Thursday, March 17, 2011

Back to Basic Skills - Surviving when all seems lost.

I originally intended to break into 2011 with a series of blog posts about natural pregnancy, birth and childcare.
When the floods hit the eastern side of Australia, Northern parts of Western Australia and these were followed by cyclones, my mind turned elsewhere.
So when I was approached by a dear friend at Pure Earth Noosa with an idea, I just couldn't say no.

This idea has been a while in the making, so I apologise for not getting it out sooner. I must admit that I find this topic overwhelming even though it is something we are striving to achieve here at Martin Farm anyway.
Our chosen topic to write a series on is basic self sufficiency and survivalist means. Learning basic skills that will provide you with goods to survive with through use or barter in a situation that means you cannot live as you do now. Going back to the basics we used not so long ago.

Have you ever thought about how you would survive should a disaster strike, natural or otherwise?
Imagine that all hell has broken loose, deadly infectious disease is wide spread, safe healthy food is not availble on the supermarket shelves, money means nothing anymore, you have no fresh water or electricity to rely on.... what would you do?

I strongly believe that given the current world matters, this scenario is not far from the truth, nor far from happening.
These world matters are my opinion and the way I see things. These beliefs are my own and they are that:
  • Monsanto is taking over most of the worlds farming sector with their genetically mutated crops, drowning out safe organic farmers, contaminating their crops. This causes safe healthy food fast becoming unobtainable, unless you have access to internet. What will happen when there is no server anymore, no power, no mail service.... no organic foods to sell??
  • Food shortage crisis' are inevitable due to our growing population and decreasing food supplies.
  • Manmade diseases are wiping out our numbers, a synthetic chemical polluted medical system causing us to become ill and poor access to truly healing knowledge and supplies.
  • Natural and manmade disasters are on the increase. Wether it be global warming, mans influence, a cycle of nature, it IS happening. Floods, cyclones, quakes, disease, nuclear radiation exposure.
  • We as a society rely on a flawed system to feed, heal and support us. Why?

Why is it that monetary, material gain and ifluence rule our lives?
Why are we so greedy?
I get that we need money in this monetary society to provide a home for ourselves, but this wouldn't be so if we hadn't of started with the monetary sytem in the first place.
It need not continue past the few basics we currently need to survive and when the shit does hit the fan, I'll just bet that that plastic and those coins in your purses and those numbers in your bank account will equate to a big fat ZERO!

I feel conflicted on the subject of money. I love the things money can get, but I HATE money itself. To be truly self sufficient is such a dream that I cannot wait to live. If we can't make it ourselves, we hope to barter our goods for it.

To do this we need basic survivalist skills and knowledge.... hence the Back to Basic Skills series.

We'll be looking at this in two ways.
First being ways to prepare for such an event.
Stockpiling on food items, water supply, seeds, natural medicines, tools, books or similar hardcopy knowledge and other bits and pieces one might need to get through a short or longterm crisis until such time as you are able to provide your own.

Second being longterm strategies to live without our current luxuries, these strategies being the basic skills we will acieve to learn.
Skills such as crocheting, knitting and sewing your own clothing. Growing, storing, cooking and preserving your own food. Raising, slaughtering, butchering, cooking and preserving your own meat, dairy and fibre products. Building shelters, collecting rain water, constructing fencing, general landcare and oh so much more!

As ideal as it is for someone taking on such a mammoth task to own a property of good proportion, this is NOT a must have. KNOWING someone with such is of course very beneficial if you can develop a skill to barter for goods from that person.

We have set up a facebook group for those willing to join in on discussions of such matters, ask questions of the skilled and discuss a particular topic in depth as we blog about it.
IF you are interested please feel free to request to join. If you are NOT, then leave be and move on. We won't accept negative actions of trolls and anyone trying to stir up trouble will only be deleted, banned and reported.

This series and group are only for those interested in learning, believe the same or have skills they would like to share their knowledge on. If it's not your cup of tea, that's perfectly fine, we're not looking to reach you but rather support those interested.

Comments will be closed on this post, so that keeping track of them is easier. Please leave anty comments on the FB EAM page instead.

Next up in this series: WHAT immediate supplies I would stock up on for preperation of such an event.

Until next time, keep safe, stay well, happy gardening and I wish you blessings of the rain or sunshine you desperately need.
xxoo

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