What we're about

We live in an uncertain world. It seems everyday there is a calamity in the news. Plane and train crashes, tsunamis, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, the list just goes on and on. It seems so important to be prepared for events that come on all so suddenly.

Our group was established to share knowledge and skills that have been all but lost in the current age. Survival is often encapsulated in the idea that what you hold in your head is perhaps more valuable than what you hold in your bag. Survival may be the art of staying alive, but it need not stop there.

We enjoy bushcraft as well. The ability to make the things that make survival comfortable is the next step forward on a path to self-reliance. Primitive skills lead forward to more advanced skills and some gear that makes life easier.

Further along that path to self-reliance are the homesteading skills and practices. Raising food in the garden and pen, preserving it for later days, and preparing it for the table. We foster an attitude that respects the world we live in, taking advantage of off grid techniques, to become self-sustaining.

Our instructors are happy to share with new friends. We have a format that is more organic than just any old classroom. Get your hands dirty with us and you can be certain to learn the things to not only walk out of the woods, but walk right back into them and prosper.

Upcoming events (5)

Primitive fire

Brian's house

we have all heard just rub two sticks together to make fire ..well i wish it was that easy, this class we will go over the dynamics of fire then move into how to make and use a bow drill the best material to use and where to find the materials. We will also go through how to make and use a hand drill and some tips and tricks on using them. what to bring: water snacks a full tang fixed blade knife Questions?? feel free to contact me here on meetup or give me a jingle at[masked] text works too Hope to see you

Hold a Candle to This!

Brian's house

It's about time we did something about light. We have had quite a fun time learning fire making skills. The very first industry after making fire is making light! At this event we will render down bees wax to make candles. We will go through the process to make wax from the bees combs. Once rendered we will make candles for you to take home. There will be other waxes there for you to make candles (paraffin and crayons) with also the main focus of course will be how to make bees wax candles. Things to bring; Drinks and snacks for yourself the group will supply everything else needed. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via meetup or give me a call at[masked] See you there!

Soap making

Brian's house

Even in a survival situation you still need good hygiene to stay healthy. Come on out for a demonstration on how to make soap. The instructions will be making soap and Fielding questions so bring your pen and notebook and if you have eye protection bring that too if not the group has some eye protection to lend out. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via email or Meetup. Hope to see you there!

Canning Party

Keely's Farm

Want to learn to can fresh veggies and fruits? Here's the deal, you bring 3 to 5 pounds of what you have grown in your garden or buy from the local produce stand (please no produce or vegtables with a wax coating) along with a recipe for the produce to can (there will be recipes available at the event too) also the spices required for the recipe and if you have pint or quart canning jars and lids bring them ( there will be limited amount of jars available) The group will provide limited jars and lids 3 water bathing canners and 1 pressure canner, all stoves, propane, tables, shelters (easy ups) and portable sink. We all will process the goodies (cutting, chopping, coring, cooking ETC) then process the goodies for canning. Once everything is processed we will split up the bounty equally so that everyone that brought a food item to the event will leave with many different food items and not with just the item you brought to the table so if you bought tomatoes and others brought beans, zucchini, okra ETC you will leave with at least one jar of every good processed that day. If you need help with a recipe you can go to Ball website http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes.aspx There are a lot of great recipes there! Questions?? Feel free to contact me at[masked] or email anytime! Hope to see you there it should be a great time!

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Man Tracking and Evasion

Brian's house

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