Tuesday’s message at this site saw seven steps that could help us survive and prosper in a new era that could unfold if there would be a terrorist EMP attack.
#1: Move well away from the USA…. to an agriculturally based country. This is one reason Merri and I have been active in Ecuador for nearly 15 years.
#2: Move to Small Town USA. Our sites have been looking at the benefits of this for years and why we live on an agricultural property.
#3: Create your own source of food & water.
#4: Create a local source of hardened energy and communications.
#5: Keep some gold and or silver on hand.
#6: Know how to take care of your own health.
#7: Hold some assets outside of North America.
We’ll look at some Ecuador food property below. First, this message looks at some ideas that can help us improve our odds of having access to food and water in a terrorist EMP crisis wherever we are.
May I share three important points up front?
Point #1: I do not think (or maybe hope) that a crisis of serious magnitude will take place in our lifetime.
Point #2: Yet one could… so I try to be somewhat prepared… without jerking my entire life out of joint.
Point #3: None of the steps that Merri and I have taken below have anything to do with expecting a terrorist crisis. One cannot foresee all the consequences of a maximum magnitude terrorist crisis. Trying to do so is inefficient… and wastes time. History suggests that humanity always figures out how to avoid the big terrorist crunch… and/or adapts when the terrorists attack.
Merri and I try to live our life down the path we feel we are led… enjoy it… prepare reasonably and then leave the rest in the hands of God.
Let’s look at what we have done about food and water. Then recognizing that most of mankind does not or cannot live in places as isolated as ours, we’ll look at some more urban alternatives.
Our North Carolina farm can certainly provide all the food and water a family needs. Many generations who lived here have proved this fact.
Yet it is our love for this life and the people of the Blue Ridge that brought and keeps us here part of each year…. not security from a terrorist attack.
This is a side benefit that this lifestyle provides us with an independent source of food…. domestic and wild.
On the wild side we see…
wild turkeys in our front yard…
often. This is a normal scene that I photographed. There were 15 turkeys in this flock… all cruising across our front yard.
I expect we could have plenty of venison…
like these deer I photoed in our front yard. I recently placed my wildlife camera up the hill from the house and…
in a couple days…
had pictures of 20 deer or so including this small forked horn. We saw two big bucks, (a big four point and six point) walking together on a recent walk.
Plus the creek is full of trout. Here are a couple I stuck on one of our cabins.
We have a pond also…
that helps us on the domestic side, raising fish and ducks that…
Not to mention our geese.
We never buy eggs because…
our chickens lay more than we can eat and the flock…
grows and grows.
We have built a new varmint proof (I hope) pen that…
includes a greenhouse sitting in a sunny spot so the chickens remain warm (and laying) though winter’s cold.
Speaking of the greenhouse, we can grow greens and vegetables though the winter, plus…
we have many apples and acres of blackberries, plus a storage place to keep them with our potatoes… plus
pumpkins and squash and…
sunflowers grow really well here. We especially focus on spaghetti squash as it stores through the winter in this potato cellar.
Water. Our creek starts at the top of our farm with many springs like this.
Water is everywhere… pure… clean, seeping and trickling out of the rocks so by the time it reaches the lower part it is…
If a terrorist attack knocked out all forms of domestic energy, we would not even give up our hot baths since this…
tub is heated by a wood fire.
We have transportation.
and raise fish and grow greens in our back yard.
We were doing all this before Merri and I had a clue about EMPs and the risk of a terrorist attack.
What can one do… if… you do not want to live on a farm?
There are options.
One option is an urban farm. A recent AP article entitled “USDA to Unveil “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative” by Ken Meter provides some clues. Here are excerpts from this article. As I prepare for five days of announcements next week, when USDA plans to unveil its new “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, the buzz across my desk is about the potential for urban agriculture. EPA reminds that brownfield moneys can be used to convert polluted land into working farms in inner-city areas. I think the potential is enormous, especially in formerly industrial cities, where the big factories are not going to come back, but there are large tracts of vacant land that already have water mains (think irrigation) running under them. Each of these cities spends billions of dollars for food, and can generate significant local income by building the farms and distribution channels needed to cycle that food within city borders. We’ll also need to grow new urban farmers, and tap the excellent skills that many new immigrants already have in growing food.
Did you know that forty-one percent of all U.S. agricultural commodities are sold from farms in metropolitan counties? Were you aware that 55% of the money made from producing farm commodities was made in metropolitan areas in 2007 ($15.7 billion of $28.7 billion)? Moreover, Department of Defense studies show that Victory Gardens during World War II produced 40% of all produce consumed by Americans, after two seasons of gardening. This shows the potential for small-scale activity adding up to a big difference.
Gardening can provide food… plus it is good for you. I believe living on a farm has helped my health. Walking a lot is good. Working in fresh air can’t be bad.
If you can’t or don’t want to garden… how about participating in Community Assisted Agriculture (CSA)?
Here is an article from the Local Harvest website which I have linked below.
Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on. Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief…
Advantages for farmers:
• Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
• Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
• Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
• Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
• Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
• Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
• Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
• Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
It’s a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSAs there are in the U.S.. LocalHarvest has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 2,500 listed in our grassroots database. In 2008, 557 CSAs signed up with LocalHarvest, and in the first two months of 2009, an additional 300 CSAs joined the site.
The many of you who have, or plan to join us in Ecuador gain added food security because Ecuador is such an agricultural country. See more on this at Ecuador Food.
There are many Ecuador agricultural properties for sale at low prices. Here is an Ecuador avocado farm for sale. Here is the farm house and workers house from the back.
Here, in front of the houses, is the fruit… the cash generator.
The avocados are flowering for their first crop. See more on this Ecuador avocado farm here
The sky is not falling. Yet it could… because of a terrorist EMP attack. So it makes sense to find enjoyable, healthy ways to live that also ensure your supply of food and water.
Let’s share ways and lifestyle alterations that protect as they provide joy, satisfaction, better health and enhanced wealth.
You may not be able to (or want) to move your home abroad or to a rural area. Yet gardening, even in urban areas, can be healthy and fun. Holding some precious metals is probably a good investment anyway. We should be taking care of our health even when their is no threat of war.
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