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Random Thoughts on Prepping For SHTF

One of the big questions in the prepping / survivalist community is when did you start prepping? My great grandparents lived on a small farm, my dad was raised on this same small farm, my mom was raised in a rural area and had chickens and a garden.

I was exposed to gardening, farming and raising your own food from the time I was born.

Prepping covers such a wide range of topics. Ask ten people what is means to be a prepper or survivalist, and you will probably get ten different answers. Ask a hundred people the same question, and you will probably get a hundred different answers.

Some preppers stockpile canned food, some stockpile #10 cans of freeze dried food, some stockpile superpails of dried food.

Some preppers take it a step further and grow their own food. They may have a garden, rabbits, chickens and fruit trees.

There are the preppers who live off the grid with solar and wind power.

Then there are the deranged people who try to live in a bunker and think the government is after them.

There are survivalist who have a beans and bullets mindset. Rather than having a well rounded SHTF survival plan, they focus on just a few things and hope to scavenge the rest.

Then there are the people who plan on grabbing their bug out bag and bugging out to the wilderness.

What Happened to Society

What bothers me is the number of people who have no short term or long term emergency plans. They have little or no food in the house, no battery powered flashlights, no battery powered radios, no hand operated can openers,,, little to nothing in the form of emergency gear.

Honestly, how difficult is it to have some canned foods in the house?  How difficult is it to have just a few canned foods, bottles of water, spare blankets and other items around the house?

Two Barred Rock Chickens

Since the 1970s and early 1980s there has been a move away from emergency preparedness, and a move towards domestication.

We moved away from growing our food, to buying  all of our food.  This is like wolves going from being able to hunt, to domesticated dogs who rely on humans for all of their food.  Somewhere along the way we have lost our desire to grow our own food.  Rather than sowing seeds and reaping the harvest, we go to the local grocery store.

What have we become?

What happened to us?

I suspect the main cause of our domestication is money.  People moved to the city to make money and earn a living.  With money people no longer needed to grow their own food.  Instead of taking the time to work the land, people now have time to play on the internet, watch TV,  get involved in sports.

We have more free time than any other time in history.  No longer do we have to forage, hunt or raise our own food.  We just take part of our pay check and buy the food that someone else grows.  Which is not a bad thing.   I love grocery shopping.  I love buying a thick steak and cooking it on the grill.  I love the ease of being able to buy whatever food I or my family wants.

Forgotten Skills

As much as I love buying a brisket and smoking it on the pit, I know that farming, gardening and homesteading is forgotten art.  People no longer know what it takes to plant potatoes, harvest potatoes and store those potatoes.

People no longer have respect for what it takes to put food on their table.  They go to the store, buy some chicken quarters, buy some fruit, buy an apple,,, with no knowledge of how that food was raised or harvested.

Bushel of potatoes

The skills needed to grow food are being forgotten.

Modern society is like a house of cards.  Everything is fine as long as the bottom cards (food supply) stay in place.  When the bottom cards are pulled out everything comes down.

Just as a dog looks at its empty bowl and wonders where the food is at, so will people do the same thing if the system ever stops working.

Every society in the past 3,000 years has collapsed.  It is just a matter of time before there is a kink in the system, and then a collapse.  It is the ugly truth people do not like to think about.

Relearn Forgotten Skills

As my wife and I live our daily lives, we are also prepping for a long term collapse of society.  Part of those plans include relearning skills that my great grandparents grew up with.  Where something may have been second nature 100 years ago, it is now a forgotten skill.

We are starting out by increasing our chicken flock from 11 hens, to 3 dozen hens including a couple of roosters.  After the new chicken yard is built, then comes the goat and cattle field.  Somewhere in there needs to go a place for hogs.

The plan is to buy a pressure cooker for our corn, beans, potatoes, peas and squash to name a few.

Now for a couple of videos.


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