Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Preparedness On A Budget-Where To Start?

When thinking of starting to raise more of your own food, a great place to start is with a garden.  This is one of the simplest ways with the least amount of money to start.  It does not take a rocket scientist to grow food, either.  If you don't know a thing about gardening, ask those who do, or read books and magazines.  Learn all you can, while you can.

At the same time, you can be thinking about livestock.  Again, simple is best at first.  Start with a few chickens.  If you have never raised animals before, chickens are the way to go.  When they get old enough, they will provide you with food (eggs) and meat.  There are many breeds out there that can serve both purposes well.  Google some hatcheries to find one close to you.  Chickens are not too expensive and you can start off with a dozen pullets, or so, depending on what your needs are.  They don't eat much, love kitchen scraps and are peaceful to watch.  They really do bring enjoyment to your homestead.  Check your local ordinances, if you live in town or the city, because many places allow you to raise a few chickens in your back yard. 

Remember, we need to think outside the box.  Prepping for emergency means we need to do what we can to maintain our families safety and health.

A MUST HAVE book for homesteading information is Carla Emery's Encyclopedia Of Country Living.  This book has been invaluable to us.  You must have it.  You can purchase a copy at Amazon.

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