"My life is based upon a careful assessment of who I am, where I live and what I have to work with. I'm not a survivalist or a prepper. I'm a housewife."
- Granny Miller
Does this make me a Patriot or a Terrorist?
In 2009, the Missouri Information Analysis Center classified anyone who displays the Gadsden flag (Don't Tread On Me) as "militia influenced terrorists". Since then, the categories of 'dangerous individuals' has grown. It doesn't take much nowadays to garner the attention of black-clad law enforcement officials. Why, you must truly be a threat to our national security if you sell raw milk products or care for a fawn! And that's just the start of it. I could fill up this entire page with examples of such raids that have just happened within 2013. The thing is, there doesn't even have to be proof. Just a suspicion will do. Like Lumber Liquidators, who were raided because the government suspected they were importing banned wood. Or the organic farm in Texas, where the government suspected marijuana was being grown. Heck, I'll just give you the link to this Townhall.com article. Are you still not sure it's as bad as all that? Take a look at this: Botched Paramilitary Police Raidsfrom the Cato Institute.
What Are You Willing To Do To Survive?
Times are hard right now but when you think about it, they have been for a along time (they are just getting worse). There have just been so many people deluding themselves. The attitude for so many years has been, "We aren't poor! See, we have two brand new cars (with monthly payments that equal more than the average monthly wage of a single person), we have a brand new house (purchased by doctoring the monthly salaries and can only afford if we can sell within the next two years), and we can buy food any time we want (with one of the 10 credit cards we have).
No wonder our nation (even the world) is in the situation it's in. I actually heard someone complaining they were starving because they couldn't go out to eat. I'm sorry, that's starving? We need to get real, and I'm hoping this site will help. It's been thrilling to see a resurgence of folks wanting to grow their own food and raise animals for food. I truly hope this is not just a trend. I will be posting articles that I hope will aid in your preps as much as they have in mine. Be strong, do not give up, do not give in, do whatever you can to ensure the survival of yourself and your family.
That is why I built this site. I want to share the knowledge I have gleaned over the years with as many people as I can. This will allow you to have more control over your life, from food procurement and processing to health care to home repair. When I originally built this website, I had everything saved as text files. It was truly ugly but I was so everwhelmed with how to setup such a large depository of knowledge that I didn't know what else to do. So, I have converted the text files into posts on my blog and posted links to web pages. I want to free up space on my server so I can expand my offerings. I would like to start doing podcasts and/or You Tube videos (they have to be slide shows since I do not have a video camera).
Sustainable living is doing everything I can to rely less and less on forces outside my home for my daily life. While we all need money, there are so many things we can do to lessen that amount dramatically, thereby relying more on ourselves and our own skills. I know how to make soap and shampoo and own (and know how to use) a washboard though I prefer not to do these activities if I don't have to. I'm not one of those who wishes they were living in the 1800's because I sure do enjoy the conveniences we have in our current day and age but if (and I say IF) there is ever a time when you need to survive without a washer, stove, electricity, running water, a roof over your head, or food at a grocery store NOW is the time to learn those skills.
So many of us, when it comes to cooking food, would be lost if we didn't have access to the foods we eat every day. What if you relocate to a different part of the country and the foods you are so accustomed to are not available? Do you know how to make those foods yourself? Can you get (raise or grow) the ingredients needed for those foods? If not, what will you eat? I'm not talking about just survival. Just surviving is good but can you imagine eating the same things day in, day out, for months on end because that's all you have? Life doesn't have to be that way! With proper planning and education, variety can truly be the spice of life without breaking the bank. The key is expanding your recipe repertoire NOW so you have a variety of skills to fall back on.
While I don't focus solely on wild edible foods, I was very lucky to have been a member (and eventual owner) of a wonderful Yahoo group about wild edible foods that began in 1999. Thanks to the generosity of the members, we have a huge amount of recipes and information that I just do not want to see disappear into the nether regions of lost groups and website on the internet. That is why, through my website http://www.wildforager.org and this blog you will see recipes, articles, and information attributed to many others. I will note when something is my creation but I was no where near as prolific in my wild edible explorations as much as the former owner of that yahoo group, Melana Hiatt. You will see many, many pages of information and recipes by her.
So, grab yourself a cup of coffee, a pen and paper (or another hard drive) and take a look at all I have to offer.
All information is the opinion of the author and is not meant to be used without proper study and caution by the individual reader.
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