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Jerry’s Garden: “Good luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity”

May 3rd, 2011

Hi Everyone!  Hope you all are enjoying the beginnings of Springtime!  Spring is such a nice time of year—everything seems to be renewed and refreshed, trees and plants turning green, bees buzzing past you, baby animals opening their eyes for the first time—you get the point!

However, Springtime can also be a dangerous time when it comes to weather.  Flash flooding and tornadoes are pretty common during this time of year.  Because the ground is typically already soaked with the winter’s snow, and because it tends to rain a lot during Spring, oftentimes the rain has nowhere to go—except into your home!

Tornadoes typically rear their nasty heads whenever there are massive weather changes—such as severe cold fronts meeting severe warm fronts.  Springtime is an ideal time for tornadoes to form.  Many of us in the greater Raleigh, NC area experienced this phenomenon a couple weekends ago.  Tornadoes are by no means a common occurrence in our area, but they do show up from time to time.

This time, when they showed up, they really wanted to make sure everyone noticed them!  We had over 60 separate tornadoes touch down in our area, causing millions of dollars in damage, killing 2 dozen people, and hurting hundreds more.  My wife and I managed to escape unscathed—slight property damage but nothing more.

The reason I bring all of this up is to ask the question of you, “Are you prepared for natural disasters?”  I know many of us prepare for disasters such as drastic climate change, government collapse, biohazard situations, etc., but do we prepare for every day disasters Mother Nature may decide to throw our way?  Disasters that can last only minutes, but can drastically alter our lives none-the-less?

I think it’s important, if you call yourself a “prepper“, to be prepared for any disaster that may come your way—not just the more exciting, conspiracy theory type of disasters.  My wife and I, for example, have a hurricane/tornado survival kit prepared.  We have a plan and a contingency plan.  We knew what to do, where to go in our home, and how to keep ourselves safe when we heard a tornado had been spotted touching down in our area.

Natural disasters can happen anywhere and some can happen with absolutely no warning.  The best thing you and your family can do is be prepared for all scenarios.  Go over the plan with your family, rehearse it, and come up with an alternate plan in case the first one is not viable.  The goal is to survive.  Material things can be replaced, but lives cannot.  Be prepared and your chances are better that you will survive any kind of disaster thrown your way!

About the Author

Jerry Greenfield

My number one focus is growing my own food. I don’t think that really counts as a hobby.  For some people it is, but for me, growing my own fruits and vegetables and saving my own seed is the key to survival. The only person you can count on is yourself, if you ask me. The government is trying to help us all with GMOs and welfare, but it’s all a crock. I also like to build things and read Transcendentalist authors from the 1860s.

Connect with Jerry via his blog and Facebook page: Grow Like Crazy

 

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Sustainability and Sustainable Living

June 28th, 2010

 

While the term ‘sustainability’ is broad its core meaning is: to maintain or keep in existence. It applies to both the environmental world and the existence of human beings. Environmentally sustainability applies to the continuous diversity and productiveness of biological systems. For humans it is the ability to maintain well being for our current generation and generations to come. One depends on the other.

One big factor that is changing the way people think about sustainability is global warming. Global warming, the increase in the average temperature of earth’s near-surface air and oceans, is in part caused by the increase of greenhouse gases, which are a result of human activity. One example is deforestation. Global warming and recent natural disasters have caused people to think more about sustainability and sustainable living.

‘Sustainable living’ is based on decisions, whereby an individual or a group of individuals, such as a family or society, attempt(s) to reduce their use of the earth’s natural resources, as well as his/her own resources, in order to meet economical, environmental, and societal needs. Also known as ‘carbon footprint,’ an individual or group can decide to alter things in their life for the betterment of the planet’s resources, such as reducing energy consumption, diet, or transportation. Green businesses also choose and decide to conduct their practices in alignment with sustainable living by incorporating sustainable design and development into their business practices, such as a farmer who grows sustainable foods.

Ever since 1854, when the earliest piece of literature to distinctively address the idea of sustainable living—Henry David Thoreau’s Walden—there has been an awareness to meet economical, environmental, and societal needs without jeopardizing these three needs for future generations to come. Henry David Thoreau was one of the earliest environmentalists who spent a great amount of time contemplating nature and our impact on our world.

It is in meeting these three needs—economical, environmental, and societal—and keeping them in balance that result and will result in humankind’s ability to maintain its existence. Each individual’s impact and the population of a community, as well as the resources being used, renewable or not, affect the total environmental impact in which we live.

For many people, making the switch to a sustainable lifestyle can be overwhelming, with not being sure where to start. From switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to riding a bicycle to run errands to preparing family meals made with organic foods from a garden, there are many easily incorporated practices that can help people live a more sustainable lifestyle. Do you incorporate sustainable living practices into your life and on a continuous basis? If so, what changes have you made in your lifestyle to lesson your carbon footprint? How did you begin to live more sustainably?

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Food Supply Shortages Are a Real Possibility

April 29th, 2010

From climate change to natural disasters, and even human ignorance, there are occurrences that take place in the world that affect food supplies. Two occurrences, out of many, that have been in the spotlight recently are seed shortages and what is known as the topsoil crisis.

It’s hard to imagine not being able to enjoy vegetables such as cucumbers and snap peas, but according to a recent Associated Press article, ‘Wet Summer, More Demand Could Create Seed Shortage,’ that possibility is generating a desire in more people to grow their own foods for seed.

Due to poor seed crops, for American and European seed-growers alike, American seeds are in high demand. This could create a domino effect: seed shortages lead to higher seed demands, and higher seed demands could lead to food supply shortages, which could lead to yet more increases in food costs at the grocery store.

The “topsoil crisis” refers to the depletion of arable land in the world. Topsoil erodes, and due to human civilization and common agricultural practices, our planet is losing vital agricultural soils at an accelerated pace. While our food supply is not depleted, as of yet, the affect that soil degradation could have on our ability to grow food for the world’s population is a serious concern of scientists, because scientists know that the death of a civilization can happen relatively fast.

While it can be discouraging and somewhat scary to read about the future of our food supplies, whether that be via seed shortages or the topsoil crisis, it makes the idea of growing foods that much more appealing, with a philosophy, “from seed, for seed.” While our planet is losing vital agricultural soils, people can turn to their own yards to nourish the land that they have access to, for better foods and peace of mind.

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Preppers Prepping for the Future

April 18th, 2010

Considering the disasters that have taken place in the last ten years, it’s understandable that people have become more concerned about their personal well-being when thinking about possible future catastrophes, such as man-made or natural disasters. Many of these people, who think and plan ahead for future emergencies, fall under the category of ‘preppers.’
 
Preppers—not necessarily survivalists who can be dropped off in any remote location and live off of the land—educate their families and prepare their homes in order to help survive major disasters. Preppers take a back to basics approach to living that includes greater personal obligation, and today, who can argue that knowing first aid, being able to grow your own foods, and having a food supply for a couple of months and additional emergency back-up plans are bad ideas? Throughout history there have always been people who have prepared for possible disasters, but today, with the internet, preppers are able to connect with each other and share their plans and thoughts on preparedness. Prep, prepare, prepping … for preppers, it’s a common sense approach to living in uncertain times. If you’re interested in learning more about the prepping lifestyle, visit http://www.americanpreppersnetwork.com/ .
 
And, visit Humble Seed’s Facebook page then click on ‘Our Products’ and scroll down to ‘Meet Our Sister Product,’ where you can watch ‘The Vegetable Apocalypse!’ and learn more about Humble Seed’s The Producer—a great investment that is ideal for prepping and long-term storage—you can save 20% when you order now with the coupon code.

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