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Today we ask a simple question: What are you preparing for? I will share with you what I am preparing for, and what I am NOT preparing for and why I have made these decisions.

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Announcements

  • 1 seat left: Cricket Processing Workshop (I miscounted)
  • June Webinar: Starting an Event, June 26 at 5pm Central

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • First round of canning this week: Ant Helen’s Pickled Beets
  • Testing freeze dried beet greens to see if I can reconstitute and saute and have the mouth feel right
  • Defrosting freezer story and a word on freezer alarms
  • 50 lbs bacon
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Canning kitchen is set up!

Frugal Tip

  • Bone Broth Process

Shopping Update from Joe on Mewe

Weekly Shopping Report for 06/04/2022

The weather should be reasonable all weekend, but warmer tomorrow than today, so off we went. We made four stops.

The first stop was Dollar Tree. They have no more mackerel. We saw a few other “second-choice” options, but the only thing I got there was a cold drink.

Second was Home Depot. The price of a 2×4 has dropped further, to $5.48. Ryobi Days is still ongoing, so if you have any interest in their 18V One+ line, now’s the time. My wife and I have many of these tools, and none have let us down. The savings on the batteries is great right now. We found the 40 lb. bag of bird seed and 60 lb. bag of blacktop patch we wanted.

Third was Aldi. A few prices had dropped: English muffins $1.29–>$1.15, bacon $4.35–>$4.29, eggs $2.26–>$2.21. Pork prices were unchanged, so I got a couple of loins for the freezer; I will can what was in there tomorrow. We found everything we wanted.

The final stop was Food City for cat food. They had a decent amount of Friskies cans, and a good amount of various bagged kibble.

Overall, stock levels looked good in all of the stores, with no glaring holes.

Untainted regular has jumped though, to $4.699/gallon; that’s up 14c from a week ago. 

Operation Independence

  • Chicken workshop is about sold out, which helps
  • Launching sponsorships and new coaching programs in three weeks!

Main topic of the Show: What are you preparing for?

What are you preparing for? Is it rumore of shortages? Normal things that happen to most people? Zombies? Nuclear War? Economic collapse? What is the thing you have in mind?

This weekend, as I say in my garden doing my “Daily Thirty,” which equates to half a row of weeding and cultivation, I say what was doing well, and what was not. It got me to thinking about this question: What are you preparing for?

You see my reaction could have been fear and panic as I saw some plants looking sad, or the blank places in the garden where nothing has germinated. Or I could look at the things that have taken off and ask myself WHY? Why are they doing well and how can I replicate that in this blank spot?

I mean, this year, we are in drought conditions in TN which means the water is NOT wicking as well through the soil into my plants, in part because I did not cultivate the plot for five years and it is a little out of balance. 

Yet other places here have thriving plants completely ignorant of this drought. 

TELLING.

As I sat there, listening to the sheep baaah, to the goats bray, to the bees buss and to the world filled with life, it triggered the next question: What are you preparing for?

As gas prices climb above 4 and 5 dollars, more and more people reach out with questions. SO many questions. Some feel fear. SOme are just feeling lost – like what ELSE can I spend less on in order to still go to my job. They are seeing parts of their garden no longer germinate and fill with plants and they are focused on the problem.

So I ask: What are you preparing for?

What I am preparing for: 

  • A stable life on the homestead, teaching, learning new things, enjoying, caring, eating well, and carving some time for outdoor recreation
  • Normal life events (Job loss, illness, family crisis, tornadoes, ice storms)
  • Ongoing rolling shortages in our supply chain

What I am NOT preparing for

  • WWIII
  • USA’ descent into late stage facism or communism
  • The ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
  • Multi year shortages
  • Nuclear war
  • FEMA Camps

BUT WHY??

  • What really happens when things get that bad?
  • Adjusted expectations
  • A bank account of skills and creative thinking
  • Critical thinking capability
  • You have one life to live – use it well

Something we like to focus on here is lots of homesteading things. Why? Well, because I LIVE on a homestead. But another thing that is important to keep in mind is that not everyone wants to live like I do, but you can still have the kind of life you want. And building various bank accounts helios add stability: food bank accounts, cupply bank accounts, skills bank accounts, relationship and community bank accounts, your actual bank account, crypto bank accounts, regenerative bank accounts, energy bank accounts – the list goes on an on.

But you will never know where  to focus if you are preparing for WWIII. SO I ask again today, what are you preparing for?

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Today we talk about sad things, clearing land with sheep, incoming ducks, making unusable land usable and more. There will be a live Q & A after the show so get your questions in!

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Today we talk about how decentralization empowers you, and whatever else you bring up in the live chat with Xavier Hawk of Phireon.com and John Willis of Special Operations Equipment.

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Today is a homestead update about rabbit ears, incoming livestock, emergency room visits, food success, and more.

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Forage

  • About to get Elderberry flower
  • Sassafras Leaves
  • Fodder tree harvest round one is in process
  • Red clover – the clover story

Livestock

  • Pig nest and pond sealing update
  • Sheep Arriving
  • Chickens keep getting stuck in the feeder (Class is almost sold out)
  • Goat troubles
  • Rabbit Ear Mites
  • New Ducks coming soon – broody duck 2.0 and what we are doing about it

Grow

  • Arugula and greens have patches established in the garden
  • Squash in pig pasture (Rehab in process, water automated)
  • Nutrient issue in Sunshine plot and location problem
  • Succession planting where the outdoor lettuce was
  • A word on the week of intermittent rain and planting

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Lots of visitors through this week, potluck solution, taking next week off from visits
  • How we found the sheep
  • Preparing SRF – Call for volunteers

Infrastructure

  • Chicken Tractor Fencing
  • Tomato walls are done
  • IBCs ready for the AP
  • Sheep Fencing (Video coming soon on setting a post in solid rock)

Finances

  • $4k invested in sheep

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Today we talk about upselling, self reliance and more  with Toolman Tim and John Willis.

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LAST CHANCE:

Paul Wheaton has a Kickstarter!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/free-heat?ref=1f3rkb

Chicken Processing Workshop, July 2 9am-2pm

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Special Operations Equipment

https://www.youtube.com/c/TOOLMANTIMSWORKSHOP

 

Main content of the show

Replay of the Tuesday Live on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MceTD-y9DM8

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GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Today is a response to a question from a listener who wanted to know how it is that the LFTN Community is so functional, mostly spam and scam free, and able to talk about hard things in a productive way. Rather than just answer that one person, I thought I would share some thoughts on how to foster a functional community.

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Announcements:

  • Chicken Processing will be rescheduled to July 2.
  • Tuesday Live Update

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Post vacation reset
  • Garden producing all vegetables (What that looks like)
  • FD running 24/7 and freezers being used to stage the next batch
  • Canning kitchen almost set up (why we have it outside)
  • Curing and grinding the pork to finish the four pigs
  • Chicken breast recipe – alfredo (Cook With What You Have)

Frugal Tip

  • Gas Buddy
  • Reusable bag update

Operation Independence

  • We are at 90% from Homestead food at this time of year – it feels very good.
  • Considering renting access to our processing setup

Main topic of the Show: 

    1. Decide Purpose (Communicate it)
    2. More is bad (Communicate it)
    3. Be a community of doers not takers (communicate it)
    4. Set and model clear and healthy boundaries (communicate it)
    5. Use technology (communicate it)
    6. Have an inner circle and accept help (Communicate it)
  • Erase toxic people (communicate it)
  1. Mentor people on the edge (communicate it)
  2. Discussion is good – arguments are bad (Take things offline that should be off line)

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Join us this Sunday, May 22, at 4pm CT for a special webinar with the Tactical Redneck. He will walk us through how to assess your property for defense!

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Today is a homestead update and we cover pig relocation hijinks, how the gardens are faring, handling things alone, money matters, food problems, and more.

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Forage

  • Lambsquarter
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Daylily flowers
  • Radishes, greens, lettuce, basil and herbs, mint
  • Tactical forged through my freezer while I was gone

Livestock

  • Pig Moving Hijinks
  • Chickens are on pasture (Processing class June ??)
  • Pod sealing with swines (Corn over holes)
  • Broody duck
  • Goat on tether
  • Begin harvesting fodder
  • Cycy is better

Grow

  • Bean germination problem
  • Cukes and squash up
  • Tomato wall looks good
  • Hops need trellis
  • Foliar spray cycle needed, plants look sad everywhere but the ap and hydro system
  • Potatoes look great, need to be hilled
  • Sweet potato slips

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • T held down the fort
  • LB and playing dead
  • Jenni feeding pigs

Infrastructure

  • Pond, three sections with electric for sheep
  • IIBCs for the ap are cut and prepped for the AP
  • Perimeter fence is underway
  • Hydro is about done
  • Need to install trellis everywhere
  • Automated pig water and garden water

Finances

  • The last 2 weeks cost us money

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Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

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Today we talk about rotational grazing, crazy people, being the counter economy and food shortages on a Tuesday Live episode with Billy Bond and John Willis.

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Special Operations Equipment

https://www.permapasturesfarm.com/

Main content of the show

Replay of the Tuesday Live on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXi3b79U5eo

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Today we talk about community, problems of our own making, or the game “What’s that smell?”, and more on Afternoon Tea with the Spicy Sisters.

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A Farmish Kind of Life

Main content of the show

Replay of the Tuesday Live on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rhxswOGTRc

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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