How to Build a Cinder Block Grill

As summer approaches, BBQ grills across the country ignite. Outdoor cooking is a great family activity because it not only gets you outdoors and in the elements, but it’s also a great time to teach children basic fire-building and cooking skills. Not to mention, it’s an opportunity to play with fire, eat steak, and enjoy the beautiful weather. If you’re like me, however, you like to incorporate DIY and survival skills into almost everything… even grilling. One way to do this is to build your own grill. Many of us take cooking for granted, because it has been so incredibly […]

5 Reasons You Need to Grow Your Own Food

Did you know that the food you ate today was contaminated? It’s almost a guarantee. Most of the time, foods with potentially harmful ingredients are forced to include them on their labels, think: Trans fats… However, when Big Government joins forces with large corporate interests, there’s no limit to how much information they’ll try to conceal from the American public. It’s bad enough to stealthily contaminate the US food supply with GMOs, but to attack and defeat any legislation that requires GMO labeling… that’s how you know that the corruption has reached the highest levels of government. What’s the harm in […]

EU Moves to Ban Heirloom Seeds

As genetically modified crops continue to take over the world’s food supply, politicians are looking into ways to give companies like Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences every advantage (that’s what those lobbyists get paid for). The state of European agriculture has got so Orwellian that some politicians in the EU now consider non-GMO seeds a threat to stability. In fact, they’ve adopted measures to ban all seeds that haven’t been “tested, approved and accepted.” Well, who has the incentive to undergo a rigorous testing and regulatory process? Mother nature? I don’t think she has the financing or the legal team… But you […]

Supreme Court Backs Monsanto Seed-opoly

Can a company own a strain of DNA inside of a seed that’s grown and harvested by an individual? The answer appears to be yes, according to a decision handed down by the “highest” court in the land last week. The Supreme Court’s decision raises fresh concerns about the decaying state of America’s agriculture. In this particular case, a farmer in Indiana was ordered to pay Monsanto $84,000 for seeds that he purchased from a local grain elevator! Seed form grain elevators is typically used as feed, but this farmer chose to plant his seeds, grew a late-season crop of […]

Why Hunting is the Ultimate Survival Pastime

Wanna know a dirty little secret? The majority of patriots in the survival movement don’t know how to find their own food out in nature… It’s true! Many of us focus on the material resources that we need to survive — canned food, water, generators, etc. — that we don’t focus enough energy on our survival skills like construction, gardening, foraging, and hunting… In fact, I’d argue that foraging and hunting are two of the most important survival skills you can develop, but not exactly for the reasons you might think. Yes, hunting could put food on the table during […]

Brewing Beer: A High-Demand Barter Craft

I think it’s safe to say that most of us don’t have beer on our survival checklist (It’s not on my list of 20 survival essentials). And while it’s true that securing items like water, food, and shelter should be prioritized above enjoying a cold beer in a survival situation… mastering the art of fermentation sure would be a handy skill to have when the SHTF. You see, alcohol is a constant throughout history. At this moment, beer is ranked as the third most consumed beverage on earth, coming in just behind tea and water. Suffice to say, beer would be […]

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50 Items to Hoard Checklist

When a crisis is brewing, making a well thought out list of supplies is no easy task… …purchasing them may be virtually impossible. As panic spreads, super market shelves will be stripped bare in a matter of hours, as throngs of more and more desperate people buy up ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that they feel may be useful. This includes items for bartering or selling on the black market. As fear takes control, panic buying will quickly consume all available inventory at the local Target, Walmart, Safeway, Home Depot, etc. Contrary to popular belief, even the largest retailers don’t keep much excess inventory. […]

5 Bug-Out Vehicle Essentials

Whether or not you think of your family car as a “Bug-Out Vehicle,” in the event that your family needs to evacuate quickly during a crisis… it is one. Advanced survivalists put tons of blood, sweat, and tears into the fine art of crafting “the perfect B.O.V.” These vehicles have 4-wheel-drive, all-terrain tires, winches, snorkels, reserve tanks, etc… As a “car guy,” let me be the first to say that I greatly respect all of the ingenuity and innovation that those BOVs represent. Still, you’ve got to start somewhere. And the change in your mindset, the way you think about […]