The weekend is here! Hoping you have great plans in the works, and want to share with you a little bit of “Preponomics Homework” to inspire your thoughts, and encourage the ongoing development of your preparedness plans. For our Weekend Homework, let’s consider the importance of informed awareness and its impact on preparedness. First the background, and the question follows…
Summer Skill Building
Background: The official start to summer is just around the corner now. This is an outstanding time to invest in summer skill building activities. These can be fun, interesting, and engaging for individuals, family households, local communities, and communities of people formed around a common interest. If you haven’t considered this seriously, now is the time. Choose a practical skill or project with preparedness and self-sufficiency in mind. It may be an unfinished project, or something entirely new. We can learn a lot about everything from prioritization to planning in the development stage – and this is an added bonus to skill building and project completion!
Here are a few ideas to start the creative juices flowing…
- Learn to can, dehydrate and/or freeze dry foods from the garden for shelf-stable storage. Have some fun with pickles, relishes, and flavorful chutneys.
- Steep your favorite sun tea, and hand churn an ice cream treat.
- Make gardening a year ‘round endeavor. Plan and build raised beds or a greenhouse for your fall and winter crops (see this video about creating a hinged hoop house for your planting beds to garden year-round). Also visit our GARDENING category for more ideas.
- Practice cooking a delicious meal with a solar oven, or learn to use a meat smoker.
- Enjoy nature hikes. Practice land and water safety protocols, learn to identify native plants, and go fishing. Remember to file your flight plans.
- Study options for basic shelters, and practice setting these up. Tents and tipis (teepees) are a great place to start.
- Set up a weather station, learn to recognize cloud forms, weather patterns, and storm signals. Put together a storm safety plan for yourself and your family.
- Visit area parks and historic sites, and learn about how people lived in times past. Be inspired by what you learn, and think about how the practices of the past might be especially useful in a contemporary survival situation.
- Catch up on your summer reading, scout the best video tutorials, and gather with family and friends for an evening and a thoughtfully chosen movie.
The Question: How can I make the most of the warm summer months by combining fun, summer skill building, lots of learning, and practical preparedness and self-sufficiency projects?
HINT: Survival is one of those pass-fail kinds of courses. A passing answer shall not include “there is nothing else I can do”. There’s a lot you can do. Let’s get started.
Remain steady. Stay well. Be safe everyone!