How To Build An Herb Spiral

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How To Build An Herb Spiral Spring is just around the corner and winter is starting to wind down, for some of us anyway. Build one of these beauties and have plenty herbs for the rest of the year. I found an article that shows you how to construct these simple herb gardens in a …

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Mylar Bags, Bucket Stacker

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I found something new (to me anyway) in Mylar Bags used for Long Term Food Storage. It’s called “Bucket Stacker Bags”. They are premade in the shape of a stop sign, which when filled with one gallon of food allows five neatly stacked on top of one another inside a 5 gallon bucket. When you need to access some food you simply take the lid off the bucket, take one bag out and replace the bucket lid.
The advantage to using these bags over one large 5 gallon bag is you will not have to open then reseal the large bag which can be problematic because of all the wrinkles along the new reseal opening. The wrinkles are caused by stuffing the large Mylar bag into the bucket the resulting wrinkles may not allow a 100% seal and thereby possibly compromise the remaining food in the five gallon bag.

I now use the Bucket Stacker Bag exclusively because it’s smart and it works.

I did a similar thing but using regular rectangle gallon bags:

Containers I Currently Use:

Manufacturers Product Description:

Bucket Stack Mylar bags

“These are super tough, 6 mil, food grade Mylar foil bags and are shaped so that when filled they stack in layers into a 5 or 6 gallon bucket.

What are the advantages of using these? Well here are a few!

#1: You don’t have to open a huge 5 gallon size bag of one product and risk it going bad or getting bugs before you use all of it. Even if you wish to put up 50 lbs. of one item like rice for example, you are still much better off having 5, 1 gallon individually sealed bags in the bucket than you are to have one huge 5 gallon bag.

#2: The seal on a Mylar bag is an easy place for the integrity of the bag to be compromised. When you heat seal the top of a 20” bag, that is a long seal and you must have a smooth, wrinkle free seal the entire width of the bag. With these bucket bags however, all you have to seal is the end of a 5” wide opening. No more fighting with the sealing iron trying to keep everything lined up and smooth and then worrying about if it is good enough or not.

To use these just fill the bag from the open end “spout”, (You may find it helpful to use a large funnel to fill the bag) drop in an oxygen absorber, then heat seal the opening shut. Now layer the bags inside of your buckets until the bucket is full and put a lid on it.

Note: These do have a zipper on the open end however we recommend not using it and actually heat sealing just below the zipper.”

Where to Purchase Link:

Here’s a new Stacker Bag. My camera lens distorted the stop sign shape, it’s really quite symmetrical and is a shiny silver like a normal Mylar bag. The filling snout is about 5 inches across so a funnel is needed to fill the bag with.

Using a funnel to fill the bag. I taped the funnel to the bag while filling otherwise the funnel just slips off. Having a helper hold the bag and funnel would be the way to go.

Four bags filled and ready to be sealed.

The bag filled and sealed. The photo makes the bag look blown up but it really is quite flat. The date is when the original date wheat grain was purchased and bagged.

After removing the O2 absorbers needed from their bag, I resealed it.

A close up of the seal. Per the manufacturer’s instructions, my seal is just below their built-in zip-lock feature.

The four bags resting for about 10-15 minutes so the O2 absorber could start consuming some of the O2 in the bags. This makes it easy to stack in the bucket, and not trying to stack what feels like balloons.

Caution; do not wait too long or the absorbers will eat enough air to create a very strong vacuum and in that case, turn the wheat grain into a ridged house brick unable to conform to the round bucket.

Here are four Stacker Bags of wheat grain in the bucket. As you can see there is room for one more bag giving a total of five gallons. The reason I didn’t bag the fifth gallon is because I needed some grain and had to open a five gallon bag to get a gallon of grain for myself. So, I only had enough to fill four bags.

Summary:

I like them, good quality and fits my long term food storage method. The cost is $0.75 each, about $0.20 more than the typical rectangle bag.

Using Wood Heat – Simple Tips for Staying Warm

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Using Wood Heat – Simple Tips for Staying Warm there is something very special about a wood fire. Watching oak burn is like hunting an animal with a bow. Its an activity that literally transcends time. Its been going in the same way for so many years. When I watch seasoned oak burn I think …

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Egg Flip Game

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We decided to try out our other Playdough to Plato game. This game is an egg flip game. Each egg has a word on it. While there are rules enclosed, I absolutely love how easy it is to modify these games for your child’s age level. The way we played is slightly different from the original rules. I just said a sight word and then sounded it out with my kids and spelled it out loud. Then, each child looked until they found the word according to the letters I had spelled out. Once we found the correct word, my sons used a spatula to “flip” the egg-word over. You can download this game and others at Playdough to Plato.


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Do homeschooled children have friends?

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One of the biggest concerns many new home school families have is, “What about friendships?”

A common misconception about home educators is that their children are “unsocialized.”

If you choose to home educate, you’ll have to put up with comments like:
I wish I could home school, but my child is just too social.
I thought about home schooling, but my child really needs social interactions.
I value my child’s friendships too much to home school.

The truth is that home schooled children do have friends, but most home educating families believe that school should not be all about social interaction. At some point, education needs to be about education. Home schooled kids have the opportunity to learn without having to worry about whether or not the boy sitting next to them likes them, whether or not the mean girl is going to make fun of them that day, and whether or not they’re going to get invited to a dance.

Most home school families do participate in things like field trips, science experiments, and community service with other home school families; however, the emphasis in home education is on education. It’s not on friendship.

If you’re curious about how your home schooled child will make friends, keep a few things in mind:
Friends do not have to go to the same school as you.
Friends do not have to be the same age as you.
Friends do not have to live in the same place as you.

Home schooled kids can make friends at church, at local nursing homes, in your apartment building, in your home school group, in local clubs, at the YMCA, in their Girl Scout Troop, or at their dance classes.

Home schooled children can also make friends online through message boards, Facebook groups, and websites designed to help home schooled kids interact with one another.

The idea that home schooled kids don’t have friends is a myth and places limitations on what a “friend” is. Is a “friend” only someone that you attend school with? If not, then you won’t have a problem.

How to Identify the Elderberry Bush

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How to Identify the Elderberry Bush The importance of getting out in the wild cannot be denied. For the prepper and survivalist its all just a game until you put yourself out there. Even a weekend hunting trip can familiarize you with the feelings of real survival. One of the very best feelings is when …

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Applying Axe Skills In Winter

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Applying Axe Skills In Winter Scientists have long hypothesized that genetics passes certain fears, pleasures and behaviors down to the next generation. This can be thought of as things like addiction and genetic skills. I think it goes even deeper than that. When you get into a situation where you are building shelter, camping under …

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Inflation Worries? — 9 Steps to Prepare

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With the economy heating up (the Atlanta Fed is now expecting a 5.4% growth rate), many economists and financial professionals are growing increasingly concerned about inflation. And there are signs that inflation is starting to pick up. Inflation can lead to more than just higher prices, including higher interest rates, job cuts as companies face higher prices for raw materials, and even recession. So, how can we prepare for a period of high inflation?

1- Get your finances in order. Reduce your living expenses as much as possible. If you are in debt, try to pay it off (a good use for those tax bonus checks many are getting). Refinance larger debt (such as mortgages) into low fixed rate loans if possible. Look for ways to increase your income. 


2- Stock up on canned & dry foods, water, medicine, soap, toothpaste, first aid supplies, matches, firewood, shoes, clothing, and any other necessities you might need that will store for at least a year without spoiling. Consider buying your next set of tires now.


3- Raise a portion of your own food by planting a garden. Consider planting fruit & nut trees and berry bushes if you have the room. If you live in an apartment or condo, consider participating in a nearby community garden (or starting one).


4- Make improvements to your home’s energy efficiency to reduce the impact of high energy inflation. Most homes and other buildings are not very energy efficient, and lots can be done to improve their energy efficiency, leading to lower energy costs. These improvements can range from the inexpensive (such as filling in gaps where pipes & wires come into the house with a can of spray foam insulation) to the expensive (such as replacing your old windows with energy efficient windows).

More Details: Saving Energy


5- Take steps to improve your vehicle’s mileage to reduce the impact of rising gasoline prices. Consider trading to a more fuel efficient vehicle.


6- Take care of your health so that you are less likely to need expensive medical treatment. Now is also the time to get any elective procedures you’ve been considering, such as LASIK eye surgery, mole removal, or orthodontics.

More Details: Steps to Good Health 


7- Think about your and your family’s personal security. Crime and even civil unrest are likely to increase. Take steps now to protect yourself and your family. Also, pay close attention to preventing identity theft.

8- Investing in gold, silver and other commodities could be quite profitable during a period of very high inflation. Gold & silver investing should be on your “to do” list, but it should be near the bottom after you’ve taken care of other basics first. Remember, wealth is not wealth if you owe it to someone else.


9- Take steps to protect your current job. I know that the employment situation has improved dramatically over the last year, but good times won’t last forever. High inflation will mean higher costs of raw materials for manufacturers and inventory for retailers. It will also mean that their customers will have less discretionary income, reducing sells. Companies will try to manage these higher costs and slowing sells by reducing labor costs (wage freezes, hiring freezes, and eventually layoffs).


The single most important thing you can do now to survive any future chaos is to start taking responsibility for your own life.

Note Well: Economic times are good right now, but nothing lasts forever. The time to prepare for bad times is during the good times, before it is too late. 
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Of Interest:

I own and recommend Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton. I have previously written a book review, which you can read by clicking here, but the bottom line is that this book is by for the best emergency food storage book I’ve read. HIGHLY recommended.
 

Here’s Why all Preppers Should Start Homesteading

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by Brea

With all the threats our country is facing, especially from the likes of North Korea, TEOTWAWKI could be coming soon. When SHTF, the location of your home is going to play a huge role on your survival. It doesn’t matter what the disaster may be, whether it is: WWIII, nuclear attack, EMP attack, power grid down, pandemic, terrorism, natural disaster, or economic collapse. Whatever the event is that changes our lives forever, the outcome of how people will turn quickly and how we must live a certain way to survive, is going to remain the same.

You do not want to live in an urban setting when any disaster strikes. If you have no option but to live in a city, hopefully you have a family member or close friend that lives on a homestead, so your chances of survival can become significantly be higher. There are many reasons why a homestead is the ideal place to be during a SHTF scenario.

REDUCING STARVATION

When SHTF, there are going to be upon thousands and thousands of people that die from starvation. Luckily, reducing starvation is a huge emergency that your homestead will protect you from.

You can use your livestock for beef, pork, chicken, and dairy. Livestock is extremely important to have because you will not be able to run to the grocery store to grab meat for your family. You can just walk outside on your homestead and be able to provide your family and yourself an ample of delicious meat.

calf

Cows

If you haven’t already, you should invest in some cows for your homestead. You need dairy cows for milk and beef cattle for your meat.

During a SHTF scenario, you are going to need abundance liquids to keep you and your family away from dying of dehydration. On average, a dairy cow produces seven to nine gallons of milk a day. You can get approximately 128 glasses full of this nutrient-packed goodness.

Beef cattle are extremely crucial to your homestead. On average, meat from one cow is equivalent to 720 quarter-pound hamburgers. If you are a family of four, you can enjoy hamburgers each day for six months, and that is just from one cow. Imagine if you have a whole herd of cows.

chickens and ducks

Chickens

Chickens are very important to have on your homestead for eggs and meat.

Most breeds will lay eggs every day, while others lay every other day, and some will lay once or twice a week. Hens like to lay eggs until they have collected a clutch which is normally a dozen eggs. Their goal is to continue laying until they have successfully collected a clutch, so if you continuously take out eggs daily, it will make your hen lay more eggs. Let’s say you have 12 hens and each hen lays an egg a day, you will have 84 eggs on a weekly basis.

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It’s wise to get a rooster if you want to mate your chickens to hope for more hens to lay eggs. The more hens that lay eggs, the better eating your family will have.

Chicken meat is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for our health. The average chicken will turn out to be approximately two 6 to 8-ounce breasts.

goats and a rooster

Goats

You can use your goats for milk, cheese, and meat.

The average dairy goat will create six to twelve pounds of milk daily. By the way, one gallon of goat milk will produce around one pound of cheese. You will not have to worry about running out of dairy products for you and your family during SHTF if you have at least one dairy goat.

Goats are also well known for their meat. If your goat weighs around 100 pounds, you will be able to get about 50 pounds of meat.

Pigs

If you have pigs on your homestead, you will be able to feed your family ham, gammon, bacon, sausage, tenderloin, and smoked pork during a SHTF scenario. You will get approximately 104 pounds from an average 215-pound live weight pig.

Sheep

Sheep are great to have for their wool, meat, and milk. You can use their wool for clothes, socks, etc. so you never have to run out when SHTF. Annually, the average sheep produces two to thirty pounds of wool.

Lamb (young sheep meat) is a rich source of high-quality protein. There are very many minerals and vitamins, such as: vitamin B12, zinc, and iron. If your lamb is approximately a 90-pound lamb, you will get around 34 pounds of meat.

Sheep’s milk is very beneficial to your health, so it would be wise to have them on your homestead. It strengthens the bones, boosts immune system, stimulates growth and development, reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol levels, and fights cancer. All of these are very important because when SHTF, your health is not going to be in the best shape because of poor eating, so much physical activity, and less liquids. During lactation period, the average sheep will produce 100 to 200 pounds of milk.

horses

Horses

When you think of horses, they might not be the first animal you think of to have for when SHTF because not many people eat horse. If SHTF and your family has absolutely no food what so ever, you can eat horse.

Horses are very important to keep on your homestead for when a disaster strikes, not for a last resort for food, but for something even bigger: transportation and hauling. Horses can take you off-roading and deep into the woods, that other means of transportation cannot.

Once vehicles quit working during SHTF, you can saddle your horse up (or go bare back) and ride them to your needed location and grab your family or close friends.

You can have your horses haul logs, injured people, and haul your kids when their legs get tired from walking so much.

children in the garden

GARDEN

Having a garden is important on your homestead to provide you and your family with fruits and vegetables – to maintain the healthiest you possible. With your garden, you and your family will not have to worry about running out quickly of herbs and vegetables that meet your nutritional requirements.

You want to have multiple gardening plots in case of diseases, bees, or someone stealing your goodies. You can also opt for indoor gardening. Wherever you choose your garden to be, make sure it is out of sight, so thefts will not be able to get any ideas.

peas

For fruit, you can start out with a small orchard, using a container to plant a fruit tree, or growing strawberries in your garden.

If you plan, create, and plant your garden accurately, your family will not have to stress about not having: potatoes, beets, beans, eggplants, tomatoes, peanuts, carrots, cabbages, peas, corn, berries, broccoli, and squash. Your chances of dying from starvation while having a garden is very slim, especially to those that are in an urban setting.

child on log

WOOD

Wood is one of the most valuable resources on your homestead and will be essential during a SHTF situation. With all the trees surrounding you on your homestead, you can cut them down and start chopping up the wood.

You can use your wood to make a fire for warmth, use the wood to boil water to purify your water, or use wood to make your food over it. Wood can also be used to build extra shelters for family or anyone in your group.

Note: Please do not use a chainsaw to chop your wood, use an axe instead to keep the noise to a bare minimum. You do not want to use a chainsaw and strangers be able to hear you and go on your homestead to try to take your belongings. Yes, chopping wood is an exhausting activity, but your family will thank you later.

HERBAL APOTHECARY

If you or a loved one get an illness or infection of some sort, you will not be able to run to your local pharmacy to get the medicines you need. When SHTF, pain will be very common, and you cannot let anyone in your group suffer when you are going to need their helping hand.

An herbal apothecary provides you with making your own essential oils, natural antibiotics, vitamins, and natural medicine. Within your apothecary, you can even make penicillin on your homestead. You can even have a natural herb that is the best natural painkiller (wild lettuce), similar to morphine, in your apothecary! Wild lettuce can also treat migraines, anxiety, insomnia, asthma, and cough.

Your apothecary can be as small or large as you would like it to be if you have the required herbs. You can have a station for your herbs, a shelf with your items, or a whole room dedicated to your natural remedies.

child near creek

WATER

On your homestead, you more than likely have some type of water flow whether it be a small stream, creek, pond, or river. Having a water resource on your homestead can protect you from dying of dehydration, starvation, medical care, cleaning, growing of crops, and power if you have a hydropower system.

You can purify the water to have clean drinking water for you, your loved ones, your livestock, and your crops. Having a water supply on your homestead will protect you from dehydrating. You can also purify your water for cooking and cleaning. Some people may not even think about cleaning when SHTF but if our bodies aren’t clean or living area isn’t clean, there will be a lot of germs being active and will create illnesses that could have been avoided. Your creek, pond, or river should be stocked up with fish for your food supply. You can also grow your own algae in your pond, so you can attempt to create your own biodiesel fuel.

woods

LOCATION

Your chances of survival will either increase or decrease based on your location. If you are in an urban setting, your chances of survival will decrease greatly due to the riots, thefts, and punks going on a killing spree once they find out the law is not able to help you. If you are living in a rural setting, or homestead, the rate of your survival will incredibly increase.

Living on a homestead gives you a lot of protection but the location is one of the biggest emergencies your homestead will protect you from. If people do not know where you are residing, then they will not be able to come onto your land to steal your food, belongings, livestock, or hurting you and your family. Also, while most people reside in cities and when they are freaking out raiding stores and each other, you and your family will be able to get everything in place for TEOTWAWKI.

child target practice

SHOOTING RANGE

Having a shooting range is very important to have before SHTF. If you are in the comfort of your homestead, you do not have to worry about being seen at public gun ranges, so no one knows if your loved one is not the best as shooting. Or, when SHTF, you can take your loved one out to your shooting range and have them shoot targets for practice and to be prepared.

You can use your shooting ranges for your guns, crossbows or compound bows. You can use moving targets and stationery targets. If stuff has already hit the fan, make sure to use your bows for practice instead of guns so you will not draw attention to your homestead.

You want to make sure that everyone in your group can hit bullseye or at least get kill shots on the targets to protect your loved ones against an intruder, theft, or animal trying to kill you or your livestock.

rifle scope

HUNTING

Although you have your livestock ready to provide for you and your loved ones, it would be wise to bring in more food in case you add more people in your group (only do this if they are beneficial to your family – doctor, nurse, etc.), or if it will be years until everyone can get food without every worrying about ever running out (you will be able to have an idea how long society will remain the same based on the disaster that triggered SHTF).

On your homestead, you have the opportunity to hunt. Hunting will reduce starvation and will add even more meat to your collection.

You should always use one of your bows to hunt during SHTF to reduce the noise and attention. If you do not own a compound or crossbow, there are ways to make your own bow and arrows. Always be sure to take one of your guns with you in case of finding an intruder in your woods.

You will get about 45 to 60 pounds of meat from the average large doe. No matter how much livestock you have ready to be butchered to provide your group with, always hunt every chance you get. You do not want to have to worry about running out of meat to feed your loved ones.

deer

LIVING OFF YOUR RETREAT

If you make a living off your retreat, all your worries and stress of the following first minutes of a disaster striking, go right out the window.

Unlike people that will be at work in the city during the disaster freaking out and not knowing what to do, there will be you on your homestead, prepared for whatever the chaotic world brings, and having everything ready. More than likely, your family is also with you working on your homestead, so you won’t have to worry about them getting to you safely. Instead of worrying about where so and so is, you can start putting your plan in action.

POST-SHTF

When SHTF, your homestead will help you survive but when its over and the rebuilding of society begins, it will help you thrive. You will have bundles of food, water supplies, land to hunt on, wood to start creating sheds and buildings, and the skillset of a hard worker.

You have all the necessities of survival on your homestead, so people will be coming to you begging to barter with them. You can set up a trading post, so you can get other items that you need, make “money,” and install yourself as at least one of the leaders in the new society. You and your family will not have to worry about barely getting by any longer, all thanks to your homestead.

Survival Medicine Hour: The Flu Hits The Hosts, Antibiotic Use, More

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Antibiotics not helpful against the flu

Antibiotics not helpful against the flu

Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, come down with the flu after their successful appearance at the SHOT show in Nevada, just one of 47 states reporting widespread outbreaks of influenza. Find out how hard it is to escape becoming a victim, even if you walk around with hand sanitizer in your pocket all day! Nurse Amy gives her advice for speeding recovery and Dr. Bones talks about the anti-viral drug Tamiflu and how it works to shorten the duration and severity of the illness.

It's good to have antibiotics, even fish versions, in your medical storage, but how to use them wisely in survival?

It’s good to have antibiotics, even fish versions, in your medical storage, but how to use them wisely in survival?

Also, Dr. Alton was the first physician to write about the use of fish and bird antibiotics as a survival tool, but this stuff isn’t candy, and has to be used wisely if at all. Having a supply, however, may avoid the preventable deaths from infected cuts and other minor ailments that could become big trouble in hard times. Some general advice regarding appropriate usage is given, and a useful antibiotic called  metronidazole (Flagyl, Fish-Zole) is spotlighted.

All this and more in the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP!

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2018/02/02/survival-medicine-hour-the-flu-hits-the-hosts-wise-antibiotic-use-more

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Joe and Amy Alton

Amy and Joe Alton

Amy and Joe Alton

Learn more about respiratory infections, anti-viral drugs, and antibiotics in the award-winning Third Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook, The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way.

 

Survival Medicine Hour: The Flu Hits The Hosts, Antibiotic Use, More

Antibiotics not helpful against the flu

Antibiotics not helpful against the flu

Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, come down with the flu after their successful appearance at the SHOT show in Nevada, just one of 47 states reporting widespread outbreaks of influenza. Find out how hard it is to escape becoming a victim, even if you walk around with hand sanitizer in your pocket all day! Nurse Amy gives her advice for speeding recovery and Dr. Bones talks about the anti-viral drug Tamiflu and how it works to shorten the duration and severity of the illness.

It's good to have antibiotics, even fish versions, in your medical storage, but how to use them wisely in survival?

It’s good to have antibiotics, even fish versions, in your medical storage, but how to use them wisely in survival?

Also, Dr. Alton was the first physician to write about the use of fish and bird antibiotics as a survival tool, but this stuff isn’t candy, and has to be used wisely if at all. Having a supply, however, may avoid the preventable deaths from infected cuts and other minor ailments that could become big trouble in hard times. Some general advice regarding appropriate usage is given, and a useful antibiotic called  metronidazole (Flagyl, Fish-Zole) is spotlighted.

All this and more in the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP!

To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2018/02/02/survival-medicine-hour-the-flu-hits-the-hosts-wise-antibiotic-use-more

Follow us on Twitter @preppershow, FB at Doom and Bloom(tm), and YouTube at DrBones NurseAmy Channel!

Joe and Amy Alton

Amy and Joe Alton

Amy and Joe Alton

Learn more about respiratory infections, anti-viral drugs, and antibiotics in the award-winning Third Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook, The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way.

 

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-03)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-03)

  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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The Power of Our Testimony — Part One

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     This is a very personal post. It is personal because it speaks to new places the Lord is guiding my spirit; and personal because it involves the testimonies of people who are dear to me and walking in obedience, which has become the essential part of my own faith walk.
     If you have been reading me for awhile, then you know that the Lord has taken me on a journey towards Kingdom living and all that that term encompasses.  I have been given new revelation through His Word about the Kingdom of God invading this earthly realm in the person of Jesus. And what that means is that the control the Enemy has enjoyed over mankind since the fall in the Garden has been broken, and Jesus came with authority and power from His (our) Father to destroy the works of the devil and set people free from their bondage to sin.
     But you also know that I believe the Word when Jesus tells us that He has transferred that authority and power from Heaven to those who believe in Him, so that we can continue to destroy the Enemy’s control over our fellow man.  It is really a very simple plan that God set in motion to re-establish His Kingdom on earth as it was in the Garden — He sent a part of Himself, as His begotten Son, [and thereby bringing Himself into the world] in order to give us a model by which we could destroy Satan’s goal of setting up his own permanent kingdom here on earth.
      Jesus defeated the power of Death over mankind by providing a way for us to live forever in the possession of our Creator and Father God. He paid the price and the debt that we all owe God for our sinful ways, AND THEN Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to indwell us, which means we can receive the same instructions and spiritual sight that Jesus received SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY AND GROW GOD’S KINGDOM!
     And how do we do that? By walking as He did, using that authority and power from Heaven to take action and speak into peoples’ lives. I want us to consider when He stepped into the power He received through the Holy Spirit to heal the blind man and the lame man; when He spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well of His desire to give her a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, flooding her with endless life; when He rescued the adulteress woman from the mob of hypocritical accusers, and told her to “Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin”; when He cast the demons out of the Gadarene demoniac and set the man free — all these instances, and so many more, testified to the power of the love of God in their lives. But we need to see the divine purpose of those stories. And it can be summed up by what Jesus told the Gadarene madman when he begged to stay with Jesus: “Return to your home and your family, and tell them all the wonderful things God has done for you”.

     You see, part of God’s divine plan is to exhibit His power [to heal] through us and to use our testimonies to lead others to the freedom that knowing and experiencing His love can provide in our lives. And that is why I was so blessed this week to hear the testimonies of some of my beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ. They inspired me with their obedience to the voice of God and how they made themselves vessels of His love for another.  Just the other day, I received a long text from my spiritual son, Jeremy. Let me share …. Jeremy found himself in a coffee shop when the Holy Spirit gave him a prompting to speak to a woman who walked in on crutches.  She wasn’t suffering from something as normal as a broken leg; she had a club foot in which the lower portion of her right leg was so twisted that her right foot was pointing to her left ankle. From here, I will let Jeremy tell you his testimony in his own words:
    “I immediately knew I was going to have to pray for her. She came in and sat to the far left of me and my business partner, Doc. We were talking over elements of our new business, and the nudging [from the Holy Spirit] just got stronger and stronger.  I see her get up to leave, so I felt let off the hook for a minute.  But she moved over to the table right in front of us and sat facing me… so, now my palms start to sweat and I begin getting knots in my stomach.  I mean, this is not a headache I’m praying to heal here, but a very difficult healing, that frankly, I don’t have the faith for. Plus, we are surrounded by serious businessmen, dressed in suits, and I am out of my comfort zone. I finally tell Doc that I have to pray for her before we leave, and I am real nervous.  
    I stand up to walk over to her and immediately Holy Spirit says ‘You are not to pray for her leg, but to tell her how much I love her, and I want you to pray for her heart.’  Suddenly, I know I can do this, because I have the confidence to proclaim this, and I know I have the authority to declare it. So I go over and introduce myself and Doc, and then ask her if I can pray for her.  She gets very defensive and says, ‘What, you came over here because you saw my crutches?’ She said lots of Christians have prayed for her leg and she’s not interested if that’s why we came over to her. I told her, ‘Actually, I feel like I am supposed to pray for your heart’. 
     Immediately, she relaxes, still very perplexed by the whole thing, and says, ‘Sure, sit down’.  I told her that Jesus loves her very much and that He wants her to know He is protecting her heart. Then I asked her if I could pray for anything specific, and she proceeds to tell us that her marriage is falling apart and she didn’t know if they were going to be able to reconcile. [In fact, her husband had left that morning]. 
     I almost lost it when she said that… so I proceed to give her the short version of the struggles my wife Mary, and I, faced in our marriage. At this point she is getting emotional.  She says that she and her husband are Christian, but her husband has stopped going to church because of his struggles with sin. I shared with her that the devil has him convinced that he’s not worthy of forgiveness (porn) and all the guilt and shame that comes with that. I was also able to show her compassion because I understand what Mary went through during our marriage, and I was able to speak the LIFE we had received into their situation.  I was then able to pray with her, and she asked if she might be able to connect with Mary. 
     It was the scariest thing [like that] I have ever done, but by the end of our conversation, we were all very moved by God’s goodness and love.  And we agreed that it was a Divine appointment, because the reason she was there alone was because she was supposed to meet a friend who forgot they were getting together, and she was going to leave when we got up and walked to her table. As I look back on this event, I am overcome with the Father’s Goodness and Faithfulness”.
     Jeremy’s testimony doesn’t end there. He also shared with me a text message he received from the woman: “Jeremy, thank you for chatting with me and praying for me and my husband, William, today. I excitedly called him right after you left, and shared with him our ‘divine appointment’. He was encouraged and thanks you, too, for praying for us! I’ve attached a photo of our family. Our daughters are Taylor (oldest) and sweet Olivia Grace, our youngest. Wishing you many of God’s blessings, Jennifer”.  Furthermore, Jeremy has invited Jennifer and her husband to visit with him and Mary in the future, and he fully believes that more healing will be accomplished in this family — including the finished work of healing her leg!
     This testimony was such a blessing to me! It speaks to the certainty I have in my heart and spirit that this is what we are supposed to be doing as part of our commission from Christ.  And let me be perfectly clear, this is not about walking in our own power, but about being obedient to the calling upon our lives to speak and act in the lives of those who need to know the love of Christ and the Father. 
     During a subsequent conversation I had with Jeremy, it became so clear to me that we have to find the balance between battling in spiritual warfare and proclaiming the redemptive love of Jesus.  There are times that demons need to be cast out to the foot of the Cross, because a stronghold has been established in a person’s life. But it always has to point back to the love of Jesus that fills that void the enemy just vacated.  That’s why it is so important to show Jesus in those painful memories and let people feel His embrace and love as He heals their wounds. Those voices of despair, abandonment, rejection, pain, fear, anger, etc. are all defeated by showing a person that they are qualified to receive Jesus’ love, because He died on the Cross for them!

     As I finish this testimony, I hope it is clear that God arranged the steps of each of the participants in this story. By Jeremy being obedient to the Holy Spirit, the atmosphere was changed in that coffee shop. Jeremy honored the voice of Holy Spirit by hosting His presence, which allowed the power of the love of Jesus for Jennifer and her husband to begin their healing.  And Jeremy will be the first to tell you that it was Holy Spirit who did the talking, because he can’t remember what he prayed. 
     Finally, I am in total agreement with his advice to our fellow Christians who find themselves in a similar situation … Just have courage and step out in obedience. The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say and the authority to say them. He will not put you in a situation in which you have no authority to speak. Because Jeremy’s marriage is being healed, he had the authority to speak Jesus’s love and grace into Jennifer’s marriage.  And Jeremy found the whole experience encouraging. He said that speaking the Holy Spirit’s message of life and hope [and giving his personal testimony to Jennifer] created an atmosphere where the Holy Spirit could begin to work in Jennifer and her family. Because of the positive result of this experience, it will be easier for Jeremy to trust his authority the next time he receives a prompting. The result has been an increase in his faith to simply be obedient, and he knows that he can be a willing vessel to show the love of Christ to those who desperately need to receive it.  
     I would like to add that I also believe Jeremy and Mary will continue to receive blessings in their own marriage because he was willing to speak the message of healing into another’s marriage. In the end, I hope Jeremy’s testimony will encourage you to listen to those promptings when you hear the Holy Spirit, and to act on them. Jeremy thought he was in that coffee shop to discuss his business plans. But God had another plan to use him for Kingdom work — to invade that coffee shop with the presence of the Holy Spirit to effect the life of a hurting family — to invade that coffee shop with the atmosphere of Heaven on earth … all because He loves each of the people involved with a love that defies our human understanding. How Great is our God!!
           
Proverbs 16:9     A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps.

Homes For Heroes Is Tackling America’s Veteran Housing Issues

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Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest post from Chrissy McDonald to The Prepper Journal. Published under my name because I am adding my 2 cents at the end. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today!

A note about our author in her words: “This is personal to me because my grandfather, father, two uncles, and three brothers have all served in the military with many relatives going in to law enforcement or becoming firefighters.”

Between 2016 and 2017, the number of homeless veterans increased by 1.5 percent. This means that our military men and women who put their lives on the line to protect and serve America now make up approximately nine percent of the homeless in our streets. This matched the rise in overall numbers living without a home. For the men and women that we consider our heroes, it seems like they are facing an increasingly harsh reality when they return home from serving. In June, 2017 the government announced plans to halt one of the country’s major homelessness programs aimed at veterans, and faced a major outcry from politicians and civilians alike.

In the face of increasing hardship for our heroes, there has been an organisation that has rapidly become a household name and trusted resource for our military men and women. Homes for Heroes has quickly risen to become one of the nation’s fastest growing charities, and a highly rated one as well. Launched after the 9/11 attacks, the national non-profit has expanded to 49 states across America and has shown its support for veterans in a number of ways. Here are some of the ways the organisation is helping to combat veterans homelessness.

Building Homes for Heroes

Homes for Heroes has announced its goal for 2018: to gift a home every 11 days. Its longer term goal is to house 200 veterans with homes by 2020. Judging by the past two years, it is certainly on its way to achieving that goal. For the past two years, Homes For Heroes has provided 57 homes to injured veterans and their families.

The Foundation

Through the organisation’s foundation and support of programs like the AREAA Housing Assistance Program, Homes for Heroes has granted over $400,000 to deserving veterans and their families. In December 2017, Homes for Heroes also donated $5,000 to the AREAA Education Foundation that will go towards helping veterans with housing repairs, amendments and any down payment assistance. The program has been praised by many including Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth who stated, “Your efforts and generosity, not only benefit the men and women who have served our country, but you are an example of leadership for the next generation of Americans”. The organisation also supports and promotes self sufficiency for those injured veterans readjusting to their life changing injuries and life after serving.

The collaboration with local businesses and other non profits continue to be seen with corporate organisations Chase and Madza joining forces with Building Homes for Heroes in September to assist three veterans during Military Appreciation Day. Two of the families were awarded new Mazda vehicles and allowed to choose a car of their choice. 

Hero Rewards

As of 2017, the Homes for Heroes network has grown to include over 2,200 affiliates across 49 states. Since its launch over 10, 000 heroes have been helped with reduced fees and red tapes when purchasing a home through the Hero Rewards Program. The 25 percent reduction in fees and donations from clients are funneled into the Foundation, essentially helping more heroes in need.

Homes for Heroes continues to find new ways to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who serve the country during its time of need in Iraq and Afghanistan. The organisation is proud to have achieved its goal of one home every ten days in 2017 and 93 percent of its income goes directly to its causes.

Editor’s note: How does this help Preppers? Well, while it still doesn’t answer the open question of “just how do you REALLY make arrows off the grid” it is along a subject line that permeates our current news. And the comments following are from some research and seeking to know exactly what the business model is behind this enterprise because we, as Preppers, respect our veterans, a lot of us are veterans, and want to see them given a helping hand when needed.

Be clear, realtors view this as a for-profit business. That is an opinion that is prevalent on the web site Active Rain which is a real estate blog. I don’t buy it but leave it up to you to research. CharityNavigator states the following:

“Building Homes for Heroes has received a perfect 4-star rating from CharityNavigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator and independent watchdog for nonprofit organizations. Building Homes for Heroes was also awarded a perfect score of 100 in the category of Accountability and Transparency.” – Wikipedia defines this group as “An American independent charity watchdog organization that evaluates charitable organizations in the United States.Wikipedia”. It is a 501(c)(3) business headquartered in Glen Rock, NJ.

 

So is it or isn’t it a charity? The affiliates are real estate agents who have signed up for the program as a promotional advertising method. They agree to provide a 25% discount on all transactions associated with the home sale to Homes for Heroes in exchange for using their branding and advertising. This is what they are in most states, from their website “Hero Rewards offers are limited and/or restricted in Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.” I believe this to be more a matter of state regulations on real estates transactions, for example Texas allows agents to reassign commissions as they deem fit. 

From Active Rain: Where do they make money? They charge the “affiliates” $120 a month. Yes, that’s $120 a month, just to be called an affiliate. That gets you NOTHING! Let me also explain that Homes for Heroes will remind you over and over that they are not a lead generating company. That further means that you could be paying that $120 a month each and every month throughout the year, and never get a Hero referred to you. This is simply the reality of the business. They are straight forward about what they do and are providing a service to Veterans, but like every other prepper, I like to look under the hood and kick the tires. So just another consideration when you might be transacting real estate.

I will go one step further on the vein, I am currently trying to sell a home and was not aware of this organization. I have opted for a flat-fee realtor to represent me and it is working just fine…so far. The business model of giving away 6+% of your home value (3% on each side of the transaction) is really an amazing thing. Does the documentation change in difficulty on a real estate sale of a home priced at $122,500 vs one priced at $855,490? Maybe the extra ink to print numbers with a larger footprint, but toner and ink prices aren’t that high.

My realtor recommended not putting a restriction on “the going rate” in my listing for the buyers agent because “most agents will pass on showing your home unless they get the full commission, their brokers insist upon it.” I see it as a selling point if I am a buyer as I can tell the seller the agents fee for both ends of the transaction are $6,000, total, as opposed to 6% of say $300,000. Keeping $12,000 of what was your money in the first place is NOT a bad thing. This model is catching on so look for the large brokerages to start copying the DNC on negative information generation. I will shut up now as I wait to see if the buyer on my house, sold in one day, really thinks I am going to pay for a whole new roof for THEM to live under. I admit that I did not budget that into my pricing.

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Guest Post: 5 Common Dog Health Emergencies and Tips to Combat Them

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As pet-parents our dog’s safety and well-being is the utmost priority.  Any parent’s worst nightmare would be seeing their dog in pain. But we all know that our canines are inquisitive creatures and can get themselves in trouble. They may get into a fight, suffer an injury or end up licking toxins. Panicking or stressing out in such situations can make things worse. So it’s recommended to be fully equipped mentally as well as physically to provide your dog instant first-aid. Here are five dog health emergencies and tips to combat them. Fracture Your dog may fracture his bones due

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Using Essential Oils: An Interesting Resource

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I came across an interesting resource the other day and thought I would share: If you have an interest in using essential oils, you may enjoy the site Oil-Testimonials.com.

It’s strictly an information resource—no sales pitches or multi-level marketing (although, of course, some people do mention particular products or brands in their stories). And it provides some pretty interesting anecdotal information about how people are using essential oils and which oils they’ve found successful in various treatments.

In fact, Oil-Testimonials has been compiling stories related to essential oils since 2004, and the site claims to have the most comprehensive list of these anecdotes on the Internet. After taking a look at the numbers, I’m betting that’s accurate. If I’m doing my math right, there are nearly 10,000 testimonials on the site (!).

Here’s a brief sampling of some of the site’s most popular posts:

  • Calming a Hyperactive Child: “A friend and coworker of my husband’s sent me some samples of Lavender, Cedarwood, Peppermint, and Peace & Calming essential oils. I was skeptical about how they would work, but after battling it out with a child with ADHD (and no medication because I had run out), I decided it couldn’t hurt anything. I put a couple drops of each essential oil in my son’s hands and had him rub them on his head and neck. Within the next few minutes it was as if I had given my son his usual remedy. This oil application completely changed the way my child acted within a matter of minutes. These essential oils worked better than anything else we have tried. My son now would rather have his oils than the side-effect-laden alternatives.” —Cassandra, Oklahoma
  • Lowering High Blood Pressure: “A friend in his 70s had a physical several weeks ago and discovered that he had high blood pressure (HBP). His blood pressure (BP) had been hovering in the 160/98 range. The doctor suggested monitoring it daily for a month and recording the reading. If it did not come down in a month with better food choices and exercise, medication might be recommended. Meanwhile, I suggested that my friend start using OmegaGize, Essentialzyme, and the NingXia Red juice. After a couple of days on this protocol, I was to meet my friend, but he was late in arriving. It turns out that he had been going from grocery-store pharmacy to grocery-store pharmacy getting his BP checked because he just could not believe the readings. He thought that the blood pressure machines must be broken. After two days on the three products that I had suggested, my friend’s BP was down to 138/78. Needless to say, he is very happy and confident that, by the time he returns to his doctor, his BP will be well within the normal range.” —Rebecca, Colorado
  • Alleviating PMS Symptoms: “My entire life I have had horrible cramps, breast tenderness, and bloating 2 to 3 days before my cycle would start, followed by very heavy, very long bleeding. I could not stand up straight! My mother had read that all of the commercial bath products we use have hormone disrupting chemicals in them. So she sent me Young Living’s shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and face wash. When I received them, I literally grabbed everything else in my shower in one fell swoop and dropped it in the trash. After replacing all of the chemical-laden products with Young Living products, I have not had a trace of any of those symptoms related to my cycle. My periods are shorter and not as heavy, too! In fact, most of the time I forget that I am even on my period.” —Katy, Texas
  • Restoring Feeling in Feet: “My mother-in-law has suffered with the loss of sensation in her feet for MANY years. She is very seldom without her walker. I asked if she would be open to trying something different, and she agreed. I mixed up a blend of Frankincense and Lemongrass essential oils in a base bottle of Ortho Ease Massage Oil and sent it down to her. (NOTE: I added about 35 drops of each to the bottle of Ortho Ease. When mixing up an additional batch, I also added 30 drops of Cypress essential oil.) After applying it twice a day regularly to her feet and calves—about 2 weeks in—she was in the grocery store with her walker. About halfway through, she said she had awful pain in her feet … AND SHE WAS SOOOO EXCITED! She has not had feeling in her feet in so long. The next day she brought her walker into the kitchen with her in the morning and left it there the rest of the day. Her feet felt so wonderful she didn’t feel she needed it!” —Kris, Wisconsin

Again, the Oil-Testimonials site is completely brand neutral, and if you’re interested in using essential oils, I do second its recommendation to “do your own research or ask a trusted friend to find a brand that is reputable.”

Let me know what you think about the site!

 

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We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

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We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s the thing folks, South Africa is a relatively developed economy […]

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We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s the thing folks, South Africa is a relatively developed economy […]

This is just the start of the post We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s the thing folks, South Africa is a relatively developed economy […]

This is just the start of the post We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

Growing and Using Barley at Home

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Barley is a high-yielding cereal grain that can be adapted to many parts of the homestead. It can be used as a tasty cereal, ground into flour, sprouted for super food, grown as fodder for livestock (which can save you lots of money when using homemade fodder in winter time), and last, but not least, grown for beer and different types of alcohol. One aspect of growing your own barley is that it doesn’t require a lot of water to grow and can be planted as a green manure to revitalize any overused soil.

The barley sold at Ready Gardens is an organic variety adapted for pearling, malting, and food grade. It has been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices.

Barley is rich in dietary fiber, niacin (Vitamin B3), thiamine (Vitamin B1), selenium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and copper. And it has all the nutritional value of wheatgrass. So it’s a healthy alternative and is easy to grow. As well, the high fiber content present in barley makes it a great digestive aid.

How to Grow Barley from Start to Finish

Barley prefers cool, dry growing areas and could easily be considered a cool season crop because it flourishes more in the Fall or Spring. It prefers growing in temperatures no higher than 55 degrees F. In fact, many prefer growing barley is the Fall because they see a higher production rate. This cereal crop is very adaptive in terms of where it is grown and can be sown in a container or in the ground.

One of the reasons people don’t grow barley is because they don’t know how much barley they need. To put it into perspective – 200 square feet of barley can get you 40 pounds at harvest time. That’s a lot of barley!

Growing 

(40-50 days to ripen for harvest)

  1. Prepare garden beds with a rake to create small furrows or prepare garden containers.
  2. Scatter seeds on the ground or in a container. Aim for about one or two kernels per inch. Another way is to use a broadcast seeder, which has a hand crank and throws the seed in a twenty-foot cloud.
  3. After seeding, use a rake to rake in the grain, to get better soil contact and cover at least some of the seed. If you are using a container, use a hand leaf rake to get grain seed into the soil. The ideal depth for planting barley is 50-75 mm. Germination takes 3 days.
  4. Moisten the growing area until sprouts occur.
  5. Water as needed. Barley is fairly drought-resistant, so you don’t usually need to worry much about watering it if you are getting a reasonable amount of rain. If you experience an extended period without rain, water as needed.

Harvesting

There are three stages to look for when growing of barley:

  1. Milky: press on a grain and see milky liquid ooze out.
  2. Dough: liquid hardens inside the grain and the grain will show a dent when pinched.
  3. Mature: grain is hard and the heavy heads often bend forward.

When the barley grains begin to mature, it turns from green to a golden brown and is ready to harvest with milky liquid is not released. Cut the grains with pruning shears or a scythe near the base when most of the green color has turned brown and the seeds are hardening (no longer milky). As you cut the grain, lay it in bundles all going the same way, and then tie these into sheaths. When you have about eight or ten of these, stand them up into small piles with most standing up and a couple laid across the top. Leave these out in the sun and wind for one or two weeks to thoroughly ripen and dry. This reduces the chances of the barley molding in storage.

Threshing

Threshing the grains refers to separating the heads of the stalks from the stalk. This can be done three ways: rubbing with your hands, hitting the stalks with a wooden stick, or banging seed heads inside a clean metal trash can. We typically use the latter and bang the seed heads in a trash can.

Winnowing

The last step of harvesting barley is the winnowing process. Winnowing helps to blow away any impurities of the barley. The easiest way to winnow your harvested barley is by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a fan to blow away small particles.

Storing

Now that you have successfully harvested your barley, you want to ensure proper storage so it stays fresh. Keep your grain fresh when you store it below 60F, free from oxygen, moisture, and pests. You can do this by bagging and freezing it, or placing it in food-safe, airtight buckets along with oxygen-absorber packets.

Growing barley will be an easy addition to the garden and provide you many homestead uses. Make sure you gather seeds from your barley crop to use for the next growing season!

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Dealing with Survivor Guilt in a Disaster!

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Dealing with Survivor Guilt in a Disaster
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Have you ever seen or been involved in a major traumatic event and wondered how you survived? Do you believe that you did something wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not? If you were in the crowd of the Las Vegas shooting or a passenger in one of the Amtrak derailments, you may ask yourself why you survived.

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