Monday, September 21, 2015
Survival is Homesteading - The Best Food Storage is On the Land
Over the years my ideas of prepping and sustainable living have changed. In fact those ideas have changed a lot. At first I really thought long term food storage was the ultimate goal to prepping, survival or whatever you want to call it. Then I started getting close to my maximum storage capacity of food and realized that idea was simply a sham. Nothing more than a pipe dream and ultimately just a drop in the proverbial bucket in the terms of whats coming our way.
On the Small-Hold we have a very modest old two story farm house, three outbuildings each about the size of a single wide mobile home, a couple of smaller storage sheds attached to the barn, a barn that is about 100' x 50' with a loft about a third of that size inside and finally an old equipment shed that is enclosed on three sides. I couldn't tell you how much actual covered square feet that comes up to. All but the old equipment shed have electricity (not that electricity would be relevant in a grid down situation) while only three buildings have anything you could call climate control, again something to say goodbye to when TSHTF.
After I amassed a years supply of stored food for two people (started out being my son and I) and I looked at the spare bedroom which was now over half filled with tubs, buckets, boxes and cans it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out I was on the wrong track.
I swiped the above picture from some so called survival and preparedness site. It claims to be enough canned and packaged food to last one person an entire year. Now my old eyes aren't what they once were but I cannot come up with enough individual cans or packages to equal out to even one a day for a year myself. At best I am coming up with one a day for about 9 months, but we won't quibble.
Make that a family of three and I hope you got an entire bedroom decked out in shelves for storage.
Want to go the MRE route?
Here is supposedly a years supply of MREs for one person. Make it a family of three and you are still talking a good sized walk in closet minimum.More than likely going to take up the guest bedroom some too.
Are you getting the picture the same way it came into focus for me yet?
Then consider in order to keep this food stored you need to keep it in a climate controlled environment.
Yet one other important factor managed to wiggle it's way into my mind as the years went by. That was those very same years. At 21 a year seemed like eternity by age 40 I was wondering how those years could go by so fast.
A year is nothing people. A collapse like we are heading for is more than just the grocery store closing for a year or two. Simply hoarding canned and package food will do nothing for you but start a very short timer going the day things fall apart. There is a real reason 90% of the population was tied to the land for survival before fossil fuels and that is because the best food storage isn't what you store in your house it's what you store on the land itself and in very crude climate controlled arrangements. Grain bins, hay lofts, hoofs in the field eating grass.
In point of fact it is easier to store a years supply of fodder for livestock than it is to store a years supply of meat already processed. Of course it is a lot more work.
Survival is homesteading and lots of labor not storage. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is either selling something or trying to make themselves feel better about their own ultimate situation and drag you down with them while they talk about the best pancake mix to store or something. It's hard work, it's fighting off vermin, it's animal husbandry and farming or at least very large scale gardening.
It isn't hoarding and looking at magazines while you wait for your next delivery.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!