It’s been a week now since our move to our new homestead, and it has been a very challenging week, to say the least. Not only did we move to a new location, but many things about the way we are living (off-grid) are new as well. And we are still setting up many systems to make life run smoothly. We knew it would be rough at first, and it is. But we keep looking forward to what it will become…if we press on.
Of course everything we do toward becoming sustainable on our homestead will benefit us in an emergency or disaster, but we must not overlook other important things during this busy time, like emergency food storage. There are emergency food storage plans or meals that can be purchased from a variety of companies, but we have never found them to be useful to us for several reasons.
First, they are usually way over our budget, and we need to find ways to make the pennies stretch much farther.
Second, they are not meals that we would normally eat, or they use ingredients that we avoid for health reasons. If we must be dependent on our food storage for any length of time, we want food that we know meets our personal nutritional requirements and health standards. During a crisis every precaution must be taken to maintain good health, because medicine may not be available and the stress will be compounded if health problems arise. Energy levels must be as high as possible.
For our food storage we use foods that we normally eat on a regular basis and rotate the supply. In a crisis we want to have foods that are familiar and that our bodies are accustomed to. This is important for helping to maintain a positive mental attitude in the face of a disaster, which is essential for survival.
It also means that our food will not be stored for many years at a time, because we are continually eating and restocking as we rotate the supplies. As our family’s needs and preferences change, so does our food storage, and we don’t risk losing lots of food that may never be eaten.
We do have some provisions that are packaged to keep for years, such as wheat and beans, which are in addition to our rotating storage. And we keep a good selection of heirloom seeds in the fridge as well. Of course our goal here on our new homestead is to be able to raise most of our own food ourselves using an aquaponics system, raised beds, goats, chickens, and more.
For some time we have wanted to do something to help other families prepare for emergencies and become more sustainable. That is the main purpose of this blog. We have also worked hard the past six months to develop a step-by-step plan called Prep Steps© that enables you to have all the basics of disaster preparation completed in one year by doing one step each week. Our moving and new homesteading venture have slowed us down a bit, but we are hoping to launch that program this fall or early winter!
For the time being we somehow found the time to put together an eBook entitled How to Prepare a Family Emergency Food Storage Plan: Giving the Frugal Family Confidence to Survive in the Face of a Crisis that covers only the food storage aspect of preparedness. We are excited to be able to offer this on Amazon, and hope it will be a valuable asset to other families who, like us, want an affordable, healthy, family friendly method of storing an emergency supply of food. I hope you go and at least look at the description of the book, and tell others who may benefit from it as well. It is “hot off the press” so a few good reviews of the book would be a real blessing as well.
Blessings as you prepare!
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