Recently I spent a few days traveling around Asia with my friend DC Moore. During our brief trip, we talked about our families and what we were doing at home. DC shared stories and pictures of how he and his wife are redecorating their 1970s home on the intercostal waterway in Daytona, while I shared adventures of everyday island life. 'We are always hiking and exploring the island. Plus we are enjoying farming a our few hectares with vegetables, fruit, nuts, raising chickens, pigs, and fish.
'Greg, are you sure you're not a "Prepper"?'
'You know, I never thought of that. But I do not believe we are peppers. I mean, aren't preppers the people who hoard MRE's in their basement, or have a seed bank, or have 5 barrels of water stored in their garage. That's not how we live on the island. We actually live a simple life that includes growing and preparing our own food for our daily consumption (yes, we have plenty of extra). So I don't think we are 'Preppers'. Therefore, we are something better than Preppers.'
'What do you mean?'
'We Farmers. We have Skills, not Stuff...
As I mentioned earlier, lots of emphasis for 'preppers' is focussed on stocking up on 'stuff'. I mean, just having a closet filled with bottled water and bullets isn’t going to make people a survivor for every circumstance.
Chances are people are more likely to experience a flat tire or a bad weather event before they find themselves in a zombie apocalypse. As farmers, we learn how to fix structures, fix vehicles, and make tools. We learn to grow veggies and handles animals. Sometimes the only skill a Prepper learns is how to shop.
Think of it this way, when your tire goes flat, we know we can fix it. When the tree comes down on the road, have the tools and strength to take care of the problem. If our home is destroyed, we know how to rebuild.
No shelf life on what we grow...
IF a truly dire situation arose where people had to rely on their shelves of food I guess they'd be eating lots of macaroni dehydrated stroganoff. I mean a basement full of MREs isn’t a bad thing. But that's not us. For us, lots of the food we enjoy has a short shelf life. Why? Because it is fresh.
So how do we avoid the problem of food with a short shelf life? As farmers, we have a constant supply of fresh food. Sure, the fruit & veggies need to be eaten within a few days of being harvested, and our free range chickens taste great when freshly cooked. We are fortunate to have a growing season every day of the year. So we don't need to hoard a hidden stockpile of food. Instead, we have the option to harvest what needs harvested, eat what fresh, while leaving alive what is still growing. As long as we have a rooster and a chickens, they'll reproduce and we'll have a never ending supply of meat that will never need refrigeration. You can't say that about preppers, because they haven't figured out a way to breed Spam!
We are Gaining Experience & Learning Every Day
A prepper has a bag of seeds. We have gardens that are producing constantly.
I believe any gardener can tell you that growing all your own food in their yard can be impossible! It takes lots of soil, plenty of time and 'know how'. I mean just growing tomatoes can be enough of a challenge.
So acquiring a seed bank doesn’t equal food, and if you don’t have the space or the 'know how' to grow anything, the apocalypse isn’t the time to learn.
As farmers, we learn better ways to grow everyday. Every year we get more efficient. Trying to be a master in a disaster with a bag of old seeds is not when you are a newbie.
We are Making our mistakes now
Let’s say something happened, and you really needed to provide for yourself. That would mean every vegetable you grew you would be precious food plus you would need to save seeds so you could grow them again. You also can't afford to loose meat animals to predators. Fruit trees and gardens would need to be protected from wildlife… So many things could go wrong.
Sure, all those mistakes are really frustrating. But I can buy more chickens from the market, I can buy lots of cats, and I can plant new trees. But if this were a survival situation, I’d be dead!
A new farmer can afford to make all the newbie mistakes. A survivor can’t. Make the mistakes now, because you will make mistakes... and learn how to improve.
Enjoy the Fun & the Experience
This is by far the biggest reason to stop prepping and start farming.
Sometimes it seems as though preppers are almost fantasizing about the grid going down, or zombies taking over the planet. They dream of a time when their strength, skills and preparation will lead them toward a life of fulfillment brought by their own two hands.
But the reality is that everyone can experience a life full of self sufficiency now, and the awesome sense of fulfillment that comes with it.
You don’t need Zombies to learn how to protect your animals from predation.
You don’t need an EMP to learn how to grow your own groceries.
And you don’t need TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) to provide for your family.
Do it now. Start farming to experience the excitement of watching your first crop begin to sprout. Enjoy eating your first meal with everything that you and your family grew together. Benefit from a fulfilling life as a person who is living a sustainable life, without the Zombies breaking down your door.
Maybe next I'll make a boat and teach my daughter how to fish from it. I mean... we do live on a tropical island with a beautiful ocean.
Island Life is Awesome!
What do you think?
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