiful and easier to trap than others. This little bit of knowledge can mean the difference between a tasty… Read More »

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When I began prepping, I did what most people do—I stocked up on canned food. Don’t get me wrong; I still think that is a solid part of any self-reliance plan, but it’s not the final answer. I quickly added additional food sources like freeze-dried food and a garden, and while this was great, it still wasn’t quite enough, so I started raising livestock to produce a sustainable supply of protein. You might think you don’t have enough space but… Read More »

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A supply of canned and freeze-dried food is an essential part of self-sufficiency, but it’s not a long-term plan. Even the most prepared can stock at most, 1-2 years worth of food, and even that takes a lot of space and money. But growing your own food can mean a steady supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and you’ll probably have plenty left over for canning, or even sharing with your neighbors, which helps build a stronger local community… Read More »

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