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My name is Tamara and I’m married to Joel. Two years ago, Jesus Christ became the head of our family and the Lord of our lives. We have lived in the desert of Southern Nevada since 2003.
In March of 2011 I started thinking about what it would be like to have a six-month supply of food stored in our house. The cost of food is going up and things are uncertain in the world so why not try to get back to the basics, back to the way our grandparents fed their families. (“He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.” – Proverbs 10:5 NKJV)
Our society has grown accustomed to having everything we need provided by others. A very small percentage of our population have backyard gardens for fresh veggies or fruit. (“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?” – Proverbs 6:6-9 NKJV)
What happens… if tomorrow the grocery store is closed and the shelves are empty? Or what do you do if a natural disaster happens like the Great Quake of Japan? Or what happens if your husband loses his job? Or the electrical infrastructure suffers a catastrophe and is out for an extended period of time. First, I know God is in control and nothing happens unless He allows it. I also feel he wants me to be prepared to help my family and possibly my neighbors. So I’ve decided to take on the task of researching, creating, using and replenishing a six-month food storage pantry.
This journey began on Thu, March 24, 2011. The first six months will be used to research and prepare. On Sep, 25, 2011 I will begin using the pantry and only the food in the pantry for six months.
Things to consider:
- I live in the desert in a planned community.
- My husband who works full-time. I am a full-time house wife.
- Our HOA (home owners association) doesn’t allow backyard chickens.
- I have no real experience canning or preserving food.
- I do have a vacuum sealer that I’ve only used for frozen food or cheese.
- I have tried a backyard garden several times, but the results were not good.
- I have tried a compost once, but the results were not good.
- We only have one bottle of propane and an outside BBQ for cooking if the gas/electricity were to go out today.
- At the start of this journey we have a limited amount of food in our pantry.
Lets see if I can answer these questions over the next 12 months:
- Can I do it?
- Can I learn how to plan, store and prepare meals for my husband and I for six months?
- Will the meals be tasty?
- Can we do all the cooking off grid?
- Can I raise food in my backyard in the desert?
Follow my blog and let’s see where this journey takes me, will I fail or will I succeed? What will I learn along the way?
Always looking up and to the east,