New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Roots Run Wide & Deep for New Prepper Movement

Basically the New Prepper Movement is a combination of historical events; from governance, living and production methods, to natural, human-made and metaphysical ‘disasters’ or ‘emergencies’; and society’s actions, reactions and responses to these various events.  To visualize this root system is to look into what got us here … 

The concepts of civilian and governmental preparedness have been with us for centuries, almost as long as we have been curious about the future and what dangers it might hold for us. 

Humans have been “Preppers” almost from our very beginnings.  We banded together and helped each other survive the world around us so we could grow and prosper. 

When we formed settlements; we often built walls and moats to protect us, not only from all the predatory animals, but from invasion by others too.  We observed the world around so we could anticipate natural threats to our lives.   We even ‘commissioned’ patrols and watches to keep an eye out for any danger. 

Read on to find out how this New Prepper Movement came to be:  From Drums & Bell Towers to Town Criers and Headline Hawkers; From Telegraph to Radio & Telephone to today's Internet.

It's been a long road to maturity, but our roots now extend wide and go deep ;-}

"Today is the Tomorrow that you worried about Yesterday"


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Interested In Personal & Professional Privacy?

Seeking Privacy in your personal and professional Lives?

If you are - this site is for you!

Check this site out @

These great tips and tricks to living a low profile life fit perfectly with OPSEC too !!

For a list of all the posts see

"Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds."
John Perry Barlow

If you are concerned by internet safety at this site – don’t be! They get a great review by

"If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees."
Kahlil Gibran

Operations Security (OPSEC) - Why it Matters @


Monday, March 19, 2012

2012 Preparedness & Self-reliance Events I have found so far

Del C
ity, Oklahoma Spring 2012 Preparedness Expo Saturday March 31, 2012 Linkthe American Legion Hall
5000 SE 24th St.
Del City, Oklahoma
9 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Parking is free.
The cost is $5 a person or $8 a couple.
Workshop topics will include How to prepare on a budget, Building a first aid kit and much more. See below for the complete workshop listing.
* For more information see Dell City, Oklahoma Spring Expo Brochure

Los Angeles, CA Krav vs. wild Krav Maga Worldwide Wilderness survival camp April 13-15, 2012
Cost Per Person: $299.00
This training will start on Friday, April 13 at 6pm and continue through Sunday, April 15 at 12 noon.
Participants will stay at the training site and sleep in tent style facilities in the outdoors for the duration of the camp. Bunks will be provided, however, you will need to bring a sleeping bag. There will be bathrooms and showers available (you will need to bring your own towel and toiletries). A recommended equipment list will be provided upon receipt of your registration. A limited quantity and selection of food will be provided while at camp. PLEASE CHECK THE BOX BELOW IF YOU HAVE ANY DIETARY RESTRICTIONS OR MEDICAL LIMITATIONS (as it pertains to food or housing).
Address inquiries to:
Please mail or fax registration form to:
Krav Maga Worldwide Force Training Division
11500 W. Olympic Blvd. #545
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 477-9977 (310) 477-9722 FAX
Application form
* For more information see

Bluemont, VA Ground Zero Spring Blast April 13-15 2012
136 Poston Ln
Bluemont, VA 20135
Time for the Spring Blast!
Hope you all can come & make it out. It's lots of fun & great people.
Breakfast & Lunch are on your own, but we usually have a nightly dinner that is shared. KGal & I usually do the cooking, but we haven't figured out who the head chef will be this year.
This is a family event, so bring the kiddo's!
Alcohol is allowed & encouraged so long as you share! (And yes I will have a nice bottle of American Honey to pass around)
As the below post states, this is a hike in camp. The trails down & up are more like deer trails- thin & enough room for single file trekking.
There is a privy set up for the lady folk's privacy. BUT no running water & electric. Sorry this ain't the Hilton.
There is a stream at the bottom of the hollar, so bring your water purifiers. We usually bring safe water up on the ridge.
Plenty of wonderful trees for hammocks & shade. Plenty of space to pitch tents & lean to's etc.
Plenty of hard wood to chop & plenty of fire!
Scott Gossman may make it out, but he hasn't confirmed yet. So bring your knives to play with!
I don't know about the guns, but if you are interested, please PM me so I can find out for you.
And bring rain gear & tarps. Usually rains around this time of year. Hopefully we won't have any!
And the spring blast has a lot more people then the winter blast.
* For more information see

Springfield, MO Get Prepared EXPO April 28-29, 2012
Meet: Talk Show Hosts - Seminar Speakers - Authors - Exhibitors
April 28 - 29, 2012 - Springfield, MO Fairgrounds
Phone: (816) 600 -1485
Seminars - included in all EXPO passes
* For more information see

LinkMidland, Texas Great Outdoors Expo MAY 11-13, 2012
The Midland County Horseshoe
2002 Cotton Flat Rd
Midland, TX
Fri, May 11th : 3pm-8pm
Sat, May 12th : 10am-7pm
Sun, May 13th : 11am-5pm
Adults, $8
Seniors 62 & over, $7
Kids 5-16, $4
Admission Specials:
Kids FREE Friday from 4-7pm!
Moms FREE on Mothers Day!
• Outfitters from across the world
• Hunting & Fishing Accessories
• Demonstrations for the Hunter & Fisherman
• Workshops & Noteworthy Speakers
• Door Prizes all day both days
• Giveaways at participating booths
• Kids Activities
• Family FUN
• Travel and Leisure
• Outdoor Gear
• Outdoor Apparel
• Park & RV locations
• State Agencies
* For more information see

Colorado Springs Self-reliance Expo May 18-19 2012
Dates & Times
• May 18th & 19th, 2012
o Friday 5/18 -> 10AM-7PM
o Saturday 5/19 -> 9AM-7PM
Keynote Presenters & Highlights
• Keynote Presenters – Fernando Aguirre, The Modern Survivalist.
• Prize Giveaways and Drawings - Sign Up HERE!
• Special Training Classes – … more details
• Workshops and Presentations – hourly education & equipping from industry experts … more details
Ticket Pricing
o Door Price -> Save with Online Purchase … More Info Coming Soon!
o Senior Discount -> $2 Off
o Kids 12 and under FREE
Bring the Whole Family!
Event Location
The Freedom Financial Services Center is located downtown Colorado Springs.
Freedom Financial Services Center
3650 N.Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
* For more information see
Puyallup, Washington Mother Earth News Fair June 2-3 2012
Time: June 2, 2012 at 6pm to June 3, 2012 at 7pm
Location: Puyallup Fairgrounds
City/Town: Puyallup, Wash
About the FAIR:The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events that feature dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops.
About the Venue: Each September, the Puyallup Fairgrounds is home to the Puyallup Fair, which is the state of Washington’s largest single attraction and routinely in the top 10 attended fairs in the country. Located 35 miles south of Seattle and 10 miles east of Tacoma, the fairgrounds are nestled in the shadow of Mount Rainier.
In June, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS will come to the state-of-the-art Americraft ShowPlex facility with additional demonstrations held in the nearby outdoor, arena and barn complexes located within the fairgrounds.
* For more information or map see

BC Canada Kamloops Bushcraft-Survvial Meetup-up June 2-4 2012
Room for up to 500 people
Free Lessons and Demonstrations on:
pre bowdrill fire tinder finding/search walk
bowdrill fire making or at least getting an ember with the firebow, Making fire with that ember is the other 50% of the equation of fire making with a bowdrill
setting up tarp and hammock everyone can get to hang for a while we will talk about advantages and disadvantages of hanging around
Fun Fun things to cook (if no fire ban in place)
Water Purification
GPS/MAP usage
how to make an emergency wood pack A-frame
Their will be a .22 range setup for target shooting practice and showing those who have never shot a rifle can participate and learn to shoot I have to say is loads of fun for everyone... So bring your .22 along
Bow shooting area will be setup this is also loads of fun for everyone modern and self made bows will be available for everyone to practice with
* For more information Call 604 220 6038 or see

Santa Barbara, CA Dirttime 12 — The Hunter Gatherer July 22-27 2012
Nestled in the beautiful mountains above Santa Barbara, amidst the oak tree forest, not far from Central California Wineries, DT12 will be an unforgettable event.
This year's Dirttime's theme — The Hunter Gatherer — will focus on the acquisition, preparation and cooking of wild edibles and animals, using primitive, traditional, and modern means.
Cost of this one of a kind, six day even event is as follows:
Adults 18 & older.............. $300
spouse or significant other..$250
teens 13 thru 17..................$100
kids 12 and under................$25
Cost includes all meals, camping spot, prizes, and instruction (some classes may have a material fee. cost is noted next to class).
Our events always sell out, and leave us with a stand-by list of people wanting to attend. In order to insure your spot, payment must be made in full at time of registration.
Classes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, visit us at
* For more information see
Seven Springs, Pa Mother Earth News Fair September 21-23, 2012
Time: September 21, 2012 at 6pm to September 23, 2012 at 7pm
Location: Seven Springs Mountain Resort
City/Town: Seven Springs, PA
About the FAIR:The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events that feature dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops.
About the Venue: Seven Springs Mountain Resort is nestled in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington, D.C. Seven Springs is a full-service resort featuring a complete conference and exhibit center, a 418- room hotel and nearly 1,200 condominiums and townhomes.
* For more information or map see

As I keep looking for preparedness and self-reliance workshops, fairs and expos, it occurs to me that there does not seem to be a place on the web where all of these events are listed by state.

Soo – if anyone knows of an upcoming event (big or small) of this type please contact me at with the information so I can post it in my Events of Interest section of my blog

Thank you and Keep on Preppin ;-}


Friday, March 16, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day Blessings - Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

St. Patrick’s Day Blessings - Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!
(Ban-ick-tee na fay-lah pwad-rig)

Every year on March 17, thousands, if not millions, will become Irish for the day and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with gatherings, parades, parties, food and drink.

Yet why do we celebrate this non-US holiday? Where do the traditions of wearing green and consuming Irish drink and food come from?

Read on for the real St. Patrick and other fun facts on this day @

"May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night."

Be Prepared, have a Designated Driver


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wind Storms - Oh My!

Just about every corner of the world has experienced some kind of damaging or life threatening wind storm of one kind or another.

These windstorms come in many forms from straight line winds, downbursts, micro and macro bursts, tornadoes, typhoons, cyclones, tropical depressions and hurricanes. They have caused billions in damage, downed planes, capsized ships and taken lives.

Just to give you an idea of what a ‘plain old wind storm’ can do:

On Columbus Day, October 12, 1962, the strongest non-tropical windstorm (sustained winds of 150 mph and gusts up to 179 mph) ever to hit the lower 48 states in recorded American history struck the Pacific coast. The storm claimed 46 lives, injured hundreds more, and knocked power out for several million people. Many wind reports were lost because of power outages, with peak winds likely occurring after the power was out.

The storm packed hurricane-force winds caused $235 million in property damage ($1.4 billion in 2001 dollars). In addition, it blew down over 15 billion board feet of timber (valued at $750 million in 1962 dollars), from the west coast (northern California, through Oregon and Washington, into British Columbia) to as far inland as western Montana.

None of these storms are to be taken lightly!

If you want to know what you can do to protect your family and reduce potential damage from one of these wind storms and more then read on by clicking here ;-}

"Today is the Tomorrow that you worried about Yesterday"