Food

Long Term Sustainable Prepping Part 3

Green House

High-end Victorian glass greenhouse

Food Source

Perhaps the most critical preparation for long term sustainable prepping is food. Your food source must be renewable and sustainable. A garden and raising livestock is the obvious answer. Hunting and trapping would not be considered a sustainable food source particularly once everyone begins hunting to survive. The animal population in the surrounding area would soon be depleted unless the crisis reduced human populations by a considerable number.

Have a one-year supply of food stockpiled to allow you time to develop your food sources. Stockpile heirloom seeds now. Heirloom seeds will reproduce an identical plant while hybrid seeds will produce a plant, that plant will have sterile seeds. This means hybrid plants are not a sustainable food supply. To sustain your food source you must have the means to harvest seeds from all your crops to keep the cycle of life going every season. Once you begin producing, you must have the means to preserve your crops by canning, pickling and drying.

Compost all vegetation and spoiled vegetables and fruit for fertilizer and mulch, but do not compost animal or human waste, bones or meat.

Greenhouses can be constructed rather easily for year around growing. To heat the greenhouse you can place black barrels of water (roughly five gallons per square foot of space) in the structure. Radiant heat will warm the water during the day and then the water will disperse that heat at night keeping your greenhouse above freezing. Place the greenhouse where it will receive ample sun in the winter months.

To produce enough vegetables you will need at least a 25 long by 30-foot wide section for row crops. Row gardens are simply tilled up areas where the plants are planted in the traditional rows. This means you would have a 25-foot row of corn, tomatoes and so forth. This would normally feed a family of four for the summer with surplus for preserving. Vine plants such as cucumbers, squash and melon can be planted in smaller rows and allowed to expand their vines along the additional space. Herbs, and smaller yield plants can be planted in pots around the garden or even on the patio.

If you have the space expand your garden, so you can use some of the surplus for bartering

Raised Garden Bed

Raised Garden Bed

If you have poor soil or for those of us living in the suburbs and cannot use the ground, you can build raised garden beds. Use landscaping timbers and build as high as you needed to accommodate the root systems. Landscape timbers are about three inches high so three to four stacked would likely be sufficient. Fill with quality topsoil/growing soil and mix in compost.

Start planting berries such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. It may take a season or longer to begin producing significant amounts so start now. It will require a sizable area to produce enough berries to have fresh ones daily during the growing season and enough to preserve as jams or jellies. Blueberries grow on bushes while black and red raspberries grow canes that must be trimmed every year, and they are thorny. Strawberries grow close to the ground and will spread and develop more plants every season. Blackberries and raspberries can reproduce another plant from cuttings, as well as several varieties of fruit trees.

If enclosing the plants (in a greenhouse) where bees do not have access you will have to pollinate some of the crops yourself. Tomatoes are self-pollinating so they are ideal for greenhouses, patios or even inside the home. To pollinate you can remove the male flowers with the antler like antennas covered with pollen and rub it on the female flower. You can also use a small camel haired brush to transfer the pollen. The female flower will have miniature fruit behind the flower.

PREP NOW AND PREP HARD!

-SP

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Long Term Sustainable Prepping Part 2

LongtermsustainablepreppingwaterA three part series on long term sustainable prepping

Part 2

 Water Source              

Water in any situation is a priority, clean, safe drinking water. You must have a renewable and sustainable source that you control. Dug or drilled private wells are ideal. Spring fed lakes or ponds are reliable sources however, they are difficult to control and they will attract others. You will need a source that is currently free of contaminates and can be controlled to prevent future contamination. Fast moving rivers or streams can also be a source of hydropower. Micro water turbines can harness the power of water to generate electricity for your home.

You may not have any of the described options available to you so you would have to stockpile water, and develop a way to collect and store rainwater. Runoff from roofs (gray water) can be collected and stored for crop irrigation or filtered and purified for drinking water. You also have to consider a water source for any livestock you have now or plan to have in the future.

Blue water barrels can be found in various sizes that can be used to store drinking water indefinitely. If the containers are filled using tap water or otherwise purified water, the water can be stored for years if kept sealed.

Blue barrels indicate drinking water and gray barrels indicate gray water. Gray water is water that can be used for irrigation or even laundry. Black water would be sewage runoff, or water contaminated by animal waste.

Stockpile at least a year’s supply of drinking water and start collecting gray water, such as roof runoff for irrigation, livestock watering and other uses. Use the recommended three gallons/12 liters daily per person to calculate approximate amounts needed. The average person needs at least two quarts of water daily just for hydration. The three-gallon per person recommendation considers cooking and personal hygiene.

Have at least a one-year supply of water stockpiled. This allows you the time once disaster strikes to develop alternative sources.

The average person uses during normal daily life between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day. Toilet flushes use between 1.6 and 3.0 gallons of water and the average shower use two gallons of water a minute. Hand washing dishes takes about 20 gallons a day and one load of laundry uses between 20 and 25 gallons of water. Obviously, there will be some lifestyle changes that have to made, and unless you literally have an unlimited source of water, you will have to make some rapid adjustments for long-term survival.

Stay tuned for next week’s conclusion of our three part series.

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Long Term Sustainable Prepping Part 1

LongtermsustainablepreppingchickensA three part series on long term sustainable prepping

Part 1

Those that pay attention to world and national events may have come to the realization that it is not a matter of if, but simply a matter of when disaster strikes. The crisis may be localized, national or even worldwide. It can be natural or manmade. The results of the crisis will be the same however, with disrupted power grids, damaged or destroyed infrastructure and governments scrambling to catch up. The aftermath of a crisis is a disaster in and of its self. It is taking longer each time to recover from a disaster because of antiquated power grids, dire financial straits that the country and states are in and government bureaucracy in general. It may be the next crisis or the one after, where recovery may not be an option at all, and people will have to begin rebuilding from the rubble.

Some “preppers” prepare for a specific disaster, such as a biological or chemical attack, super volcano or nuclear war. There are specific things that must be done to survive certain calamities. There are materials, tools and equipment needed. However, those that survive the crisis and are not at “ground zero” will need a long-term survivability plan, the crisis has arrived and now it is time to survive the aftermath. Regardless of the catastrophe, there are certain things that everyone will need to survive long-term, and the essentials are not disaster specific.

Livestock

Chickens are a logical choice as well as goats for a food source that is relatively easy to feed and maintain. Larger animals such as beef cattle and dairy cows require a tremendous amount of room and feed and unless you have several acres per animal, the cost of upkeep and feed may outweigh any gain. Chickens breed quickly making them an ideal renewable and sustainable source of meat and eggs. Goats can produce milk and are a good source of meat. Milk can be turned into butter and cheese. Depending on the breed of chicken, you can expect about six eggs per week on average from each chicken. Have one chicken per family member just for eggs each week. Assume for a family of four at least two chickens a week for meat. Only butcher as you need it for food otherwise you will have to preserve it.

Produce more eggs for trading with others for supplies

Swine can be raised in small amounts and once butchered you can smoke, salt cure or dry the meat. If you have, a body of water nearby you can encourage ducks and geese to stay around by feeding them and capture as needed for food.

Next week we will cover the second part of essential long term sustainable prepping

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The 411, The Dealio, What is going on here? Ohh, and Some Actual Advice!!

Fellow Suburban Preppers Surfing for Additional Reasons to be Paranoid:

As you can tell I am still trying to figure this crap out. My head is bursting with ideas and advice but translating that into a blog is proving to be more difficult than I thought (I thought it would be easy…ha!)

So these intial pages are all about the SP’s learning curve. No, that doesn’t mean there won’t be good stuff here. I plan I rewarding anyone who will take the time to stop by and read. What it means it, I am waiting to start my campaign of increased traffic until I have this little lady (my page) running on all cylinders!! Hoo-Raa!

This site IS dedicated to a small niche that has not been filled yet… The Suburban Prepper! If you are living in a McMansion or tract home, that doesn’t mean you cannot prepare for the Apocalypse! If just takes a little more planning. The SP has been on the case for several years now and think I can help you.

If you are actually looking for some advice, something to steal for your own blog or just something to mention to your wife so you can justify your latest order to cheaperthandirt … here goes:

Test Your Long Term Food Supplies

As Bison says, some things seem so obvious that you assume everyone would do it… Not Always the Case fellow bunker dwellers! You see, when I began this conquest for self-sufficiency I started blindly ordering long-term storage food. My idea (flawed or not) was that rotation is a bitch and I don’t want to eat this stuff on a daily basis. So where can I get the most bang-for-my-buck. What is the longest lasting food? Well, as many of you know Mountain House #10 cans ROCK as far as cost and long-term storage… 35 YEARS? Really? But, how do they taste? Are they even foods you and the Misses want to eat?

Yes, I am getting to the point. Those #10 cans are the best way to go for long-term storage. The pouches will only get you 5 -7. Don’t get me wrong, that ain’t bad. So how do I figure out what Rocks and what …. well, I guess doesn’t rock. TASTE TESTS!!

Go to (prepare for plugging) www.nitro-pak.com, www.beprepared.com or your other favorite website and buy a couple different Mountain House 2 person pouches in different flavors you THINK you will like. Sample each one and let the FAMILY sample each one!!! The Suburban Marauder is a family man. If my kids don’t like it, they ain’t gonna eat it! My main duty is to them so I better get what they like. Once you find the flavors you like, feel free to invest in a number of #10 cans of that type. Nothing could be worse than a closet full (remember this is a suburban prep site, no basement bunker like Rawles’ site) of food you nor your family will eat. In my case, MH’s Chili Mac was soooo spicy I drank a gallon of water along with the meal. Does that sound like an appropriate amount of water consumption??? Hell No! Don’t waste the wet gold!

The same goes for MREs. The SP isn’t not a big fan of the MRE meal… no no no! But I am loving the MRE side dishes, snacks and desserts …. Yummy! However, I did not figure this out without a lot of research. That means I order a single pack of each type from www.longlifefood.com and once I figured out what I liked, BOOM, I ordered it by the case load.

FYI, the kids and wife love the deserts. I believe that after a SHTF scenario keeping them calm with yummy foods while I patrol the perimeter is advantageous.
Here are some of the SP’s favorites:
Chocolate Brownie
Lemmon Poppy Pound Cake
Chedder Filled Pretzels
And Please … Do Not forget the Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread!!!

Also, I have ordered extensively from all the sites above and recommend them to you… free of charge of course!

Get Testing Everyone!!!

Please check back, the more people that roll through, the more motivated I’ll be!! Comments, even cruel ones are appreciated … It means that someone is looking!!

-SP

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