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An email from my reader:

“Negress, have you seen this? I know you’re busy but black people need to know about this asap.”

 

Ok….here you go.

 

Black Family,

 

We are alone in this fight. Katrina showed us that not one person will come to our aid.

Start preparing now.

 

 

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It may not feel like it, but summer is almost over. Soon, you’ll be searching your closets for that thick blanket and flannel pajamas. One of the things I’ve learned about “Dropping Out” is you NEVER stop working. Summer is the time to prep for winter and winter is the time to plan for summer planting. Right now, firewood, LOTS OF IT, is on my daily agenda. So is picking up brambles and twigs to store for easy lighting.

If you choose to get a wood burning stove, make sure it has burners:

 

 

Like this gem. Then you can cook right on top of it when they turn off the lights. On Craigslist, I found a similar model for 75.00.  Not bad for cast iron.

In this post, instead of focusing on large gardens with big pieces of land, I’ll focus on tiny spaces, budget ideas and maintaining food supply through the winter season. Up top are just a few pics from my veranda.  As you can see, herbs play a large role in my diet. Not just for cooking, but for tea or to chew on when I need a quick and delicious pick me up. I grow mass amounts of herbs and sell them, as much as I can, to local buyers like nurseries, food shanties (also called ‘dives’ in the US) and to people looking to go organic at the farmer’s markets. I make sure that by October, they are washed, dried and ready to be store in containers.

Patio planting is a great and cheap way to grow food even for beginners. I highly recommend the staple foods, like herbs, tomatoes, beans and potatoes. Yes, potatoes:

 

 

This is called a Potato Grow Sac but you can build a Tater Box with simple plywood and two by fours. To save even more money, use discarded pallets.

This box is just the right size for your patio or deck and looks like a bench when closed. To insulate the box and grow potatoes even until December, paint the box black to absorb heat. Then wrap the box with a large wool or flannel blanket.

 

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This is a simple yet effective Lard Fat Candle.

I make about 5 or so dozen of them to keep on hand for dire emergencies. Lard is simply pig fat. Us country folks render down the fat from any butchered animal and use the fat for candles and soap. Fresh lard from a healthy pig DOESN’T smell bad but I add droplets of lavender essential oil for a pleasing and light fragrance. Simply melt the lard til it’s runny then pour into a heat safe container along with your wicks. Allow to harden and your done. Store in a cool dry place or in the refrigerator til needed.

Wicks can be made out of tiny, skinny pieces of old cotton cloth if money is tight or you simply wish to “do for self.”

 

 

Did you know that dishwashing detergent washes laundry clothes super clean?

For roughly .99 you can stock up on dishwashing liquid and store them away for emergencies.

 

I make my own laundry soap from my own recipe:

 

 

When liquid is added, it gets thick and gelatinous. A tiny scoop will wash your entire load on a budget. My 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap lasts for about 4-6 months depending on load size and frequency.

 

 

 

Alfalfa Sprouts are not just great for eating, it absorbs toxins in water!

Simply place a handful in your ALREADY boiled water and leave overnight. When finished, your water is cleaner and safer for drinking. Discard the sprouts in your compost pile.

 

Did you know that Collard Greens come back each year?

 

This awesome super food is rich in vitamins and grows back each year by itself. In the islands, we grow and eat its “cousin”, callaloo:

 

We literally lived on this African Water Spinach! Great tasting, easily cooked and makes a great callaloo sandwich with coco bread, this was a staple part of our “poor man’s diet”.

 

I highly recommend this nourishing leafy green.

 

P.S. Squirrels, chipmunks, skunks, birds and deer LOVE this and will fight you for it. Put up easy chicken wire to ward them off.

 

When I found out how easy it was to make homemade crackers:

 

 

I make them now almost weekly. Easy as 1,2,3 and tastes MUCH better than the store, this goes great in soup, salads, as a snack or with peanut butter. Store in an airtight container and these will last. Make a lot by doubling the recipe and freeze unbaked dough. Then you’ll always have snacks on hand.

 

Prepare now, Black Family…

If you have anymore ideas, please list them here.

The more you prep, the LESS afraid and anxiety-stricken you’ll be. Those that panic won’t make it and Evil is hoping that you’ll panic.

 

NEVER DISCUSS YOUR PREPS WITH STRANGERS NO MATTER HOW TEMPTING IT MAY BE. ALSO, WATCH OUT FOR THE MAIL CARRIER IF YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE YOUR STOCK/ FOOD/ DELIVERED.

THEY KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE AND WHAT YOU HAVE DELIVERED. TRY TO PICK UP AS MUCH OF YOUR PREPS YOURSELF.

 

 

Surviving the Storm: 10 Simple Things Black People Need to Have Readily Available Right Now

So I got a letter from a reader asking me what should she buy RIGHT NOW to prepare for the up and coming storm. For those of you that are wondering the same things, here’s a short, compact but efficient list. Most items are available in stores now or can be ordered through Ebay or Amazon. If you’re on a budget, try flea markets, Craigslist and yard sales.

 

 

A. A really good tent that can sleep 4-6 people (don’t skimp on price, get the good kind) and a sleeping bag that has removable thinsulate lining.

 

 

 

Why?

For those that live in colder climates, when they shut off your heat to spite you, you will freeze to death. When we had the blizzard this past winter, NYC was divided. Upper class whites had their power on the next day, street cleanings were back in full force and farmer’s markets were OPEN for business. My buddy told me that he saw whites walking their dogs sipping gourmet coffee like it was any other day. In the lower income neighbourhoods, blacks had trash on the streets for 3 weeks with ZERO electricity in their apartments. My friend, who lives in Queens, told me she slept in her winter coat, scarf, hat and mittens to keep warm. A good tent will act as a barrier for the cold and the sleeping bag will keep you warm. Don’t forget long underwear.

 

 

B. A kerosene cook stove.

 

Why do I keep on bringing this up?

Because it saved our lives during Hurricane Sandy. Cooking outside on the grill will draw ATTENTION to yourselves when discretion is needed. Remember, if you are hungry and looking for food, others will be too. No need to alert them that you have supplies on hand. I cooked full meals in my own kitchen on this thing and once filled with kerosene, it lasts for up to 2 weeks with HEAVY cooking! Plus you can boil your water safely to kill bacteria. Don’t forget to buy a safe, portable kerosene can/ drum/ holder, preferably one with a spout.

 

 

C. Water, water, and more water.

Why?

Dehydration will KILL you. You need 1 gallon, per person, per day and that DOES NOT include bathing and cooking. Store your water in here:

And don’t forget the siphon pump.

 

D. A gun. And bullets. Lots of them. And you must learn how to use it.

This is a .22 Ruger. It’s compact, light and easily hidden. For those that aren’t gun savvy, this is a nice “starter” gun. Ladies, this is up your alley.

 

 

 

E. Plastic forks, knives, spoons and paper napkins. LOTS OF THEM.

 

Why?

You DO NOT want to waste your precious water on washing dishes. Restaurant Supply Stores have large quantities, up to 5,000! for a great deal. Or…..you can take a few extra forks from your restaurant of choice and SLOWLY increase your supply for FREE.

 

 

F. A porta potty and lots of garbage bags.

 

60.00 on Ebay!

 

Why?

Solid Waste causes illness and you’ll need a place to go…for every member of your household. Don’t forget the kitty litter, baking soda and sawdust. Up here, I use sawdust and empty it out in a deep hole away from my house. Leaves and dried twigs are thrown in and in about one year, Nature breaks it down completely and we have awesome fertilizer.

 

P.S. This is a pop up cabana:

 

 

For those that live in the country, this can be your porta potty outhouse/ shower-bathing area. This sells for around 15.00 on Ebay. Or…you can win a “bid” for as cheap as 5.00!!

 

 

G. Iodine.

 

 

Not only great for purifying water, it’s a MUST have for cuts and bruises. A few drops per gallon of boiled water and it’s safe for drinking.

 

 

H. Solar Powered Weather Radio:

 

OR… a HAM Radio

 

 

Why?

You’ll need some way of keeping alert to what’s happening. Hurricane Sandy taught me how important it is to know if services are running, if the eye of the storm is near and who’s out there. Don’t skimp on price. Get the GOOD model.

 

I. Personal Items:

 

 

Let’s face it.

Cleanliness is gonna be a top priority when things go bad. You will need to find some way to keep clean, as much as possible, to keep the spread of bacteria at a minimum. Ladies….stock up now on your items. Men, if you also need, ahem, personal items, get them asap. Buy in bulk to save money.

 

 

J. Pasta, Rice, Peanut Butter, Crackers and Beans:

 

 

 

 

Shoprite and Foodtown ALWAYS have back to school and holiday sales. You can get cans of beans starting at .50 per can. Pasta by the tub, 30 lbs or more, is cheaper than buying by the box and peanut butter can be kept for up to 1 year in a cool, dry place. Rice is a MUST. Cheap, easy to cook and filling, it’s a life saver and can be put into soups, salads or just eaten by itself.

White rice is cheaper than brown rice but wild rice is best and the most filling. A tiny 1/2 cup of wild rice will fill you up like a full meal. When we were growing up, we boiled our brown rice in coconut milk, nutmeg and vanilla and made homemade rice pudding for snacks and dessert.

Rice and beans are called “the poor man’s food” but it was an essential part of our almost vegetarian diet. I highly recommend stocking up on these staple “survival” foods.

 

 

 

Don’t wait, Black Family, for things to go bad.

Stock up now.

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY WARNING, TAKE HEED

 

I was told today by a lumberjack-farming family that next year the government will spike taxes on farmers and reduce subsidies (money paid by the government for a company to remain in business by  keeping prices low. Think Walmart SuperCenter where you can get 10 pounds of potatoes for 2.99) with other farmers driving them out of business.

Their plan is to ELIMINATE the farming industry altogether, the ones they have no control over…yet, and have you and I and EVERY other person on a form of Nutritional WELFARE where you will have to go to them to get food and supplies.

I asked him, the lumberjack, if this was just “backyard gossip” or if it was already set to happen. He pointed to the barren corn field up the street and told me, “Bill (not real name) refused to sell GMO corn and soy so they slapped him with a fine and shut down his operation.”

Black Family,

This is very real.

For those of you that have a backyard, PLEASE begin growing and canning and storing food. A tiny do-it-yourself root cellar should be on your TOP TO-DO priority list!!!!

 

 

 

 

This man simply dug a hole and filled it with food. Plastic jugs can be found at your local hardware store.

 

 

 

This family used an old ice chest.

 

 

This man used a simple trash can!!! Cheap and effective. Plus it looks, once closed, like a compost pile.

 

For those of you that have physical limitations, ask your family for help digging or hire a bulldozer. They run from 300.00-750.00 per hour. I know this is lot of money, but it will be worth it. Remember to place your root cellar in a place that is easily reachable and doesn’t draw ATTENTION from nosy neighbours.

 

 

For those that are apartment bound…this can get tricky.

 

A stand alone closet can be used for food.

 

 

Attach shelves on your doors…all of them.

 

 

This wise female turned her entire WALK-IN closet into a giant food pantry!!!

 

 

Under the bed!

 

 

With a wooden bed riser so she can fit bigger cans…

 

I’m feeling a bit burned out again so I will go on a break. During my hiatus, I urge you not to wait for the last minute when food prices get so sky high you won’t be able to afford it. The election is in November so please don’t wait to “see what will happen next.” You already know that this country doesn’t want or care a damn about your welfare. Hurricane Katrina was more than proof of this FACT.

It’s up to YOU to care about you.

Remember to stock up on water. And medicines for cuts and bruises like alcohol, witch hazel and peroxide.  Whilst taking your grocery bags out of the car, put them in trash bags so you don’t draw attention to yourself.

 

 

I love you all.

Be well, Black Family.

 

 

 

 

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