A post by B. C. Lauer
People talk about prepping all the time. Get your basics, food, water, shelter and you’re good, right? This may be true for the short-term cases, but in the interest of making it for the long haul, there are other things that must be accounted for, especially for those of us that live on a farm. Even if you don’t, it is still something to consider as you may have skills that could prove mutually beneficial to a farmer friend of yours.
In this case, we’ll take a look at my own farm, Beechmont Farms, as an example. We’re soon to be a family of five, come this March. For a few months we’ll have three kids under three. We’ve invested in the reusable cloth diapers, so when we are unable to buy regular diapers, we’ll have something to fall back on. We’ve also taken the time to build a good stock of baby food pack and jars, which seem to mostly have a decent shelf-life. My wife intends to breast feed our third child, but we have formula stocked away, just in case. Ensuring our kids will not go hungry and providing their safety and welfare is the single most important thing to me.
As our kids get older, they will be able to help out more with farm chores. They can do things like making sure the animals are watered, fed and working the large garden we have too. For now, I can shoulder that responsibility. It is also important that everything you keep on your farm serves a purpose. Our horse and donkey serve as transportation, as well as a fertilizer source from their manure for our garden. Our cow provides us more milk than we can drink, so we make butter, cheeses, yogurt, buttermilk, and a few others to use up the extra milk. Our chickens provide us with eggs and occasional meat too. Most people here in Kentucky only have county water. We are fortunate enough to have a well and a few large ponds nearby. Having such abundant water sources is essential to keeping a farm going in a post-SHTF world. Also, having a Big Berkey water filter will ensure your drinking water is clean and safe to drink.
As far as keeping your equipment going, it shouldn’t take too much effort to siphon fuel from other vehicles, or if you have the right tools, directly from a gas station works too. Our tractor is an old 1957 Massey Ferguson TO30. I’m not sure what options you may have, but we keep our equipment stored under our barn, with a metal roof, which should protect against an EMP. At least we hope so.
There is something that does need to be considered when running an operation such as this. This was a recent realization I just came to myself. In the event that the SHTF, you won’t be able to count on additional help, that is unless you already have crew working your farm. Otherwise, you will need to become the mechanic, the vet, the carpenter, the electrician, the plumber and anything else that requires your attention. I am wholly inadequate to take all of that on competently. It is my strong advice that along with what ever prepping you do, take as much time as you can to educate yourself how to do things you would normally rely on somebody else to do for you. I’ll be doing the same.