Saturday, 04 August 2012
Inspired by, and dedicated to, a beautiful and eloquent friend, Barbara Everett Heintz, author of the book Pinkhoneysuckle. I am currently reading it and, having grown up on a small family farm, it resonates within me very deeply, taking me back to a childhood life I failed to fully appreciate until it was gone.
I hear talk of coming food shortages and skyrocketing prices and then see all the greenery growing, even in our small village turned nearly to city.
I want to scream out to people to PLANT FOOD, on any piece of land they can buy, rent or borrow. Stock up on a large amount of food which can be stored for very long periods of time. Not just a few canned fruits and vegetables. I am talking about being able to feed your family for at least six months. Include grains like rice, wheat and corn in containers that will keep them good. Sugar and salt, vinegar are must-haves. Meat that will last and be edible long-term. That means dried and/or smoked, or canned. Keep enough a secret so that your own family will be okay, but HELP OTHERS whenever and wherever you can. Here is a link to a great resource on preparing foods for long-time storage, as well as commercial sources for foods already prepared for long-term storage. LINK Learn how to purify large amounts of water, as well as storing a large amount that is already purified. Several good methods are discussed here: LINK .
Encourage others to help grow fruit and vegetables, and grains, in community gardens. Get to know someone who has land, and find resources to obtain fresh meat, milk and eggs. Learn to hunt and to gather wild edibles.
Obtain firearms if you don't already have some, learn how to use them, and practice. Learn to hunt so you can supply your own meat. Most importantly, prepare yourself mentally for scenarios in which you need to use them or other improvised weapons to protect yourself and your loved ones from attack. Those who lack supplies may well try to take yours, even by force.
We can get through hard times only by getting back to a common-sense, frugal way of life. The great thing about laying away supplies and learning how to do this yourself is, if predicted hard times never come, you can EAT your supplies, replacing them as you go, of course.