Hey, Pack. It has been another busy, productive, and slightly muddy week here on our survival homestead. We have been tending to our garden primarily for the past several days.
Our chicken, duck, and guinea flock is immensely enjoying the ultra spacious run on their new coop. Eggs are so much easier to get since there are small doors on all of the sleeping quarters – though the ducks still tend to drop the occasional egg in the run.
I vastly expanded my apothecary patch to basically a full container garden. Growing our own medicinal and healing both us and our livestock naturally is extremely important to me – even before a SHTF situation. I love learning new things about healing with herbs, foraged wild things, flowers, and essential oils.
Although I have dabbled in making my own essential oils, but have now vowed to double my efforts on that front. During a long-term disaster, I surely will not be able to click a few buttons and order what I need online.
Now that my herb, root, and medicinal flowers operation has grown substantially, I’ll have enough materials on hand to make oils. The large amount of natural ingredients to make a decent amount of essential oil and the patience it requires to make them, I believe has been what has deterred me from venturing more into this area of medical preparedness for so long.
After a couple of weeks of not having any tractor issues, we are back to repairing something on four of the five. Little things mostly, but it is still an aggravating issue – and an expense. Thankfully, my Bobby and several of our tribe members are quite accomplished garage mechanics.
Which brings me to another thought. Well, a couple, actually…
Slightly Different Version Of Weekly Questions
First, I wonder how many of the Pack members have some type of a tribe or extended family that preps with them. What skills does your group abound in and what ones are lacking?
If you were courting another prepper into your tribe, what skills and experience would you require them to have?
Did any of you that went to vacation Bible school as a child? Both when I was an attendee, and later a teacher at the annual summer vacation event at church, there were five things we always did: sang songs, learned a Bible verse, had a snack, did crafts – and were challenged to bring a new person with us on the next night.
I am now issuing the same type of challenge to all of the Pack. One of my prepping mentors and sweet homesteading friends, Survivor Jane, always says, “We are all in this together” when talking about being a prepper.
And I agree. We need to make more preppers – we need to surround ourselves with them.
Now, I am not asking anyone to instantly add a new prepper to their group or even reveal themselves as card-carrying survivalists to their neighbors. I just feel it is our duty, as the most enlightened folks in America, to shed our light and share our knowledge with others.
I am asking each of your to merely introduce one self-reliance concept to a single person in an attempt to intrigue and entice them to learn more. It could be something as simple as sharing a jar of food your grew and preserved yourself, giving some homegrown herbs or eggs to a neighbor, offer to teach someone how to shoot, fish, forage, or hunt.
Make a meal from your long-term storage food and share it with someone so they can see how nice it tastes, as you remind them about how caught unaware they were during a recent storm.
Please share, and continue to share, how you introduce prepping to folks you know and care about in the comments section. Even if the effort turns out to be failure, we can all learn from them, and hopefully help improve our own tactics when trying to convince others to become more aware and self-reliant.
The more we can urge self-reliant behavior in those around us, the fewer panicked and starving folks that will wind up our our doorstep after it is to late to start prepping.
The thought of firmly turning away people I know and care for when they come begging for help is heart wrenching. But, I will do it time and again because one can of food will not save them and a series of cans of food given away could mean my grandchildren go hungry.