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Homestead Rescue new "reality" TV show  RSS feed

 
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Seemed like the best place for this, but if not mods please move it.





Find more about the show here
http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/homestead-rescue/

In the last decade, two million Americans have attempted to leave behind civilization in favor of life off-the-grid - but most have failed. For the hundreds of families who decide to become homesteaders, the learning curve is a steep one. Now comes new series HOMESTEAD RESCUE. In the series, struggling homesteaders across the country are turning expert homesteader Marty Raney - along with his daughter Misty Raney, a farmer, and son Matt Raney, a hunter and fisherman - to teach them the necessary skills to survive the wilderness. The stakes are high, but the Raney family is determined to prepare these families for nature's worst and set them up for success. Each family faces the ultimate decision: will they tough out their first year or pack up and return to civilization?

Marty Raney's adventures began in 1974 in the logging camps of Southeast Alaska. Marty's very first home in Alaska was not only off grid, it was off land. Over the years, the Raney family often lived without power, water, plumbing, or heat. Living without modern conveniences builds character, inspires creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and an innate appreciation for all things simple, and for the Raneys, it also bonds family. Living off the land is an integral part of the Raney's lifestyle and family tradition. The Raney's live an artisan lifestyle building beautiful cabins, homes, and structures with the simplest of tools, which is the essence of the homesteading and off grid construction, and they have left a legacy of craftsmanship across Alaska.

As new homesteaders learn the hard way, surviving in the wild is perilous. Even the most resourceful and determined families often succumb to their first winter, monsoon or drought season. Many families are not equipped with the skills, experience or knowledge of how to grow food, find water, harness power or deal with the threat of predators. For these struggling homesteaders, the Raney family brings hope and a second chance. The Raneys will attempt to teach these families the essential skills on how to survive - and thrive - in the wilderness. Each week, they will visit a new family and work closely with them to sustain their homestead through hunting, fishing, gardening, building maintenance, protection and problem solving. But will the Raneys set these families up for success or will the wilderness prove too tough and force the families to call it quits?



Just watched the first episode of this. Some typical reality show hyping drama BS of course, but I really dig the topic so hope that it doesn't fall into the drama pit too badly. The first episode was OK nothing amazing. But enjoyable enough to have me come back next week for another taste. The big thing of course with homesteading, making sure you have the basic necessities covered. Water, shelter, food, defense, sanitation, power. This first episode they didn't have water, food, or defense covered. The Raneys came in and got the homesteaders started on these basics, and I really like that they did do a follow up of how they were doing afterwards at the end. Again not expecting much from this show, well not true, I am expecting them to misrepresent folks and play up any drama they can exploit to get high ratings. But I am not expecting this show to be an amazing homesteader how to guide, more just entertainment with homesteading as the general topic made for the general public rather than true homesteaders.
 
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It replays tomorrow morning. I'll give it a go
 
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Just watched episode 2 with the free range pigs. Literally free range. I didn't see a single piece of vegetation. They tore through their shed. Omg.
 
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So far, from the above descriptions, this looks like a very depressing show!

 
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Both episodes were people that sold out of big city and bought land to homestead. The perception is they were unprepared, but you never know how much "manufactured drama" is created.

With the pig people, they had no outhouse after a year. Not even a bucket. They plopped it out like the pigs.

Episode one, they had no water. He drove 84 miles round trip each day to pick up 20 gallons of water.
 
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wayne fajkus wrote:Episode one, they had no water. He drove 84 miles round trip each day to pick up 20 gallons of water.



Where I grew up, a family friend got REC about a decade plus after the rest of the area, he was too cheap to pay for the poles so he was putting them up himself (allowed at the time) so I visited their farm before they got power. They also had NO well. A lot of the people in the area had taken their time on getting their own wells done and there was a neighbor (8mi round trip) that had a meter on their well, and you paid them by the gallon. They had a big towable tank on wheels that held a LOT of water and would go fetch every so often and park it around the corner behind the house. Outhouse definitely... out in the shelterbelt. She raised six kids like that.

Driving daily for water is totally arsinine. They need a big pulltank like that if they don't have potable water. So it'd be like monthly... I'd at least be hauling all I could stuff in vehicle if I had to go that far for water. Surely the gas bill savings would pay for more jerrycans quickly if nothing else.
 
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Part of the show was them installing a tank, then an 18 wheeler filled it up. They figured the savings at maybe $9,000 a year. Plenty enuff to get a well dug at a later date

I'd guess the tank was 1,500 gallons
 
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Ah, episode 2  that turned out to be a lie. The people they filmed are furious. They have TWO cabins, one of which is rented and not on their land, and the rented one has a working toilet. When the gent said "where is the outhouse", they did not play his answer they played a comment made at a different time where the homesteader said to pick a tree.

Also the pigs do NOT roam loose on their land: they got angry and showed a youtube of their modern fencing and pig shelters and such.

Basically, the TV people did  hatchet job on those folks, and I hope it does not affect sales at the restaurant and store that they own and run.
 
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I think the show was pre-empted by shark week on our local station. Thanks for the heads up. I'd like to watch it.
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Terri Matthews wrote:

Basically, the TV people did  hatchet job on those folks



Horrible but not surprising. 
 
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Tyler Ludens wrote:

Terri Matthews wrote:

Basically, the TV people did  hatchet job on those folks



Horrible but not surprising. 



Yep that is part of why I put reality in "" because rarely is there much real reality in these shows.
 
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