The farmers are trying to warn us that food shortages are coming. What have you done to prepare?

Categories: Food


Therefore · May 18, 2022 at 6:23 am

My lady thinks she is a good gardener. She isn’t. Yes she can grow things but never as much as she thinks she will and she forgets to tend the garden when it is hot and nasty outside.

This year the word came down to the entire family: we will be growing and we will be canning and we will be doing it as big as we can.

I purchased more starter trays and a whole bunch of heirloom seeds, the seeds these plants produce will grow true. Many of the cheap seeds you find are not heirloom.

We have a good start but not good enough. We doubled the size of our chicken flock.

We will make it but if things get tight but I’m still worried.

Don Curton · May 18, 2022 at 7:45 am

Beans, rice and bullets. Plus cans in every nook and cranny of the kitchen. Probably won’t last more than a month or two on it’s own, but meant more to supplement what little we will be able to buy in the future. Keeping the freezer full to the brim at all times, hoping we don’t lose power. Otherwise will have the mother of all cook-outs.

It ain’t the perfect plan, but it’s what I can do right now.

    EN2 SS · May 18, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Get a generator, only needs to be able to run the freezer &/or icebox for a few hours a day. Live in an apartment? It can run on the patio.

      nunya · May 18, 2022 at 10:31 am

      concur, suggest a dual fuel or propane conversion gen. don’t forget a heavy gauge extension cord preferrably with a power strip attached to charge everything else in the home when your running the gen to cool down the freezer. propane by far better option than gasoline

      Don Curton · May 18, 2022 at 11:44 am

      Got a generator, can run fridge, freezer, beer fridge, several fans, computers, and a small portable A/C unit. 20 gallons of gas, treated for long term storage. And enough extension cords to cover all contingencies, including very heavy gage cords I use in my shop and for my RV. In fact, the generator can power the RV too, if I need it too. I live in a hurricane zone, so pretty standard equipment around here.

        EN2 SS · May 18, 2022 at 1:22 pm

        Then why did you throw in “hoping we don’t lose power?”

          Don Curton · May 18, 2022 at 2:42 pm

          20 gallons of gas only lasts so long, and grilling food after a hurricane is kinda a tradition. Plus trying to add a light touch of humor to the comment.

nunya · May 18, 2022 at 10:40 am

beans,rice and seasoning. pounds and pounds of it. other food stuff can wait if your this late to the game. and phuk all that patriot… freeze dried $$$ crap is for upper % folks. bless you if you are loaded. the rest of us be fine on the simple fair

AL in ocklawaha · May 18, 2022 at 11:45 am

Got goats, a couple milk and a couple for meat, sales and brush control, chickens, a couple dogs the help keep varmints away. Sold the horse and got a calf. Got persimmon trees, peach, fig, kumquat and calamondon trees. Mulberry blueberries b!ackberries… And more. Various volunteer vegetables such as everglade cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, purslane, chicory and others that have naturalized. Some seed saved and a lot of canning jars and a pressure canner. And recently got a dehydrator….
Missing a lot of things and slowly trying to fill in gaps more…. Still working so not gardening hard and fast but have a little know how…

Big Ruckus D · May 18, 2022 at 3:03 pm

Two gensets on hand, a third awaiting minor repairs right now. Some spare parts on hand for those, good amount of stabil treated gas. Main fridge and deep freeze kept loaded at all times, meat and cheese is vacuum packed. Every possible spot not used for other items is stocked with non-perishables.

Critical parts and supplies stocked in quantity: motor oil, filters, extra rims and tires, belts, ignition coils, key modules like ECMs, bulbs and even wiper blades, and a couple of spare batteries to fit various vehicles in the fleet. Have multiple vehicles of the same model, so parts are interchangeable if needed.

OTC Medicines, soap/personal care items, emergency medical kits, emergency water treatment and filters. Second 50 gal water heater piped up for flow through (not heated), to keep a tank of fresh water at all times. Jugs for storage as well. Extra socks, shoes, jeans and belts. Blankets, extra winter coats, kerosene and LP space heaters. Many extra power and hand tools. Quicklime to break down waste that has to he buried if sewer systems stop working. Can also incinerate, provided fuel is available for that. Much of the above stuff bought at steep discounts when the getting was good.

A lot of this was built up over years to not only prepare for supply shortages which are now extant, but to hedge against price increases that will only get worse from here.

Beyond that, I keep a lot of construction supplies on hand. Dimensional lumber, pipe, fittngs, fasteners, wire, chain, rope, hooks. Spare circuit breakers of common types (square D and GE cover a LOT of panels), many common light bulbs. Plastic sheeting, various types of tape and adhesives, some bricks and concrete blocks, sackcrete, some sheet steel and rod stock. Unistrut, with common brakcets and hardware. Acetylene and LP tanks in reserve. In a pinch, I can build, repair or improvise a shitload of things. The most precious commodity of all is, of course, the knowledge and experience to use all this stuff, including unorthodox methods for situations where quick thinking and creativity are more critical than making it pretty.

Flerfenwammer · May 18, 2022 at 9:42 pm

The diesel prices. Saw a page earlier on a power surf showing a $900 cost for one day of farm equipment operating.
The Neo-Bolsheviks will never let any crisis go to waste and the kamikaze mission by Biden’s handlers to destroy America once and for all in four years will continue.
The globalist WAR against humanity is about to go into the sporky hot phase and the Sitzkrieg is almost over.

Anonymous · May 20, 2022 at 9:15 am

Stalin took food away from the Ukrainian farmers who grew it and disposed of it overseas for his own benefit. Stalin took so much the farmers starved.

As in the Soviet Union, present-day American conservatives will never say the tax+subsidy system is itself a bad idea, because they so desperately want to use it themselves. Taxation is theft, and voters are organized criminals.

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