|Self-sufficiency list||Pindari Herb Farm
A Holistic healing and Self-sufficiency resource centre
Food & Medical storage information
|Introduction.||Why storage is necessary.|
|Containers.||Which Foods are best for storage.|
|How to store and preserve.||Using the stored foods.|
|Purchasing.||Vegetable Seed List.|
|Other Storage Items.||Medical Supplies.|
|Chicken Incubator||Final Suggestion|
There is a growing awareness amongst the people of the world of an undercurrent of change that is sweeping the planet. Climate change, the financial crisis and rising food and energy costs plus many other factors are contributing to global instability. Many are questioning the future of this civilization.
'Coupled' with and sometimes triggered by the above factors, we all are experiencing increasing mental and emotional trauma which is resulting in rising levels of confrontation and violence.
Many of us are finding our lives increasingly difficult and challenging. Around us our family and friends are experiencing similar increasingly difficult times and there is a shift in focus within communities with more attention being given to law and order, and security of person and property.
The spiritual reasons how and why this is happening is not generally known nor understood. There is an increasing negative, destructive influence at work. This insidious dark power will continue to intensify to such an extent that world society will collapse.
The understanding of what is now happening is explained in the document "The Testament of Truth" freely and fully available at the web sites: www.the-testament-of-truth.com or www.the-testament-of-truth.co.uk
We ask that you pass the above web addresses on to all. This will enable them to seek this information at the above web pages and to choose for them selves as to its validity.
The information provided at the above web pages can help those experiencing physical, mental and emotional trauma to understand what is taking place and obtain information and guidance as to what can be done to help themselves and others, to remain sane, loving and caring in what they do.
With the rapid breakdown in social order and the physical and ecological disasters occurring on earth, more people are becoming aware of the need for the putting away of provisions such as food, medicine and other essentials to assist them through any break down in supply. This is just one aspect of becoming more self sufficient.
The importance of the preparation of the mind through the given meditation prayer available on the above web pages can not be over emphasised for those who wish to prepare for the times near at hand. Putting provisions away for the comfort of the physical side of us is useless unless we are mentally prepared to be able to stay steady when others around are not.
This document is directed more towards those people living in urban and semi-urban areas in more developed countries. Those living in rural areas may glean what they wish from the information below.
Why storage is necessary.
In the times ahead there may be little or no fuel for transport, thus people in cities will be forced into the countryside in order to try and find food and water, these will become the most important of commodities.
Thus while food is available it should
be purchased and stored for the times ahead when there may be many mouths to feed.
The availability of reticulated water, electricity and medical supplies and services may be very limited or non-existent. Thus it is important that the "welcome farms" as described in "The Testament of Truth" ( www.the-testament-of-truth.com) be prepared now while services and provisions are still available. Below are suggestions, ideas and check lists that may be of help.
To store foods, containers are essential.
Containers for food need to be water proof and vermin proof (preferably metal), some examples are:
Which Foods are best for storage.
At least seven factors can be considered in deciding which foods to store.
Storing and preserve grains and seeds.
Grains and seeds can be protected from weevil infestation in two ways.
Legumes. These may be stored in air-tight containers and appear to keep reasonably well for several years. Some legumes dry out and become very hard over a period of time. These may be ground for use as a "flour."
Nuts. Nuts removed from their shell oxidise quickly and need to be eaten before a year has passed. Unshelled nuts may last longer.
Spices. These will lose some of their flavour over time due to the loss of volatile oils and to oxidation. Many spices keep in air tight containers for several years.
Sweeteners. Raw honey keeps quite well for several years in a sealed container. Sugar keeps indefinitely. Molasses etc can go "off" and should be stored in a sealed container away from light to give it an extended life. Be aware that ants will invade these foods thus care must be taken to use sealed containers
Oils. These need to be stored in airtight tin or dark glass to slow oxidation. They may last one or two years if stored well.
Using the stored foods.
1.Grain mills. With cereals and seeds, some such as rice and oats can be cooked in water and eaten, others can be ground to make a flour and thus bread etc. Thus a means of grinding the grain or seed needs to be acquired.
There are many types of grain mills for grinding cereals into flour, some use metal grinding plates and the more expensive use stone. Before purchasing, check out if the mill does what you want and expect it to do.
2. Sprouting. Sprouting of seeds, legumes and grains substantially increases the nutritional value and the volume of the food. To sprout these foods, a rough guide is as follows:
This will depend on which country you live in but listed below
are some general guidelines that may help.
Cereals, seeds and legumes can be purchased in bulk directly from farmers, grain merchants and bulk health food wholesalers and retailers. Be sure to state your usage to ensure that the food purchased has not been treated with chemicals making it unsuitable for human consumption.
Other food such as honey may be purchased directly from the producer and tinned meat and fish from supermarkets or wholesalers.
Vegetable Seed List
Below is a small sample list of seeds that can provide basic foods for people who have been placed on a self sufficiency footing. These seeds should be "self-replicating" (non-hybrid) and maintain life for 2 - 3 years. Seed collection would need to be used for long term conditions. Seeds should be selected that are suitable to your climatic conditions, soil type and preferably ones that you are familiar with.
Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Cereal seeds such as Oats, maize, wheat and rye, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Parsnip (parsnip seeds keep for one year only), Pumpkin, Radish, Silver Beet, Turnip, Water Melon, Winter Squash, Zucchini etc.
Other Storage Items
Below is a check list to help you select other items you may wish to store.
Axe, bucket,, bush saw, fork, hand trowel, hoe, mattock, spade, wheel barrow, wire netting, bird netting.
Hammer, hacksaw plus blades, string or twine, measuring tape, hand files, pliers, multigrips, sand paper, plastic sheeting, pen and paper, small level or string level, wood saw, screw drivers, shifting spanners, tomahawk, lubricating oil, sharpening stone, tent repair kit, plastic tubing, nails, screws, plastic tape, thread tape, eye glasses.
Candles, matches, newspaper. broom and shovel, clothes pegs and line, bucket, assorted plastic bags, plastic ground sheet, marking pen, water containers, meat safe (Hessian bag), compass.
Hand basin and bowls, tea towels, sponges, dish brush and scourers, washing detergent, cutting board, vegetable peeler, vegetable knife, tea infuser, carrying tray, plates, bowls, mugs, knives, forks, spoons, saucepans, frypan (cast iron etc.), baking dish, water billy or equiv., potato masher, can opener, wooden spoon, ladle, splades, bread knife, scissors
Toothbrushes, comb, hair brush, mirror, soap, toilet paper, menstrual pads, flannel, towels, dental floss, writing paper, needle and cotton, nail brush, nail file, scissors, splinter forceps, disposable razors, clothes and footwear including water proofs, hats and sunglasses, carrying bags/knapsacks/backpacks),
Sleeping mats, woollen blankets, sleeping bags and inserts, large rubbish bin bags, plastic sheeting, light rope, tent, ground sheets, insect netting, canvas awning and poles.
Nylon line, hooks, assorted sinkers, heavy twine, rod, reel and line, wobblers.
You can use this list as a guide to your expected requirements depending on circumstances, location & time. For a community of more than 30 people use a multiplier factor. If conditions are expected to be severe and prolonged, more attention should be given to quantities especially to products marked *.
Much benefit may be gained from obtaining and illustrated book on medicinal herbs and then learning to accurately identify these herbs using the book as a guide to their potential medicinal properties.
Pindari has produced a DVD with digital images of over 120 medicinal herbs which can be used as an aid to accurately identify the medicinal herbs. This may be purchased by contacting us at email@example.com
Also, many plants that are regarded as weeds in gardens may be eaten and can be used as a survival food source in troubled times. Obtain a book on "weeds as foods" or the reference provided below.
The importance of learning to accurately identify both the medicinal and food herbs is stressed.
Two useful references for temperate
"western" cultures are:
"Complete Illustrated Guide to THE HOLISTIC HERBAL" by David Hoffmann, Elemental press,
ISBN 0-00-713301-4 paperback.
"EDIBLE PLANTS" by Pamela Forey & Cecilia Fitzsimons, Brockhampton Press,
ISBN 1 86019 776 0
For those living outside of the coverage of these two books, seek local expertise and references.
|*||Dressing strips 6cmx1m||1||1||3|
|*||Adhesive tape 5cmx1m||2||3||6|
|Adhesive bandage Elastic 7.5cmx1m||-||-||1|
|*||Gauze bandage 2.5cmx1m||1||2||3|
|Gauze bandage 5cmx1m||2||2||4|
|Gauze bandage 7.5cmx1m||-||-||2|
|Crepe bandage 7.5cmx4.5m||-||1||4|
|*||Gauze pads (Melolin) 10x10cm||2||5||20|
|*||Gauze swabs (Pack of 5)||2||4||10|
|*||Burn dressings (Bactigrass)||2||4||10|
|*||Wound closures (Steristrips)||2||4||10|
|Tube Gauze Finger dressings 1x1m||-||1||4|
|Finger stalls (Large)||1||2||6|
|*||Cotton wool 100gm||1||1||5|
|Cotton buds 50's||1||1||3|
|Nurses Scissors B/S 100mm||1||1||1|
|*||Scalpel & 10 Blades (disposable)||-||-||1|
|Air Splints - Full Arm & Full Leg||-||-||1 ea|
|Nail Clippers (Large)||-||-||1|
|*||Pain tablets (Panadeine)||24||24||4x100|
|Inflamed eye drops(Albalon A )||-||-||2|
|*||Antiseptic(Povidine Iodine )||15ml||15ml||100ml|
|*||antiseptic liquid (Savlon 250ml)||-||-||2|
|Yellow soft paraffin (Vaseline)||50gm||50gm||100gm|
|Anti fungal cream (Tea Tree Oil)||25ml||25ml||4x25ml|
|Bach Flower Rescue Remedy (mother tinct.)||15ml||15ml||15ml|
|Vitamin E cream||50gm||50gm||4x50gm|
|Plastic bags (Grip Seal)||5||10||20|
|Pen & paper||1||1||1|
|First Aid booklet||1||1||1|
|Emergency blanket (Alumin. Foil)||1||2||5|
|Gloves (Polythene Disp)||2||10||200|
|Antiseptic soap (Sapoderm)||1||1||5|
|*||Matches & Candles (boxes)||2||5||20|
|*||Water purifying tablets (Puritabs 36)||2||4||10|
|Container (vermin proof - water resistant)||Lunch Box||4.5L Drum||20L Drum|
Final inspired recommendationDear Friends, I pass to youwhat I am also inspired towhich is also what I do sayas "others" come my waythere are three things that we MUST doIf to prepare for the "ahead" we are to be "true"the first is to prepare the MINDsecond also is to prepare the MINDthird is also to prepare the MINDand after that if we are to be kindthen put some food awayand provisions for that rainy dayso that we can with others shareprovisions and food with a our care
but first is the need to prepare the mind
so that to those others you can be kind
otherwise ALL may be lost
as in anger you accost
those needing your help and food
as in the darkness your thoughts brood.
so for that soon coming rainy day
FIRST to God's Star, DO PRAY. (The Star prayer)
Pindari Herb Farm
200 Norwich Drive
LONGFORD Tas 7301
Updated August 2009