Hello Pack. Hope you all have been enjoying lovely spring weather where you live, it has been completely un-winter like here. We have gotten more outdoor chores done this week than we have from January through March of this year total. We even managed to work in a fun little trail ride on our homesteading survival retreat, as well.
Once some tune-ups are completed on our square baler, it will finally be time to get back to working on my beloved’s old amphibious vehicle again. It has been in two separate parts since before we met about 15 years ago.
Wow, typing that made me grasp how long it has been since I first became so blessed. Anyway, the amphibious has hovered near the front page of our chapter book of a to-do list for a long time, but never fully made it to the top.
Finding the right engine for it at even an unaffordable price was the challenge my Bobby had for so long. Luckily, a tribe member was willing to donate a golf cart motor to the cause that they say will work perfectly.
Once it is fixed we can ride the creek that runs through our property in any direction and remain under almost total tree cover. A state park fishing lake is 2.2 miles from our homestead.
I know the exact mileage because that is how far my blue heeler Jovie and I rounded up our herd of horses in my SUV after they went walkabout to the lake and were “Facebook Famous” for about and hour. We can ride the creek to the lake for fun now and if we ever ran out of fish or water, to retrieve those two valuable natural resources during a long-term disaster.
I cannot imagine needing either, but a good prepper always has a quality backup plan for their backup plan.
We, meaning the guys in the tribe and one ultra handy gal, worked on the Kubota tractor that had an air filter issue, put a snorkel on the Polaris Ranger, and a tribe member taught some of the 20 somethings how to sharpen and clean a chainsaw – something they thought they knew how to do but apparently their skills needed more honing.
My dwarf Moringa seeds are growing in leaps and bounds. I am astounded at how quickly they are growing. While they continue to thrive I have been doing more research into how to use the “Tree of Life” as both an emergency food source and for medicinal purposes.
Because of the flooding out West, we all better be beefing up our grocery growing activities – or be prepared to dig deeply into our pockets to buy meat, veggies, and milk from the supermarket…where they shelves may be a lot less full than normal.
I took our three youngest grandchildren wild onion hunting with me this week. They are getting very good at being able to distinguish between this foraged delight and just a regular blade of grass or weed.
Forest school is always in session here on our survival homestead. Actually, next week about 27 homeschool kids from around our county are coming here for the first of a series hands-on farming and general self-reliance workshops. I think I am as excited as the kids about the farm field trips with a purpose.
This Week’s Questions:
- What kind of agriculture equipment do you think is most important to have on your homestead now and/or during a SHTF event?
- Are you concerned about either high food prices or supply issues this year because of the flooding that harmed so many farmers and ranchers?
- What types of edibles do you forage for in the early spring where you live and how do you use them?
- What did you do to prep this week?