In researching the field of survival and preparedness, I have discovered that there seems to be an endless number of firms selling storage foods and supplies, but not that many go beyond the storage aspect of long term planning. While many suggest having three years worth of food on hand, will that be enough? What if the world never gets back to what we call normal after the coming collapse?
There are a lot of topics I plan to address as the months go by here, and I do hope they are being printed out and kept in a binder. After all, if the crap really does hit the fan and people like me are right, there won’t be any internet to fall back on for this advice. One of the topics I’ll be addressing from time to time will be food gathering, but today I’ll just touch on an overview of the subject. While making your plans and assembling supplies you should always consider a supply of seeds and maybe fertilizers for planting some crops during your first available planting season. While three years of food is a lot, by the end of your first year you will doubtless become tired of the same fare day after day, and fresh food will become much desired.
Figure out before hand how much space you have available to utilize for growing and plan out your garden from there. That is one of the reasons I advocate the need to live in the country if you can, or at least in a suburban area whereby you can at least have a large yard. Fast growing vegetables may be desirable, but make sure you bear in mind the nutritional value of your choices. Stagger your planting so that not all of you plantings ripen in the same time frame. That way you need not invest huge blocks of time trying to harvest before they go bad on you.
Part of this area of preparedness should be the materials and supplies for canning and preserving, as well. Learn how to can and preserve now, so you don’t have to suffer through mistakes and wasted resources later, when you will not be able to replenish those resources. Try planting so that you can achieve a high harvest rate with minimal area used, speaking of resources. Trellis and container gardening can produce some pretty high yield crops such as tomatoes, peppers and the like. Also, make sure you allocate a percentage of your crop to be used as seed stock for the following year. By using the tithing principle, you should estimate at least ten percent of your crops going to that purpose. If you fail to do this, where do you intend to obtain seed for the following seasons?
Meat is another issue altogether. Fowl will perhaps be the easiest and most abundant resource, so you may need to know, or learn, how to hunt birds. Chickens can be a good source of meat, and the eggs will be a refreshing treat as well. If you plan your needs right, you may be able to breed chickens and use them to barter for other things. Of course, if we suffer a major nuclear event, all bets are off on this subject though. Chickens may never recover from radiation poisoning enough to breed safely, let alone eat them or their eggs, so be forewarned.
Actually, in the event of a nuclear attack, there will probably be no meat safe to eat, and especially true will be the case of cows and their milk. But if that doesn’t happen, we’ll be able to hunt and harvest as usual, sort of. There are lots of things you can eat besides deer and elk, such as squirrels, rats and other rodents and so forth, by the way. Don’t narrow your hunting preparedness down to a field of the local big game offerings. Most people will, and there may be a good chance that herds may be exterminated from your area if there are too many people are hunting them, or more likely overharvesting them. A good rule would be to harvest only what you need for your immediate needs.
And learn to actually hunt, please. Today, many people seem to think that sitting in a tree stand and waiting for a deer to come along is hunting. Sure, there’s lots of pre-hunt work to do, like locating trails and likely spots to set up a stand, but that kind of hunting seldom results in sufficient numbers to put a steady supply of nutrition on your table. Learn to stalk and trail the game in your area. And you should also learn to hunt and trap a wide variety of game as well. Deer and bear may be good sources of food, but they may not always be available. Birds usually migrate and may not be available in your area all year round. Squirrels and other small animals are usually plentiful, and can be found year round, so don’t write them off as being puny little waste critters.
There are many wild plants that can also be harvested for food too. Learn what is in your area and where to find them. And when you do, take only what you need so the supply doesn’t become decimated and you find yourself without that food source. Things are happening amongst the world’s governments today that indicate we will be in for a sorry time ahead, so keep a watch on what is going on. plan and scheme for the long haul and you’ll make out all right. But above all, make sure your faith is anchored in the right place as we survive the coming times. Major food growers depend upon genetically improved seed crops, and without those the availability of new seed may well be at an end. Plan, plan, plan. And then you can go ahead and plan some more.