Back in the 1990s, the idea of growing food in the suburbs, getting “off the grid,” and learning survival skills was thought to be something only militia members and lone rangers living in the woods would do. Today, a new type of survivalism has emerged in light of economic and political turmoil that people from all walks of life are embracing.
Sometimes called “preppers,” people who prepare in advance for catastrophic events like natural disasters or social chaos are becoming more common in both urban and rural America. What was once considered to be paranoia is quickly becoming a popular social movement of everyday Americans who are trying to be self-sufficient and prepared for anything.
Tess Pennington a 33-year-old mother of three from suburban Houston is one such prepper that has been learning how to grow and preserve her own food. She is also taking classes to learn how to treat illness and disease with medicinal herbs, a skill that will come in handy should a major catastrophic event occur.
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