Isn’t that a lovely quote? Yet, I wonder how many of you truly understand it and how it relates to prepping.
Once a month I’m going to post some information that just might help you WHEN (not if) disaster strikes. A disaster could be ‘natural’, like a hurricane, tornado, earthquake or flood or it could be financial/economic collapse (personal or national). A disaster could even be a zombie/Kardashian apocalypse (sorry, Walking Dead Fans).
This month, let’s talk about… Foraging.
Scientists warn the Pacific Northwest are due for a catastrophic earthquake. If you live in that area and were to experience an event like that, what would you do? How would you provide for yourself and your loved ones should all commerce screech to a halt?
Conventional wisdom dictates that each person should have enough supplies (water, food, medicine…) to last 72 hours – 3 days. That’s the typical amount of time it takes for infrastructure to get back up and running – power back on, roads open, outside assistance arriving. But what if the event is so catastrophic those 3 days turn into a week or two weeks or two months or longer? What if you’re caught in a location without your supplies? What then?
A hundred years ago, our grandparents would know what to do – they didn’t have modern conveniences to rely on, they turned to nature and the abundance therein. Rather that shop in the aisles of their local grocery, they shopped right outside their doors. What we, now, call weeds – they called sustenance! Dandelions, clover, nettle, lambs quarter, nipplewort, chickweed, purslane…
If you are already a forager, below in the comments, please share your stories and recipes. If you’re not, you really should consider it… If not for now, for later. A disaster isn’t a ‘maybe’, it’s a ‘when’. Now is the time to prepare. Do one small thing every day or every week, to prepare yourself and your family.
This week, I’ll do some of my own ‘foraging’ and share what I learn. I hope you will too!
If you are already a forager, please share some tips and recipes below in the comments.
Join us in our Adventures of Foraging at Misty Meadows
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