“I Think I Hear Someone In The Backyard”

That is what I woke to last night at 3:45AM. My 17 year old son was standing in my bedroom, in the dark, and whispering to me. I must admit, I’m a heavy sleeper and usually takes me a minute to gain my bearings. But this time I was up and alert in two seconds. I glided down the stairs in seconds without making a sound. I knew the only way out of my yard was through the south gate unless they were willing to jump fences. I decided to slip out the front door and meet them there!

Now before I go any further I just want to mention about a half dozen mistakes Ive made already and I haven’t even made it outside yet.

  1. The backyard is dark because I let the batteries in the motion sensor light die
  2. Because I have 7 kids, Im torn on leaving a gun handy. Since I fear my kids decisions, Ive opted to delay my decision. (AKA-NO GUN)
  3. Because I have 7 kids, my nightstand flashlight always seems to disappear. (AKA-No flashlight)
  4. I didn’t instruct my son on what to do, therefore he was following me. (If I meet a couple guys with guns I put him in harms way)
  5. I did not inform my wife what to do, so she is scared. Her phone in hand she isn’t sure whether to call 911 yet or not.
  6. I’m barefoot with shorts and a t-shirt and no weapon. Not exactly putting the odds in my favor.

As I unlock the front door all six of the above thoughts go racing through my head. I still rush out the door and head for the gate. My son runs over to his truck and grabs a flashlight from inside.(Its unlocked of course! Good Grief I think!)

I stand at the gate, heart pounding, and all my senses at full alert. I listen and hear the noises. These must be the same noises that woke my son. “Ive got this punk” I think to myself as I strain to see in the shadows. I don’t leave the entrance of the gate as I hope he comes running my direction.

I now have the flashlight. Its a maglite. Nice! Something I can use in more ways than one if needed. I shine into the shadow where I know for sure the noise is coming from. BAM! A raccoon is sitting there eating trash he pulled from our can.

Relief and a small amount of disappointment come over me. We are always hoping to catch a thief in the act! I’m also grateful this happened. It put things into perspective about how fast things can go bad. From the time I was awaken to the time I was at the gate ready to tangle was no more than 20 seconds. Take a good look at the list of mistakes I made in 20 seconds. Even though I know better, those mistakes could have cost someone their life, including my own sons. Stupid! Just stupid!

But I will learn from this an be much more prepared next time this happens. Please LEARN from my mistakes and take heed. Take the time right now to go through the same scenario in your head. Are you prepared for “Dad, I think I hear someone in the backyard” tonight?


Ron Douglas

The Day After (1983)

The Day after is a a movie that aired on TV on November 20, 1983. It was on ABC Television. It had a record breaking 100 MILLION viewers during its initial broadcast! I believe this still holds the record as highest rated television movie in history.
The movie is based in Kansas and about a town recovery after a nuclear missile strike. A must watch movie for preppers! Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show:


Jason Robards

Jason Robards
as Dr. Russell Oakes

John Cullum

John Cullum
as Jim Dahlberg

JoBeth Williams

JoBeth Williams
as Nancy Bauer

John Lithgow

John Lithgow
as Joe Huxley

Steve Guttenberg

Steve Guttenberg
as Stephen Klein

Bibi Besch

Bibi Besch
as Eve Dahlberg

Indoor Pastures. Double Your Herd While Everyone Else is Selling Cheap!

What if you could raise feed for your animals without the risk of weather and crop failures?

Move Your Pasture Indoors: Eliminate Drought, Snow or Overgrazing Conditions

SRF-Biscuit-2015  Produce from 25 pounds to 20,000 pounds + of green grass sprouts daily for your cattle, horses, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, alpacas, llamas, deer, etc. inside the comfort of a shed regardless of your local weather or climate conditions.  1 unit replaces 200 acres+ of pasture. Units can be indoor systems or outdoor trailer types.

25 pounds of fresh sprouts will feed 1 beef cow or 1 horse or 4 – 8 hogs or 222 to 370 chickens or 83 to 138 rabbits daily. The amount of sprouts needed depends upon the type, size, condition, and activity of the livestock and also whether it is being used as the primary feed or with other feeds, such as hay or straw, used as a supplement.

Very easy to operate – just add seeds and water. Seeding to harvest takes just 7 – 8 days. This provides fresh Spring Season grass sprouts all year round. Experienced growers are spending less than 1 hour of labor per ton of fresh sprouts harvested.

Customers have found that even feeding just a small quantity of sprouts daily has been beneficial for their livestock, so there is a leeway on what needs to be fed.  This can vary depending upon availability and cost of the grains vs hay.

You can picture the mats looking like the sod that you would put on a new lawn but without any dirt attached at all.  You can adjust the amount of grain sprouted so you won’t have any waste green grass each day.  The livestock eat the entire biscuit, roots and all with relish.


Customers have told us that their livestock come running when they see the sprout wagon or trailer coming.  They like the fresh green grass as much as it is beneficial for them.  Some customers have purchased these units specifically to provide feed for older or sick livestock.  The fresh soft grass is easier for the livestock to eat and digest than eating grain or dusty dry feed.


We normally recommend Barley simply because it seems to have the most nutritional value of any of the grain sprouts but you can use alfalfa, oats, wheat, triticale, ryegrass, buckwheat, field peas, clover, sunflowers, etc.  Simply adapt your sprouts to the most economical and nutritional grains available.  

You should also start slowly by providing only small quantities of the freshSRF-Sprouts-Horses3 sprouts daily until your livestock become accustomed to the new feed.  Then increase the amount slowly until feeding the full mat.  You can even mix grains to provide your livestock with a nutritional salad mix

1 pound of grain at approximately 40% nutritional value becomes 8 pounds of sprouts at approximately 90% nutritional value.  The tender, moist, easily digestible and highly nutritious green grass is better for livestock than grain and hay.  

Note:  I’ve seen studies which try to compare the dry weight nutritional value of sprouts vs the dry weight of traditional grains, etc.  The process of sprouting eliminates the enzyme inhibitor that’s present in all grains to protect the grain from contamination before sprouting.  It also changes the starch present into more easily digested components.

Growing sprouts uses up to 99% less land, 98% less water, & 50% less energy than conventional farming practices, all while reducing transportation costs in feed.


These systems are a variation of the original sprouter system developed in Australia over 20 years ago so the manufacturers have a great deal of experience with this product.  We frequently get inquiries from potential customers who have tried to build their own sprouting systems and have dismally failed due to cost and extensive mold problems. 

Dwight McBride





Self Reliance Expo Gives Out 100 FREE Berkey Filters!

2015-08-22 08.55.25The Self Reliance Expo came to Denver, Colorado this past weekend. It was a one day only show but packed a punch! Never before have they given out 100 Sport Berkey’s to the crowd! It was $10 to get in but the Berkey was worth $37! Not a bad deal.

Also to step up was Survival Frog. They gave away ONE THOUSAND bags and paracord survival grenades. This made entry into the expo virtually free.

Although the doors opened at 9AM the crowd (pictured) started forming at 7AM. This picture was taken around 8AM. So you have to get there early to get the prizes!

In case you are unfamiliar with the Self Reliance Expo, its the largest SRE in the nation. They focus on food and water storage, water filtration and EDUCATION! There are tons of classes! They have 3 different stages going, and new presenters on each stage every hour. You can learn suturing with Doom and Bloom, Perimeter Security with Charlie Hogwood,  aquaponics, permaculture, raising chickens, marksmanship training with Project Appleseed, and much more!

You can see lots of videos of past expos here: Self Reliance VIRTUAL Expo