Hello Pack. I hope your summer has been a fun and healthy one full of great prepping accomplishments. We have multiple projects going at once at the moment, and hope to put at least a few of them in the done column very soon.
Perhaps the most exciting bit of news on our survival homestead is the birth of our first mini donkey. As you can see in the photo above, she is absolutely adorable. The grandkiddos named her Lily after their favorite fairy in their lovely fairy pop up books.
This cute bundle of fluff is definitely a part of our homesteading livestock preps. We, like so many ranchers around the country, keep mini donkeys to thwart attacks on meat and dairy livestocks as they mill about the pasture. Mini donkeys absolutely love chasing coyotes and view kicking the stuffing out of them as their favorite sport.
Not only will little Lily one day be able to help protect her barnyard companions, but mini donkeys (even the unregistered cuties like this one) sell for $450 and up. So, the money raised from breeding them can also be funneled back into our preps.
Two of our other mini Jennies are also bred. Sadie is the only mini Jennie that has rebuked Bo’s amorous intentions – which is a good thing because she is over 20 years old. She kicked Bo hard enough a few times that he does not even bother attempting to mount her anymore.
In other preps, we have been doing an enormous amount of foraging and dehydrating wild plants that I use in healing herbal remedies. I made three dozen tubs of jewelweed and plantain salve last Saturday. We use the salve on anything you would use Neosporin or Cortisone for, and especially for bug bites, stings, and poison ivy.
Bobby is in the midst of getting his dream workshop – mechanic’s garage. Once that is complete I get to turn our attached garage into a rec-room.
Not only will the room give us a large meeting area for our mutual assistance group during a SHTF event, it also gives us ample sleeping space for inflatable mattresses that can be used during a disaster and fun electric-free activities that will be used as morale boosters.
Old School Survival Boot Camp planning is ramping up, even though we just held the first annual event in May. During the pre-sale of tickets and campsites for 2021 attendees only the campground got nearly booked except for primitive spaces.
I attended a meeting at the local gun range where a group of local constitutional patriots meet regularly. This month the speaker was an engaging and knowledgeable man from the John Birch Society named Robert Owens. It was, as usual, an inspiring meeting.
Turns out Robert had heard of Old School Survival Boot Camp because one of his members came this year. After a wonderful chat, Robert agreed to come be a speaker at the 2022 event that will be held May 13-15 in the Hocking Hills.
This Week’s Questions:
- How will you protect your livestock from both 4-legged and human predators during a disaster?
- What do you forage during the summer and how do you use it?
- What self-reliance event do you plan to attend and why or why not?
- What did you do to prep this week?