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Being self sufficient and prepared,

Being self sufficient and prepared,

  For awhile now I have been thinking about what would happen to us if the world around us collapsed. If the banks went belly up, no jobs, if we had to survive completely on ourselves. We would probably, maybe last a month! Where we are in our home/lives at this moment we are not self sufficient what so ever. The only bulk items I have on hand is popcorn.Does anyone ever think about what their family would do if the world crashes like that? Because there is a good chance it just might. My husband and I have talked about what we would do, talked a lot but haven't done anything yet. The #1 thing we would do is go to as many pharmacies or stores that carry diabetic supplies and load up on them as this would be what we would need to keep our daughter alive until the world straightened itself out.I hope we will be in a place to supply as much of our own food as we could and I am learning to make things like laundry soap/other soaps we would need, not much but a start. I have been collecting books on homesteading/how to/herbal medicines which I hope would be of use to us.
I look back on my childhood and came to realize just how strong my mother was. We pretty much always lived out in the country or in very small towns. We moved around a lot! One of my favorite places was in the itty bitty town of Pyatt Ar. We started out there on a large acreage that had a new barn, a new milk house and a well house on it. Those buildings were what we lived in. We had our beds and living area set up in the barn and the kitchen was in the milk house. We had several acres of vegetables growing in the bottom land and a huge on up by the house for us. My brother who was about 16 or 17, myself(10) and the twins who were about 5 at the time helped mom take care of those gardens. We would swim in the creek down by the road or out by the rail road tracks.We had chickens, ducks, rabbits and dogs. I remember mom canning in the milk house and how hot it would get. The twins and I would take off up in the woods for the day and come back when it was getting dark, drinking out of the cold spring, eating blackberries. The school I went to had 1st-2nd in one room,3rd-4th in another and 5th-6th in another, the other grades were over in another building. I thought it was a wonderful school! In the winter we would move into town until spring and planting time. My mom was about 45 at this time and I remember how hard she worked to grow food for us and get it put up for the winter.I remember her making clothes for us and teaching us what bugs in the garden were good and what were bad. For a kid it seemed like a great life most of the time but for an adult I think it would have been a struggle. My older sisters probably know more of what mom went thru at that time. To me the strength she showed back then gives me hope that I can get my family thru anything that comes our way.                                                         
 It has finally dawned on me that my husband,kids and myself will not be able to do this on our own. We need a community, a group of people/families with varying talents and skills that can work together to build a secure,well prepared place to take care of our families if anything major happens. I don't know if that can happen on this property we are on now or if we need to look for a more suitable place. I do feel that everyone needs to get themselves someway ,somehow, into a position where they can safely survive a major catastrophe. It might be getting some families together on some land and growing or building everything you need, a group of people in a neighborhood banning together and making plans, everyone in an apt. building working together to makes things safe (this would require you to know your neighbors), helping family/friends monetarily who can get a safe place set up so that you could take your family there. I am not an alarmist, but bad things do happen, be it with mother nature or man made and there needs to be plans in place for our families so we will not have to rely on a government that probably won't be there to help us.The 99% needs to start taking care of their own! We can you know, we can band together, thinking outside the box and create our own paradigm shift.



Blessed Be,

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Comment by Caroline Malcolm on October 20, 2011 at 10:07am

Hi Penny, thanks for another thoughtful blog.  I agree with you on many levels.  I live in a city and depend so heavily on government and corporations to produce much of my day-to-day needs.  Although it worries me that I am not as self-sufficient as I'd like, I think that by being proactive, learning as much as possible about food preservation, growing, and cooking, I can start taking the small steps towards become more self-sufficient and HOMEGROWN.  

 

I recently posted a blog about how a newbie, like myself, can start to live HOMEGROWN and feel more authentic, and got some fantastic advice from folks on the site.  Just last night I took the advice of some inspiring HOMEGROWNers and prepped a bunch of fresh vegetables for freezing, and made a bug batch of tomato sauce to keep through the long winter months. I hope to start sprouting this fall and learning another new HOMEGROWN skill, like knitting or quilting.  We'll see!

 

Good luck, and remember, there are lots of folks in the same place as you, learning to make do and live off of the land and resources that they have! Keep posting :)

Comment by Jay Geneske on October 24, 2011 at 12:45pm

Penny, your post really summed up much of what I've been thinking about lately, especially around the need of a community to support each other--especially in a time when we've never been at once more connected and disconnected. This sense of community is what I've enjoyed about HOMEGROWN the most. I've enjoyed my journey in living more sustainably, and it's great to see others doing the same.

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