Herbal medicine is a must know in first aid in saving a life. There have been some major natural disasters this year so far, from the California fires to the very recent (and current) flooding in Colorado. I am originally from Colorado and over two decades ago I lived in two of the canyons that flooded and were evacuated this past week. Many of the mountain towns are stranded right now with no supplies coming in and no vehicle routes out. People are in self-sustainability mode that live in those towns. The good news is that most folks living in the mountain towns along the front range (at least when I used to live in those areas myself) are usually pretty well prepared. How would you fare if it were you (and maybe it is you) – especially if you or someone close to you became injured, which is a common occurrence in a major disaster? FOLLOW THE LINK TO LISTEN TO THIS SHOW AND READ MORE!
Herbal medicine is a must know in first aid in saving a life. There have been some major natural disasters this year so far, from the California fires to the very recent (and current) flooding in Colorado. I am originally from Colorado and over two decades ago I lived in two of the canyons that …View full post
Shy-ism: “Guns have a bad enough reputation. If I want to kill you I’ll use a bicycle spoke.” That was true last year, it’s true today. In the real world, there will always be guns in the hands of bad people. Any who think different are living in Utopia and have no business walking the …View full post
The wild things are just starting to come out in Central Minnesota and it is time to start looking for them. It is the start of foraging time!!! If you have never eaten weeds and wild things growing around you, now is the time to start. What better way to be prepared for any disaster …View full post
Keeping deer from eating your garden by Hunter Over the years I have had to deal with deer eatting my gardens and have come up with some ways of at least making it not worth their while. A few of the things that I have used are as follows. 1) Eggs and dish soap. I put …View full post
Now the first thing to remember is that there are no rules or time outs in a gun fight you do what you have to too win.
A few years back when a family friend and DHS agent told me a story about a simple arrest he was about to make. It went bad fast and a gun battle ensued, but with his training and shooting ability he came out on top. So after he was finished with his story we began to talk about my shooting ability I told him I first taught myself to shoot and then the US Military took over and I thought they did a good job at teaching me to shoot at stationary targets but in real life the targets usually aren’t standing still this creates a problem. Most people are or can be pretty accurate at stationary targets but put movement in and it’s a whole new ball game.
What I did was tried to come up with ideas on shooting moving target so I went to the local range and asked around and found out there is a shooting club called the IDPA which stands for international defensive pistol association. I went to a match as an observer and talked with the range officer he told me the next time I come to watch I better bring a pistol and give it a try, so I did and boy did I find out that moving targets are a whole new deal.
This is the challenge I’m making to all the wolf pack start practicing shooting moving targets it does no good to buy guns and ammo and then shoot stationary targets. Try moving targets or try moving yourself and shooting on the move. For example tonight at the IDPA match we put out 3 targets moved back 10 yards and fired 2 rounds per target, Then I reloaded and shot 2 more rounds at each target as I advanced toward them never stopping until I fired my 6th round, Then I reloaded again from the 5 yard mark and fired 2 more round into each target while retreating or moving backwards. This is a very simple drill no special equipment is needed. You will be surprised how poor you do at first, I was but I have greatly improved in the past few years with practice, practice, and more practice until its second nature.
I suggest getting involved in a shooting club like IDPA,SASS or IPSIC or start your own within your network or group of friends it doesn’t have to be a fancy set up as long as it works for you.
There are many nice moving targets on the market but they can be expensive so start small make your own I did. There are web sites or utube videos with instructions just type in moving targets. It can be as simple as airing up some balloon’s put a string on them and attach to a post and let them flutter in the breeze after you master that then add some different colors and only shoot certain colors without hitting the others. There are many ways to practice use your imagination to come up with different ideas if anyone has a good and easy idea share it with us.
Remember not being aware of your surroundings can get you killed. G. tupa 5/23/12
The wild things are just starting to come out in Central Minnesota and it is time to start looking for them. It is the start of foraging time!!!
If you have never eaten weeds and wild things growing around you, now is the time to start. What better way to be prepared for any disaster than to know how to gather your own food.
There is another great thing about wild food than just feeding yourself. The plants growing around you, that most of us pull out or spray or just pass by everyday, are loaded with vitamins and minerals, so they are perfect for a survival situation. They will keep your body going strong.
For instance, dandelions are a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. The leaves, blossoms, and roots can be used. The roots, when roasted, make a great coffee substitute. The leaves can be added into salads, teas, or sandwiches. The blossoms can make wine, blossom fritters, or jelly. There are also many herbal benefits of the lowly dandelion, too. I will be writing in a future blog about herbals.
There are many other wild edibles, such as, stinging nettle, purslane, chicory, wild onions and garlic, wild ginger, wild parsnip, chickweed, lamb’s-quarters, cattails, and I could go on and on. Oh, and don’t forget the mushrooms.
I will go into detail about different plants in the future but here are some simple rules of foraging.
1. Know what you are picking. Get a couple of good field guides and a knowledgable person to show you what’s what. You don’t want to forage something poisonous.
2. Do not forage along road sides where toxins will be built up on the plants or lawns, gardens, parks that have been sprayed with chemicals.
3. Wear appropriate clothing and watch out for wood ticks. Wear gloves when handling stinging nettle.
4. Have permission to be where you are at if it is not your property. ( This, of course, depends on whether you are really in a survival situation).
Keeping deer from eating your garden
Over the years I have had to deal with deer eatting my gardens and have come up with some ways of at least making it not worth their while. A few of the things that I have used are as follows.
1) Eggs and dish soap. I put three or four eggs in a blender with some dish soap once mixed I add to a watering can with the rest filled with water. Then I cover the pole beans that are growing on my fencing. If I keep up with this every week or more if heavy rains and watering I find that the deer will leave them alone. I have also used this methode in open gardens and have had simular resaults. works well on bunnies and bugs to.
2) mouse traps and peanut butter. Take a dozen or so mouse traps and drill holes to run a wire through and hand them about two feet off the ground. deer love peanut butter but are not to fond of the mouse traps hitting their nose. The same idea can be used with an electric fence by smearing the peanut butter on the wire for the deer to lick off.
3) fencing, I have used the high 6ft fence with good resaults
4) deer follow trails at least to get into your garden area, if you remove as many theings that the deer nibble on around the edges and use tactics around the boarder of your land in will help reduce the number of deer that cross your land. Trim lower limbs that deer eat on and find cover in. If you have dogs use there droppings up and down the trails the deer have been using to get onto your land. supply the deer with something they like that draws them away from your garden area. Create obsticals.
5) Motion activated lights and radio. It is nice to have the lights turn on and a radio play when you are enjoying the garden in the evening hours but with it on a motion activated system the deer will be surprised. To set this up get a two light motion activated light unit and one screw in outlet to plug in a radio ot tape player.
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First, about our homes and what’s in them. In basements that get only minimal flooding, let’s get everything off the floor. Put blocks or some form of feet under everything. If it’s paper stuff inside a dresser, how about getting small plastic tubs to keep the paperwork in? Family pictures are always heirlooms, as are slides and film- don’t leave them stacked in drawers or cabinets that aren’t waterproof. (We won’t discuss how I know this.)
When a FLOOD WATCH is issued:
FLASH FLOOD waves move at incredible speeds, can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels- and while they’re at it, turn your car into a drifting pile of debris. Killing walls of water can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet. You won’t always have warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. Flash floods can take only a few minutes to a few hours to develop. When a flash flood WATCH is issued be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice.
The skinning and gutting of an animal is not one of the things most people like to do or even think about.
We have been so desensitized to what has to be done in order to eat meat, that some kids and adults will eat a hamburger and have no clue about the process and yes… mess, that comes with eating your favorite meal.
This page has some links to videos showing the process, so unless you are going to be a vegetarian, you might want to know how it is done.
http://sites.google.com/site/americansn … -an-animal
Recently there has been an incredible flurry of news reporting about food shortages and the pending global food crisis. Everyone who looks at the indicators would agree that this crisis is only likely to worsen. It is estimated that the Australia floods alone could cause a 30% jump in food prices. Although the average shopper already can feel the food inflation, it is difficult to recognize the severity of the looming food shortages. After all, there are still 15 types of colorfully-boxed Cheerios packing the isles, which gives us the illusion of abundance.
The truth is that we are headed for large food production shortfalls, manipulated or not, while middle-class food demand grows massively in the developing world. For decades the world’s agriculture community produced more than enough food to feed the planet, yet some now believe we are reaching “Peak Food” production levels. In turn, other experts believe the “food bubble” is about to burst, and not even the biotech companies can save us.
However, there are still vast unused stretches of fertile land that can be used around the globe, and the U.S. ethanol mandates that reportedly consume at least 25% of the corn harvest could be reduced to ease the burden. Therefore, it seems that despite the extreme weather and dwindling harvests, food production still has room to increase, but not without foresight and planning.
Additionally, the current systems for growing food are fully dependent on oil to achieve high levels of production, while livestock production is running at full concentration-camp capacity; the end product must then travel thousands of miles to get to store shelves. Clearly we can see the fragile nature of this system, especially on human health and the environment. Consequently, solving the so-called “food crisis” is far more complex than simply fixing statistical supply and demand issues.
Indeed, these are turbulent times where humanity appears to be nearing Peak Everything. Ultimately, solutions to the food crisis will begin at the local level. There are cutting-edge farming techniques gaining popularity that produce a large variety of crops by mimicking nature, as well as innovative techniques for small-scale food production at home or in urban buildings. These hold promise for easing local hunger.
Personal ways to protect yourself from food shortages may seem obvious to some, but many feel the task can be insurmountable. To the contrary, here are 5 simple ways to protect yourself from the coming food crisis:
1. Create a Food Bank: Everyone should have a back-up to the everyday food pantry. In this environment, you should consider your personal food bank far more valuable than a dollar savings account. Start by picking up extra canned goods, dried foods, and other essentials for storage each time you go to the store. Also, hunt for coupons and shop for deals when they come up. Devise a plan for FIFO (first in, first out) rotation for your food bank. It is advisable to acquire food-grade bins to store your bulk dried foods, and be sure to label and date everything. Besides the obvious store-able foods like rice and beans, or canned goods, some other important items to hoard are salt, peanut butter, cooking oils, sugar, coffee, and powdered milk. If you don’t believe the food crisis will be too severe, then buy items that you would eat on a normal daily basis. But if you believe the crisis will be sustained for some time, purchasing a grain mill to refine bulk wheat or corn may prove to be the most economical way to stretch your food bank. Some emergency MREs are also something to consider because they have a long shelf life.
2. Produce Your Own Food: Having some capacity to produce your own food will simply become a necessity as the food system crumbles. If you don’t know much about gardening, then start small with a few garden boxes for tomatoes, herbs, or sprouting and keep expanding to the limits of your garden. And for goodness sakes, get some chickens. They are a supremely easy animal to maintain and come with endless benefits from providing eggs and meat, to eating bugs and producing rich manure. Five laying hens will ensure good cheap protein for the whole family. If you have limited growing space, there are brilliant aquaculture systems that can produce an abundance of fish and vegetables in a small area. Aquaponics is a contained organic hydroponic system where the fertilized waste water from the fish tank is pumped through the vegetable growing trays which absorb the nutrients before returning clean water to the fish tank. Set high goals for independent food production, but start with what’s manageable.
3. Learn Food Preservation: Food preservation comes in many forms such as canning, pickling, and dehydrating. In every case some tools and materials are required along with a good deal of knowledge. If you can afford a dehydrator, they all usually come with a preparation guide for most foods. You can also purchase a vacuum sealer if you have the means. A good vacuum sealer should come with thorough instructions and storage tips, and will add months if not years to many food items. If you’re a beginner at canning, start with tomatoes first. It’s easy and very valuable when all your tomatoes ripen at the same time and you want fresh pasta sauce in the winter. A bigger ticket item that is nice to have for food preservation is a DC solar powered chest freezer. It is the ultimate treasure chest.
4. Store Seeds: The government and the elite have seed banks and so should you. Seeds have been a viable currency in many civilizations past and present. They represent food when scarcity hits. Before the rise of commercial seed giants like Monsanto, local gardeners were adept at selecting seeds from the healthiest plants, saving them, and introducing them to the harvest for the following year, thus strengthening the species. Through local adaptation to pests, genetic diversity was further ensured; it was long-term thinking at its finest. That is why it is important to find heirloom seed banks and learn to save seeds from each harvest.
5. Join or Start a Local Co-Op: Joining local cooperatives is very important, especially when food shortages occur. You may not be able to provide for yourself completely, especially in terms of variety, so having a community mechanism to spread the burden and share the spoils will be critical. If you don’t know if you have a local food cooperative in your area you can search the directory at LocalHarvest.org. You may also be able to get information from your local farmers market. If your area doesn’t have a co-op, then start one. These co-ops don’t have to be big or elaborate. In fact, it may be more optimal to organize it with friends, neighbors, or co-workers. Whether you join or start a cooperative, work to expand the participants and products.