Ever considered starting a small farm? A survival garden that feeds you and your family? Could a micro-farm be successful? Don’t know where to start … or even if you should?
Doctor and author, Tarrin P Lupo, interviewed 10 small-scale farmers across the country to get their insights and tips on starting and maintaining such a farm. What kind of farms? The discussion includes organic farming and:
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When it comes to the food preservation of your garden successes, canning is the skill to master. Edible shelf-life of properly canned food ranges from one to five years. Canned product that’s freeze dried (think canned lentils) may last up to twenty-five, maybe thirty years.
If you’re a “canning beginner”, remember to use modern canning recipes only … and to follow the recipe exactly.
There are probably 12 to 15 must-follow canning rules. Here are five of the most important:
Safety Rules Of Canning
1. Don’t use jars larger than a quart. Home canning technology cannot guarantee that larger quantities will be sufficiently heated through for enough time. Rather, the food on the outside will overcook, while that on the inside won’t get hot enough for food safety.
2. A water-bath canner may only be used for high acid foods such as tomatoes, fruits, rhubarb, sauerkraut, pickles, and jams/jellies. A pressure canner MUST be used for low acid foods including vegetables, meats, and stews.
3. [Again] Use only modern canning recipes from reliable sources (especially when first starting out).
4. Never reuse jar lids. Used lids aren’t reliable for sealing correctly. If a screw-on band is rusty or bent, it won’t work right and should be discarded and replaced. That said, you might consider purpose-designed reusable Tattler lids.
5. Don’t use antique or ‘French’ -type canning jars. They aren’t as safe as the modern, regular ‘Ball, Kerr’ type.
Source: Another excellent post by Ken Jorgustin. Read the comments after his article for additional canning insights.
You’re growing a survival garden for you, for your family, and for your group.
You do not want this wilderness garden to be out in the open for any “passerby”, hungry or not, to spot. Hiding your garden may be very important.
What to do? How can you hide it in “plain sight”?
One of the most important aspects of prepping is a survival food source. Most folks choose the food storage option, rotating bulk stocks to keep supplies fresh.
But if you’re looking for a long-term survival solution, you must consider the garden alternative. It’s hard work with a tough learning curve if you didn’t grow up on a farm.
However, if there’s a deep social collapse, how else will you feed your family and members of your group for months … or much longer?