Step 3: Material Capital

The guidance provided in this section presumes you have already read the chapter on Material Capital in our book, Prosper!: How to Prepare for the Future and Create a World Worth Inheriting. If you have not, we strongly recommend doing so first.

Material Capital is the tangible "stuff" that we derive utility from. It's our homesteads, our businesses, and the tools we use.

Encapsulating all of the product recommendations for life is an overwhelming order. Instead, we're going to provide direction to where to go for those insights, based upon what you're most interested in. » Read more

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8 Ways to Use Chickens in the Garden

Great ways chickens can help out
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:49 PM

If you are contemplating the idea of getting started with backyard chickens, here are a number of great ways chicken can help in your garden and build better soil.

Also check out the Backyard Chicken Group for other ideas and interesting conversations. » Read more

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9 Household Uses For Beer

An infographic
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 4:38 PM

A fun infographic on how you can use beer in unusual ways around the home and in the garden.

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Raising Turkeys On A Homestead

The basics of raising turkeys
Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:54 PM

Raising turkeys can be a great way to become a little more self-reliant and show your independent spirit around the holiday times.

While they are fairly easy to raise and similar to raising chickens, there are some differences, especially when they are young, that you’ll need to consider. You’ll have to consider how much space the turkeys will take, what breeds you should have, the cost of feeding and water and what you’ll end up doing with the turkey.

Turkeys are a great way to be more self reliant!

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14 Household Uses for Coconut Oil

Ways to incorporate coconut oil into your life
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12:41 PM

A number of great reasons to have coconut oil on hand and uses for coconut oil around the house.

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Raising Pigs

Should you raise pigs?
Friday, July 18, 2014, 4:04 PM

I’m sure you saw the title of this article and immediately thought, “I already live with a few.”

However, whether you’re a self-reliant homesteader or just want to cut away from your food budget, raising pigs (of the porcine variety) is a great way to become more self-reliant and sufficient. If you raise your own meat in any scenario, you will have more control over how it is raised and fed, and you can make sure that it is essentially raised organically (whether or not you apply for organic certification). Raising your own meat is less expensive than purchasing meat that is not factory-farmed. » Read more

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5 Reasons To Add Ponds To Your Homestead

A valuable water resource
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 8:16 PM

5 great reasons to invest in pond infrastructure for your homestead and backyard paradise.

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Homestead Geese

Easy to Care for Barnyard Protectors and Weed Eaters
Friday, January 31, 2014, 2:42 PM

When looking at incorporating poultry into your homestead, a gaggle of geese might be a good option to look at.  Below is a great overview article to give you a baseline of info to get you started.

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Winter Homesteading

Keepin' warm and stayin' busy
Friday, January 17, 2014, 3:39 PM

Read about some great ideas to work on and keep your homestead warm and humming during the cold winter months.

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Daily Digest 8/12 - Waves of Trash in Indonesia, Sharp Rise In Antarctic Ocean Acidity

Monday, August 12, 2013, 10:33 AM
  • Gold bull or bear? Pick your timeline!
  • Meet the Low-Key, Low-Cost Grocery Chain Being Called ‘Walmart’s Worst Nightmare’
  • Economic Expansion Slows Down in Japan
  • Technology Industry Extends a Hand to Struggling Print Media
  • U.S. Energy Independence Doesn't Mean a Thing
  • Sharp rise in Antarctic seawater’s acidity
  • Photographer Captures Waves of Trash in Indonesia
  • New video: Jules Dervaes and his family at their Urban Homestead in Pasadena, California