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[Disclaimer: Some plants can kill you. You should be able to positively identify any plant that you are going to eat. You read this entire article and follow these recommendations at your own risk. I assume no responsibility whatsoever for any adverse effects encountered by individuals. Do not eat a plant that you cannot POSITIVELY identify. They say use three photographic references to help you to identify edible plants (better yet, have a LEARNED person show you first). I have some book recommendations in this article. Some wild plants can KILL YOU. A boy took a reed, made a whistle out of it, blew on it, and was soon after dead. A park ranger was having lunch outside, put some fresh greens on his sandwich and ended up dead. Know what you are sticking in your mouth. Know how to test out what you'd like to stick in your mouth--there is a simple test available called the "Universal Edibility Test" (though I personally prefer to eat only those things I am sure about). Maybe some people are allergic to certain edible weeds, I do not know. I do not want you harmed, I want you alive and safe. Be careful. If you have to eat wild plants, eat a variety. Too much of a particular plant could prove harmful. Some plants, such as clover (which is a blood thinner) should not be consumed by a woman with child. Willow is essentially aspirin and if you eat too much you can overdose. Through a Biblical scholarship, I have found that it is not a big step to go from industrialized helplessness to having understanding. We have been taught here a little, there a little not through a fat manual with 10,000 plant descriptions in it. IF A CHILD IS READING THIS PAGE, DO NOT PICK AND EAT ANY PLANTS WITHOUT YOUR PARENT'S PERMISSION! If we want to try a new plant ***I*** go first, not my child. In the event of poisoning, clay (from a clean area) or activated charcoal (the black crust on burnt toast or wood) have been ingested to bind the poison.

See the Deception Series for critical end times information, including "Cracknel: An Ancient Soldier's Food." Cracknel can be made easily, is dense, and can be made highly nutritious. Combine it with the information that you learn on this page. Also see the Weed Walk page.

Identifying an Emergency Food Supply

There is food outside to eat. Food does not have to say, "Kraft" on it to be edible. Oranges are not the only source of vitamin C. I read that native Americans used pine needles to prevent scurvy. I have made my own "pine needle tea". Just heat some water and then put the pine needles (a few clusters) in it and let it sit for a while. If you cannot heat the water, just put the pine needles in it and let it sit for a few hours or overnight and the nutrition will seep out. There are plenty of pine needles in may places. When in need, be sure to get enough vitamin C or whatever you need to prevent scurvy. It may be good to drink pine needle tea just about every day in emergency times. I've read some have died from it. There is free wild food outdoors all over the world. A machine does not have to make food in order for it to be safe (a lot of grocery store food in America is not safe). Linda Runyon proved that when she lived off the land for thirteen years and lived to tell the story (more on her later). This wild food is nutrient dense, prolific, and free. These are the mother and father plants of our cultivated varieties.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT A DANDELION IS?


A dandelion is one of the few milky plants that is considered safe to eat. All parts of it (unlike some other plants) can be eaten. If any children are reading this, DO NOT PICK AND EAT ANY PLANTS WITHOUT YOUR PARENT'S PERMISSION!
  • 10-15 dandelion leaves has the same amount of calcium as a 6-8 ounce glass of milk.
  • Linda Runyon called dandelion flowers, "pure calcium". I take that to mean that they are extremely high in calcium.
  • 3.5 ounces of dandelion root has a whopping 407 calories and supplies 92% of daily recommended fiber. 8 ounces of dandelion roots can give a man almost half of his daily calories. It is starchy like a potato. You can bake it or roast it like a potato or eat it raw--chew your food thoroughly to get all of the nutrition out of it.
  • Dandelion is good for the blood, liver, and kidneys. [I read don't take it if you have gallstones.]
  • I have read that up to 10 stems a day is good for diabetics.
  • If you eat the leaves raw, they have a "bitter" taste, but that's because it is a deep digger that brings up those vital nutrients from the soil. I prefer to chop it up and let it get lost in a salad or cook it down with mild greens. It may not be my favorite stand alone meal (yet easily covered up), BUT IT IS HEALTHY AND IT MAY BE PART OF THE FUTURE FOR ME, MY DAUGHTER, AND MY CHRISTIAN PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!! REVELATION 13:17 CLEARLY TEACHES THAT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO TO THE GROCERY STORE. Unprompted by me, my daughter likes to go outside with her pocket knife (may be overkill, I think scissors would work much better), a bowl, a fork, and some salad dressing. She'll collect her field salad AND EAT IT!!!!!!! Do you hear the message of this? If you forage regularly now, you and our children will be used to it. Don't start out reading 100 books on the subject. That is too overwhelming. If you know what a dandelion is, then you may want to start with that. I am going to add just a few more common wild edibles to this section. They may well be in your yard or neighborhood park (they say don't forage within 100 feet of a road because of vehicle exhaust). We focus on plants in our own yard and area. I determined to know the names of the trees on my property. When I hear something about one of them, my ears perk up and I am in a position to do an experiment. I don't need to know how to prepare saguaro cactus buds, there are none here. But tell me about the dandelions and Lamb's Quarters that I used to ignorantly pluck up, and you have my attention.
  • Many weeds--like dandelion--have worldwide distribution. With this empowering knowledge at hand, no matter where you are you can, "look down and eat up!". What you are getting here is survival information at the hour that you need it, which is BEFORE you need it. When the economy collapses, I have no intention of going to the government GMO cheese line for a handout. I am equipped to know what wild plants that I can eat that will give me my calcium requirements. A combination of 6-10 different wild edibles can ensure that your body's needs are met.
  • Dandelion delivers high nutrition in a day when synthetic fertilizers and worn out soils produce nice looking, but nutritionally stripped down produce.
  • Dandelions can be added to a delicious green drink (an apple and/or banana, greens, 2 ice cubes, 1 cup of water/milk in a blender) or to your "green flour" (dried greens ground up in a hand grinder) for a good tasting green, fiber rich green pancake. [Aside: I have two hand grinders--one for big hard seeds like corn and beans and one for smaller seeds like oats and wheat. I've also used a mortar and pestle to grind and another time used two big stones we have found outside. Don't limit yourself to electricity or what gadgets you can buy. Learn to use your ingenuity. Many of us Americans, like me, are raised "industrialized" and have lost the ability to improvise. The study of the scriptures has led us back to ancient ways of doing things.]



pine_needles_and_twigs Many trees are edible. European sailors had problems with scurvy which is caused by a lack of vitamin C in the diet. The Native Americans taught them to eat pine needles to cure it. Those that listened were cured. Pine needles and twigs can be eaten raw (don't eat too much of any one wild thing) or placed in some hot water to seep for tea (if no hot water, let them seep in regular water for a few hours or overnight). We have had them both ways. I do enjoy the tea and am looking forward to cooking with pine needles and twigs. Pine nuts are delicious (I've never foraged for them though--they are hidden in the pine cones to be coaxed out). I've heard that you can make tree flour, and hence bread. I have not done this yet, but I have made green flour out of various greens that I've collected. I've added the flour to other dishes like spaghetti sauce and have mixed it with water to make delicate--and tasty--pancakes.

Many so-called "weeds" are edible, our ancestors ate them. We stopped putting herbicides and pesticides on our grass, waited a year, and started eating from the edible weeds that happily showed up and grew in it. If you see a picture of a plant on this page, I have eaten it. I will not include them all for not all are equally important in my life and I do not want to overwhelm you with too much information at one time. Do not eat weeds from areas treated with herbicides or pesticides or from areas less than 100 feet from the road, especially a busy road. Linda Runyon said that she heard little children chanting, "Dirty, dirty, dirty, clean!" as they skipped from the roadside inland to the place where the clean food was. I look for how water from my neighbors' potentially toxic yards flows across my yard. I generally try to avoid foraging in those areas (I have a healthy crop of plantain in one of them--I may move some of the plants to another area).

There is free food outside.
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Preparing An Emergency Food Supply


America is going down. I would have never thought to have seen it in my day, but I am seeing it.

This page is a work in progress.

I used to think that tribulation was living in the woods without modern conveniences. But then, a few years ago, I suddenly realized that what I called "survival" was just ordinary living for many for millenia. With this realization in hand, I somehow found myself experimenting with simple living. I began the uncommon departure from the "easy-living-go-to-the-store-electricity-machine-made" mindset to the "do-it-yourself-get-out-of-the-system-no-electricity-goodbye-grocery-store" mindset. The experimenting really seemed to take off after I got rid of all my fancy church clothes and high-heeled fancy shoes--I had no idea at that time what kind of impact that move would have on my life. I had thought about emptying that closet for perhaps years before I actually did it.

In the midst of my experiment, I mused that no one (me in particlar) would leave the conveniences of the system without an outside force compelling them to do so. In my case, it was my future in the woods. The Bible says that that is my future. The beast is going to make war with the saints--and will overcome them. We will not be sitting in comfortable homes wearing high heeled shoes and eating steak and baked potatoes until the Lord comes back. Why not begin to acquaint myself with another form of living. And actually, I found a whole new kind of life as I worked. What I call a real life. Not just letting somebody else take care of my needs. Taking my life into my own hands. How liberating. It gave me and my daughter meaningful, skill building things to do. It is nothing short of remarkable. The Bible has a lot to say about work. It's good. I don't have to hunt for games to play with my daughter. I do no such thing. Our delights actually result in a finished project that we need.

People that do not wake up to a real life, people that remain dependent are going to be in big trouble. People that cleave to air conditioning and the treats of this world are fortifying themselves in dependency and and deception. When it comes time to take the mark--as in six hundred threescore and six--they won't think twice about it. I could see church people saying, "The Lord wants me to feed my family". They may not even see that it is six hundred threescore and six. Meanwhile, those that know their God will see it and interpret it immediately. They are already outside of the system and the Lord shows them what is happening around them.

ON A SHOESTRING

Simple living put me in contact with bare living--living as if I'd had very little. In addition to my spiritual food, the holy scriptures, I have

SIX HUNDRED THREESCORED AND SIX (666) IS THE FUTURE

The Great Depression pales in comparison to what we are entering into. World government must occur but first American liberty and freedom-loving must be stamped out.

The powers that dance across the world's stage have a few more strategic moves to make before everything topples down and the beast can make open war against the saints. In the interim, in the escalating crisis, I personally do not want to pay huge sums for GMO guinea pig food, stand in long food lines and sleep in gymnasiums if I don't have to. I'd rather stay at home and tough it out.

It is time to different look at Revelation 13 and start asking questions. What do I need to live? What anybody needs--food, clothing, shelter, water, fire. Where are they and how will I procure them in tough times? Do I theorize about this or do I start doing some things for myself? Can I incorporate minimalist living into my life? Can I chop up a few dandelion greens and roots into that roast that I am cooking? Can I send my child outside to get them from my non-pesticide yard so that he will know how to identify them? Will I teach my child to work instead of play every waking moment? Can we work on making a fire and cooking over it?

FOOD

Nutritionally, what does the body need? What does the physical body consist of and what does each part need? After considering the scriptures, we decided on

flesh
bone
blood

Of note:

A number of illnesses are caused by nutrient deficiencies, e.g., lack of vitamin A can cause blindness in children, an expectant mother's lack of iodine can cause her child to be born deaf.
Soil deficiencies can cause diseases like gout. Eating a variety of foods is a key to insure that one has all they need.
Some foods are all around foods that will keep you alive and meet most of your body's needs. Foods like rice, oats, potatoes, and nuts (almonds and cashews are among the best storing). I want to focus on having these on hand knowing that I can combine them with the ever-present wild edibles for complete nutrition.

Eggs and milk are superfoods, but if I must be mobile I cannot rely on them in an emergency situation.

Back to our question, what does the body need? After considering the scriptures and looking around, we've decided on--

waterAlthough water is not a food, it is vital to life. Once can go a very long time without food, but not so with water. Having a clean water source is critical. Our bodies need water. It is there for our flesh, our heating and cooling systems, our digestive, system, etc. I read that many of us do not drink enough water and our bodies have entered into a settled dehydration. I know that I am in this class. Who knows all the disorders and diseases related to our refusal to drink water?
main grainall around foods that will keep you alive and meet most of your body's needs. Oats, corn, rice, etc. It is said, "Grains feed the world". Different cultures have different staples. For some, their staple is a potato-like vegetable, others a banana-like vegetable. This is not official, but I'd put nuts in here--they give you the calories that you need.
flesh for fleshfoods that build up your flesh--protein--frog legs, insects like grubs. When a child, I heard of a man who lived off of spiders for 25 years as he hid in a cave not sure if the war was over. Insects are an important protein source for many people in the world. Earthworms are plentiful--let them fast for a day to get the dung out. Peanut butter is protein rich. Clover is known for protein--but with many of these wild greens, you do not want to overdo one variety of plant, it could cause problems.
bone for bonefoods that support strong bones
bloodThe life of the flesh is in the blood. It carries oxygen and vitamins to cells all over the body. Feed it foods that contain loads of vitamins and nutrients like fruits and vegetables. Wild edibles are especially good in this regard. Pine needles are an excellent source of vitamin C. Pine needle tea could be consumed daily to feed the body and keep the immune response strong. The wild edibles bring up the trace elements missing in today's denatured, synthetically grown food. Be sure to eat 6-10 different kinds of wild edibles daily to insure variety.

  • rolled oats--can be eaten without cooking. I love what we call, "Mother cereal" and could eat it practically everyday. I've had to stop myself. If I had to, I could eat it with water instead of milk. Let it soak and expand first.
  • nuts (almonds are among the best storing)--give you calories and good nutrition. Acorns are edible, but do not taste good without adequate leaching (I boil the bitter ones in 3-4 changes of water--the water can be used for other purposes). They would give one the calories that they need. You can make bread or a vegetarian chili with acorns--add your tomatoes and spices. Roots and nuts are good sources of carbohydrates and calories and with nuts, protein. Comfrey, which is being warned against now, gives about the same amount of protein as legumes (beans) when it has been dried.
  • wild edibles--choose 6-10 different kinds daily. Variety in diet is important to ensure that the body gets what it needs. Different plants specialize in bringing up different nutrients out of the ground.
  • cracknel (soldier's biscuit, hard tack)--in the Bible. An ancient soldier's food used up into the Civil War. Flour, water, salt. Mix it up and put it on a cookie sheet to bake up dry (poke holes in it with a fork). I made some with green flour and wheat flour and months later I find it quite tasty. Soldier's would dip it in coffee or soup to soften it up.
  • Our trail mix (not low calorie food)--seeds, nuts, dried fruit, (some include cereal)--spelt, sesame sticks, dry roasted soynuts, currants, sultana raisins, hot cajun sesame sticks (went stale too fast after adding to the mix), pumpkin seeds, soy nuts, date pieces with oat flour.
  • I fed myself for one week--things we grew and foraged for. At the end of the week, I decided that I would not want to have to eat that way. I call that "rough food". I would have to force myself to eat if such an emergency came lest I grow weaker and weaker. This is important to know. Eat throughout the day to keep the body fed and energy up. There is no real possibility to me of overeating on pine needles, dandelions, etc. I like potatoes but I got tired of eating potatoes that week. I did enjoy the mulberries and persimmons. The eggs were a welcomed change. We are at the end of the world. The days of the I'll-mind-my-business-and-be-free-on-my-homestead are over. Those that have a self-sustaining homestead that is paid off are in a much better situation than those of us in the city or suburbs with rent or a mortgage. I've resigned myself to working with what I have.

WATER PROCUREMENT.

Put some buckets outside to catch rain and put a screen over top of it. I read one can put a 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of chlorine in a gallon of water to help keep it fresh and store it out of sunlight. One can make a water purification system out of rocks, charcoal from some burned woods, sand, pebbles...See the Army Survival Manual. This may seem like a lot of information, but for those of us who live simply and incorporate changes gradually as we think about it, it is not at all overwhelming. This data being shared here was learned over a process of years. The reader can take away what is meaningful to him. Our Sun Oven requires no electricity, just a sunny day and it gets up to 300 degrees or more, therefore it could be used to boil water.

Look around for where you can get water. You may want to consider a water filter system that does not use electricity and can filter even lake water. There was a video of desperate, dependent Americans trying to get water in an emergency--"Empty Store Shelves Coming to America".

Even with a water filter, more ideas to consider

  1. First let the water settle so solids go to the bottom
  2. Pour into another container
  3. Pour it through a twice folded cloth into another container to filter it
  4. Boil it
  5. If it comes from outside source or bad sewage system area, put a 2 drops of iodine or chlorine in it, let it sit for 10 minutes and then
  6. run it through the filter.
  7. See Hesperian publications on water filtering
If one puts muddy water in a filter, the filter will have to filter out all those solids, decreasing the life of the filter.

TOILETING

With food, comes the work of the digestive system. If the water has been cut off, a five gallon container will work for us. Man's dung can be used to fertilize his garden. This has been done in some regions for thousands of years and it is still done today. In some countries they still put raw dirt (Judges 3:22)/toilet manure/night soil on their fields as they have for thousands of years. I've found farm animal dung a powerful an important addition to my gardening efforts.* But what about when I can't make my way over there and I need to grow my food? When using the toilet for defecating, instead of flushing it into our drinking water, take a five gallon bucket, insert a grocery store plastic bag in it (puncture bottom of bag with a few holes so moisture will seep out. Put some dirt/leaves/sawdust, etc. in the bottom of the bag. Relieve yourself. Throw some more dirt on top when finished to cover odor (have a bucket of soil, etc. nearby). Have a lid to keep out flies. When ready to dump, put it in the compost pile or a near tree, etc. or tie off the bag and let it set outside until it breaks down, then use it. This is an very unsavory proposition for me, but it will work and your system will be self-sustained. Others are doing it successfully. Eat out of the ground and then feed it back to the ground. If you do not feed the ground, your plants will come to nothing--Squanto taught me that. There is a snap on lid that fits on a five gallon bucket at Amazon for about $12 but the bucket (less than $5 in 2010) can be used without this device. It can also be used without the plastic bag. Put dirt in the bottom, relieve yourself, cover it with dirt. When it fills up put it in a hole outside and cover it up, I guess. Some people put it in their compost pile. I'm not an expert at composting yet, and would rather not have to turn a pile with feces in it.

The bidet is something to be considered.

Towels, newspaper can be used as toilet paper or facial tissue (Kleenex). Tear it into a 8" x 8" piece, crumple it up we, fold it in half, and use it.

T-shirts can be cut up for handkerchefs.

How to make your own homemade menstrual pads

*A recent development has stopped me from using farm animal dung. Some gardeners using dung have found that nothing will grow in their soil--GMO animal food. If I had my own animals, I would raise them on pasture and know what they were eating. I may be able to find a source for grass and/or grainfed animals.

I saw one setup with a five gallon container and one of those inexpensive toilet seats you can buy at Home depot (optional). I do not know how they did it. I've seen another with a five gallon bucket inside a plywood box that has the toilet seat on top. In terms of urine, I occasionally collect into an empty plastic jug combined with a little water in order to water the compost pile occasionally to keep away animals.

A pit latrine is another option though it would expose us to the elements and we would not be able to use the dung. I read that a three foot deep by three foot wide hole will service a family of four for 3 years. If digging a pit latrine, we would need to take precautions that no one (or thing) fall into the hole by building an effective platform. I'd also want to keep some dirt nearby to cover up the contents after each evacuation.


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