Last week I did a podcast on the fact that American was bleeding out. We are losing our personal liberty at an astounding rate. The tighter packed we are into suburban life the faster these freedoms are draining. It is my goal to set as many people as possible, myself included, on a course towards self reliance. I believe that through this effort we can gain our liberties back. I am looking to create an army of Self Reliant Pioneers who are looking to forge through convenience to rediscover the freedom of producing food, sharing a community, staying fit and protecting what’s most important to you.
My new book Come Unity: Community is the answer to gaining our communal liberties back. We have been robbed of our right to gather as neighbors and this book will show you how to get that back, among many other things. One of the most exciting things about a strong neighborhood is creating a community garden. We are going to focus on how to develop self reliant food sources in 2018.
There are a number ways you can achieve this but you have to be prepared to think out of the box. You may have to travel and learn new skills but this is what being a self reliant pioneer is all about.
I want you to focus on expansion. Either you are growing food or you are not. In 2018 you need to expand your growing area or your yield. ‘
Begin looking at ways that you can use stakes and trellises to grow move food on the footprint. One of the ways we did this in our community garden this year was by running zucchini up tall strong stakes. This allowed us to yield more in a smaller area.
FEED FEED FEED those plants. If you want less plants to produce more food you have to feed them. I use Neptunes hydrolyzed fish fertilizer to feed my plants both in the ground and through the leaves. I would recommend using it weekly.
I started hunting four years ago and it has not been an easy journey. I have been struggling to get better and I am seeing incremental improvements. While I am not even a good hunter yet I am light years ahead of where I was when I started. I have the right gear and I have a clear strategy these days.
Putting food on your table from the wild is an amazing thing. You have so many opportunities. Deer, wild pigs, squirrel, rabbit, ducks, geese and even bear depending on your area.
If you are going to invest in one thing to help your efforts it is a good ground blind. If you are not a trained hunter you are going to fidget and move around a lot. A ground blind allows you to get away with movement while not scaring everything away in your area.
Fishing has been the long term passion in my life. Whether I am slinging crank baits or finessing dry flies its what I love. There is a serious benefit to not only getting out but also being able to bring dinner home from the water. Fishing is a skill that is crucial and you should not look at it as hobby but as a way to bring home food.
Thanks to pollution we must be careful how much fish we eat from most of our local waters. Pay attention to these restrictions.
Wild Edible Foraging
Wild edible foraging is an amazing thing that really took me by surprise. I was blown away by how much I loved seeking out these wild foods and eating them. No matter what, this great study in the natural world must start with a great volume.
Edible Wild Plants is my favorite book on the subject.
Another thing that helps is watching videos of foragers as well I have a few videos of some great wild edibles on my YouTube page.
One way to grow a great food source is getting into mushroom growing. It is incredibly simple and offers an explosion two times a year that can be eaten and oven dried for later use. All you need is a quality fallen hardwood that hasn’t been exploited by another mushroom type and mushroom spore. This is an article I wrote for the homestead survival site on the process.
If you cannot do the things you want to do in your area you must think about changing public policy. Do you want hens or better laws for rain harvesting? The time has come to pressure your local reps. This is a battle I fought and we will go into detail about how to win this battle in our coming Self Reliant Pioneer Intensive.
There are a other methods for gaining food liberty as well. Some are outlined in my book and others will be unveiled in the Self Reliant Pioneer Intensive which will be a group of courses available to those looking to get the full picture. These courses will be most beneficial to those in urban and suburban areas.
If you are interested in taking these courses and taking back your liberty sign up for my bi monthly newsletter. I will not bother you often but as these courses are available you will be the first to know. Till then, this article is a great primer if you don’t mind doing some work and some research.