PrepWise Wednesday — Sustainable and Self Sufficient


This week I want to talk about being self sufficient. Now that you are thinking about Prepping and getting your family prepared for an emergency. The next step you have to think about is how are you going to sustain you and your family once your stores run out?

I know it is late in the season, but you need to start thinking about it for next year. How would you grow food so that you could continue to live if the world as we know it ended or if you just needed to be able to drastically cut your outgoing money because of illnesses or job loss?

I would recommend a couple of books to get you started thinking about growing food. The first is the classic Square Foot Gardening. The next one I would read would be Lasagna Gardening. Both of these books let you start to garden without a lot of effort and will provide quite a bit of produce for the family.

Once you have read those and decided that you need them on your bookshelf, then you would want to progress to growing other forms of food like chickens. Another book that recently read and then decided I needed on my shelf was the Backyard Homestead. A lot of great information on how to grow vegetables, fruits and some animals. It even gives you layouts for various size land plots. Plus it gives you recipes and some basic instructions for canning fruits and vegetables. It also gives you recipes for making cheese and suggestions for raising dairy animals like goats or small cows.

Another book is Five Acres and Independence. It gives you information for a larger farmstead, if you have the land. It was originally written in the 1930’s so it has some wonderful advise from that era.

So check out your library and see if you can get these books. Read them and start laying out your plans for next year. Some plants can be planted in the fall, plus Square Foot Gardening has some tips on extending the season for growing.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Traditional Foods

You all know that I am into “preparing” and making sure the family has enough supplies in the house so we would not have worry about leaving for a while. What you may not know is that I moving the family to a more traditional foods type of diet. That is I am moving away from the processed foods that have become the norm in today’s society. We are slowly transitioning from white flours, sugars and preservatives to home made items made with whole grains and natural sugars.

I have moved away from using margarine and gone back to BUTTER! Oh my word, the pariah of all fats. You know my grandfather only ate the real stuff. He never had issues with cholesterol and lived until his 90’s. Most of his generation did too, makes you wonder. You know everything tastes much better too.

If you are interested in learning more I would recommend that you read a couple of books.

The first one is:

This book explains the whys of traditional foods in an easy to read fashion. There is a lot of great information presented and you will see why traditional foods are better for you than the current diet that most Americans eat.

The next book I would recommend is:

This book is an older one a bit more radical in approach, but once again it presents the concept of traditional foods. It also provides some wonderful recipes.

The final thing I would recommend is a website and forum called Cooking Traditional Foods. This is a wonderful place that offers support for those that are looking to transition their diets to traditional foods. Every question is answered with respect. The is also a menu mailer subscription you can purchase. Kerry Ann puts together a weekly menu and shopping list based on traditional foods. And if there are food allergies or intolerances there are modifications to the mailer for you.

So come on over and take a look and decide if Traditional Foods are the way to go.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome