Author Archives: Thoreau

Survival Gardening: 8 Costly Mistakes

I participate in a local community gardening program. For a modest fee, I rent some gardening space at a local farm. It’s fertile soil, and they till the garden bed for you. They also provide a water source for watering … Continue reading

6 Reasons Whole Grains are Better for Survival

If/when there is a food shortage or a disruption in the food production and distribution system, whole grains will become much more important. It is axiomatic that whole grains are healthier than refined grains. But most people do not know … Continue reading

The Typical American Diet after the SHTF

You will soon be a vegan. Whether you like it or not. If/when the U.S. agricultural system collapses — and we are definitely headed in that direction — there will be very little animal-source food in the marketplace. Prices for … Continue reading

The Impending Severe Vegetable Oil Shortage

The vegetable oil supply in the United States is a house of cards. We import about 30% of the vegetable oil we use, over 5.2 million metric tonnes per year [1]. If that trade is disrupted by some economic or … Continue reading

The Approaching Cash-Only Economy

I was walking around main street, in the small town next to mine, and I noticed a sign: “Cash Only”. It was some type of eatery. Over time I began to notice several other places with the same type of … Continue reading

7 Reasons to use Transplants in a Survival Garden

Should you direct seed your garden — planting seeds directly in the ground — or grow the seedlings in small containers, then transplant them into the garden? Many crops benefit from the transplant method, for several reasons: 1. Less seed … Continue reading

Giving Away Food when the SHTF

If you have a large cache of stored foods and perhaps also a survival garden, you are well-prepared for any disaster scenario that disrupts the food supply. But a certain problem is inevitable. Most persons do not store food. Most … Continue reading

My Top 20 Survival Food Crops

In alphabetical order, not order of importance, here are my top 20 picks for survival food crops: 1. amaranth – high in carbs, a complete protein, high yielding, easy to harvest (no hulling). 2. beans – good source of protein, … Continue reading

An Electrical Storm compared to EMP

Only a few days after my post on How an EMP Disaster would Endanger Our Lives, our region experienced a strong electrical storm. A bolt of lightning struck very near to my house, causing a host of problems. All the … Continue reading

Rebuilding the Seed Supply after the SHTF

Few people realize that, if any disaster collapses our current agricultural production system, we will need to rebuild our supply of seeds for planting crops — the main commercial supply and also the seeds for gardens and small local farms. … Continue reading

Bare Minimum Survival: 3 Foods Only

The absolute bare minimum of food that you need to survive (though not in particularly good health) is three foods, to provide the three macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. 1. a grain for carbs and some protein 2. an additional … Continue reading

How an EMP Disaster would Endanger Our Lives

I don’t think this particular TEOTWAWKI disaster will happen in the short-term. But nuclear proliferation is making it seem inevitable, in the long run. North Korea has nuclear bombs and missiles. They apparently don’t have a nuke small enough to … Continue reading