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Homestead vs. In-stead – rightsizing the the project helps it succeed!

Lets talk about how doing it right, means choosing a project that isn’t too big. Alternatively a project that is too big can lead to horrible results and burn out. The podcast also covers the concept that as a farmer (or hobbyist or prepper) you have two resources. You can put time into your project …

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Its Tough to Predict the Future – Price of Food is Going Up, but How Much

We all like to eat. We all need to eat. How much will food cost this year? Next year? I’ll make the argument that we, as a nation, have passed a historical inflection point. Its our job as men (and women too) to prepare for difficult times. I’ll also make the argument that preparing for …

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Food as the Best Investment?

These are crazy times if I can honestly suggest that long term food supply for yourself and your family is one the best financial investments you can make this week! I’m not a financial advisor, so this isn’t financial advice, nor should it be treated as financial advice. Inflation is there. How bad it gets …

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Chickens vs Ducks vs Geese

How to choose which to get! More and more people are concerned about food security. A few years ago, the concept of food security was relegated to discussions of the distance food traveled to reach the grocery store. The United States is awakening to the terrible fact that politics impacts your ability to obtain food …

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Build Good Soil Now – Buy Seeds Now – Start Plants

Now is the time to improve the soil in your garden. Do things like add compost and wood chips. Don’t wait until its time to plant. Instead give the microbes, bugs and other critters time to grow in your soil, so its ready when it is time to plant. You can search for “regenerative soil” …

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Hoarding and the Canned SPAM Rule

Lets take a few minutes and talk about how redefining words and can be dangerous to you and your family. Hoarding is a term you often hear from people who refuse to prepare for the possibility of a disaster (natural or man made). Often those people think anyone who prepares for bad times is just …

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Win by Buying Food from Your Local Farm

Local farms work hard for customers. Local farms can provide wholesome foods. Local farms are robust and will still be there long after the food supply chain breaks down. Support your local farms, have a more self-reliant community and get wonderful fresh foods. Let’s talk about how to do this. There are many CSA in …

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Save Money by Preserving Food and Laugh at the Zombie Apocalypse

What a year. The dumpster fire that is 2020 is almost over. Now is a good time to prepare to thrive in 2021. Build resilience and have a great year by focusing on two areas: prepare your garden soil purchase inexpensive foods now that are easy to store learn how to preserve food and be …

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Beans, Bullets & Band Aids – Take Time to be Resilient

I want to get away from outdoor topics for a while to talk about what has been on my heart. These are crazy times. From rigged elections to Covid-19, we haven’t seen times like this in a long time. Maybe things suddenly improve, maybe they get worse, who knows. You have to work to have …

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Great NC Hike – Up Grandfather Mtn via Boy Scout Trail / Grandfather Mtn Trail

If you are looking for a great hike that is challenging and very, very beautiful then this might just fit the bill. This is probably one of the most technical hikes in NC, but there is view after view after view. Connie dropped us off on the Blue Ride Parkway and picked us up at …

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2020 NC Overland Challenge – Part 2

The Overland Challenge was a lot of fun! It was held in Uwharrie National Forest (between Raleigh, NC and Charlotte, NC). Portions of the event were also held in Big Creek and Grand Overland District. Outdoor events like this are a great way to minimize the risk of contracting COVID while having a great time. …

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2020 Overland Challenge – Part 1 – Co-Pilot / Wife Driving Blindfolded on the BFG Obstacle Course

This was just one of the many challenges over 3 days. It was a great event and we came in 2nd overall! What a great weekend. Check out the video of Connie driving blindfolded.

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Normalcy Bias – Be Aware of It, Make Better Decisions

Normalcy bias is disbelief that a catastrophe could happen to you. Its easy to think that “normal” is the standard state of events and those things happen to someone else or another community or even country. It is easy to imagine “that couldn’t happen in the United States”. Join me as we walk through this …

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We are almost done with the DIY Slingshot Kits

After getting lots of emails and requests, we decided to do another batch of Montie Gear DIY Slingshot Kits.  They make a great Christmas present.  There are only 24 available, so get your pre-order in now.  They should start shipping by 31 Oct. Go Here to preorder.

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Preparing for Difficult Times – Resilient Communities

We all know that we are in the midst of difficult times. Between the corona virus and political issues and riots, these are trying times. I’m concerned they will get worse before they get better. Normally I try to concentrate on outdoor adventure, but I’m concerned that there are other messages that need to get …

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