Sustainable Living Resource Guide

Posted on June 21, 2021
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Download this guide for a collection of useful links and resources covering the broad range of sustainable living topics including basic survival first aid, food and self-sufficiency, childcare, tactical survival and more.

First Aid

The Herbal Home Remedy Book by Joyce Wardwell, 1998


“Making Plant Medicine,” Fourth Edition by Richo Cech,

Strictly Medicinal Seeds

Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria Paperback by Stephen Harrod Buhner, 2012, 2nd ed.


Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections by Stephen Harrod Buhner, 2013


The Survival Medicine Handbook, 3rd Edition, by Joseph Alton, M.D.



Some of the best herbs to grow or forage for medicinal purposes are:

  • Thyme
  • Purple-flowered oregano (origanum vulgare)
  • Echinacea angustifolia
  • Calendula
  • Oats (for depression and adrenal fatigue; a 2-by-4-foot area will grow enough for a family for at least a year)
  • Alfalfa
  • Comfrey
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • John’s Wort
  • Dandelion
  • Plantain
  • Burdock
  • Nettle
  • Violet
  • Mallow (wild or marsh),
  • Elder (elderberry)
  • Purslane
  • Plantain
  • Tulsi (Indian basil or sacred basil)
  • Lemon balm
  • Mullein
  • Rugosa rose, dog rose, wild rose
  • Cayenne (It has to be over 90,000 heat units)

Although not cayenne peppers, these would also probably work:


To purchase bulk herbs for tincturing or teas

Bulk Herbs

 Food and Self-Sufficiency

 Homesteading Family on YouTube

John McConnel’s blog (ThePeppyPrepper)

Grain Mills


Seeds and Plants



  • The Resilient Gardener, by Carol Deppe, 2010

Chelsea Green Publishing

  • Seed to Seed, by Suzanne Ashworth, 2002


  • Joy of Gardening, Dick Raymond, 1983


  • Square Foot Gardening, Mel Bartolomew, 2018


Tools-All found at

  • Easy Digging, I suggest the 6-inch grub hoe rather than the 4-inch
  • Easy DiggingItalian Grape Hoe
  • Metal files for keeping the tools sharp:

Easy Digging

Cooking, Canning, Dehydrating and Storing


  • Root Cellaring, by Mike and Nancy Bubel, 1991

Amazon or 

  • Ball Blue Book

Ace Hardware

  • Growing and Canning Your Own Food, Jackie Clay, 2012

  • Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning, by the gardeners and farmers of Terre Vivante, 2007

Chelsea Green Publishers

  • Preserving food through fermentation, Holly Howe

The Website that Takes the Guesswork Out of Fermentation

  • To order prepackaged, prepared food or bulk foods:
  1. Country Life Natural Foods Serves the Midwest.
  2. Emergency Essentials Ships the lower 48 USA.
  • 4Patriots Ships throughout the USA and Canada.

What to do if you lose power and have 3 freezers full of meat:

  1. Have on hand multiple food-grade 5-gallon buckets with lids, as many as you think you will need and then add extras!
  2. Non-iodized salt (Redmond’s Earth Salt, or pickling salt, or any non-iodized food-grade salt that you can buy in 25- to 50-lb bags), more than you think you will need.
  3. Brine as much meat as you are able.
  4. For detailed directions, see “Back to Basics, How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills”, Readers Digest, 1981, p224
  5. If you have any means of cooking such as a propane canning stove (e.g. Simply Canning-Outdoor stove, OR Amazon-Outdoor propane canning stove) pressure-can as much meat as you are able.
  6. Build the smoker now and practice using it now. Luckybelly-21 Homemade Smoker Plans
  7. Give away any thawed meat that will otherwise go to waste.

Other Methods

  1. AskaPrepper -Potting meat-
  2.  How to Brine Meat and the Science Behind it (Dry and wet Brining) – YouTube
  3.  Historic Food Preservation – Potted Salmon – YouTube
  4.  Potted Beef In The 18th Century – YouTube
  5.  Preparing Salt Pork – 18th Century Cooking Series S1E5 – YouTub

Child Care


Soaker pattern to place over diaper (born to love website)

Lanolin-rich soaker laundry soap

To buy


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