Step 3 – Grow food
I think gardening is one of those things that as a prepper you instinctively understand. Gardening is the ability to provide food for your family if some system goes down. At its basic level, the ability to eat your own food is very satisfying.
What are some of the rewards of gardening?
As you work together as a family you are united in a common purpose. You are able to talk to other family members, to draw closer to them. You are building more than just a crop. The insight you will gleen from others will be invaluable.
Appreciation of Work
Work with results develops people. As you learn to work in the garden you will eventually see results. A garden is a great way to have children learn that the work you put in will have a direct result.
As we grow a garden we develop the confidence to provide for ourselves if we need to. Buy learning now we will be able to take that knowledge and implement something larger if need be. We can provide for others as they may need help.
A garden reminds us of the beauties around us. We are reminded that a little seed can turn into a wonderful meal with work and care. It reminds us of “the law of the harvest… we reap what we sow.” Even if what you cultivate is small, it will remind you of the wonders of nature.
Food you grow is healthier. There is less transport, handling and pesticides on it. Good health comes from good food. The food you grow is the best food you can have.
The food you grow costs less than store bought food. There is no labor cost. There are no taxes paid. The money you save can be used for other worthwhile purposes.
What to plant?
Plant what you eat at first. Try peppers in a small container at first. Then as your experience grows you can try a raised bed. You can grow the size from there. There are so many websites you can go to. Look around and see what your local climate supports. Go to you local nursery, they are probably the best resource.
Hopefully you can realize the great blessing that a garden can become in your life. The ability to cultivate relationships, reap what we sow, and have a healthier lifestyle we provide great happiness in your life.
Prepping 101- Making life’s road a little smoother.
12 Step Program
- It should make your life better.
- Get out of debt
- Grow food
- Store food
- Develop you own plan
- Save money
- Get an education and a job
- Be Charitable
- Emotional Stability
- Renewable Energy
- Other Basic Preps- insurance
Over the next few weeks I will discuss each point into detail. I am going to try and do some podcasts for each to get into greater detail.
Prepping 101- Making Life’s road a little smoother.
Originally in Latin the word caritas meant preciousness, dearness, high price. From this, in Christian theology, caritas became the standard Latin translation for the Greek word agapē, meaning an unlimited loving-kindness to all others, such as the love of God. This much wider concept is the meaning of the word charity in the Christian triplet “faith, hope and charity”. However the English word more generally used for this concept, is the more direct love. Credit wikipedia.
It this the love you have for your fellow-man? That “direct love”. Part of prepping is helping those around you.
As we continue down the prepping road, there are some things that I have observed are intrinsic among preppers, though not exclusive to them. Charity is one. When you have been blessed with the ability to look forward and to prepare your life for the inevitable, you realize your neighbors may not share the same outlook or may not be as far along as you. You realize your next door neighbor is getting up there in age and may not be able to completely take care of themselves if there is an emergency. Who should? Why you of course. Since you know this you are also preparing for the time when you will have to help them. Your ability to be charitable defines you as a person.
Prepping is not about hoarding. It is not about saying I have more than you and you should have prepared. It is about helping those around you that may have a greater need than yourself.
What if your neighbor is just barely making it, and they lose a job? Are you going to say, “Should have saved some money?” or are you going to help by providing support and maybe some meals because your were a little more fortunate? Our effort should be at helping and not casting judgement. Of course we wish everyone would prepare for those things that may happen, but they don’t.
Make it a goal to continue to help those around us. Maybe you are saying what can I do? Here is a possible list
- Volunteer with a local community agency.
- Support community events such as service projects.
- Participate in local school programs.
- Volunteer at a local homeless shelter.
- Help in community literacy programs.
- Make a meal for someone
- Help plant a garden
- Make humanitarian kits
- Give a class on prepping
One of the hidden advantages of serving those around you is you get to know them. You are able to befriend them, to find out a little more about them. Maybe you form a new friendship or maybe you put a smile on someone elses faces. What could be better than that? When was the last time you felt bad about helping someone else? That’s what I thought.
Prepping 101- Making life’s road a little smoother.