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Author: Gaye Levy

I grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, I started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. Awhile back I abandoned city life and moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on on San Juan Island in NW Washington State.

These days I call Arizona home and am actively pursuing the purchase of a mountain retreat along the Mogollon Rim.

As you may have noticed, I am a bit of a glamourista but hope you do not hold that against. me. My bug out bag includes makeup and other items to make me look and feel good if SHTF.
Prepper Book Festival: The Preppers Canning Guide

Prepper Book Festival: The Preppers Canning Guide

Canning is a blessing and a curse. For seasoned canners, preserving the local bounty not only saves money but is a relaxing and stress-free experience. These same canners giddily prepare fully cooked meals in jars, to be opened and reheated at a moment’s notice.

And everyone else? They suffer a fear of the canning process, botulism, and of blowing themselves up along with their kitchen. Don’t let this canning curse prevent you from learning and benefiting from this important skill. With The Prepper’s Canning Guide, my good friend Daisy Luther teaches you how to can without fear! Enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners!

Review: Learn About Wiebe Specialty Skinning Knives

Review: Learn About Wiebe Specialty Skinning Knives

If there is one piece of gear that is universal in any bug out bag or survival kit, it is a knife. Simply put, in situations of self-reliance, there is no shortage of work to be done with a knife. Having the right knife is simply a must.

One company that is doing their best to put out a lineup of quality knives is Wiebe Knives. In this review, learn about the Wiebe line of specialty knives plus enter to win a set of two knives in a giveaway. There will be two winners.

Prepper Book Festival: Without – A Survivalist Novel

Prepper Book Festival: Without – A Survivalist Novel

Living and breathing preparedness is hard work and so, when the day is done, it is nice to kick back and think about something else. It is for that reason that a few months back, I personally took a break from survival fiction and immersed myself in popular fiction and adult coloring instead.

A few weeks ago that changed. A new crop of really excellent books crossed my desk, and I was once again hooked. One of those books was the novel, Without, by E.E. Borton. It gives me please to introduce his work to you as I share an exclusive interview and offer up three print copies of his in a book festival giveaway.

How to Raise Meat Rabbits in Small Spaces

How to Raise Meat Rabbits in Small Spaces

Whether you are planning to survive disasters or simply want to be self-sufficient and less dependent on outside resources, raising your own meat animals is a smart choice. That said, raising farm animals can be tough for those who live in urban areas, small homes or apartments, or under the rule of restrictive homeowners associations. If that sounds like you, consider raising meat rabbits. Rabbits make it possible to produce your own meat without raising an eyebrow!

If you have a garage, a basement, a porch, a backyard or even a small corner of a living room, you can raise meat rabbits and produce quite a bit of meat for you and your family. Sound interesting? In this article find detailed information about selecting healthy rabbits, breeding, housing options, butchering, and more.

Be Ready With the FREE Are You Ready Guide

Be Ready With the FREE Are You Ready Guide

There are times when nothing but a print book will do. In addition, it has been my experience that retention of the written word is far greater when the printed word is just that, printed on paper and not in a digital format.

With that in mind, learn how to get a print copy of the ARE YOU READY guide for free.

Prepper Book Festival: Off Grid and Free My Path to the Wilderness

Prepper Book Festival: Off Grid and Free My Path to the Wilderness

It is not often that I become indecisive but earlier in the week, as I was deciding how to lead this latest book festival, I just couldn’t decide. There were too many good books, each delivering value to preppers in their own unique way. Ultimately, the winner was a book by Ron Melchiore, someone many of you may recognize as a periodic guest contributor here on Backdoor Survival. Ron and his wife, Johanna, have lived a good portion of their life together off-grid in what most of us would call the remote wilderness.

In spite of his isolation, Ron is quite sociable and remarkably witty eloquent as he shares his journey in his book Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness. This is a book about sustainable living, starting in the seventies and come full circle to today. Read the interview with Ron and enter to win a copy of his book for free. There will be three winners.

Cooking Off-Grid with the SolSource Solar Cooker

Cooking Off-Grid with the SolSource Solar Cooker

Harnessing the sun to boil water and cook food is a dream come true for anyone but especially so for preppers and self-sufficiency types who want to reduce their dependence on the electrical grid and traditional sources of cooking fuel. The SolSource Solar Cooker does just that; it harnesses the sun and effortlessly becomes an all-in-one cooker, stove, and grill. Not only that, it is fun to use (actually a blast to use!) and the prepared food is super-delicious.

In this review, I will explain how the SolSource works, from installation through cleanup. In addition, One Earth Designs is giving a complete SolSource Solar Cooker bundle to one lucky ready. This is a $569 value. How cool is that?

Prepper Book Festival 14: Books to Learn, Prepare, and Be Ready for Anything

Prepper Book Festival 14: Books to Learn, Prepare, and Be Ready for Anything

Prepper Book Festival #14 includes the latest books to teach you how to be better prepared, more self-sufficient, and better informed. Twelve books are included, featuring everything from a comprehensive, 16-month program to achieve self-sufficiency, to personal safety, canning, essential oils, and more. Not to be left out are titles in the survival fiction genre. Be sure to keep an eye peeled for author interviews and a weekly giveaway to win free copies of one of these fantastic new books!

Prepper’s Guide to Dental Equipment and Dental Exams

Prepper’s Guide to Dental Equipment and Dental Exams

Dental equipment and dental exams are not often written about within the context of long-term survival. This is surprising because our mouths are a portal into our body. Oral bacteria and decay can quickly move throughout our system using saliva as a carrier. The result is sickness and a compromised immune system.

In this article from our Survival Medic Series, Dr. Joe Alton explains what procedures and supplies we need to know about when dealing with dental health. Learn how to perform a dental exam and about the tools and equipment you need resolve dental emergencies, Plus, enter the giveaway to win a Survival Dental Kit valued at $199.

Healing Herbs: What You Need to Know About Comfrey

Healing Herbs: What You Need to Know About Comfrey

What is Comfrey? How do you grow it? What is it used for? Comfrey is a healing herb that grows almost everywhere. Learn about planting, growing, and harvesting comfrey, along with instructions for making a poultice, infusion and more.

16 Reasons Why a Second Great Depression Will Be Different

16 Reasons Why a Second Great Depression Will Be Different

It is no secret that prepper-types use the Great Depression as an example of what can and will happen when the stuff hits the fan. We do this because the possibility of a national or even a global economic collapse is something we prepare for.

Learning about life during the Great Depression has its value and the lessons we can learn will go a long way in helping us formulate our own plan for survival under such dire economic circumstances. That being said, life in the 21st century is much different than it was during the thirties. This makes it important to toss some modern realism into the mix. Here are both reasons and facts why a second Great Depression will be different the next time around.

Is Prepping a Monkey On Your Back?

Is Prepping a Monkey On Your Back?

At one time or another, every prepper on the planet has asked themselves whether they have taken things too far. Has their passion for preparedness gone too far? Has it taken over daily life in such a way that every trip to the store involves scouting out that perfect something for when the poop hits the fan? How do you determine whether being prepared is an addiction, an obsession, a chore, or simply smart living?

Has prepping become a monkey on your back?

Catching, Cleaning, and Cooking Fish for Survival

Catching, Cleaning, and Cooking Fish for Survival

When you think about being out in the woods, what do you envision as a staple meal? Do you see yourself sitting by the fire roasting some fresh venison on a spit? Maybe you live in an area with a great deal of waterfowl, and you can see yourself enjoying some roasted duck? What you imagine in your mind is probably in large part dictated by the environment you live in. Wherever you live, one food that should be on your list of wild food is freshly caught fish.

In this article, you will learn the basics of cooking, cleaning, and cooking fish in a survival situation.

What Type of Prepper Are You?

What Type of Prepper Are You?

When disaster strikes, a lot of things happen. There are people fleeing the area, people rushing into the area to help, people in shock who can’t figure out what to do, people who jump into action right away — and the list goes on. Everybody is different, and everybody reacts differently when put in a disaster situation.

Learning how to prepare for a disaster is an important thing to do, even if you don’t think it will happen to you. Some people may be born preppers, meaning they are constantly doing what they can to get ready for a disaster. Some people believe that nothing bad will happen to them, so they don’t bother. Here are some of the most common types of people during disaster situations and what you should know about them when preparing for or dealing with a tough and possibly dangerous situation.

Advanced Prepping: How to Survive a Fall Through the Ice

Advanced Prepping: How to Survive a Fall Through the Ice

Let’s face it. There is a whole lot more to prepping than having plenty of water, food storage, medical supplies, and an arsenal of weapons to protect yourself and your property.

In this exclusive article from contributing author, Joe Alton, learn what you need to know to survive a fall through the ice. With a few easy to remember strategies and some basic items in your pack, you will not only escape safely but will also avoid hypothermia. I call this “advanced prepping”.

Getting Started With Straw Bale Gardening

Getting Started With Straw Bale Gardening

Learn how to get started gardening using straw bales.Straw bale gardening is ideal when space is tight plus it is economical when compared to raised beds.