David Stillwell

Author: David Stillwell

David Stillwell is a lifelong naturalist with a background in healthcare and biology who lives in the heart of wildfire territory in Northern California. Prepping for him is a way of life and necessary on a daily basis. He focuses on food production and agriculture and grows 80% of what he consumes.
Best Vegetables to Grow in a Greenhouse

Best Vegetables to Grow in a Greenhouse

I am always leery of any list that starts off with the word “best.” The reason being is that “best” is a subjective term that may or may not apply…

Why and How to Grow Black Beans

Why and How to Grow Black Beans

Black beans and legumes, in general, are very healthy food. They are loaded with fiber and have very little fat while offering a lot of calories – energy. A single…

Propane vs Gas Generators: What to Consider

Propane vs Gas Generators: What to Consider

Power generators are an essential part of most prepping master plans. While solar power is an option a backup generator offers many people a better alternative and access to power…

How Long Does Canned Food Really Last? 

How Long Does Canned Food Really Last? 

One of the biggest chores that preppers face is the accumulation of an emergency food supply. Prepping is not a new adventure. Many cultures have lived a prepping lifestyle. The…

What You Need to Know About Zippos and Lighter Fuel Alternatives

What You Need to Know About Zippos and Lighter Fuel Alternatives

When it comes to lighters, Zippos, and lighter fuel in general, there is a lot of misinformation to be found on the Internet. Learn about lighters plus the various types of lighter fuels that are available. Hint: there are alternatives to Zippo lighter fuel!

How to Dehydrate Food

How to Dehydrate Food

Dehydrating food is an ancient technique that has improved thanks to the modernization of the process. Food that is Dehydrated has undergone a process by which the moisture level of…

Choosing the Best Fermentation Crock

Choosing the Best Fermentation Crock

Fermentation is an ancient way to preserve food that fits squarely into the modern prepper world. The process is by far less complicated than canning food, and it provides an…

How to Can Diced Tomatoes

How to Can Diced Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most popular fruits grown in home gardens and with good reason. In my opinion, store-bought tomatoes taste like sawdust, but a perfectly ripe home-grown tomato…

Sustainable Eating – Food Preservation for the Modern World

Sustainable Eating – Food Preservation for the Modern World

Sustainable Eating – the idea and practice of creating food production that you can maintain year after year. The idea that we must buy food is a product of urbanization….

Soil Health – Building Sustainable Gardens

Soil Health – Building Sustainable Gardens

Moving from growing a simple garden to planting a sustainable garden that provides most of your food intake for the year takes a little bit of work. If you jump…

How To Can Hot Peppers

How To Can Hot Peppers

Hot peppers are a staple in many home gardens and when well-cared for peppers can overrun your home in much the same way that zucchini can. There are many ways…

How To Can Sauerkraut

How To Can Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a fermented food made using cabbage. The fermentation process can take upwards of six weeks and is achieved by slicing the cabbage into strips and submerging in a…

How to Dehydrate Green Beans

How to Dehydrate Green Beans

Dehydrating vegetables is an easy and proactive way to add homegrown food to your food security vault. Dehydrating greens beans, like many veggies, is easy. You only need a few…

How to Dehydrate Apples

How to Dehydrate Apples

Dehydrating foods, especially apples, is pretty easy. There is some work involved, and you will need a few inexpensive tools to get started. While there are many ways to dry…

How To Make Jerky

How To Make Jerky

Jerky is an ancient food preservation process that fits well into this modern world. There is a word for jerky – dried meat – in almost all regions of the…