The Anthill

This is my Anthill, a gathering of those I know online who are busy preparing their homes, lives and families for an uncertain future. They are listed in no order other than as they submit - but there are owner-written descriptions of each blog.


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 Just Another Day on the Farm
Ant's Name: Farmgal
I'm an Ant and I'm working on my ant hill - oops I mean, my farm - on a daily basis. My blog follows along with many subjects as I go about my daily and yearly life on a small working Canadian Farm. My farming style is based very much on how life was done in my grandparents' time - we grow our own hay, build our own compost and work towards self-sufficiency. Our background is in the Canadian bush and Far North, so we have experiences which are outside of the norm. General topics include down home recipes and cooking, farm life, mixed farming with livestock and pasture, tons of gardening, preserving the harvest, wild harvesting and lots more.


Ants' names: Rachel B. & Tom F.
We are definitely ants. We have dry goods stockpiled but our main focus is growing and raising our own food continuously so that if anything does happen we will always have fresh healthy food available to us. We're learning to be self sufficient in today's urban landscape.
  
Ant's Name: Rachel B.
 Definitely an ant. My husband and I are no longer buying food at grocery stores or restaurants. We're building relationships with farmers and others in our community while also raising and growing most of our own food on our urban lot. From July 1st to October 1st we're going to get serious and go without purchasing any food to see if we can do it comfortably. The best way to know if you are prepared is to force yourself to do it.



Ant's Name: BadVoodooDaddy
I am a Military Ant. I have been in the military for over 25 years and I am probably as organized as any Ant can be. As a matter of fact, I am a Special Forces Ant. I have been trained for many years to prep and have been trained on the importance of that preparation where survival is concerned.

Chicky-Bit Run
Ant's name: Andrea
I'm a Mama ant and Chicky-Bit Run is the story of my traditional, rural family learning to prepare and provide for ourselves. My blog covers a wide range of topics, but I lean most heavily into food storage, canning, gardening, firearms, faith and simple living. My goal in life (and for my blog) is to reclaim the skills of my great-grandparents and pass them on to my children so that they may live as fearlessly and self-reliantly as possible.

Ant's Name: Jenn
At this point I’m a fledgling ant.  My hope is to own some land one day, but for now I’m working on adapting in place, trying to live a more self-sufficient life, and building my small Canadian apartment into more of an urban homestead.  I’m certainly on my way, but there’s still a long way to go and many things that I’d like to do.  While I want to be prepared for what seems to be a very uncertain future, I also want to live more lightly on the earth, move away from consumer society, and, as schmaltzy as it might sound, live the life that I want and that makes me happy.  So, let’s say that it’s an adventure, of sorts, one that I think about a lot and write about as well.


Backdoor Survival
Ant's Name: SurvivalWoman
SurvivalWoman is both an Ant and a Squirrel.  Like both, I stash and lay away essential supplies so that I can be independent and self-reliant regardless of economic, political, or natural circumstances.  Backdoor Survival is a blog  providing survival tips and tools for creating a sustainable, self-reliant and stylish lifestyle through emergency preparation and disaster planning.  At Backdoor Survival you will find a blend of the serious, the practical and the whimsical with something for everyone in the prepper community.

Backyard Farms
Hello my (nic)name is CallieK and I'm a recovering forum junkie. (Way to be an enabler CD!) I blog at Backyard Farms. I live in Toronto with my partner the Russian, two housemates (who were supposed to be temporary but show no signs of leaving any time soon..maybe some day I'll get my livingroom back) and the Farmcats, Shadow and Shelby.

I am into gardening, preserving, urban homesteading, etc. I'm not as convinced as CD that we are headed for imminent disaster but I like to know how to do everything and it doesn't hurt to be prepared in any case. My other addiction is genealogy- I need something else to do when it's too cold to garden.





Other great readers:
Hi I'm Jess, moved from the UK to Canada 8 years ago and read The Long Emergency in the long days of Canadian winter at home with a 2 year old. Wow, what an eyeopener. After a few weeks of panic, I decided to start making bread. I already made jam and chutney. Then I branched out into canning (but not pressure canning - yet). We have now moved into the countryside near Niagara Falls with a fully fenced nearly-an-acre. Veg garden dug right away; old temporary garage tent placed over another dug bed with plans to make a Eliot-Coleman-style greenhouse type thing. Third bed in planning stage, 7 trees planted and pears and apples. Plans to start with a few chickens this summer. Husband thinks I'm doing it to be more self-sufficient and frugal, I'm doing it because I want to be slightly ready in case of peak oil + climate change + economic fragility.

I'm very grateful to CD for this blog, it's so refreshing to be able to talk to people of the same mindset. Reading all the books about this is very enlightening but not very helpful.

We too have cut down on electrical appliances - I'm drinking coffee made on stovetop percolator - gas stove - and actually, I'm enjoying the challenge of learning how to do new things. Blankets are up in doorways to conserve our heat and we only used our air conditioning for two days last summer. Yay for small victories.

After (disastrously) tentatively introducing this subject in the school playground to fellow mums to general derision and downright stupidity ("what's the point in growing your own food, next thing you know we'll be back to families {insert expletive} their daughters and outside toilets."). Yes really, that's what was said. I'm now extremely careful about the subject and mention gardening and chickens, as well as suggesting to mums about maybe using the school bus to save gas and our climate, to gauge interest. None.at.all.

Looking forward to learning more about all aspects of self-reliance.

Exile
I'm Exile1981,

I've been prepping for about 5 years. I started after I took a long look at my life and realized I wasn't doing enough to keep my family safe. That internal look was caused by an incident in which two druggies tried to car jack me. I learned that yes I can fight if I don't think about it. I also learned that while fighting for your life the world slows down. I kept my vehicle and got a lot of stitches for my trouble but I broke one of the attackers nose and managed to disarm him from using the screw driver he was trying to stab me with. It took 8 or 9 hits with a mag-light for me to go down.

I'm married and we have 4 kids (2 of which are still preschoolers), all the kids are both mine and my wife's which means we are the odd couple out in our community as we don't have a blended family. I work away from home a lot so a lot of my posts are from various hotels and camps. I live in the southern half of Alberta and I have a couple of acres and a good sized garden, though last years potatoes where tiny.

I'm classified as a professional by my job title, though I work with my hands and tend to get dirty. I work contract work. I'm extremely well read and have a research library that has over a thousand books.

I make cheese, sew clothes, can foods, garden, I built my own house by hand, I took up hunting last year, I'm not claustrophobic though I hate crowds. I tried weaving fabric a few years back and it didn't go well.

My thoughts on the future, I'm more worried about a major financial crisis leading to the gimme people getting cut off from there gov't cheese and rioting/ attacking people for what they want. I believe we have bred a part of the population to do nothing but complain and consume. They demand free stuff and any suggestion of them earning it or getting a job is met with violence or outrage. Just look at the occupy Calgary people who belittle the public for donating warm clothes and food and not what they claimed they really needed... condoms.
In the end going back to a more simpler way of living will be necessary as we will reach a point where the massive infrastructure isn't supportable. I don't subscribe to peak oil but I do think that it will go up in cost and I think we are in for a food crisis as the diversity in our crops leaves them open to a disease or some other issue that crashes food production. So I'm more planning for food crisis/ social crisis than end of oil or asteroid type scenarios.

Momsturn
Hi! I'm momsturn. I live in a little bungalow in south east WI that my grandparents built almost 100 years ago. I live alone, DH died almost 4 years ago. I have four kids, oldest is 47 and youngest is 32. Also Nanna to 7 grand kids ranging from 26 down to 5 and a 3 year old great-granddaughter! I'm a city kid through and through although as a bride I lived in the wood of northern WI with DH. Learned to can from my grandmother and my MIL and MIL also taught me how to cut up a deer or a chicken (or quailor rabbit) and filet a fish. My DH spent a very fustrated life with me I think. I wanted to garden and put up food and he wanted big city life. Made for an interesting life for both of us.

Now that DH is gone I have a small travel trailer at a permanant site at a campground where I spend my weekends from mid-april to mid-October every year. Too shady on my site there to garden there but lots of farms and farmgate stands in the area for everything I want to can, dry or freeze. I did all I threatened to do for years. Bought a pressure canner, Excalibur deyhdrator, grain mill and Food Saver and I am having the time of my life. For years I have said that some day I would like to be able to make it through the winter without going to the store once. Never happened but I think maybe next winter will be it. So, if I am prepping, that's what it's for!

Weekdays I am at work and this year have had my 4 youngest grandkids staying with me during the week for school. Kids were a lot easier when I was a lot younger! I did some of the extreme couponing for about a year and I have enough toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner to last the rest of my life. All that nice cheap food ended up being donated after I realized I didn't really need most of it.

I've been following Doomer and Farmgal's blogs for several months now and have learned a lot! You can teach us old dogs new tricks! 

Peter
Hi, I'm Peter, and I feel a bit shy about joining this forum as I seem to be the only male here, but here goes:

Living in a very normal suburban house in a small town in Southern Ontario and working a very normal although well paid job in the healthcare field. From outward appearances you would have no idea that I harboured any doomer tendencies.
Became aware of peak oil and the impossibility of infinite economic growth in 2008, and very quickly learned some important home truths about it including "only feed the hungry" i.e. don't talk to family, patients, friends or anyone else about it unless they ask first.
4 children aged between 4 and 10. The 10 year old sometimes astonishes me by coming out with things like "I think we are now at Peak Technology" even though I have never used the words "peak technology" to her. She will probably do well in an uncertain future, or be executed as a witch, one or the other.
Wife who is absolutely not on board with anything even remotely doomerish, even gardening, and who has explicitly said (in one of the few conversations I have had with her about it) that she believes in Infinite Economic Growth.
My main contribution to the progress of humanity: a website called www.PostPeakMedicine.com which is (very slowly) being turned into a downloadable .PDF book.
Trying to connect with other like minded people locally in order to feel less isolated.

Peter Goodchild
Well, my name is also Peter. I've just arrived back in Ontario after a year in Halifax, after three years in the Middle East training Arabic college students to become English teachers. Before that I spent seven years as owner of a market garden not too far south of Algonquin Park. It's good to be back in Ontario, and I really hope I never leave again. I've posted about a hundred articles on the Internet, regarding systemic-collapse issues ("peak oil" etc.), since 2006, and Chicago Review Press sells a book of mine called "Survival Skills of the North American Indians." I have vague plans for buying land (with a house?) somewhere north of here, but the prices are pretty high. I'm wondering if I should just buy some cheap land without a house on it, maybe even land that's not really arable (fertile), but that gets into problems in itself. (I calculate it would take eight cubit meters of rice, more or less, for a lifetime, so I'm not so crazy about storing food -- I want either to farm or at the very least to have abundant fish and game.)