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I am so excited to announce the official launch of my new book. It’s a great companion to my last book, Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens.
As we face an uncertain future of extreme weather events and resource depletion, having the ability to meet your needs in your own home is critical. Pass it on!

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I am so excited to announce the official launch of my new book. It's  great companion to my last book, Just In Case: How To Be Self Sufficient When The Unexpected Happens. As we face an uncertain future of extreme weather events and resource depletion, having the...

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Kathy Harrison

Hi. I’m Kathy Harrison, writer, blogger, homesteader and country living skills teacher. It was my dedication to family preparedness that led me to explore so many other interests from bee keeping and soap making to gardening and food preservation. This year, I’m looking forward to presenting workshops for the Trustees of Reservations in Massachusetts and at Mother Earth News Sustainable Living Fairs around the country. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook and on Instagram.

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If disaster strikes and public services are limited, you want to know that your family will be taken care of. Learn how to inventory and rotate your food supply, pack an evacuation kit, maintain communication with loved ones, and much more. You’ll soon gain the ingenuity and resourcefulness to get your family through even the most unfortunate circumstances.
The startling and ultimately uplifting narrative of one woman’s thirteen-year experience as a foster parent.

For more than a decade, Kathy Harrison has sheltered a shifting cast of troubled youngsters-the offspring of prostitutes and addicts; the sons and daughters of abusers; and teenage parents who aren’t equipped for parenthood. All this, in addition to raising her three biological sons and two adopted daughters. What would motivate someone to give herself over to constant, largely uncompensated chaos? For Harrison, the answer is easy.

September 14, 2018 through

September 16, 2018

Mother Earth News Sustainable Living Fair

Seven Springs, PA

September 14, 2018

Family Preparedness Workshop

Safety Complex

Town of Cummington, MA


Mother Earth News Sustainable Living Fair

Topeka, Kansas

October 13-October 14, 2018

The Practically Prepared Bookshelf



  • Mini-Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre – Brett L. Markham
  • The Resilient Gardener – Carol Deppe
  • Gardening When it Counts – Steve Solomon
  • Homegrown Pantry – Barbara Pleasant
  • Vertical Vegetables and Fruit – Rhonda Massingham Hart
  • Growing Chinese Vegetables – Geri Harrisngton
  • Small-Scale Grain Raising – Gene Logsdon
  • Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion – Shane Smith
  • Paradis Lot – Eric Toensmeier
  • Fruits and Berries for the Home Garden – Lewis Hill
  • The Complete Gardening Guide – Pleasant and Martin
  • Seed to Seed – Suzanne Ashworth


  • Homegrown Herbs – Tammi Hartung
  • Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health – Rosemary Gladstar
  • Healing Lyme. Herbal Antibiotics, Herbal antivirals – Stephen Harrod Buhner


  • Where There is No doctor
  • Where There is No Dentist

Bee Keeping

  • Honey Handbook – Kim Flottam
  • The Beekeeper’s Handbook – SAmmataro and Avitabile

Skill Specific

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Deer for Food – Jackson Landers
  • Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game – John J. Mettler
  • Masonry Fireplace and Chimney Handbook – Amrhein
  • Build You Own Earth Oven – Denzer and Field
  • Maple Syrup: From Sap to Syrup – Tim Herd
  • Backyard Sugarin’ – Rink Mann
  • The Backyard Lumberjack – Stephen Philbrick and Frank Philbrick
  • The Home Water Supply –  Stu Campbell
  • Cider – Proulx and Nichols

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