I thought Ellie hit home with this comment:
“If the world really does stop me and mine will likely starve. I planted a lot, not a whole lot will be harvested. We just don't live in an area that grows shit.“
If nothing else, these first few months of the pandemic have hammered home how woefully underprepared I really am, and frankly makes me wonder if any of us is really prepared to weather a collapse, whether slow or fast.
Does anyone think they could last through the coming winter with what they have stored/planted?
Sure, I grow veggies, but am not prepared to preserve them in large quantities, do not have cattle or pig systems in place yet, and do not have solar systems in place yet. I do have 8 poults that are not yet laying, so maybe I will have eggs in the Spring, assuming I beat the squirrels and deer and bear to the acorns/ hickory nuts/black walnuts and survive till then.
Anyway, my point is that I had been pretty darn complacent, and somewhat smug about my foresight to purchase land and starting to get it established, and it wasn’t until I saw actual, long term shortages in the grocery and other supply stores that it really hit me. I have been dabbling, and am nowhere close to self-sufficient. I have had five years to build my systems and get them up and running, albeit while working full time, and I have a lot to do yet.
Dan, I also wanted to thank you for your pre-pandemic post around medical supplies. I was sorta seeing the wave building, and your post listing the things to buy prompted me to do so, and as a result, I had plenty of masks, gloves, sanitizer, toilet paper, etc... well before everyone else panicked and cleaned off the shelves. You totally got that right, and I felt like a hero for having that all in stock for family and friends when things got real and everyone else was scrambling.