Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz. As you know, I have embarked upon a grand adventure (aka “The Road Trip”) so to keep my sanity and attempt to relax a bit, I have invited my friend Daisy Luther to share her preps this week. She lives on a small farm and does lots of things that I only dream of, such as raise chickens and goats.
So with that introduction, I turn you over to Daisy, who, by the way, is also known as The Organic Prepper.
The Tenderfoot Adventures of a First-Time Farmer
Hi, Backdoor Survival readers!
I can’t tell you how excited I was when Gaye asked me to share with you some of our new adventures in preparedness. My daughter and intrepid sidekick, Rosie, and I have recently set out on a journey to begin producing some of our own food. We have a tendency to throw ourselves into changes of lifestyle just for the sheer learning experience of it. We’ve lived in a cabin in the North Woods of Ontario, Canada; we’ve moved across the continent with the contents of a small trailer, and now that we’ve found ourselves in farm country, we’re trying something new yet again.
1. a raw, inexperienced person; novice.
2. a newcomer to the ranching and mining regions of the western U.S.,unused to hardships.
Tenderfoot. That’s us.
This summer, we rented a little piece of farmland and decided to try our hands at raising animals. So far, we have 11 chickens of various ages, 12 ducklings, and a couple of goats. The goal is to raise these animals for eggs and milk. They were going to also be for meat, but (Tenderfoot Mistake #1) I named them all and now I don’t think I’ll be able to eat them. Could you really eat a chicken named Gertrude who hops up on your lap, hoping for a treat?
Well, imagine my shock last week when I realized that Cora, one of our goats, seemed to have a little something extra on board.
Something extra, like a full udder and a suddenly bulging tummy. After copious amounts of Googling and Youtubing, it appears that Cora is pregnant! Since we have no daddy goats here on the farm, she was clearly impregnated a minimum of 2 months ago at her former home. So, sometime within the next 3 months, we should have kids. What a wonderful surprise!
It’s harvest season, and although our personal harvest isn’t that large (Tenderfoot Mistake #2 – the deer ate our first, unprotected garden in one hedonistic evening) we’re doing lots of preserving from other people’s farms. In fact, I worked out a barter with a friend who loves gardening and hates preserving. I’ve been up to my elbows in glorious tomatoes, making tomato basil soup, hot sauce, and ketchup. With the next batch, we’ll be making salsa and marinara sauce.
We both planted a new type of tomato this year called Amish Paste, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. With a quick blanch, the thin skins slide right off the oblong fruit. There is far less prep work with these tomatoes than others that I’ve worked with, and practically no waste from the core.
Of course, when you live in an area surrounded by towering forests, there’s a dark side to all of that natural beauty. Hundreds of thousands of acres of Northern California are on fire. This week, we had to keep the animals in the barn because there was so much smoke and floating ash in the air. However, we’re the lucky ones. More than a thousand homes were burned to the ground as fire swept through small rural towns and farms.
Please keep these victims in your thoughts as they struggle to deal with the massive natural disaster.
Thanks for dropping by. I look forward to getting to know all of you. Please leave a little note in the comments to tell me about what you’ve done to become more self-reliant and better prepared this week.
I’ll keep you posted on Baby Goat Watch 2015. Talk to you next week!
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Essential Oils: Deal of the Week
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The Final Word
I would like to thank Daisy for stepping in and helping me out this week. Whereas the two of us are quite different, we both share a passion for simple things, real food that is well prepared, frugality, and, of course, being ready for whatever disruptive event may pass our way.
Since I did not do a darn thing to prep this week, I will need you to fill in the blanks. What did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your convenience, here are links to many of the items referenced in Fast Track Tip #10: 8 Uncommon First Aid Items as well as some other useful first-aid items.
New-Skin Liquid Bandage, First Aid Liquid Antiseptic: I have been using New Skin for years. It is an antiseptic, invisible, flexible, and waterproof. It works.
Super Glue – The Original: This is the original Super Glue brand. This works a lot like the liquid bandage above in that you apply it to the wound and when it’s dry, it will hold the cut together. Also check out Krazy Glue or Gorilla Brand Super Glue.
First Voice Self-Adherent Stretch Bandage (Pack of 10): I first learned about self-adhesive bandages when my dog came home from the vet such a bandage wrapped around his leg. A light went off telling me I needed to add some to my first-aid kit. And so I did. This is a fantastic price and rivals the price at the farm supply.
Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.
Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.
Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor: This is a fantastic book from fellow blogger, Cat Ellis. In it you will learn that natural remedies are not voodoo but rather, natures way of healing without the use of toxic chemicals and additives. Highly recommended.
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival: Whether you are miles from help or immersed in an urban disaster situation, every second counts during a medical emergency. This book will help you take quick, effective action to stabilize the situation. One of the best things about this book (other than the information, of course) is it’s size. It is small enough to keep in your bug-out-bag and also in your first aid kit.
Spark Naturals Essential Oils: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals exclusively. They are high quality yet reasonably priced. In addition, there are no membership fees and a distributor relationship is not necessary to get best pricing. Interested in checking them out? Backdoor Survival readers get a 10% discount by using coupon code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout!
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