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Alternative Medical Treatments Right In Your Backyard and Food to Grow for Your Pets When There Is No More Petco!

Bella  gave such a good H202 therapy presentation for March’s meeting that many people asked if she would come back and share more information on some topics that she wasn’t able to fully cover at that meeting.

Here are some of the topics:

  • Bentonite clay for insect/snake bites
  • Honey/Sugar for bullet wounds
  • Comfrey root to help broken bones heal in a third of the time
  • Herbs to grow for every ailment
  • Plants to grow for cats/dogs
  • Why to only use heirloom seeds
  • Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

 

 

 

We had a great meeting in Nyack on Saturday.   Thank you to Kevin for opening his home, and what a beautiful home I have to add.  It is located across from the Hudson River and the home is to die for.  Its an historic home that’s been kept in mint condition and retains all its original character, Kevin was our tour guide as he showed us the house (they don’t make homes like that anymore).  Kevin has created a prepper oasis and has his bases covered.  We could all learn a lot from him.

Victor gave a demonstration of square foot gardening (www.woodlotfarms.com), even though the temperatures were predicted to hit 100 degrees.  Thank you Victor, to work in that heat isn’t easy.  Luckily Kevin had thought out the day well and kept us working in the shade and once the garden frame was built it could be moved to a sunny spot.

Then when we were finished with the garden frame we stopped to enjoy a nice lunch (everyone brought something).  Then we had a short meeting.  There were quite a few ideas for some future meetings.  Then after we were pretty much done the clouds started to come in and threatened with a few raindrops which got us all moving to clean everything up.

Thank you to everyone that came out to brave the heat wave.  It wasn’t that bad though because we were at the perfect spot being surrounded by big shade trees and being across from the river breeze.

 

 

Unfortunately we didn’t make the minimum attendance as requested by Jim for this meeting  so we had to cancel.

 

On Saturday we will be having a meetup with a seasoned Prepper from South Jersey.  Jim is a retired science engineer who has been a Prepper for over 50 years.  He has interesting connections, and will be sharing his experience and insight.  One of his side careers is teaching families how to prep for disasters.  Hopefully we will make the minimum attendance for this meeting (25 people).  After my phone conversations with him this should be a very interesting meeting.  He also has a few interesting Prepper experiences to share.

 

 

Its important for all Preppers to know first aid and CPR.

Your local chapter of the Red Cross should offer these courses plus they also offer preparedness classes.

There is also an online CPR and First Aid class you can take which is good to become familiar with the information until you can take a hands on class. eCPRcertification.com is one such online class that I’ve checked out. They offer free classes but if you want to get a certificate you have to pay for it, so as long as you just take the class it should be free, just stay away from the certificate part or it will cost money. The best way to learn CPR or first aid is to take a hands on class.

Our group Northern New Jersey Preparedness Group is currently looking into First Aid classes and are hoping to offer them to our group soon.

 

Update:  July 2012: Judge Lawrence Katz ruled that Victor Alfieri is not guilty of violating a town law by keeping three hens on his property.  Here is the article by Dan Hubbard, my favorite reporter:  

http://wayne.patch.com/articles/judge-rules-chicken-owner-is-not-guilty  

 

Here’s the background on Victor’s story:

 

Victor Alfieri who is running a valiant campaign to get the town of Wayne, NJ to change their chicken law.  I live in Wayne and I am for this change.  Currently you have to own 2 acres to raise chickens, who can afford 2 acres in Wayne?  And where can you find 2 acres in Wayne to buy?  When I was growing up Wayne had plenty of farms, now we have ONE.  When the developers starting paying off the politicians the farms disappeared as did the majority of trees.

Victor has worked hard on his fight, I’m sure the council people thought he would go away, but he didn’t.  And now the movement is growing.  At the final vote for the change, after a year and a half of discussions the council people decided they needed to discuss it some more.  If I hadn’t been there I never would have believed their behavior.  Accusations were flying and they were acting worse than 3rd graders, I was embarrassed for our town.  These are the people that represent us?  Even one member of the council that had helped to make the revisions voted it down!  How incredible is that?  Well that debacle will just make the movement stronger.

Here is the Podcast location for Victor, he brings up a lot of good information:

www.thesurvivalpodcast.com   (Episode 883) Podcast Interview with Victor Alfieri on the Urban Homesteading Movement
With Jack from The Survival Podcast

Here is Victor’s website:
www.woodlotfarms.com

And here is Wayne’s proposed town ordinance that needs to go through:

The Planning Board will be recommending a change to the Township Council to permit chickens with the following standards:

For properties 10,000 square feet or greater but less than 2 acres. The keeping of no more than 4 chicken hens, provided that the following criteria are met:

(a) there shall be 2 square feet of coop area per chicken hen;
(b) coops shall be no closer than 10 feet to the rear property line;
(c) coops shall be no closer than 10 feet to the side property line;
(d) coops shall be located in a rear yard or a side yard; coops are not permitted in a front yard;
(e) there shall be provided a minimum 35 square feet of run area; Max 85 Sq. Ft.
(f) runs shall be located in a rear yard or a side yard; runs are not permitted in a front yard;
(g) roosters shall not be permitted;
(h) there shall be no breeding;
(i)  there shall be no slaughtering
(j) no selling of the eggs
(k) $25.00 yearly fee

An acre is 43,560 square feet.
10,000 square feet a little less
than a 1/4 acre.

 

 

Have you started getting your garden ready for this year?

My husband has been getting the different garden sites ready around in the yard and also decided to expand one.  Last weekend I got the seeds started in the peat packs and some of the plants started popping up after only 2 days. Now I am hoping for the warm weather to finally stay so I can get them outside before the cat, dogs or myself knock any more of them over.  This year I’m including asparagus although from what I hear it takes about 3 years before you get a crop.  I am also going to cheat and get a few tomato plants from the local nearby farm, although I am starting some from seeds.

I’ve already planted some sunflower seeds outside… my biggest challenge every year because the squirrels or the groundhog seem to get to them before they are completely grown.  So this year I’m planting a lot more hoping we can all share.

I’ve added a lot of seeds to my seed vault this year and made sure I marked each envelope (I’m famous for not marking the seeds).

Its such a great feeling watching something grow from a seed that you planted.  Its an even nicer feeling when you get to put that food on your table.

 

Fitness in preparation is just as important to being food and supply readied.  If  you had to pick up and run, or fight someone while protecting your family could you do it?  And I say this for the whole family including children.  Many children live on their computers and don’t get out to enjoy the fresh air or get any exercise.  We have all become a sedentary society and so many of us are overweight.  The payoff to a regular exercise routine is it reduces your health problems, and that’s something to seriously consider.  Being in the best shape you can be is so important to think about right now, not tomorrow or next month.   Start out by walking…. take a short walk and then gradually increase the distance.  You’ll be surprised at how good it feels to breath fresh air, and you might even talk to some of your neighbors while you’re out walking.

My husband and I walk our 3 dogs almost 2 miles every day, if there’s a day that we have to miss the dogs let us know, they are our incentive to keep walking.  We are lucky that we have a nice park within walking distance that has some great paths.  Five mornings a week I do 40 minutes on the elliptical, which when I first started using that machine I couldn’t do more than 10 minutes.  I still have weight to loose, but at least I feel so much better than I did a few years ago before I started this regular routine.  My husband works out regularly also.  When I started prepping this got even more important to me.

So find someone to exercise or walk with, its always nicer to have someone to motivate you.  As a prepper, when the SHTF you want to be as prepared as you can so remember that includes being physically fit too… and the time to start is now.

 

 

 

 

Post from Susan:

When does a Prepper become a Hoarder?  I’ve thought of this after watching the Hoarders TV show and then watching some YouTube videos of a prepper with overstocked and crammed food storage strewn in piles all over living areas.

Is a person not labeled a Hoarder if his inventory is neat and organized compared to someone who just throws things in piles and is extremely unorganized?  One difference between a hoarder and a Prepper is a hoarder saves everything, whether its needed or not and cannot throw anything out.  A Prepper saves for future horrific events as a safety net for themselves and their family.

I often wonder if there’s a line you pass when you start out as a Prepper but then turn into a hoarder as the stockpile of food grows and grows until even a small army couldn’t eat it all before the expiration dates. Some people become unable to pass up any sale food item, even if its something they will never eat.

That’s why its so important to be organized. Keeping track of what comes in and even making a list with expiration dates.  Also doing a Last In, First Out method of keeping food so the food doesn’t get lost before it expires.  That’s why its also important to try to buy what you would normally eat so that you do have the turnover of using the oldest food first.

When does “Being Prepared” turn into going too far?  I think that when storage becomes more important and takes over living space, when people stop living their normal life and that’s all they think about and forget that you have to enjoy your family life also.  If prepping is effecting your family life, I think that’s when its gone too far and it might be the time to take a step back and see if maybe you’ve done enough already, take a break and take stock of what you have.

Not by any means am I against Prepping, I have my one year food storage for myself and my family, I just think like anything else it needs to be kept in perspective.  I think that Prepping can become an obsession and can be taken too far at the cost of one’s family. I’ve seen it happen, I’m just saying, but what do I know.

Ok, now I have to go check my prepping list again, I’m sure I’m missing something.

And as a last note, if you are neither a Hoarder or a Prepper you better start preparing for something that may never happen, but then again it just might.  I’d rather be prepared, if even going overboard as I can always share with my relatives that think I’m crazy if a crisis does occur.

 

Close up of one of the jets that flew over our home on Saturday.

This doesn’t really relate to prepping, but its something that really bothers me so I’m mentioning it anyway.  I’ve been noticing a lot of jets flying overhead lately that make lots of contrails.  This past weekend was the worst I’ve ever seen of this traffic.  They were leaving contrail X’s all over the sky.  It started out as a nice blue sky with no clouds but by the time they were done the “clouds” from their exhaust were all over. It bothered me so much I started filming them, and I had to drag my husband out to take a look.  He was disturbed by it also.  I then tried to call Channel 12 news… they said someone else had called about them too.  I even called Governor Christie’s office, which is always a waste of time, but I did it anyway, and as usual it was a waste of time talking to the guy that took the phone call.

You might be thinking “What does this have to do about Prepping?” I just feel that anything that might be causing a negative impact to our quality of live is something every Prepper needs to be aware of. I’ve read a lot of negative information on contrails and the guesses of what the government is doing.  I finally checked out a website called AirCrap.org  a website that addresses their concern about contrails.  They were the ones that suggested that I post it on YouTube and also to call the local tv stations.

Check out the AirCrap video and then check out the one I posted on YouTube (sorry about the ad I have on that one). I filmed this March 10th and 11th in Wayne.  As a matter of fact I started filming when I left the first North Jersey Prepping meeting that we had on Saturday (how ironic is that).  Luckily I had my camera with me. Then I was even more shocked the next day to see the same amount of activity in the sky.

Have you been seeing this activity where you live?

This is just some of the mess of X’s, they were everywhere in the sky.

And to think that earlier there were no “clouds” at all in the sky.

Keep an eye on your sky!


 

This short rant is for the new prepper. Gather slow, don’t buy, buy, buy and then have no place to put it. Plan ahead before you bring things home on where you want to store it all. Try to buy things on sale, so wait if you do anticipate a good sale. Some preppers go overboard and buy all kinds of food, even stuff that they wouldn’t normally eat, and enough to last decades. Remember that food has shelf life and its a waste to buy to much, store it and then have it go bad. I buy only what we normally eat, and stay away from things that have a great sale price but I know my family won’t use, so unless I get it for free I won’t waste my money no matter how good a sale it is. I mark everything with the date that I purchased it and make sure to store the newest toward the back so that I’m using the oldest first. It is a pain to bring stuff in from the food store, mark it with the dates, drag it all to the storage area and then rearrange so the newest goes in the back, but at least I then keep familiar what I have and I know that we are using and will have less chance of wasting anything. Being a prepper is work, but worth the peace of mind.

The USDA has a wonderful site that is great for every prepper on food safety and shelf life.   Check it out.

Ok that’s my sermon for today. Thanks for stopping by.

 

A can with botulism

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