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Practical Self Reliance has been an online resource for foraging, preserving, gardening, and everything DIY for 7 years now. In that time it’s grown from a small hobby blog where I wrote about our homesteading adventures, to an online how-to resource seen by literally millions of people every year.

My website is a free online resource (supported by ads), and this newsletter also free. If you choose, you can also support my work with a paid subscription, but that’s completely optional.

The newsletter will always be free, and it’ll still contain the same curated seasonal content from the website, as well as notifications about new articles.

Online content creators are always scrambling to find ways to support their work, and paid substack subscriptions are just one of the ways you can support me directly (if you so choose).

Since subscribers can comment, discuss and interact with others on their own self-reliance journey, my hope is that it becomes a community of like-minded individuals as well.

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About Us

My name is Ashley, and I’ve been homesteading with my family for the past 15 years now. My husband and I work 30 acres of land in Vermont, alongside our two young children.

I’m particularly passionate about foraging and historical food preservation techniques.

I started Practical Self Reliance as a notebook, literally writing “how-to” guides for myself so I’d have all I’d learned in one place. It’s been amazing to discover that the my “notes” to myself are really handy to others, and I’ve become passionate about sharing all I’ve learned with all of you.

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Forager, Homesteader, and Historical Food Preservation Nerd