Hello Pack. It’s been another busy week here on our survival homestead. We have had typical crazy Ohio weather – 80 to 85 degree days and 46 degree mornings.
I sure wish we could get some rain. Our creek is bone dry. A few weeks from now when the fall rainy season hits we will surely be flooded in a few times – but for now, we need rain something awful.
If we do not get some rain soon all of our pasture grass is going to die out way too early. Should that happen, I won’t be able to graze our livestock through December, as is our routine. When grazing seasons get cut short, hay not only becomes scarce, but bake prices and groceries go sky high.
City folks are so far removed from contact with nature, they forget how powerful it is, and the high impact weather actually has on their lives… unless they are preppers.
I am thrilled to see the farm to table and “localvore” movement is going strong. Hopefully that will help make suburban and urban folks get better acquainted with where their food actually comes from, what goes into the process, and what impact weather has on our food supply.
Getting back to water for a moment, I am thankful we spent three years looking for the perfect spot for our survival homestead. This is only the second time the creek has run dry, save a few puddles here and there.
But, if this occurs during a SHTF scenario, we have a natural spring that is still providing some water in the ravine that flows into the creek, a pond, manual well dipper, and a rainwater collection system.
In other preps this week, our storage enhancements are moving along. Another pantry is nearly complete and we are starting to fill it – even before the cool old barn wood and roofing tin sides and doors and installed.
Our ducks are providing more than one dozen eggs a day. We also canned a few dozen pints of ham and bean soup.
Brea, the kids and I went on a homeschool field trip to the 1800s Robbins Crossing village at Hocking College. The kiddos loved the hands-on learning that coincided with homesteading skills that are a part of their chore and related books we are reading.
This Week’s Questions:
- What are your water preps – supply plan during a disaster?
- Have you made plans and gathered supplies to homeschool your children or grandchildren during a SHTF event? If no, why not?
- Are you canning or dehydrating what you grow or buy at the store to increase your food preps?
- What did you do to prep this week?