How to Grow and Store the 5 Crops You Need to Survive October 20, 2010 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. In an age of erratic weather and instability, it's increasingly important to develop a greater self-reliance when it comes to food. Makenna Goodman: Many gardeners (both beginners and more serious growers) come across obstacles they might not have planned for. Carol Deppe: The basic issues are getting more control over our food, getting lots higher quality and more delicious food, and enhancing the resilience of our food supply. However the person who has learned to make spectacular applesauce or cider or apple butter or pies can often trade some of the processed products for all the apples needed. So the first thing I would say is, garden if you can and if you enjoy it. We humans trade.
Butter in Your Food Storage One evening at church one of the ladies mentioned that you could bottle butter and store it for 3 year. I hadn’t seen so many women interested in a comment about preserving food in a long tim. I received the instructions from her and have been bottling butter for my food storage ever since. Items you need: 12 – 8 oz. jelly jars, lids, and rings (clean and sanitize bottle prior to bottling butter)5–¼ pounds butter or margarine (5 pounds + 1 stick)1 cookie sheet (optional)1 cooling rack (optional) Getting started: Sterilize your jars and lids. Place your twelve jars on a cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 225°F. Phase One: Open up twelve sticks of butter and cut each stick into two – three tablespoons sections and one – two tablespoons section. Drop the two – three tablespoons sections in the bottom of the jar length wise. Then very carefully place the one – two tablespoons section in the middle on top. (Do this with all twelve jars.) Put your jars in the oven at 225°F for 15 to 20 minutes. Phase Two:
Survival Stressors in a Survival Situation Any event can lead to stress and, as everyone has experienced, events don’t always come one at a time. Often, stressful events occur simultaneously. These events are not stress, but they produce it and are called “stressors.” Stressors are the obvious cause while stress is the response. Once the body recognizes the presence of a stressor, it then begins to act to protect itself. In response to a stressor, the body prepares either to “fight or flee.” The body releases stored fuels (sugar and fats) to provide quick energy. This protective posture lets you cope with potential dangers. Injury, Illness, or Death Injury, illness, and death are real possibilities that you have to face. Uncertainty and Lack of Control Some people have trouble operating in settings where everything is not clear-cut. Environment Even under the most ideal circumstances, nature is quite formidable. Hunger and Thirst Without food and water you will weaken and eventually die. Isolation
The Art of Barter A guest post by Chris [This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest - First Prize winner will receive a gift certificate for $170 worth of Winchester Ammo. Second Prize winner will receive 3 dozen Tattler Reusable Canning Lids . Third Prize winner will receive a LifeStraw.] For as long as humans have been in existence, a form of trade called bartering has been used successfully in just about every society. Bartering in modern times is a skill; those who are trading are always looking to get the better deal. Another example: Is a brand new car really worth twenty-eight thousand dollars? If survival times come and we’re to barter, how do we place value upon items since we aren’t using fiat money valuation (Fiat money is money that has value only because of government regulation or law., Wikipedia)? In survival situations, bartering items will be-for the most part and specifically at the beginning-based upon the needs of the parties involved. Bartering Safety I love the Wolf Pack.
Growing Perennial Vegetables | Zone5 Book Review How to Grow Perennial Vegetables Low-maintenance, low-impact vegetable gardening by Martin Crawford Forward by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Green Books 2012 ppbck 224pp Martin Crawford is the director of the invaluable Agroforestry Research Trust in Dartington, Devon, and this is his second book, the previous one being the more general and comprehensive Creating a Forest Garden. This more compact (and portable) manual provides a comprehensive guide to growing perennial vegetables in cool temperate climates. Chapter 2 gives instructions on growing perennials, including establishment, use as ground-covers and in the forest garden and under existing trees, and excellent examples with line drawings of suggested perennial polycultures. There next follows a chapter on maintenance, including feeding, soil conditions, pest and disease management, harvesting and propogation. Giant butterbur on Orcas Island WA
Emergency Food Preparedness Emergency food preparedness is something we all need to do, whether it's preparing for the loss of a job or a large-scale disaster. No matter where you're at in life, it's wise to start stocking up on emergency preparedness food now. But should you really go out and buy all those expensive, freeze-dried foods? The Beauty of Whole Grain Whole grains are an essential part of emergency food preparedness, but they're also a boon for saving money, improving your health and having some of the best tasting foods out there. Buy your grains in bulk, and invest in a grain mill. Make Your Own Pasta Emergency Food Preparedness And Wonderful Beans Buy plenty of beans in a wide variety and start cooking them every week. Also don't forget lentils, some of the easy legumes out there. Learn More About Being Prepared Learn More About Frugal Cooking Return from Emergency Food Preparedness to the Home Page
11 Emergency Food Items That Can Last a Lifetime Please accept our apologies. You have reached a 404 Page Not Found Error. Please use our search box or main menu above to find what you're looking for. Image courtesy 501st Legion share this totally non-existent page with others related information Joel Skousen's Web Site Barter Goods Below is a list of barter goods considered by experts in the survival preparedness world to be vital for a barter currency in a post-long-term disaster world. Remember, as valuable as goods are, skills will also be very valuable; learn to barber, make soap, about herbal medicine, etc. Look around your home for items that you would be lost without if you could no longer make a quick trip to the corner store to buy more. Those items should then be added to your barter goods list. While it is not necessary to have everything on this list, there may be a few items that you are able to get at a really good price and be able to store for future barter. In fact, if room is at a premium, why not pick up a storage tote and then start saving your barter goods in there.
Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) | Tumbledown Farm Jerusalem Artichokes: Introduction According to the New Whole Foods Encyclopedia "Jerusalem Artichokes are a superior source of inulin, a natural fructose that is medicinal for diabetics. This sweet tuber relieves asthmatic conditions, treats constipation,.... [And is] an aphrodisiac...." Tumbledown doesn't know about all that. Sometimes I think people confuse inulin with insulin, though if sunchokes are substituted for potatoes you will remove a lot of starch from your diet. Never heard of a Jerusalem Artichoke? . I never dreamed I would find an "invasive" food plant! The neighborhood association may complain at your choice of flowers, but a Sunchoke is a flower! People eat the Jerusalem Artichoke tubers, birds love the seeds (if the flowers are allowed to dry on the stalk), and livestock (like sheep; hence the name "lambchokes") will eat the whole plant. So, if Jerusalem Artichokes are so easy, how do you raise them in the garden? Helianthus tuberosus Helianthus tuberosus L. Insects