Secondary Retreat Locations
Physical Fitness And Health
Community Building And Networking
Barter Markets And Trade Skills
I really didn't want to be THIS good at the skill sets. ;)
That’s all fine if you’re out in the boonies, but what about prepping for urban dwellers?
Here’s a list of must haves:
brown/black shoe polish
cell phone (for self-defense)
hard copy of Starbucks gift card
Please feel free to add.
'splain it to me.. I see others get slammed for much less.
Thanks for the thread.
I think one thing that people sometimes forget is knowing some of the edible surprises that are in their own yards and neighborhoods.
One advantage to this information is that it might be helpful if you have desparate neighbors who think their only recourse is your stuff. (Or you could be desparate yourself!)
Here are just a few that I learned about recently which are available in my area:
1) Maple seeds:
2) Elm seeds:
NOTE THE WARNING FOR PREGNANT WOMEN!
3) Mesquite and other desert plants:
Note that it is customarily the PODS that are used to make the flour, not the seeds! However, in the second source cited below, the author states that the seeds are edible as well with quite a bit of protein in them.
For nutritional value of the mesquite pod:
4) Day lillies and other edible flowers
There are of course other flowers and plants commonly known to be edible, and so if you have an interest, start looking them up! Dandelions, acorns, and cattails are some that pioneers used. Acorns have quite a lot of tanin and must be boiled a time or two and drained in order to make them edible. After that, they can be dried and then powdered into flour.
I have not tested any of the flowers for myself, but have tried the elm and maple. A health food store we go to actually carries mesquite flour in their raw foods section.
I have looked up a couple of other trees in our area such as catalpa, and have found it is NOT edible! Before eating any unknown food source, do your own research, and be VERY SURE that what you are proposing to eat is truly the species you are wanting to imbibe.