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Self-Sufficiency and prepping


It’s about fostering a lifestyle that promotes independence, sustainability, and community resilience. It’s about being prepared for life’s uncertainties and supply chain disruptions and helping your community thrive.

How do I start prepping?

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“All preppers are beginners. Some preppers are more beginners than others. Whilst some preppers have a false sense of security. ”

what is prepping?


If you looking for Beans, Bandages, Bullets, and hype, then you have come to the wrong site. If you looking for Rambo-style information, you will be disappointed. Prepping is the buzzword used by Hollywood, in reality, it is about SELF-SUSTAINABILITY, and arguably that is even wrong. 

Prepping and preparing is so much more than that. It is about saving money, being realistic, and above all, self-sufficiency. It is not about doomsday scenarios only. It is about being prepared for supply chain disruptions. 

Self-sufficiency is often misunderstood. If you’re picturing a lone survivalist in the wilderness, it’s time to adjust your lens. True self-sufficiency is not about isolation. It’s about cultivating skills and practices that allow you to meet your needs independently while also contributing to your community.

It’s about growing your own food, reducing waste, and sharing resources. It’s about creating a lifestyle that’s not only sustainable for the planet but also enriching for you and your community.

A supply chain disruption can happen due to many things, economic and disasters, either man-made or natural. Prepping is about being able to live through those disruptions in a long or short-term scenario, without those scenarios impacting your health and wellbeing. 

Prepping is not about what you see on the typical TV shows, big guns, big cars, stockpiles of stuff, all those things are very short-lived and hyped. Prepping is about being self-sustainable. Big as an individual but more so as a group, a community. 

We at the Trade Shack take you on the journey of realistic preparedness, and create sustainable prepared communities. 

Local Communities working together

what are the steps?

Situation Awareness

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Be honest about where you are "at". Don't be fooled by TV shows. Recovery after or during a disastrous event is hard. It does not need to be a natural event, it can be financial or other.

What is your immediate "risk"?

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Plan for "mitigation" of your risks, this most likely will include growing food and creating more self-sustainability. Less reliance on others to allow you to live.

Be realistic as you cannot fix everything.


Short Term

Short Term is typically 0 - 72hrs, generally a direct response to what you identified as a "risk". Risk of flood and bushfire etc., generally requires a short-term response, as in "Get out now".

It is more complicated, so let's talk about it.

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Long Term

Short Term can become Long Term. You should plan for scenarios like food shortages either due to supply chain breakdown OR because you cannot afford it. What if the supply chain breaks down?

Sustain your lifestyle without the supply chain. Can you do that?

Whatever your self-sustainability plan is, you cannot do it alone. 

Hollywood has not helped.

“I am a prepper”, the statement that gets you guaranteed weird looks and is nothing short of a conversation killer. Everybody quickly gets the picture of the Doomsday Prepper TV show. They see stockpiles of MREs (Meals Ready To Eat), Rambo-style weaponry, and people hiding military style in the bushes.

That’s Hollywood for you and very far removed from reality.

Prepping got a bad name, and it should not. It creates a picture of a stereotypical individual that is “scary”. Perhaps that is the intended by Governments. Preppers are individuals who think outside the box. They prefer to rely on what they see instead of trusting what might or might not be there. Peppers are big-industry supply chain independent, basically “Backyard Growers with a cherry on top”.

The Role of Prepping

Prepping plays a crucial role in self-sufficiency. It’s about anticipating potential challenges and having a plan to navigate them. It’s not about fear but about empowerment. When you’re prepared, you can face disruptions confidently, knowing you have the resources and skills to manage.

Prepping starts with situation awareness. It’s about understanding the risks unique to your location and lifestyle. Awareness of potential threats is the first step towards preparedness, whether it’s a natural disaster, a supply chain breakdown, or a personal financial crisis.

A common misconception is that prepping is an individual or, at most, a family weekend activity. Nothing is further from the truth. Preparedness is about communities. It is dumb to think you can live and survive independently. It would be best if you had a Tribe. You will need members of your Postcode Community as much as they need you.

The Trade Shack helps ensure minimal lifestyle impact due to supply chain disruption caused by man-made or natural disasters. It is about being sustainable for the short-term 0-72 hours and long-term and building those required connections in your local community.

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The Power of Community

At Trade Shack, we believe in the power of community. Self-sufficiency doesn’t mean going it alone. It means building strong, resilient communities where resources and skills are shared. It’s about fostering connections with your neighbours, local farmers, and backyard growers.

Our Postcode Communities initiative is a testament to this belief. By focusing on local produce and promoting the exchange of goods within postcodes, we’re not only reducing our carbon footprint but also strengthening local economies.

The Journey to Self-Sustainability

The journey to self-sustainability starts small. It could begin with planting a vegetable garden, learning to preserve food, or starting a tool-sharing initiative in your community. Every step towards self-sustainability is a step towards a more resilient future.

At Trade Shack, we’re here to support you on this journey. Our platform provides resources, discussions, and a community of like-minded individuals who are all working towards the same goal. We’re about realistic preparedness and creating sustainable communities.

Join the Movement

Trade Shack is more than a platform; it’s a movement. It’s a collective of individuals who believe in the power of local communities and the importance of self-sufficiency. We’re about creating connections in the virtual world that translate into real-world resilience.

We invite you to join us. Start your journey towards self-sustainability. Learn, grow, and share with Trade Shack. Together, we can create a future that’s not only sustainable but also thriving.

In conclusion, Trade Shack is not just about trading goods. It’s about trading old habits for new ones, dependence on self-sufficiency, and isolation from the community. It’s about embracing a good lifestyle for you, your community, and the planet.

So why wait? Join the Trade Shack community and start your journey towards self-sustainability today.

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