The Family has been the topic of several discussions this last week, in particular, “why we are doing the things that we do?” It was identified that many around us are currently being motivated by fear, to either do or not to do certain things. It was agreed that fear in and of itself was a poor position from which to make decisions. However, when fear is not the reason for doing something, but the reason for speeding up doing something that was needful, then it was a positive thing. An example would be the need to get out of the path of an oncoming train, where the fear would provide the adrenaline to do it quickly.

Decisions as to whether or not to prepare every needful thing are being propelled to the forefront because it is becoming clear that life as we know it is rapidly changing. Schools are being shut down; we are required to wear masks. Coinage is being pulled from circulation; paper money is being considered a hazard due to the fact that it can transfer the virus. Supply chains are being interrupted. I was surprised last Friday to find such things as fishing poles and Power Bait are dwindling in supply due to the fact that much of what we get from China has been interrupted. This disruption is likely to continue for some time.

Our supply chains in many areas are being broken or at the very least, strained. There is a need to take advantage of essential resource inventories needed. Such as building supplies for homes, barns and greenhouses, solar power systems, low tech tools needed to create and maintain gardens, heirloom seeds of different varieties, the ability to purify water with additional filters. Plus, it is just as important to acquire the knowledge needed to use all of the above-mentioned items and more.

All of this can seem daunting and overwhelming. It can if allowed, cause one to just curl up in a ball and hope it will pass. Or it can provide the adrenaline needed to get out of the way of the oncoming events that will continue to plague our food supply and other supply chains of essential resources. Just as you would grab a child and propel them to safety if they were standing in front of an oncoming train, we need to propel ourselves forward to prepare for the dubious future, letting go of time and resource-consuming activities that do not contribute to our goal of preparing every needful thing. 

In conclusion, not only is there the need for haste, but also a need to assess our long-term goals. Are they in line with the new normal? History has shown over and over that nothing is too big to fail. Events are in motion, changes are occurring, time is short. The OSR Initiative is a pathway to preparing every needful thing. However, the speed with which one moves down this path is up to the individual. Together, let's create our own new normal, one that involves a healthy and safe family environment.

God speed,
Philip J. Gleason

Currently, there is a need for those with construction skills

Compensation is commensurate with experience and ability. Consideration for these employment opportunities will first be offered to the Utah OSR Land Cooperative shareholders and their family members. If you are interested, please, send a brief introduction of your skills and availability to for consideration.


Webinars will resume in August. See you then!

Do you have a gift, talent or experience with being self-reliant that you could share among us?

If so, we invite you to submit an article to be published in the Academy Newsletter. To help you submit your article, Coleen Gleason, one of our editors, will be happy to assist you. You can contact her or send your articles to her at Upon review and acceptance, you will be notified when your article will be published.

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Here's what we've got going on!

Want to learn how to achieve greater self-reliance in our 250-family modern homesteading community? Then check out our Intro Meetings where we discuss what you can do, and where to start!

Would you like a personal tour of the site of a 250-family homestead community being built on the Utah OSR Land Co-op's 1,245-acre Riverbed Ranch in Juab County, Utah? Then join us for our Munch & Mingle Tour! We'll show you what we're doing now, and what we have planned for the future!

For more details and information about each of our events, click the button to visit our Events Page.


Save the Date for our very first tree planting event on 
September 12th! 

There are several projects happening at the Riverbed Ranch involving planting trees and shrubs to begin regenerating the soil and providing forage for bees in areas around the Welcome Center, the 40 acre Special Projects Center (The Academy Campus, Rescue Home, Therapy Barn, etc.), and eventually the future Green Belt/Waterway. Initial planting projects will begin where water is already available to keep plants alive, and many plants and cuttings are already being gathered to get this started! 

On September 12, 2020, we will be inviting OSR shareholders AND the interested public to come to the Riverbed Ranch for a 1-day mass tree/shrub planting event. The primary goal of this 1-day event is to plant 2,020 trees and shrubs in one day, and of course, the secondary goals include socializing and gathering public interest in regenerative agriculture and the mission of the Academy of Self-Reliance and Utah Land Co-Op! 

Crowdfunding and Advertising campaigns are ongoing to gather funds and participants. There is additional help needed, of course! 

Please contact Sarah Vezzani at if you are interested in helping out with the planning and/or execution of this event.


Have you heard? We're building a ropes course!

The Academy OSR Ropes Course will offer a unique series of team-building exercises that will have a variety of activities and programs that will challenge you, your friends, family, coworkers, and teammates to master challenges and conquer fears.

This state-of-the-art facility incorporates a continuous belay system that provides for maximum safety as participants learn and internalize concepts such as:

• problem-solving   • leadership skills   • communication   • self-confidence

. . . and so much more! We truly believe this will bless the lives of the young, and the not-so-young. 


Are you on social media? Then let's connect!

We'd love to have you join our Facebook Group, where we post about upcoming events and meetings where you and your friends can learn more about what we're doing! It's a great and easy way to help spread the word!


We are ready to place our first order with Sol-Ark for our solar systems! 

If you have not submitted your order yet, please send it to or call Philip at (801) 310-1947 by midnight on Tuesday, July 28.

Our group order will be submitted Wednesday morning.


Have a great week! - The AOSR Team
Academy of Self-Reliance
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