Tag Archives: Resilient Life

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    Food Preservation Methods

    Tips and strategies for deepening your pantry
    by Samantha Biggers

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 5:03 PM

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    Over the last 18 months, the shortages and economic uncertainty of the nation have led to many people not only gardening but putting back food by canning and other food preservation methods. Unfortunately, throughout the COVID-19 fiasco, some food preservation products have been in short supply.

    Canning jars and lids are still hard to find in some areas. In other locations, the availability is sporadic. While canning is a great way to put back food, there are some clear disadvantages too. No food preservation method is perfect for all situations. It is likely in your best interest to use a variety of food preservation methods to keep your pantry stocked through good times and bad.

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    How To Grow Onions, Garlic, and Shallots

    Get ready for fall planting...
    by Samantha Biggers

    Monday, September 13, 2021, 12:10 PM

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    The Allium family contains some of the easiest plants to grow in a raised bed, row, or even a container. At the same time, there are a few basic things you need to be aware of to have success and grow a bountiful crop that will store well. Although it may not be the right time of year to plant some of the delicious alliums I am going to talk about, it is essential that you consider what you want to grow in the future and buy your seed or starts as soon as a company will accept a pre order. Many suppliers of garlic and shallot start to sell out before it is time to plant. The economic time we are facing and worker shortages have made it even more critical to pre-order now for fall planting.

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    Chris Interviews His Daughter, Erica Martenson

    How to live a beautiful life
    by Whitney

    Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 11:46 AM

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    Time for some good news. Listen in to hear about how a remarkable young woman has crafted a beautiful life of meaning and purpose. Erica, Chris’s daughter, has carved out a unique life of simplicity, community and beauty. A life many are aspiring towards.

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    Homeschooling Myths, Realities, and Resources

    by Samantha Biggers

    Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 10:39 AM

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    During COVID, almost all kids were homeschooled. After trying it out, a lot of parents decided not to send their kids back to public or even private schools. With many parents still working from home and sometimes setting more of their schedule, homeschooling is a more realistic possibility for many families than it once was.

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    The Challenges New Farmers and Homesteaders Face

    Tips and strategies to set yourself up for success
    by Samantha Biggers

    Thursday, August 26, 2021, 8:25 AM

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    Recently, a reader suggested that I write an article on the challenges for new farmers to help those just getting started. I agree that it is an important topic. There are a lot of things that I wish I had known as my husband and I started clearing our land and farming while building a house at the same time.  Since I can only fit so much in a single article, I hope that fellow members of the PP tribe will chime in with their tips in the comments section.

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    Using A Grid Tied Solar System When The Grid Is Down

    by Samantha Biggers

    Thursday, August 19, 2021, 11:40 AM

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    Many people have taken advantage of programs that make putting solar panels on their homes and tying to the grid very affordable. Unfortunately, these types of solar systems provide no backup power if the actual power grid is down. The main advantage to homeowners is that their power bill is significantly reduced or even eliminated. The power is fed back into the grid, but no battery backup system at home can be utilized if the main power grid fails.

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    How to Make Your Own Beer, Wine, Soda, and Seltzer

    by Samantha Biggers

    Monday, August 2, 2021, 7:00 PM

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    From a prepping perspective, it is much more practical to store the ingredients to make your beverages than to stash back an immense supply. People stash back liquor rather than beer for a long emergency because it is more concentrated, and it doesn’t go bad. You are also not storing a bunch of water and packaging.

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    Keeping Up Morale in the Fourth Turning

    by Samantha Biggers

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 1:29 PM

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    During this part of the cycle, many of us have experienced some fairly extreme isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of how serious you believe the disease is, the isolation, fear, and paranoia it has caused have led to some major consequences to the psyche and overall well-being of billions of people worldwide.

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    Preparing For Hurricane Season

    by Samantha Biggers

    Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 5:13 AM

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    Hurricane season is upon us. It is crucial to prepare ahead of time if you live in areas that are regularly affected. Remember that even if you live several hundred miles inland, you can still get some inclement weather or a surge in travelers that are seeking supplies or looking for a place to “ride out the storm.”

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    Final Details on Polyface Farm Event

    All the info you need to have a great weekend with us at Polyface
    by Whitney

    Friday, June 18, 2021, 2:04 PM

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    This is our final update for our attendees of the Polyface Farm event on June 25th and 26th in Swoope, VA.

    This epic two day event is just one week away and we couldn’t be more excited!

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