Preparedness on the Homestead
Preparedness on the homestead has been my focus this week. A fast moving thunderstorm blew through the mountains the other day. We lost power for several hours which was a reminder that winter is coming. In our neck of the woods a blizzard can put us in the dark for several days. Sub zero temperatures in the double digits can cause the water pump to freeze at the barn. We need to put the final touches on our plan B.
(Roof shoveling in 2015)
Homesteading requires planning for the future while taking care of the present. I find myself thinking about next years seed sowing while harvesting this years veggies. I just can’t help myself. Many of us are preparers by nature. We regularly shop sales and buy a few extra “just in case”. This has helped me during challenging financial times, and provided me with peace of mind in case of a true emergency. The shelving in my basement was fully stocked during the fall of 1999 in case Y2K truly was the end of the world as we knew it. I always have an Emergency Food Storage available.
My approach has changed in recent years, and I now focus on the skills required to produce what we need. Instead of just stockpiling canned goods, we are developing sustainable plans for water, food, shelter, heat and first aid. “Prepping” was a regular part of every day living in 1827 when the original owners lived on my homestead, and I am thrilled to be bringing it back.