Food Storage

A prepper pantry is like an onion, it has layers.

Prepper food storage layers, evacuation, shelter in place, deep pantry, long-term storage.
Prepper food storage layers, evacuation, shelter in place, deep pantry, long-term storage.
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In order to have a robust food storage system that is likely to get you through a wide variety of emergencies, try breaking down your strategy into its constituent parts and plan each individually. This can make the job easier and less overwhelming. It also gives you a chance to focus on those crisis that are truly most likely to impact you in the short term and build toward and long-term plan.

Evacuation Packs

In the case of an evacuation have a pack ready to go with three-seven days of food. For this purpose you might consider pre-packaged ready-to-eat foods that will…


Just add water meals requiring no heat might be the ultimate prepper food.

Vegan cold soaked meals for prepper food storage.
Vegan cold soaked meals for prepper food storage.
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In the development of a resilient food storage strategy, it's important to consider all of the available options and most likely scenarios. Having a variety of storage and preparation methods helps to insulate you against a wider variety of emergencies.

Many hikers travel without a stove or any means of heating their meals. They also commonly carry only dehydrated or freeze dried foods (or at least mostly) for their extended hikes. The basics are simple- take a dehydrated meal, add cold water and soak for some number of hours until the food is edible. There is, of course, an art…


Playing to learn valuable skills.

Preschooler emergency preparedness playing games and learning resilient self-reliance.
Preschooler emergency preparedness playing games and learning resilient self-reliance.
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The beginning of preparedness is confidence, creative problem solving, self reliance and common sense. For our young preppers this means learning to do for themselves and contributing to their family.

Starting with the very basics of practical preparedness. Someone should always know where they are, they should work on knowing their way home and practice good decision making.

  1. Always tell someone where you’re going. Adults are terrible at this, but it’s an easy one to model once you make it a habit. …


Permaculture

Easy to grow herbs and shrubs can add a layer of income to the permaculture landscape.

Perennial herbs and shrubs used for tea and permaculture income.
Perennial herbs and shrubs used for tea and permaculture income.
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A tea garden may be just the right addition to a permaculture landscape and offers the potential of an income stream with naturally higher returns than standard fruit and vegetable production. Many of these tea-friendly perennials are already common in permaculture guilds and may be ready and waiting to be harvested for this purpose. Each of these plants offers a myriad of other uses beyond the tea garden.

Ceanothus americanus was used during Revolutionary War times as a caffeine free alternative to imported tea…


Food Storage

Quick cooking protein that’s easy to store and highly nutritious.

Bean flours are the perfect prepper food for storage and using as a grain substitute.
Bean flours are the perfect prepper food for storage and using as a grain substitute.
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Pulses (beans, peas and lentils) may be the perfect food. They’re absolutely the most perfect storage food. Loaded with protein, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals, they’re a great source of nutrition while being inexpensive, long-storing and easy to grow.

Except for a few of the smaller members of the pulse family, beans do have one disadvantage in the need for significant heat and water to cook them. Bean flours need much less of both and also serving as a great substitute for grains or even eggs in some recipes.

There’s no need to abandon storing whole dried beans, just…


Myrica Pensylvanica and its many uses.

Northern Bayberry Shrub Myrica Pensylvanica Nitrogen Fixer
Northern Bayberry Shrub Myrica Pensylvanica Nitrogen Fixer
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In the quest for novel but useful plants for our permaculture-based farm, I stumbled upon Northern Bayberry (Myrica Pensylvanica) which has the potential to be both a hardy addition to the landscape and provide a small source of income. While not edible, the berries of the Bayberry have the unique feature of producing a fragrant candle wax. Additionally the plant itself has a sweet aroma and the leaves can be dried and added to potpourri or dried arrangements. …


Growing

Gardening is the backbone of a resilient food system.

Image courtesy KT SHEPHERD

Only a few generations ago the kitchen garden was a staple of life and an insurance policy against trouble. Just as a well stocked pantry was the key to household resilience and surviving the lean seasons. Recent events have laid bare the delicacy of our global system of commodities and how quickly an emergency can ripple through our lives, unsettling everything.

When the emergency is regional, like a hurricane, the surge in buying can be absorbed relatively well and recovered from easily, if it is short lived. When our emergencies drag into weeks or months and are wide-spread, breaks in…


Radical Hope in a Changing Climate

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It’s difficult to examine our own society. We are as much a part of it as it is a part of us, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of accepting things are unchangeable or even right, because they are familiar.

As we grapple with our changing climate, late-stage capitalism, pandemics, war, famine and too many other horrors to name, many of us have come to the conclusion that the world would be better if there were no humans. …


Experimenting in over-wintering annuals for resilience and food security (and early tomatoes!)

Growing tomatoes indoors for climate change resilience and food security.
Growing tomatoes indoors for climate change resilience and food security.
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I hate starting seeds. Hate it. I direct sow just about everything, including plants that everyone swears must be started early in order to obtain a yield. Here in zone 5, that’s a lot of plants. Even with my late planting, last year I had so many tomatoes I couldn’t pick them all before the first frosts of fall, and given the number that rotted in place, that patch of soil will be producing tomatoes until the end of time.

The only problem with my lazy approach to annuals is that my plants do tend to bear fruit later than…


I tell you this to encourage, not discourage

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There is a growing movement of vegan and veganic (vegan + organic) farmers throughout the world, who are both concerned about the welfare of non-human animals, and understand that the standard practice of using animal by-products as soil amendments is actually not benefitting soil health, productivity, and their bottom-line.

Unfortunately, there are too few of us currently, which means that the fruit and veg you’re buying at the market or grocery store, especially if organic, is grown using the “wastes” from an industry that is so horrific it’s unthinkable that it still exists.

Death by fertilizer

Many animal agriculture by-products are used in…

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Working on Permaculture approaches to the compounding problems of climate change, ecological and civilizational collapse. Parenting with Radical Hope.

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