Farming

Survive climate change with these top edible foods that grow in hot conditions.

Temperatures are rising across the planet. It is feared India could be uninhabitable by 2100. Alaska has set all-time high temperature records. Thousands died in Europe during prolonged heatwaves. Extreme temperatures will stress population centers and if food shortages occur, we may be forced to supply or supplement our food…
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Water Procurement

How to stockpile water in an emergency – how to treat and store water for long-term use

The average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water per day but you can get by with much less. According to government guidelines, for emergencies, it is recommended you store at least one gallon of water per person. About ¾ of the water would be used for consumption…
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Shelters

How to build a door-covered or pole-covered trench shelter for protection against elements, natural disasters, and nuclear fallout

  Covered trench shelters utilize the massive density and inherent strength of packed soil to create a protective shelter suitable for protection against natural and wartime elements including biological and nuclear fallout. Trench shelters also provide excellent wind and blast protection. Typical trench shelter plans fall into two categories, differentiated…
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Water Procurement

How to make a basic clean earth filter (filtering water with gravel and dirt)

  The most basic of water filters is the clean earth filter. Although not ideal for producing crystal clear clean drinking water, it does have the added advantage of filtering out some components that other filters are unable to remove. For instance, a basic clean earth filter can filter out…
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Edible Wild Plants

Flax plant – the many uses of the flax plant in the wild

  Flax plant identification The flax plant is an excellent source of food, natural fibers, and oils. Flax grows to about 4-feet tall and 2-feet wide. Leaves are wider in the middle and shaped like a lance tip and grow alternating on the stalk. Leaves are typically bluish, pale green,…
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Edible Wild Plants

Preparing acorns to be a nutritious source of food

Acorns as source of food Many people are not aware that acorns are edible.  Acorns are high in protein, fiber, carbohydrates, fats, calcium, and other minerals and with tannins removed, they offer a sweetish taste making them an excellent option for use in stews and breads. The best tasting acorns come…
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Firecraft

How to build an efficient fire using a single log – the Swedish Fire Torch

The Swedish Fire Torch, also known as a Canadian Candle, is a simple and efficient method to make a fire using a single log.  In addition to being easy to ignite and control, it is small and compact, burns long (is a self-feeding fire method) and provides not only excellent…
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Firecraft

When it comes to fire tinder in a survival situation, you have dozens of resources available

As any good survivalist knows, when caught in a survival situation, one of the first tasks at hand will be to build a fire.  In addition to knowing how to construct a fire in the wilderness, you're going to have to have the appropriate resources available which includes not only…
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Food Preparation

Easy recipe for healthy, high calorie Survival Food Bars

Here's a treat for survivalists, backpackers, hikers, or anyone else looking for a dense, high-calorie food source that is non-perishable, easy to transport, and healthy. These “survival bars” can be cut into 2 inch by 2 inch squares and provide approximately 600 calories, 10 grams of fat, 25 grams of…
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Farming

Build a cheap min-greenhouse out of old shelving units

A greenhouse is great for starting off young seedlings or growing plants year-round. By utilizing transparent barriers around the greenhouse framework, solar radiation is allowed to enter the greenhouse (heating it up) while retaining heat and moisture needed for optimal plant growth. Here's how to build a simple, and cheap,…
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Animal Food

Eat bugs for survival? The U.N. says it’s a good idea in new promotion for Entomophagy

The has begun promoting edible insects as a low-fat, high protein food for people, pets, and livestock. According to the , they come with appetizing side benefits: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs in developing countries, and feeding millions of hungry people around the world. And yes, bugs can be…
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Farming

Is human waste OK to use for compost or fertilizer?

Any farmer will tell you that when it comes to efficiently growing food, compost is "black gold".  But some fear that fertilizer or compost made from human waste could be at risk of containing heavy metals, pathogens, or pharmaceuticals causing many environmentalists to consider it unsafe for enhancing plant growth.…
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How to build an elevated, raised Bog Ken shelter in the wilderness

For many reasons it is sometimes necessary or advisable to build one's survival shelter raised off the ground. Especially is this true in the more tropical countries where noxious snakes and insects abound. A simple form of raised shelter is shown by Fig. 63. To build this shelter we must…
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Firecraft

Making Char Cloth (charcloth) – the essential outdoors firestarting material

Char cloth (or charred cloth) is a swatch of fabric made from vegetable linen, such as cotton, that has been converted ( decomposed using a process call pyrolysis) into a slow-burning fuel of very low ignition temperature.  A single, small spark placed on char cloth will ignite the cloth which…
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Firecraft

Alcohol burning cat food can stove – easy to make, easy to carry

A Cat Food Can Stove is probably one of the easiest cooking stoves to make. In addition, it is lightweight and foolproof.  It never clogs and there are no moving parts to break.  They burn ethanol or methanol alcohol so finding fuel is easy.  Simply pour alcohol-based fuel in it…
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General and Overview

Food in a survival situation – edible plants, animals and rations to survive in the wild

Introduction You can live for several weeks without eating but regardless, food provides life-saving energy to your body and replenishes substances that your body burns during physical and mental activity.  The average person needs 2,000 calories per day to function at a minimum level.  Any less than this and your…
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Firecraft

Survival fire principles (introduction to “firecraft”)

Introduction to Firecraft In survival situations, the ability to build and light a fire can make the difference between life and death. You can use fire to purify water, sterilize bandages, signal for rescue, drive animals from their homes, efficiently modify the landscape, smoke and preserve food, softening tar for…
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General and Overview

Using plants as food in the wild – how to find, identify, test, and prepare plants for eating.

Introduction After having solved the problems of finding water, shelter, and animal food, you will have to consider the use of plants you can eat. In a survival situation you should always be on the lookout for familiar wild foods and live off the land whenever possible. You must not…
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General and Overview

Using animals as food in the wild.

Introduction One of man's most urgent requirements is food. In contemplating virtually any hypothetical survival situation, the mind immediately turns to thoughts of food. Unless the situation occurs in an arid environment, even water, which is more important to maintaining body functions, will usually follow food in our initial thoughts.…
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Firecraft

How to start a fire in the wild (using bow drill, hand drill, flint, and other methods)

Tips for Lighting Fires Always light your fire from the upwind side. Make sure you lay the tinder, kindling, and fuel so that your fire will burn as long as you need it. Igniters provide the initial heat required to start the tinder burning. They fall into two categories: modern…
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Shelters

How to build a belowground shelter to provide protection from the elements

The advantages and disadvantages of a belowground shelter A belowground (underground) shelter provides many advantages over an above-ground structure.  A belowground shelter can not only insulate you from the cold, it can reduce the midday heat as much as 16 to 22 degrees C (30 to 40 degrees F).  A…
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Shelters

Desert shelters – how to build an efficient shelter in desert conditions

Desert Shelters In an emergency desert situation, you must find shelter quickly. In the dry, arid, desert environment, you must consider the time, effort, and material needed to make a shelter. Any unneeded body movement will consume precious water and hinder your ability to survive the desert conditions.  You want…
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