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I started the Shepherd School in 2003 as a firearm training company.  At that time, I focused the defensive use of firearms and mainly provided handgun permit and armed security courses.

The more I taught and learned the more my understanding grew.  As a result of this, I began to view firearms as a piece of the self-reliance picture and not the cornerstone.

Therefore, I am my company, The Shepherd School, began focusing on personal preparedness and individual responsibility.

Almost all of the typical “prepper” sites deal with stockpiling goods and acquiring property.

While a certain amount of things are needed to survive there is a problem with this approach.  The problem with depending on material goods for personal safety is that property can be lost, stolen, destroyed, or damaged.  Intangibles like skills, mindset, and mental flexibility can never be taken from you.  Because of this, the site evolved to teach a wider variety of skills.

Under the refocused website, Dave’s Homestead, the Shepherd School will expand and refocus.

As a result of this change I have dedicated myself to showing how creativity, knowledge, and a base dedication to self-reliance makes life easier.

Therefore, on this site, I will showcase DIY projects, Tips, Recipes, and Videos.  I will also continue to provides tons of free content through this and my other site.

Additionally, through the Shepherd School I still provide training and consulting in the areas of:

  • Firearms
  • Security
  • Urban Homesteading
  • Emergency Kits
  • Self-Reliance
  • Personal Protection
  • Personal Preparedness

The key tools used to provide those services are:

  • The Dave’s Homestead website, that focuses on DIY articles, videos, and free downloads
  • YouTube Channel
  • Classes and workshops
  • Informational DVDs
  • Speaking engagements
  • Media Interviews
  • Books and articles

If you want to know more about me, or the work I do through the Shepherd School, feel free to contact me.  I remain available to come speak at your group function, teach custom classes, or demonstrate some of the techniques found on our videos.  My goal is to help you help yourself.