There is an old saying that goes, “The best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago.” This holds especially true for trees that someday may save your life in the event of a crisis or disaster.
The next best time to plant a tree, of course, is right now.
But, what should you plant?
Below is a list of trees that are especially important for food and other survival uses, based on the amount of calories they can supply, how well they store, and how long they take to produce.
1. Hazelnut (Corylus species)
Uses: Nuts are one of the most nutrient-dense, long-term storage crops you can grow, and hazelnuts top the list of best nuts to plant. This is because of their exceptional nutritional value as well as their ability to produce quickly, within 4-5 years. Keep the nut shell on and store in a cool, dry place, and it should store for at least 12 months. An edible oil can be extracted from the seed.
Continue reading at Off The Grid News: 5 ‘Survival Insurance’ Trees Every Homesteader Should Plant
By Theresa Crouse – SurvivoPedia
People strive for independence from big government for different reasons. Maybe you’re a “traditional” prepper who is worried about, and preparing for, a future disaster. Until then, you may be perfectly happy living with all of the modern conveniences. On the other hand, you may be seeking to be self-sufficient today and in the future.
Some people do this because they’re concerned about the planet. Others may do it in order to be able to feed themselves without depending on the government or grocery stores. Maybe you’re worried about all of the chemicals used in commercial farming. Or maybe it’s a combination of all of these.
I consider myself to be resilient. The old analogy “watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves” applies here. I’m taking care of myself and my family today in ways that will insure that we will be able to take care of ourselves in the future, even when fragile food systems may fail. Survival is built into everything I do – I just call it being self-sufficient, present, and forward-thinking.
There are many reasons you may want to be self-sufficient, or resilient, but many of the basic tools and knowledge that you need will be the same regardless of your reason. And I’m here to tell you that as long as you have a little space, you can grow enough food to survive.
Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Are You Making These Steps To Resilience?
By Off The Grid Radio
Food preservation is essential for every homesteader and survivalist, but far too often our stockpiles contain dozens of pre-packaged boxed meals that are tantamount to junk food.
But there is a better way to stockpile food, and this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio tells us everything we need to know. Her name is Kathy Bernier, a Maine homesteader and a Master Food Preserver as part of a University of Maine food preservation program. She also writes the Practical Prepsteader blog for the Bangor Daily News website.
Kathy stores a year’s worth of food, but it’s not Hamburger Helper, ramen noodles or even cereal. It’s food that she grows and “puts up” the same way her grandparents once did.
Continue reading at Off The Grid News: The Best Way To Store A Year’s Worth Of (Healthy) Food