E72: Preparedness, Self-Reliance, and Self-Sufficiency

//E72: Preparedness, Self-Reliance, and Self-Sufficiency

E72: Preparedness, Self-Reliance, and Self-Sufficiency

Hosts Aaron and Jonathan discuss the differences between preparedness, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency along with why the distinctions are important.

Have you ever stopped to think about what divides preparedness, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency? At first, it seems like pure mental musings. But understanding where we are helps us define where we’re going…

By defining and understanding core concepts–preparedness, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency–we clear the way for being better prepared. And understanding our limitations.

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Join us as we discuss preparedness, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency…

Survival Topics:

  • ITRH Farm update.
    • Rabbits vs Chickens
    • Next step–Aquaponics
    • Dead bird tea
  • Zombie Apocolypse udpate.
  • The scope and limitations of preparedness.
  • What it means to be self-reliant.
  • Defining and understanding self-sufficiency.


By |2017-08-12T17:48:26+00:00June 18th, 2012|Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|3 Comments

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In his free time, Aaron enjoys hogging the remote, surfing, scotch, mental masturbation and debate over philosophical topics, and shooting stuff--usually not all at the same time.


  1. Tracy June 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    A comment on the New Zealand rabbits. My rabbit guy in Terrell has cages and cages full of baby rabbits. His production is not effected by the weather cause he has an enclosed barn that is cooled with evaporative coolers. His barn doesn’t get above 80 degrees. He has large vents that he can open and make sure there is no amonia build up. He keeps great records and almost all of his rabbits have show quality fur.

    I am selling my full breeding herd and will be using my suspended cages for chick grow out too.

    • Aaron Frankel June 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Yeah, unfortunately because of the humidity levels in Houston swamp coolers don’t work well. We are considering solar powered fans.

  2. Lee June 20, 2012 at 8:52 am - Reply

    I’m surprised at your impression of chickens, perhaps it’s due to there being lots and lots of them and the waste being a problem, and keeping them indoors doesn’t sound like a good idea. Though I don’t raise them personally I know people who do, and keeping a reasonable number in an outbuilding, and either using the movable pen method or chicken tractor method, they fertilize as they go and seem clean, as long as the bedding in the coop is changed regularly. I am planning on just keeping a few as laying hens in an outdoor coop and don’t see any filth issues. They can even be kept outdoors in winter with a small heat lamp.

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