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January 21, 2017 IceFire 0
nico wrote:
Thanks guys! Not feeling belittled about the mud slide lol. It was Colorado. It’s been burn or flood for us the past few years.

Sounds like California…first burn, then the rains come, and the mudslides. The whole time I was growing up there, it happened EVERY year several times a year. As far as I know, it’s STILL an annual occurrence.

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January 20, 2017 IceFire 0
kappydell wrote:
Yep-yep. And I like canning my own food, I know what is in it that way!

Absolutely! Not only fruits/jams/jellies and veggies, but I also can meats, broths/stock, soups, stews, and home-made spaghetti sauce (I can’t stand all the stuff they put in the commercially prepared sauces!)

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January 19, 2017 Odin Gray 0

Hi Dave; welcome!

I am looking forward to hearing about the progress you make on your plans.

One word of caution: your economic collapse may occur before the rest of us with the utopian community that you described.

Good luck with the project.

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January 18, 2017 TALLON 0

Hello. I am TALLON, from Virginia. I am looking forward to learning a great deal from this sight. Thank You for letting me join. Hopefully I can add a bit to the knowledge gathered hear.

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January 18, 2017 kenjabroni 0

Welcome Talmek

I was the only person looking at preps for a while in my family too. The wife jumped in and when she did it was amazing. We were a bit prepared before. With her help and approvals on things though we are a lot better off. Although my list of honey dos has gotten bigger its nice because I know shes on board completely. It will get there for you as well. Especially if shes paying attention to the way things are going in the world. Its always a huge deal to involve the kids too. To many of them are walking zombies now a days. Good Luck and welcome

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January 18, 2017 nico 0

I’m just going to start off by saying I am so glad to finally have a name for what I’ve been doing! I live in the mountains (8500 ft) and have always been a camper an outdoor type of person, so the thought of having to make my own way if anything ever happened has never been a big deal. A few years ago I experienced something that really got me thinking- my area got hit with a severe and violent flood. Luckily our house is situated up above the danger zone, but the town below where I live was devastated. The road was washed out, and the town was literally cut in half because all of the bridges were destroyed.

The realization that the situation was urgent came when a mudslide from an area that had burned 10 years previously flattened a home, killing an amazing man who never knew a stranger and was a vital part of our community. After the mudslide a reverse 911 call came, and people were awakened in the middle of the night with minutes to evacuate. Some slept through the call but luckily the roommate of the mudslide victim, who had climbed out of a window, was running around town screaming and banging on doors. People ran out in pajamas and literally watched their houses crumble and wash away.

Our whole region was severely affected, especially the small mountain towns, and our town was cut off from everything for three days. People on one side of town who lost everything were trapped without electricity, without phone, without medications, food, clothing, rain gear or anything and were at the mercy of others who opened their homes to help. Those of us who lived above were unable to get down to help and were also threatened with our higher ground bridge being washed away.

Long story long- we made it through, and the majority of people in town were helicopter-evacuated out three days later, but life was not the same for quite some time. We all have wells up here, but without electricity many could not access their water and many people had no food on hand, nothing. I was not even a prepper back then, but just had common sense stores for someone who lives at high altitude- food, water, batteries, candles, beer, etc.

The months that followed were brutal until a temporary road was constructed. Since many people were gone robberies occurred, and people took advantage of the food stores at our local cafe in a way I would have not thought would happen in a small community. There were also some beautiful acts of selflessness and compassion that make my heart soar. In the end it brought many of us closer.

Long story longer- I had many realizations that arose from this experience. I watched friends and neighbors go through the stress of managing their loss, of trying to gather information for assistance, trying to rebuild, deal with severe PTSD. The stories of what transpired during the actual flood are terrifying. One man went psychotic from 24 hours without medications. An elderly woman almost died. In retrospect from my prepping research, I realize how different it could have been if people had just had a bug out bag and basic common-sense supplies. The strange thing is that I don’t think most people who were affected by this disaster even have a bug out bag now, or even food and water preps to weather a storm. I do. Nature loves her little surprises.

Being an extreme empath, somewhat prepared, and a medical professional I was able to help many. We knew help was coming in just a few days. What if it wasn’t?

So anyway, that’s my story. I’ll probably be doing more reading than posting in the near future, and I look forward to getting to know you.

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January 18, 2017 Mountain mama 0
DaveInUtah wrote:
Thank you so much for the welcome Mountain Mamma! Can I also ask you about cows and chickens, since you know about horses? I had always planned to just hire a farmer from the area to help me with these things, but I think I’d better try to learn all I can.

I do have a small flock of chickens and am happy to answer any questions. Can help with goat and sheep questions. Cows I don’t have any experience with, and am researching myself at the moment.

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January 18, 2017 IceFire 0

Chickens aren’t difficult at all. Personally, I prefer the dual-purpose (both meat and eggs) heritage breed chickens, as they tend to be a bit hardier, although not “optimized” for producing one or the other. Breeds that are “optimized” for egg-laying are egg-laying machines, but usually not very meaty, while the Cornish cross chickens are optimized for meat production; however, they need to be butchered at 6-8 weeks old (believe me, at that age they are HUGE) or they will die of heart attacks, as their hearts and blood vessels can’t keep up with their growth rate. Do some research. I would suggest the “Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens”. They also have guides to raising beef cattle, milk cows, pigs, sheep, dairy goats, meat goats, bees, rabbits, horses, etc. The Storey’s guides cover EVERYTHING: different breeds, housing (including different types of housing and how to build it), feed requirements, veterinary care, etc.

Chickens don’t require much room; rabbits and goats can also be kept on a smaller amount of land, but if you are planning on cattle as well as garden area to sustain your group, as well as pasture/hay production, grain fields, etc., as well as housing needs for your group, you should probably consider more than just 2-5 acres.

For food production, you might also want to look into aquaponics to help maximize your yields. in aquaponics, you are raising fish in tandem with plants in a series of “grow beds”; the fish waste water feeds and waters the plants, which in turn filter and clean the water, which is then returned to the fish tank. It’s a very efficient system, and uses less water than traditional gardening. Your main “inputs” (after the initial startup) are water to “top off” the water lost to evaporation and transpiration (housing the system in a greenhouse can help to reduce evaporation loss), food for the fish, and electricity to run the pump and tank heater (depending on fish species, and mainly in winter)

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January 17, 2017 DaveInUtah 0

Thank you so much for the welcome Mountain Mamma! Can I also ask you about cows and chickens, since you know about horses? I had always planned to just hire a farmer from the area to help me with these things, but I think I’d better try to learn all I can.

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January 17, 2017 Bob_Hayles 0

Hi folks…I’m a newbie here but not to homesteading/micro-farming/prepping. I sorta shy away from the term “prepper” thanks to the TV show “Doomsday Preppers”…heck, I don’t even own a single piece of camo wear!…but my family and I do try to live as self sufficiently as possible. We raise a few veggies, some small landowner style livestock, and are in the process of firing the power company. I hope to get some ideas here and maybe contribute some back as well.

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