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Successful Homesteading, Issue # 21, Crucial Resolution You Should Make for 2010
December 17, 2009

Issue #021, December 17, 2009

Crucial Resolution for 2010

Ben Bernanke says the U.S. economy is on the mend. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Russian academic Igor Panarin says not only is the United States going to have a complete economic and moral collapse in 2010, but the U.S. will dissolve altogether with the country being divvied up between Mexico, China, Canada, Russia and the European Union.

As the saying goes, when the United States sneezes, the rest of the world catches pneumonia. So if what Mr. Panarin says is true, 2010 may be a very grim year indeed.

So whom do you believe?

The wise answer is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best, which is why Iím recommending that one of your resolutions for 2010 should be to store a two-week supply of water and a six-month to one year-supply of food for emergency purposes.

Why Store Food?

Even if 2010 turns out to be a rosy year for both the United States and the rest of the world, you could face a personal crisis. What if you get injured and canít work, or what if you lose your job? Or what if you have a medical emergency and huge bills. Not having to buy grocery bills for a few months could be a true blessing.

How Can We Afford It?

Buy food in bulk to get the best price and add to your store supply each month. Google the phrase storable foods to find a dealer near you. Youíre not likely going to be able to afford to buy a yearís supply of storable food, but you can buy 100 pounds of wheat one month, 100 pounds of rolled oats the next. Add to your store of foods each month until you have at least a six month supply.

What to Buy?

Always start with storing water. You can live for up to two weeks without food, but only three days without water. After you have a sufficient amount of water on hand, start building your food supply.

According to James Talmage Stevens, author of Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook, you should store a supply of the following, in the order listed:

Whole Grains
Powdered Milk
Powdered Dairy Products
Powdered Eggs
Sprouting Seeds and Supplies
Medical supplies
Vitamins and supplements
Fuels, energy and camping gear
Personal, family, infant and pet care supplies
Canned and dried fruits and vegetables
Condiments and seasonings
Meats and seafoods
Fun foods (snacks, sodas, candy, etc.)

Start building your store of these foods and supplies now to ensure that no matter what happens in the coming year, youíll have a peaceful 2010.

What's New?

Do you live in an urban area and need some inspiration? Check out this urban homestead in South Africa.

Are you thinking about growing your own vegetables this spring, but not sure how to begin? Then read these tips about starting a vegetable garden.

There is no better way to ensure a productive garden than to keep a bee hive or two. To help you get started, read this article.

Grow enough vegetables, and you can enjoy fresh produce all year round, especially if you store your vegetables in a root cellar. Learn more here.

Have a merry Christmas and a productive, self-reliant New Year!

Sue Merriam

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