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Here is the latest two posts from this site.

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Survival Punk Paleo Food Bar

wpid-20140922_173611-300x168One of the friends I have made while creating this site is James Burnette of Survival Punk.  As a matter of fact I hit it off with James so well that I offered him free rent on my farm to partner with me on Dual Homestead.  While we share a strong DIY ethic, we do have a lot of differences - most notably in the areas of fitness and nutrition...  However, while out working on the land James offered me some of a Paleo Food Bar he developed.

Jame's Paleo food bar is a mixture of 4 ingredients - Lemon, dates, coconut oil, and shredded coconut.  While I much would have preferred a burger, I can see where a paleo ration bar has a use in preparedness or survival.  While, I don't like coconut, it tasted pretty good.

Watch the embedded video to hear James talk about his bar and why he created it the way he did.


The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual
The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual

The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual

This is a good complement to a disaster medicine library.  When I bought The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook I thought it was a listing of medicinal plants. I was wrong.

While there are some listings of specific plants and their uses, this book  deals with the mechanics of actually making medicine.

This book has very specific techniques to show you how to make tonics, poultices, creams, salves, and other preparations.

It also deals with harvesting, storage, and handling of medicinal plants.


 About the Shepherd School:

Shepherd School

Shepherd School

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.

I do the things I do for my family and myself, but I share it in the hopes that it is useful to you.

Please feel free to participate in this blog by commenting and using our contact form.

This site is different because I don’t write about things I haven’t experienced.

While I may not always have the best way of doing things, and sometimes my DIY preparedness projects don’t work perfectly or are outright failures, every post is something I have done – not something that I have only read about.

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.

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