Hello Pack. It has been a great weather week in our little patch of heaven on earth in Appalachia. We had hot sunny days and just enough rain to give the garden some needed drinks in the late afternoon or evening.
It was fair week here, so lots of self-reliance learning and reaping the rewards of hard work for the nearly 1,000 kids on our rural county who belong to 4-H and FFA. If you children or grandchildren are not members of these groups, please check out local offerings in your area.
Even if you are living in an urban or suburban area, both groups still exist, and can help teach the littlest members of your tribe valuable skills and character building.
If the part for the Massey Ferguson comes in that Bobby needs, we will spend the weekend baling hay. The part arrived, but it was wrong – it irritates me beyond belief how often that happens.
It was supposed to fit but did not, or came for a gas engine instead of a diesel – it’s always something when dealing with a parts store. We have far better luck when getting a used part from a junkyard than ordering in a part for the tractors, ATVs, or vehicles.
Hay prices are going way up, as it livestock feed, thanks to all of the flooding in a multitude of regions around the nation. Look for food prices to begin soaring by the beginning of September, if they have not in your area already.
Berry picking season appears to be almost over. Some black raspberries are still coming on, but the bushes are nearly played out. The youngest grandkiddos and I spent a good bit of time harvesting chicory this week, then roasting it to preserve it.
Forest school these past days included more in the woods orienteering, foraging and wildcrafting chicory, ironweed, goldenrod, more jewelweed, and yarrow.
If you want to learn more about chicory wildcrafting and how to make coffee from the roots, check out the article I wrote for Survival Sullivan.
We finally got rid of all the poison hemlock. I have the stalks that were cut with a machete soaking in a bleach bath in the sun. The clothes, plastic safety glasses, thick medical gloves, and face masks are bagged up and will be soaked in bleach as well.
Soon it will be time to get out the canning jars and preserving our harvest. Well, hopefully. A lot of what we planted this year will be a fall garden – thanks to all of the flooding and tractor issues.
Prep purchases were few this week. Just a belt for the small Kubota tractor, sound, vibrate, and shock collars for herd dog training, and a new horse. Our daughter got the horse, a Peruvian Paso like my Ruby – which is a rare breed in our region.
Rarely do I do much sewing in the summer, but a cousin’s granddaughter was having her first birthday party. I thought I had another week to create a special handmade gift for her, but I had the date wrong.
So, I took a denim dress circa 1984 and turned it into a pinafore dress with a matching purse and hair pretty. Bella loves butterflies, so I embroidered (cheated and used my machine) some butterflies onto her outfit.
I am excitedly getting ready for a trip to Prepper Camp in Saluda, North Carolina in September. I fell in love with the event my prepping mentor, Rick Austin, invited me to present at during its very first year. Prepper Camp is so NOT a prepper expo. It is a three day deep immersion hands-on self-reliance training for adults.
When you arrive it will feel like you have come home and are completely surrounded by your own from the minute you step foot at the campground. Folks travel from all across the country to go to Prepper Camp – and no one ever wants to leave. If you have never been, you should make plans to attend ASAP, you will be glad that you did.
This Week’s Questions
- This is something I am continually curious about, so I am going to throw it out here to the Pack members because y’all are always eager to share insightful tidbits along with your thoughtful opinions. As preppers, why do any of you choose to remain living in a non-rural area? Other than medical reasons to be near a doctor or hospital, I just have never been able to come up with a solid reason for not relocating to a safer and more sustainable environment?
- What will you be canning or preserving in another manner, from your garden harvest this year?
- Have you ever been to Prepper Camp or other survival events? Please share some details about your experience and/or what type of self-reliance event you would create if given the opportunity.