The Shepherd School started in 2003 as a firearm training school. but as my training and experience grew, my mission evolved. I still certify and mentor new firearm instructors as an NRA Training counselor, but I focus more on advocating for self reliance.
I believe that Americans need to spend more time learning how to take care of themselves and take personal responsibility for their lives.
I teach the benefits of the acquisition of knowledge and skill rather than gear. To do this I leverage as many resources as I can. I write books, I have hosted a podcast, and I have even allowed Doomsday Preppers to come and film some of my projects.
Since I believe proper techniques are more valuable than fancy equipment I focus on DIY Prepper Projects. On this site alone I have over one thousand different articles that show how I make things to enhance my families preparedness.
To that end, I have recently partnered with James Burnette of SurvialPunk for create a permiculture based training homestead project called Dual Homestead in order to give us a larger laboratory to try some of our ideas on a larger scale.
I believe in actions over words. I show what can be done, not what I think can be done. I know that I can’t know everything, and that I have weakness – but I don’t let that stop me in my daily struggle to becoming more resilient.
I view prepping as a lifestyle, but I don’t hide in a bunker waiting for TEOTWAWKI or a SHTF situation.
Through my preparedness projects I have met smart and interesting people, gained skills, and created a resilient lifestyle all while having fun.
At the end of a hard day building something, I can take pride in new skills, take ownership in equipment that I understand because I built it, and create capabilities that I could not afford otherwise.
I do the things I do for my family and myself, but I share it in the hopes that it is useful to you.
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