lessons learned on the journey toward independence
This last week I decided to tackle the large question about my food storage. Since Nick and I were married earlier this year (April) we have been steadily (as money allows) stocking our pantry with the necessary items. Oats, Beans, Wheat, Rice, Salt, Honey, Dried fruit, Canned fruit, Canned veggies, Potatoes, Nuts, etc. But I started asking myself the question: Do I have enough food in my pantry to last me a year, till the next harvest? That's my goal!
Providing food for ones family is an understood responsibility. The problem is that many shift this responsibility to the grocery store, depending on it for this necessity of life. What we fail to think of is how quickly the grocery store shelves go bare leading up to even a fairly routine natural disaster. What if the transportation system is disrupted? How many days of food are on the grocery shelves? And above and beyond that is the fact that much of the commercially available food is treated with dangerous chemicals. And something that many fail to consider is the fact that even much of the organic produce available is just as nutritionally deficient as the non-organic.
Friends, the reasons are many and powerful. The time has come to seriously learn and implement agriculture as quickly and thoroughly as possible. I appreciate the simple, but profound truth expressed in Proverbs:
- “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.” - Proverbs 10:5
- “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” - 1 Tim. 5:8
Powerful instruction. So where do we start? Well there is a lot of valuable information available. Here are several helpful links and practical information:
- Gardening DVD's with loads of instruction: Fall Gardening & Spring Gardening
Ever tried to garden but it just didn't yield good results? Have you had some results but you know it could be
much better? Still trying to figure out how to prune your fruit trees? Ever wanted to learn some of the science
behind the garden--why one amendment works and another doesn't? Here is a great place to start! With over 11
hours of education, demonstration, and step-by-step instructions you CAN become a successful gardener! Take
this gardening course from the comfort of your own home.
- Preserving Your Own OR Start Ordering in Bulk
Canning and Dehyderating your own food is the goal! But as a stop-gap there are ways that you can get started
with your pantry. Rainy Day Foods has a nice supply of dried foods and pretty good prices. I also order bulk items
from Azure Standard.
- Packing Your Own Food for Long Term Storage
This website has a lot of valuable information on how to use oxygen absorbers, plastic buckets, Mylar bags, and
much, much more!
*For more information on Long Term Wheat Storage click here.
- Seed Saving (Baker Creek Seeds) For starting your own garden!
Not all that long ago, seeds for heirloom vegetables were hard to find. Fortunately, that is changing. Several seed
companies now specialize in heirloom vegetables. Others offer a mix of old-timers and modern varieties. As
hopeful as this trend is, many heirloom vegetable varieties are threatened and may soon become extinct. Still,
there is time to save these plants. All it takes is a patch of land (or a container), water, sun, and some seeds. The
rest is up to you.
Here are a mix of commercial seed companies, museums, and non-profit organizations that sell heirloom
vegetable seeds, and the things you need to grow them. I selected these particular sources because I've had good
experiences with them, or have heard good things about them from my sources. I list them here for informational
purposes only, without any guarantees. There are, of course, many other fine sources of heirloom seeds.
Note: Many heirloom vegetable varieties are not available in the seed trade, but can be found through seed
saving networks. For more information, see also: Seed Savers, Seed Exchanges, and Seed Societies" From The
Heirloom Vegetable Gardener's Assistant
*We strongly urge you to purchase at least one year's supply of Non-Hybrid seeds for your vegetable garden as
soon as you can. For info on seed storage click here
*For one of the best books written about seeds and the storing of seeds get "Seed to Seed" by Suzanne Ashworth
and Kent Whealy.