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Author: Samantha Biggers

Samantha Biggers lives on a mountain in North Carolina with her husband, Matthew, in a house they built. They have a small steep slope vineyard, raise sheep, and grow gourmet mushrooms. Since 2017 she has been proud to write for Backdoor Survival.

Samantha learned the foundation of preparedness on the banks of the Skagit River in the North Cascades of Washington State while being raised by a single father who saw heavy combat in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. At 16 she moved with her dad to his home state of North Carolina where she worked on some farm projects before attending Warren Wilson College and graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Sustainable Forestry. After college, she and her future husband spend a few years in Ketchikan, Alaska before returning to North Carolina and moving into a small 1970s Holiday Rambler camper on 11 acres of family land given to her by her father. This is when the adventure of building a house and farming began! Over the years her articles have appeared in various homesteading magazines such as GRIT, Back Home, Backwoods Home, and Countryside and Small Stock Journal. Her writing can also be found on Lew Rockwell and The Organic Prepper. Her husband, Matthew Biggers takes all the original pictures used in her articles and occasionally writes a few himself!

While writing for Backdoor Survival, Samantha became friends with the original founder, Gaye Levy. They discovered they had a lot in common, including being born and raised in the same area. They talk often about prepping and life in general. Although Gaye has moved on to writing and managing her site, Strategic Living, she continues to offer more support than she realizes! Gaye no longer writes or owns Backdoor Survival but you can find many of her posts still on the site today.

Education:
Samantha was homeschooled starting in the 7th grade. After graduating from Freedom Christian Academy, a through the mail homeschool based in Kentucky, she was accepted and attended Warren Wilson College located in beautiful Swannanoa, NC. Warren Wilson is a work college with only 800 students. While there she worked on a variety of work crews but spent the most time on the Natural Resources Crew (NRC). The crew was responsible for maintaining many miles of trails, running an on site sawmill, providing the school and faculty with firewood, and managing 650 acres of Appalachian forest. Other duties included growing and selling Shiitake mushrooms grown on logs harvested from the college forest.
She graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Sustainable Forestry.

Interviews:

Homesteading and Preparedness With Samantha Biggers of Backdoor Survival, The Prepper Website Podcast
An Inside Look At Bulletproof Backpacks, ABC Amarillo
How To Prepare Your Emergency Survival Kit, Healthline

Articles For Other Publications:

Forest Management For The Farm, GRIT Magazine January/February 2013
Raising Dairy Calves For Meat, Countryside and Small Stock Journal
Canning Chickens For The Pantry, Backwoods Home Magazine, May/June 2012
Stanley Outdoor Products Review and Spotlight

Stanley Outdoor Products Review and Spotlight

I have always had fond memories of Stanley products. They make a lot of neat stuff from insulated thermoses to camp cookware and beyond. Matt and I are outside more…

How To Prepare for Civil Unrest: 30 Steps You Can Take Now

How To Prepare for Civil Unrest: 30 Steps You Can Take Now

During these uncertain times, a lot of people are thinking more about what they can do to prepare for civil unrest in their area. Over the years, BDS has put…

Resources and Riots During A Pandemic

Resources and Riots During A Pandemic

A lot of people are saying “I have never seen anything like this in my entire life”. I have been trying to process what I have seen from afar. There…

How to Raise Quail: An Alternative to Chickens

How to Raise Quail: An Alternative to Chickens

Ten reasons why backyard quail are the perfect food animal for urban dwellers or others where chickens are not allowed. Plus the eggs and meat are delicious!

100+ Barter Items To Stockpile For TEOTWAWKI

100+ Barter Items To Stockpile For TEOTWAWKI

Do you know how to barter? In preparedness circles, the term barter is used a lot when describing a post SHTF situation when goods and services may no longer be…

Urban Guerrilla Tactics During Times of Severe Civil Unrest and War

Urban Guerrilla Tactics During Times of Severe Civil Unrest and War

Lesson: People get innovative with defense and they do it fast. It doesn’t matter where you live, I bet that people will get creative with weapons and defensive tactics within…

Olight Javelot Pro Flashlight Review and Olight Sale

Olight Javelot Pro Flashlight Review and Olight Sale

There is nothing like a good flashlight. From camping and survival to general farm and household use, flashlights are something that should be part of your life. In our household,…

Outfitting A Camper For Bugging Out

Outfitting A Camper For Bugging Out

A lot of people are buying campers to live in part of the year, full time, or have on hand in case they need to get out during an emergency….

Checking In With BDS Readers

Checking In With BDS Readers

A lot has happened over the last 4 months when we first started hearing about what is now being called COVID-19. While there is a lot of arguing and finger-pointing,…

Revisiting Cannery Row: Why Meat Packing Plants Are Ravaged By COVID-19

Revisiting Cannery Row: Why Meat Packing Plants Are Ravaged By COVID-19

With COVID-19 working it’s way through the nation’s meatpacking industry, I recently found myself reflecting on my own experience working in a processor and the experience afterward of having a…

Pantry Organization and Designing a SHTF Kitchen Layout

Pantry Organization and Designing a SHTF Kitchen Layout

One thing that recent events have led to is the realization that the kitchen and pantry cannot continue to be set up the same way. I always felt that my…

Prepper Foods That Are Available Now With No Wait

Prepper Foods That Are Available Now With No Wait

A lot of people are buying a little extra. While I am not advocating hoarding, I do think it is wise to put back a little extra to have on…

How To Dehydrate Eggs

How To Dehydrate Eggs

If you have a few chickens it is easy to find yourself in the position of having a lot of eggs all at once certain times of the year. For…

Pandemic Gardening Starter Guide: From Survival Garden Layout To Preserving The Harvest

Pandemic Gardening Starter Guide: From Survival Garden Layout To Preserving The Harvest

During times of crisis, it is important to develop a good mindset by thinking about what you can do instead of what you cannot. A lot of people have decided…

Riots, Protests, and Civil Unrest: How to move and protect yourself if you must go out

Riots, Protests, and Civil Unrest: How to move and protect yourself if you must go out

I wrote the post below a few years ago but considering the state of things today, I think it is worth revisiting these lessons. As each state starts opening back…

Foodsaver Gamesaver Vacuum Sealer Review

Foodsaver Gamesaver Vacuum Sealer Review

There are a lot of vacuum sealers out there. With so many people growing gardens, hunting, fishing, or raising their own proteins at home, vacuum sealers have enjoyed a resurgence…