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Food Security Poll

I’m interested in how much food people have in their houses and how long they think it will last in an emergency. Check the answer below that best describes your situation. (For those reading this in a feed reader or email, please click for poll).

Emergency preparedness websites run by government agencies often say that you should have 3 days worth of food and water stored for emergencies, the Mormons advocate years of supplies and there are people at all points in between. Where are you at with emergency preparedness, is it a priority for you and your family?

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

10 thoughts on “Food Security Poll

  1. OK, I know! The poll is not ideal, but I was hoping to get some thoughts. @EMJ Just finished Sharon Astyk's book Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front<img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=urbanworkbench-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0865716145&quot; width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />
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    ", I'll post a review of it in the coming week.

  2. OK, I know! The poll is not ideal, but I was hoping to get some thoughts. @EMJ Just finished Sharon Astyk's book Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front, I'll post a review of it in the coming week.

  3. I have three months if I stretch it, but I am improving each time I grocery shop as I add an extra item each time, even if it is only a $3 packet of pasta. When I get my GST rebates or any other government handouts I try to spend it all on long term food items. For the moment I am concentrating on dried/canned foods not frozen.

  4. Part One:

    When we were first married we were farming, read lots of land NO cash. We grew a huge garden and canned like crazy, had chickens etc.. Now we live in town and have 6 children, the lessons learned on the farm stay with us. As the parent it is my responsibliley to care for my children, if I know that the system is shaky and do nothing to prepare shame on me!

    One way t prepare is to fill a pantry with groceries. Other ways look at more of a localvore POV. I like to balance between what I can make and what I must buy and aim for 3 months on hand of purchased items and for home canning a years worth on the shelves after harvest with enough canning supplies purchased during the winter for the next years canning. (I hate running out of canning supplies during the season as the shelves in the stores are usually out!)

  5. Part Two:

    Our beef is purchased by the 1/4 side, nearly a years worth for us. I hear that a farmer in Creston is preparing on having chickens grown and processed twice a year, I've signed up for 6 head each batch to start. Local cheese is available though pricey. The grain CSA share is too small for us but we have one anyways. Looking for local pork, maybe the cheese place will be having this. We have a market garden and a house garden and barter for what we don't grow ourselves. Sometimes we have to pay cash :o) There is enough grown here that it really is just a matter of taking the time and making an effort.

    I like to explain the concept of food security to the children like this. Read Laura Wilder's 'Little House in the Big Woods' now read her 'The Long Winter'. Compare and contrast when they were food self-sufficient and when they were store-dependent. 'Nuff said.

  6. Thank you for your thoughts. Did you see the survey regarding the grain CSA? One of the questions was related to the size of the share.
    Sounds like you are living a local life on many fronts, we too have read Little House books to our kids – lots of hard truths.

  7. Yes, I did answer the poll. I'm thinking we may have to find another source for our other 400 lbs. while still suporting the CSA with our share. Then there is the possibilty of growning our own. Joanne Gailius says they got about 2200 lbs. per acre on their best soil, so we'd need about 1/4 acre.

    Our next adventure is saving seeds other than the tomatoes we've done a couple times.

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