a reply to: Blaine91555
I completely agree with planning and also the ability to harvest meat.
A lot of people miss the little things though... here is what I have learned the last ten years about pre-preparing.
Things people don't think about...
Learn how to make and maintain your own sourdough starter.
Doesn't sound like a big thing, but it is a force multiplier because of what you can do with active yeast and barter.
My neighbor, for instance, has a couple acres of wheat and an acre of barley.
I grow hops and have for years worked extensively on berries for the property.
So I have gotten pretty proficient at making my own beer. Also berry wines.
Having bees really helps, but you can get away from honey if you have berries with enough sugar.
Wine-making currently pays my property taxes and through barter gets me a whole lot of things done for next to nothing, in terms of labor and
If everything goes south, alcohol will be a bigger deal than bullets.
Berries? The firs thing I did when I bought my property was scattered Juneberries (Saskatoon) all over the property.
Why? First, it is the first bush berry to come up in the late spring.
I make pemmican with it. You need berries and a critter with meat and fat.
Pemmican seems to last at least a year and you can live off of it.
I have elderberries. They have a lot of medicinal properties and make an excellent wine when mixed with either huckleberry (have those) or
strawberries (have those.)
I have two willow trees (that has been explained in this thread, although to flesh one topic out, making a willow teas and soaking about any cutting
in it makes it grow roots) and a small stand of witch hazel. (Medicinal).
Blackberries I scattered all over the first year, some big thorned ones that seem to deter the deer a bit.
Also in the first year I put Egyptian Walking onions... everywhere.
They grow like weeds, the deer don't eat them and you can use the stalks, bulbs and roots as food.
Put in an orchard an made sure that the apples were for different seasons, so I have 3 different crops.
Apple cider is easy to make (get a press) and hard apple cider is just as easy and barters quite well.
I have a root cellar, which turns out to be a science all of it's own but potatoes, apples (separate the two!!!) and other tubers and fruits keep us
in grub until spring.
KALE: it seems to be a horrible thing to eat, but prepared correctly you will have greens through the whole winter without a greenhouse.
Figure out what a solar oven is, make or buy one and use it!!!
Keep in mind that the most important thing you will need is a clean source of water.
Keep in mind that you will not always have bullets to get meat.
As an extreme learn to make your own bow and arrows (Willow shoots for the arrows work very well). A not so extreme method is at least learning to
trap... and although not currently legal, a grizzly trap with a carrot on the pan makes an excellent deer catcher.
Have elk available? Get a 1/2 inch steel cable and put it neck high on their usual trail. Spook them when you see them. They break their necks on the
I live off-grid... no ties to the electric company. However, we turn off our power for a month in June and 3 weeks in February.
See what it is like to live without and you can make the adjustments you need to do before you REALLY need to make the adjustments and can't.
Random thoughts about stuff I've done and am working on...
Hope it helps someone.
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