Moving forward spiritually is extremely important. A close second are physical preparations. The focus of this blog is preparation, and we tend to emphasis the spiritual side. Today, we want to encourage your physical need to prepare for whatever may come in the future.
I have shared my struggle in selling the home I believed we would retire in. It is for sale now and hope to have a buyer this summer. Letting go was difficult, but essential to our preparations. We plan to purchase as much acreage as we can afford. We need room for a large vegetable garden, including fruit trees and greenhouse. A field for a cow or buffalo would be good too. A house, barn for hay storage, equipment and repairs is also on the list. The biggest question, can we afford it all or will we have to build as we can?
Bob wants to go immediately off grid…or close to it. His research centers on electric generation with wind and possibly solar. We hope to find a property with a stream he can put a hydro generator in as well. He’s looking at the difference between the efficiency of wood burning stoves and boilers. The stoves heat less area, with possible cold spots in the house, but use a lot less wood.
We plan to build a summer kitchen. It will have an old-fashioned wood burning stove top and oven. We can use this to can all our vegetables and if needed cook our meals as well. The summer kitchen removes the heat from your house when air conditioning may not be available. Also, it keeps the mess outside.
We have already started purchasing heirloom seeds. For those who do not know, most seeds you buy today are hybrids. They are sterile. Meaning after they produce a single crop, all seeds that year’s crop provide will not grow. This is done deliberately. Those who engineer these seeds want to control our ability to grow our food and purchase all our seeds from them. Buying heirloom seeds does two things for you. First, you can harvest seeds from them and plant the next year. Second, if things go bad, you can barter with them. Everyone needs to eat, and these seeds will be almost as good as gold, at least to us regular people. The seeds must be stored in a cool, dark and dry place for best results in the future.
I can’t stress enough…start buying canning jars and lids…NOW. Do the math. If you have a family of four and must can all your winter food, how many jars will it take? In the old days, it totaled nearly 1000 per year. If transportation goes down, how will you get enough jars then? Reusable canning lids are important as well. You can start small and buy one case a week or month if that’s all you can afford. But starting is what’s important at this point.
We are also storing toilet paper, any dried foods like rice, flour, sugar, potatoes, spices, noodles, etc. Be sure to rotate your stock as you purchase it.
We have purchased a good mixer with attachments, a wheat grinder, and food processor. I visited a small Amish shop and purchased a few hand kitchen tools as well. Garden tools: hoes, rakes, shovels, and hoses, along with saws, axes, and wedges for cutting firewood. Chainsaws are good too, but be sure to have the manual equipment for a time when you may not be able to get fuel.
A good medical kit is a must. We purchased a Medic field kit and added clotting sponges and butterflies to the bag. There is a shelf life to most medications, but it is better to have something that is not as strong as it should be than none at all. As long as it does not go bad, I would have some on hand. You can also add medicinal herbs to your garden. I plan to consult with a medical doctor to see if we missed anything and you can as well.
How to books are another good thing to have. We certainly do not know everything there is to know, so we are expanding our library to include building, gardening, medical, and repairing manuals. I have numerous cookbooks dated from the 1800’s as well. These have great recipes and tips.
The point, begin somewhere, even if it is as small as a couple of packets of heirloom seeds. It’s better to do even small things than nothing at all. I suggest you make a list of those things your budget can afford. Check them off as you achieve them.
What are you preparing? Have you started? If you have any suggestions or websites that have been helpful, please add them in a comment or email them to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org We need to begin to help one another to put together a good list of resources we can share with others.
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