Gardening With Kids

gardening with kids

If you want to teach your kids about self reliance, one of the best ways to start is with a garden. When kids learn to garden, they learn responsibility and they experience the satisfaction of growing something themselves.

Your child should ideally have his own garden space. He may love helping you in the garden, but having his own garden will give him a greater sense of pride when he sees it grow. He will learn that his garden thrives when he takes care of it, and it withers when he doesn’t. Continue reading

Foraging Is an Essential Survival Skill: Learn More with this Awesome App!

wild edibles

I have had the opportunity to try out a new app from naturalist “Wildman” Steve Brill and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

The app is called Wild Edibles and it is available for iPhones and Android phones. I have it on my Android, and I have to say, this is a great app to use if you want to learn about wild foods that you can forage for. Continue reading

FEMA and Emergency Preparedness


With reports of FEMA’s failures in helping victims of Hurricane Sandy (not to mention, Hurricane Katrina) one has to wonder if it is wise to rely on any government agency for help when disaster strikes. There have been reports of FEMA offices in New York closing because of bad weather (Seriously?? Sadly, yes.) and leaving those most in need unaided and forgotten. Continue reading

Self-Reliance for Security

I think when people first start looking at being prepared, it is out of a sense of panic and insecurity. Oh my gosh, what if…??? But after a bit of time researching and preparing for the worst, many people are able to see the big picture. The key to feeling more secure if to know that you can rely on yourself.

What Is Self-Reliance?

That’s a question we have to each answer for ourselves, but for me, self-reliance means I don’t have to rely on the government, the grid, the system. It means I know I can provide what my family needs – food, shelter and protection – no matter what happens in the world. Continue reading