September 17, 2010

Food Security - Storing for Winter - Fugal Living

This blog was initially started because I wanted to demonstrate our current food security systems were in jeopardy and to show how it could be rectified at home. At the time, it seemed like a paranoid and backwards idea to most people. Now, not so much.

As most of you know, I grow and raise a large portion of our food. We like all others on this planet, dealt with wacky weather this year. There were crop failures, like no cherries and few berries. Plum trees that always produce hundreds of pounds each year, yielded less than a dozen single plums each. The crops that are plentiful like the grapes, are two weeks behind (meaning they may not ripen before the frost) and with smaller than normal fruit. I could go on.

Please put up some food for the winter. Put away nutritionally dense food your family will eat. Pickles, condiments, jams, dried fruits, seeds, nuts and grains are excellent foods prepared for long term storage. Don't forget about storing some extra sugar and salt. Coffee, tea flour and rice are going to cost big time by spring. Food shortages are already causing suffering in other countries. This is not a drill.

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  1. Welcome back! It sounds like maybe we were more fortunate than you this year with a good garden and lots of produce. I fully agree that certain items (mostly imported) are going to cost an arm and a leg by spring. We will likely see another impact of globalization. My first attempts at canning and dehydrating were successful. I also took this year to evaluate what garden veggies to grow next year. Some were failures due to too short a season, and will not be planted next year.

  2. Sad, but true. I have really enjoyed reading a cook-book called "More-with-Less" which is about eating less of the worlds limited food resources.

    It saddens me that there is so much waste in the US with people starving across the globe. I look forward to your new blogging direction. :)

  3. We're trying to grow as much as possible from heirloom plants. The majority of our food is produced within 100 miles at farms of our choice. Knowledge and information is so important from the grass roots level because our governments don't always have the public's best interest in mind.

  4. Your last paragraph says it all. I think you are right in that we will be heading into rough times and that preparedness does make a big difference.

  5. Look who stopped by, the who's who of my blogger world, Mr. H., Mrs. Mac, Kelly, Ian and John. Your notes make me feel like I am part of a powerful movement and that I am totally acceptable. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Peace