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  • Thu, Oct 12, 2017 - 07:00am

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    Snydeman

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    Suburban Prepping at our Chateau

Greetings Fellow PPers! I put together a video (about 25 minutes) that illustrates the approaches my wife and I have taken towards preparing for a variety of potential crises. You can find the video here. A few things to note:

1) I’m not a professional video guy, so take it as an amateur using his family camcorder and some basic video editing software, because it is.

2) Our preps are nowhere near complete. We have tons more to do, tons more to purchase, and tons more to learn. I suspect it will always be that way!

3) As Rector pointed out to the community on another thread about a month back, we are NOT prepared for every crisis. We have taken what he and others have reflected on – from fires to hurricanes to flooding – and are reassessing how we can expand our preparations to include responses to those problems.

4) I’m not sharing this with the intent of showing how everyone should prepare, nor to show the best preparations one can make, but rather only sharing what we’re doing. Please feel free to give us suggestions, since the many minds of PP’s community are far better than our two heads. We haven’t thought of everything.

5) Yes, I am extremely lucky to have a wife who is “on-board.”

6) I use the term “TEOTWAWKI” a lot. It was coined by James Rawles in this book, and it means “The End Of The World As We Know It,” which isn’t to say complete destruction and Armageddon, but rather any major alteration to the way the world is currently running, whether that is economic, social, environmental, or political. There are simply too many crisis strands coming together in this moment to know which is the one that snaps, or how strands snapping will affect all the others, to prepare for any specific shift. What my wife and I do believe is that, as Chris frequently says, the “next 20 years will be [vastly] unlike the last 20 years.” 

7) We’re doing our best. It’s all we can do.

8) We don’t own gold, not because we don’t think it is an important hedge, but because we prefer to spend our capital on basic preparations right now. That may change someday.

 

Anyways, we hope you enjoy and we hope this helps someone out there in the community!

 

-Snydeman

  • Thu, Oct 12, 2017 - 07:41pm

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    Absolutely awesome video from suburbia

And I imagine you could upscale your garden quickly if needed.  I lust after you pressure canner, too.

  • Thu, Oct 12, 2017 - 08:05pm

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    Geedard

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    Kudos to you and your wife / family Snydeman

Great video and heartening to see "reality".

Also your humility, honesty, thoughtful approach – mixed with a good sense of humour.

Finally – your courage – to bare all and say it how you see it. Kudos. Impressed.

Thank you.

  • Fri, Oct 13, 2017 - 12:09pm

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    sand_puppy wrote: And I

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And I imagine you could upscale your garden quickly if needed.  I lust after you pressure canner, too.

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That's the idea. I've toyed with buying a kick-operated sod remover so that I could help neighbors quickly convert their lawns to growing spaces too, but I'm not sure; it's far better to turn the soil than just remove the sod in the long-term.

 

The pressure canner is awesome, but I'll admit I owned it for years before working up the courage to use it. When the thing gets going, every alarm bell in my head was going off and telling me I was "gonna dddiiiiiieee," so it helps to follow the directions step-by-step and NOt wing it. That's why I finally started using it this summer (and because my pole beans produced sooooo mannnyyyyy beannnnsss). My next step is to try and do it on the Pioneer Princess, which will require finesse and constant attention.

 

-S

  • Fri, Oct 13, 2017 - 12:12pm

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    Geedard wrote: Great video

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Great video and heartening to see "reality".

Also your humility, honesty, thoughtful approach – mixed with a good sense of humour.

Finally – your courage – to bare all and say it how you see it. Kudos. Impressed.

Thank you.

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Thank you for the compliments, Geedard! Above all else, I try to keep things real, and that is why I created the video; just us, aware suburban 'Muricans, doing what we can to prepare for fundamental shifts we feel are coming. 

  • Fri, Oct 13, 2017 - 01:36pm

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    robie robinson

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    Summer produce canning

Made an ole barrel (steel) stove for canning outdoors. Watch yard sales for pressure canners w/o gaskets. We have three canners on the ready, saves time.

we have a "sweetheart" kitchen cook stove. I couldn't imagine canning indoors on it. 

  • Fri, Oct 13, 2017 - 01:59pm

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    robie robinson wrote: Made

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Made an ole barrel (steel) stove for canning outdoors. Watch yard sales for pressure canners w/o gaskets. We have three canners on the ready, saves time.

we have a "sweetheart" kitchen cook stove. I couldn't imagine canning indoors on it. 

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Robie,

I still need to come down your way to discuss how to grow Broccoli, so I could take a gander at how you use the barrel to can. I'm intrigued

  • Sat, Oct 14, 2017 - 02:20am

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    Wendy S. Delmater

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    Marvelous video!

Do let us know how the straw works out. 

I love Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. We try to keep a rolling seed bank here, too, for the same reasons. 

I envy your cookstove, since all I have is an electric one with a cooktop that I cannot do pressure canning on, but we do have a turkey fryer base for that. I was terrified of our pressure canner, too. My husband is a controls technician and he does all the pressure canning at our place. I'm a wimp when it comes to things that might explode.

Love your pantry – the idea of putting things into the back for rotation is brilliant. No one has basements where we live – the water table is too high –so we do not have that. Looks like you've done very well for your circumstances although, as you point out, there is always room for improvement.

You wanted suggestions? Concord grapes–as in Welch's Grape Jelly–are dead easy to grow and grow in your climate! Just put a trellis somewhere in your back yard. 

  • Sun, Oct 15, 2017 - 06:51am

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    David Allan

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    Excellent

Thanks for that fantastic insight into your world. I really appreciate the effort you've gone to with the video. We too have one foot in each camp due to uncertainty of timing and what will actually unfold. It's always encouraging to see others take prepping seriously. 

  • Mon, Oct 16, 2017 - 02:14am

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    Wendy S. Delmater wrote: Do

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Do let us know how the straw works out. 

You wanted suggestions? Concord grapes–as in Welch's Grape Jelly–are dead easy to grow and grow in your climate! Just put a trellis somewhere in your back yard. 

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Wendy,

The straw worked amazingly, at least insofar as it was designed. The only weed issues I had were at the spots where I cleared the straw away to plant things, but that's so much less weeding than it was in previous years. I'm not sure yet how it will change the pH of the soil, though, so I can't say it is THE solution to weeds so much as "a" solution, albeit with possible side-effects I haven't discovered yet.

 

Concord grades — YES. We've been looking for a fruit to grow here, and preferably one we could convert to wine, since we figure that the skill of producing alcoholic beverages will do us more right in the long run than holding a precious metal, and will be a tradable skill in any collapse – or at least one we can leverage to make us happy right up until the bitter end. We will begin looking over our back yard area and assessing where we might put a few trellises in. Great suggestion!

 

-S

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