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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
Jackery 1000 Portable Power Center Review

Jackery 1000 Portable Power Center Review

Some of you have read my reviews of Jackery products. I continue to test them and use them on the farm because they have been very reliable sturdy. We have…

The Many Uses of Metal and Plastic Barrels and Drums

The Many Uses of Metal and Plastic Barrels and Drums

Today when Matt and I were cleaning up and organizing so we would be in a good place to get started on some long-awaited finish work on the barn and…

Staying Ahead Of The Shortages: What To Stock Up On For The Coming Year

Staying Ahead Of The Shortages: What To Stock Up On For The Coming Year

While a lot of people are concerned about food shortages, one should not forget that there are a lot of items that make life easier or at least more enjoyable…

Best Toilet Paper Alternatives For a Long Emergency

Best Toilet Paper Alternatives For a Long Emergency

For this post, we are going to tackle a subject that some people do not want to think about and that is what do you use when the toilet paper…

Best Herbs and Spices for Preppers

Best Herbs and Spices for Preppers

Putting back food is an essential part of prepping. Spices may not have a lot of calories or nutritional value necessarily but they can go a long way towards making…

Prepping with Powdered Milk: The Best Powdered Milk Options

Prepping with Powdered Milk: The Best Powdered Milk Options

Milk is a staple food in a lot of homes. During an SHTF scenario, however, your access to inexpensive and readily available liquid milk might quickly disappear. The supply chain…

Best Prepper Recipes Ideas: What to Do with Stockpiled Food

Best Prepper Recipes Ideas: What to Do with Stockpiled Food

What are you going to do with all that rice and beans and other prepper foods that you have put back? This is a question that I think is important…

Haircuts and Home Hair Color During Quarantine

Haircuts and Home Hair Color During Quarantine

Although I have been at home for over two months, I have been trying to pay a lot of attention to what is going in the world and the attitude…

How To Make Beer At Home During Quarantine

How To Make Beer At Home During Quarantine

When Matt and I were in college we made a lot of beer. This was back in the early 2000s when the craft brew industry was just starting to emerge…

Making Your Own Almond Protein Milk From Ingredients You Can Actually Find

Making Your Own Almond Protein Milk From Ingredients You Can Actually Find

One problem that a lot of people have had is finding milk and milk alternatives, especially if they are trying to stay out of stores and out of town. Matt…

Bringing Production and Work Back Into The Urban and Rural Home

Bringing Production and Work Back Into The Urban and Rural Home

We live in a world where we outsource many things that used to be done in the home. After all, if people are working jobs away from home and commuting…

Protein At Home: Rabbits, Quail, Chickens, Bean Sprouts, Mushrooms and Beyond

Protein At Home: Rabbits, Quail, Chickens, Bean Sprouts, Mushrooms and Beyond

There has been a lot in the news here lately about the food supply situation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are very worried and I have to say that a…

Organic and Non-Organic Pesticides and Fungicides For Home Gardens

Organic and Non-Organic Pesticides and Fungicides For Home Gardens

If you intend on growing some of your own food, two of your biggest enemies are going to be pests and fungus. Prevention is always better than treating afterwards. There…

Bug In During COVID-19 Update: Day 80

Bug In During COVID-19 Update: Day 80

Some of you read my article on our bug in when we were at day 19. Well that has been awhile. I wanted to share with you how we are…

How to Grow Mushrooms and Preserve Them

How to Grow Mushrooms and Preserve Them

My mushroom growing experience started many years ago when I learned how at the work college I attended. The Natural Resources Crew at Warren Wilson College had a Shiitake and…

High Yielding Crops for the Prepper Garden

High Yielding Crops for the Prepper Garden

Many preppers either have gardens or plan on having them in the future. This is understandable. Gardens can help provide extra high-quality food during good times and bad. It seems…