Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blogs, Books and Products to Check Out

From The Survivalist Blog

I like to check out what other bloggers read and found this on The Survivalist Blog, one I have just recently started reading. The ones I haven't heard of are listed here.


Bison Survival Blog

James M Dakin has been blogging for years, and while he does have a tendency to run on about nothing from time to time,

Living Freedom

Living freedom is a blog by Claire Wolfe that is published on the Backwoods Home Magazine website –

Ask Jackie

This is another blog hosted on the Backwoods Home Magazine website - it is a great blog loaded that is loaded with hands on homesteading know how and advice. Jackie is an expert gardener, preserver and homesteader. Well worth the time to read her posts.

Say Uncle

Expect five or more short posts per day, with some great links to other sites related to firearms. If you’re interested in any aspect of firearms, gun laws or self-defense, then you should definitely check this site out.

The self-sufficient Gardener

Authored by Jason Akers, this blog features advice one gardening efficiently, responsibly and sustainably.


The Encyclopedia of Country Living (by Carla Emery)

A wealth of information related to homesteading and survival – in this book you’ll find advice on gardening, preserving, saving seeds, maple sugaring, raising, feeding, and caring for all types of livestock, beekeeping, butchering and more. This was my go to book when I first moved off the grid.

The New Self-Sufficient Gardener (by John Seymour)

If you raise a garden then this book is a must – loaded with information on growing fruits, vegetables, composting, whole gardens, greenhouses, chicken coops, trellising, beekeeping, pruning, grafting. This is a must have book in the survival library and one that has a place in my bookshelf.

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! (by Carleen Madigan)

Most of us don’t have 20 or more acres to grow food and raise livestock, instead we have to get it done on one or two acres and this book will help you do it. You can read my full review here. If you want to become more self-reliant on your small acreage then you need this book.

Where There Is No Doctor and Where There Is No Dentist (by Hesperian Foundation)

Both of these books are a must for the survival medical library, if you don’t have these get them now. Both are available for free download from Hesperian.org, so even if you’re broke (or just cheap) you have no excuse – I suggest you buy a paper copy or print and bind the pages in a notebook.

Survival Poaching (by Ragnar Benson)

According to my survival plan, harvesting wild game will be of utmost importance in supplementing my garden and food storage. Survival Poaching includes many detailed plans for traps, snares and deadfalls that can be used to procure deer, elk, bear, moose, beaver, mink, muskrat, trout, salmon, grouse, pheasant, duck and more. Also get a copy of Buckshot’s Complete Survival Trapping Guide and Into The Primitive: Advanced Trapping Techniques to complete your survival trapping library.

How to Live on Wheat (by John Hill)

This is one of my favorite books on using wheat. It includes information on types of wheat, how to store, essence bread, pan bread, sprouting, sourdough, food combination, baking, bread making, gluten meat substitute, pasta, improvised bread making, dumplings, cast iron cookery, salads, biscuits, pancakes, hominy, corn bread, tempeh and more. You can read my full review here.

Barnyard in Your Backyard (by Gail Damerow)

Basic information to get you started raising chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats, sheep, and cows. This book offers a great overview for each animal with a lot of ground covered, but I suggest you also get another books specific each animal you are raising.

Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving (by Altrista Consumer Products)

You can find this book at most supermarkets and hardware stores where canning jars and lids are sold. In my opinion, it’s the best how to do it (canning) book available, with a wealth of photos, charts and instructions. If you preserve your own food then you need this book.

Secrets of Self-Healing (by Dr. Maoshing Ni)

As you know, I’m not a big fan of prescription medications or western medical thinking, preferring instead a more natural solution if possible and this is the book, I turn to most often. Secrets of Self-Healing covers diet, exercise and natural remedies for more than sixty-five common ailments, such as sore throat, dandruff, headaches, high blood pressure, sunburn, insect bites, indigestion and more.

3 Products

Mora of Sweden Knives

They are light weight, sharp and well made.

Wonder Junior Hand Grain Mill

Big Berkey Water Filter

In most cases acquiring a good at home water filter should be your first survival priority It’ll purify raw water from lakes, streams and stagnant ponds etc. Find out how to make a cheap homemade version here.

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