Prepping and Homesteading – Can One Exist Without the Other?

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People ask me all the time how our family became involved in prepping and I tell them that it’s 100% because of our experience homesteading on our mountain property on Bly Mountain and living so long in that little off the grid cabin.

We didn’t become interested in prepping because of the countless TV programs that have become so popular in recent years. We were living the homesteading lifestyle first and quickly learned that to survive, we also had to be preppers.

Homesteaders Were the Original Preppers

For countless generations homesteaders have also been preppers. Way before the word “prepper” had ever rolled off anyone’s tongue. The simple truth is that in order for homesteaders to survive, they had to be continually thinking about stockpiling supplies to get them through winters as well as times of famine and hardship.

Being caught without stockpiles of firewood, animal feed, medical supplies, preserved food, and other supplies could mean that a pioneer family might not make it through the winter. It was literally a matter of life and death for them.

When we talk about modern homesteading, it’s not quite like it was 100 years ago. Some people live on homesteads in very remote parts of the country like Alaska.

On the other end of the spectrum our family lives about 30 miles from the main town that we do our shopping at. It’s an inconvenience if we don’t have supplies on hand but during the day to day course of living, not having extra supplies on hand isn’t typically a matter of life and death for us.

We became preppers because it’s expensive to make the 60 plus mile round trip to town just to buy a few supplies. Having said that, it’s no secret that we live in volatile times. The world is full of places that are experiencing unprecedented civil unrest. Because of that, we don’t feel like it’s out of the realm of possibilities for us to find ourselves having to try to survive in similar conditions someday. This is another reason that prepping is important to our family.

For us, prepping started as a way to save money on gas. We learned that if we didn’t have certain supplies on hand, we would have to go without them because we couldn’t afford to run to town every time we ran out of something. Especially if it was during the winter when we were snowed in. During times like that, it was more than a simple inconvenience if we didn’t have supplies.

How I Went from a Homesteader to a Published Author

Never in a million years did I think that I would be a published author. I really enjoyed writing articles on my website but the idea of having a publisher contact me and ask to publish my writing hadn’t even crossed my mind.

It’s quite humbling when I reflect on the fact that I’ve now had two paperback books published and a third that is finished and scheduled to be released in June 2017.

I’ve inserted a photo of the covers for each book below. The first two are available to purchase now and the third is available for pre-purchase on Amazon. If you click on any of the covers, it will take you to the Amazon page where they are available to buy.

Doomsday Prepping Crash Course Cover
Pocket Guide to Prepping Supplies
Pocket Guide to Prepper Knots

Prepper or Homesteader – They’re More Alike Than You Might Realize

Whether or not you consider yourself a prepper, if you’re living the homesteading lifestyle, you are prepping. You might not be digging underground bunkers or preparing for the end of days but you’re prepping.

There are preppers who go to great extremes. I’m not saying that to be a homesteader you need to spend your kid’s college funds on prepping supplies. I’m just saying that the two have more in common than most people tend to realize.

I hope that this article has given you a little more insight into prepping as well as my involvement in the prepping community.

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