Getting your homestead prepared should be easy right? But is your homestead, family and animals ready for the Zombie Apocalypse to strike?
Buy your homestead, plant some veggies, save a few seeds, preserve what you grow, add a few egg layers and meaties and fill your pantry and freezer. Well kind of, but that really is just the basics of it all. There is so much more to making sure that your homestead is prepared.
Last week I was interviewed by Todd from The Prepper Website. He asked me what my family was preparing for and I wanted to tell him just about everything. But the truth is, at this point in the game, it doesn’t matter what side of the fence you are sitting on, we can’t look at the world through rose-colored glasses anymore. Our country as a whole has begun to go south and if we don’t find a peaceful resolution to the problems soon, it’s going to get much, much worse and pretty fast.
Of course I’m praying for peaceful resolution, no one wants the world to go sour. But in the mean time, while I pray and the Lord does His work, there’s a few things we can be doing to ensure that if things should get bad, our homestead will be one that it still standing.
Getting Your Homestead Prepared
Plant and save the right type of seeds
Once upon a time I thought it was a good idea and a wonderful money saver to purchase seeds from the dollar store. Little did I know that these seeds are most likely duds. I was so excited when I bought my cheap seeds the first time. But, most didn’t even sprout and the ones that did, produced little to no fruit. The seeds I saved from the little fruit I got, produced nothing. I couldn’t imagine the gut wrenching feeling I would have had, had I saved those seeds for the Zombie Apocalypse, only to find that we were going to starve because I bought cheap, GMO seeds. It was through a lot of education that I learned that not all seeds are created equal. Although purchasing seeds from the dollar store might be a quick and very cheap way to stock up on your seed supply, it’s really not the most practical way to prepare for several years of having to grow your own food. It is best to purchase from a non-gmo seed company like Sow True Seed or Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company where you can purchase open pollinated, heirloom, non-gmo seeds that are excellent for seed storing.
Start a medicinal herb garden
Who knew herbs weren’t just for spicing up your meals? I did, but not everyone does. Herbs can not just help treat a health issue, but they are very helpful in preventing health issues from occurring in the first place. Oregano, Garlic, Peppermint, Echinacea, Thyme, Rosemary, and Chamomile are just a few of the easiest herbs you can begin to grow and they all have amazing health benefits. The best part, herbs don’t have to be grown outdoors. You can raise herbs, in containers right in your home.
Don’t forget about your animals
You’ll probably be a bit annoyed with yourself if the Zombie Apocalypse rolls around and you run out of food and medical supplies for your dogs, cats, chickens, goats, pigs, etc. Learning how to make homemade food for your animals will save you a lot of stress later and save on the pocket-book now. You can absolutely make your own chicken feed and by learning this skill, you’ll be able to apply it later if the need should arise. But don’t stop at learning how to feed your animals without the help of commercial feed. Also learn how you are going to sustain your meat supply long-term. If we can’t go to our local hatchery to pick up a few new meaties to fill our freezer with, then we are going to need a rooster and a few hens around to make sure that the supply chain continues on. Also, consider your animals health needs and research ways that you can assist with those needs yourself. There are many herbs that can be used to prevent and treat illnesses in animals as well.
Pack a go bag for the whole family
I live in a very small, rural, farming community in the middle of the country. There are less than 1000 people within 30 miles of here. I don’t live near a big city. There are no big stores, restaurants, chain stores, etc. We are just a small community, of locally run businesses who help one another out. The likelihood that my family would have to pack up and leave is slim, but it’s not an impossibility. Things happen, fires, tornadoes, we get over-run by zombies, or in all seriousness, it really is just not safe for my family to be here for one reason or another. If we had to leave, we’d need a few supplies to take with us. Everyone has a bag packed with a few days worth of clothes, some hygiene supplies, extra pair of shoes and a little bit of food. Homesteader Hubby, the older kiddos and myself have some dried herbs, Essential Oils, first-aid supplies, a knife for each of us and other forms of protection.
Protection and Hunting
When disasters happen and cities get shut down (take Katrina as an example), those who are not prepared with food, water, and medical supplies tend to get desperate. They will make their way to your part of town, they will scavenge for food and at that point, your food supply, your livestock, your preps become a target. Do you have what you need to ensure that your family, your home and your belongings are protected? And don’t forget about hunting. If your food supply runs low and even if it doesn’t, you can always hunt for wild game by using a rifle, handgun, bow and arrow, or trapping techniques.
Create an off-grid kitchen
During the first two months on the homestead, we learned quickly how unprepared for a grid-down situation we really were. Due to 34-year-old power lines, we had to dig a trench, and run new underground electrical wiring to our home. Our part was easy and done with in just a few days. But due to 15 inches of rain, massive flooding throughout the state and power outages everywhere, the electric company didn’t get out to hook us up for 2 months. We had to haul water, heat water up for bathing and cleaning. Cook on an open fire, our gas grill and one single electric burner that was connected to an extension cord that ran out to the pole into a contractor’s box. In a grid-down, we would not have had the convenience of that extension cord and contractor’s box. There are many off-grid kitchen items that any homesteader should consider when preparing their homestead for a potential natural or major disaster.
Consider manual tools
Battery operated drills, electric saws and mowers that run on fuel are all wonderful to have and they are a very practical and efficient way to tackle your projects. At least now they are. But in the event that we are faced with a natural disaster or the world goes sour, those tools aren’t going to do us any good. Without manual drills, screw drivers, lawn mowers, saws, etc. We are basically out of commission. There would be no way to fix our fences, repair damages to our animals pens and runs. If we don’t keep the grass and weeds cut down, we are looking at being over-run by poisonous snakes, insects and rodents. Keeping a few of these tools on hand, isn’t a bad idea at all.