Ever go to the Woodpile Report? The author shut it down some time ago but brought it back. It’s a staple of mine, an aggregate of various topics many of which are of interest to the folks who hang out here, from classic landscape artists to the Dutch masters to B&W photos of ’20s and 30s America to the Orlando Massacre, the run-up to WWIII, and much more.
The latest one is good, better than good, in fact one of the best. Take this–
“Solve food first” I said a while back. Look at Venezuela should you think otherwise. Gardening, which means actual food like potatoes and beans, not salad stuff and garnishes, is a good start. Every garden is different—the soil, the climate, the water cycle. Learn by doing, there is no other way. Start your own berry patches too. Livestock is another, laying hens being preferred by a wide margin and for good reason. Again, doing these things for a couple of seasons gets you where you need to be. Medium and long-term food storage is another—home canning garden produce, meat, butter, cheese spread, juice and so forth, and making pemmican and jerky at home with a dehydrator.
At the end of the day you’ll have the food, the equipment and the experience. Do what needs doing, do it well and leave it at that. Functional competence is your goal, not becoming a world-class master gardener or a food processing expert. Supplement your own makings with a deep larder of commercially canned and freeze-dried foods. Then, when supermarkets are being stripped by panicked mobs, well, no problem. No problem at all. Have a bite to eat and get back to your reloading bench. Stay informed but don’t get too caught up in the “hows and whys”. If you get wrapped around the axle about these things then you become something else, a partisan, and that’s a whole different life. The survivalist will go quiet, go grey, and stay away from crowds.
And that’s only part of it.
Go– read, heed, enjoy.