Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Win a Farm in a Box!
SEED SAFE giveaway!

I'm excited about this giveaway because I am passionate about the subject. Online retailer, The Ready Store, has sent me an item to give away here on the blog and I'm excited just to write about it. It's a Seed Safe. What does that mean? Well, it's an airtight container about the size of a gallon of milk that contains 1-Acre of Non-Hybrid, Non GMO, open pollinated, heirloom seeds. The seeds include (but are not limited too) carrots, corn, peas, beans, tomatoes, chard, broc, melons, spinach, cabbage, onions, peppers, squashes, radishes, lettuces and beets. Over 25,000 seeds, triple vacuum sealed in this water-tight container that when harvested could produce 20,000 pounds of food. The seeds are okay to store for up to 5 years.

This is such a cool idea. It's a hell of a deal for backyard gardeners who want to buy a small farm in a box, and it's a nice thing to have stashed away in a closet in case we decide as a nation the "Victory Garden" is the only way your family is getting cheap produce in the wake of a war, oil shortage, or other such disasters. While I don't make this blog about preparation for harder times, I don't think it hurts to be mindful that even if you break a leg, lose your job, or a pandemic of swine flue sends your school home for the year: it would still be nice to eat a salad. So this is both an insurance policy you can stash in the cabinet or an entire backyard farm bought at once for the cost of a dozen heirloom tomatoes at a NYC farmer's market.

I think I'm going to get two. One to plant this spring, and then one to stash away and not really think about. And honestly, going to bed each night this winter knowing an acre of food is waiting for me in the closet is a nice thought. Makes the woodstove a little warmer, too.

To enter the Seed Safe Giveaway, leave a comment in the comments sharing a story of when emergency preparedness was important to you? It doesn't have to be about food security, it could be as simple as "during the NYC blackout I was really happy I had a candle collection in the closet, I could still see in the dark!" or "When Irene hit this past September I was glad I splurged on that mini-generator or the sump pump!" I'll pick a winner Saturday night!

If you just want to go ahead an buy the Seed Safe (it comes in garden, 1 acre, and 7-acre sizes) the Readystore is offering a further discount if you use the offer code BARNHEART5 at checkout till next Wednesday.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! I love this idea! We're new to New England (and farming) and this would be an amazing addition. During Irene (our first hurricane!!), we stocked up on jugs of water, and were glad we did. Didn't realize the well pup ran on electricity ... which was out for three days!

October 26, 2011 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger NancyDe said...

I have been glad of emergency preparations in two hurricanes and one almost-hit (because everyone hit the stores and the shelves were empty and I was already ready). In 1982, we had Hurricane Iwa which hit Kauai the hardest, but affected the whole state. We were without electricity for 6 days. We had the bathtub filled with water and long term food storage in metal cans which came in handy. In 1992, we had Hurricane Iniki and I was a brand new mom - very glad I didn't have to brave the stores with my newborn because of the habit of preparation instilled by my parents. Now, we live where we have water catchment and do not rely on county water, buy in bulk, and grow a lot of our own produce.

October 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger becky3086 said...

A couple years ago we had an ice storm that took down several trees and knocked the power out for two days. We had plenty of oil lamps and candles as well as heat from the gas stove. The only thing we were really lacking was a coffee maker and I purchased one I could plug into the car's cigarette lighter a couple weeks ago so next time we'll be drinking coffee too :)

October 26, 2011 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I am a big believer in prepping. I have not had a situation yet where I have needed it but it always makes me feel better (more secure) to know that I am ready, what ever may come.

October 26, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

These are great! I think a lot of people think preparation is just for disasters, conspiracy theorists, militias, or peak oil scares... but I think having a month of food and water on hand, candles, and lamp oil is just common sense. What if money got really tight cause you lost your job? What if you got hurt? what if there's a death in the family? an ice storm? etc.

Preparation is good.

October 26, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Hound Doggy said...

I try to be aware of what is coming around the corner. I have a number of things that could hold me over if need be.

October 26, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I love that coffee survives!!!

October 26, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
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October 26, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

While on a foraging expedition last month I lost my car keys. So glad I had my Wild Food Survival Guide, nalgene bottle full of water, foraged lamb's quarter and wild carrots for the 5 mile walk home!

October 26, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

This is so awesome! And I love that more and more people are trying to save heirloom seeds. We had a couple long power outages earlier this year, and I was thankful that I saved several boxes of half-burned candles from our wedding years ago (and that I was smart enough to put some matches in those boxes, too!) Just having some light made us feel more secure.

October 26, 2011 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Niki said...

I've had many occasions to be glad of having some prep done! Just two weeks ago we had a blackout due to high winds. Luckily it wasn't that cold, but my stash of beezwax candles got pulled out, along with my "heatless" dinner kit.

October 26, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger jim said...

we have a lot of power outages here in North Tx, so we keep the necessary candles, flashlights and camp utensils that we can use on the grill-[ do not function without my morning coffee.] Last year we were without power for a day and half- No prob- we have a woodstove so house stayed cozy- keep a 55 gal drum in barn so toilets flush etc- we keep bottled water to drink- and lots of canned food that can be heated on the grill===boy scout saying "be prepared" works best

October 26, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Turtle Mom said...

I lived on Cape Cod during Hurricane Bob. We were without electricity for almost a week, although the homes just across the street got power back after two days. I was thankful that for 3 of those dog days of August I lived in luxury at the Copley Plaza Hotel due to a work conference.

October 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger annet said...

With increasing produce costs this year and not increasing income, I was glad I had a garden! Also I put up 300 jars (from half-pint to quart-- mostly pints) of pickles, fruit, juice, salsas, and fruit spread from the garden. Also got over 2 quarts of dried beans (next year will be more!). We've got squash, potatoes, and carrots in the cellar. We live on a large lot in the city, so animals not yet an option. But lots of local farmers in the area we can support for stuff we can't produce ourselves!

October 26, 2011 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Whoa! What an awesome idea. If I don't win one, maybe I'll make my own. ;) Ok.. Three winters ago we had a CRAZY blizzard the first week of March. My husband and I live way out in the country and we didn't have power for four days and we were completely snowed in. We couldn't get down the driveway. In that instance, I was happy to have my huge wood stove and four months worth of wood piled up just outside the door. We lived off mac-n-cheese, tater soup, and anything else we could cook in a dutch oven. :)

October 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Tru Vani said...

Living in Florida, I feel the need to prepare every summer for hurricane season, June through November. I try to stock up on non-perishables for the pantry as well as plenty of water. During our last big threat, we packed up and drove inland to Gainesville to dodge the storm. Bunking with friends, we were glad to have opted as we did; our hometown didn't get hit, but we had a nice middle-of-the-week roadtrip.

October 26, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

OK, that site is AMAZING!

Story: Last year we lost lights for several days due to snow/ice. We were able to not only keep our family safe, fed and warm, but we had neighbors and friends coming in and out and were helping them, too. We were happy to have a place for them to get warm and eat, but mostly we were really happy to teach them the things we'd done so they could be prepared for the 'next time,' too.

October 26, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I save a lot of seed but the idea of a seed vault is really appealing.

October 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Amy McPherson Sirk said...

The big ice storm we had a few years back taught me to get serious about being prepared. No power for a week ruined all the veggies I'd put up in the freezer. There were electricity lines down all over the place so it really wasn't safe to go to the store. Now I do a much better job of preserving my harvest. I keep a much larger supply of food in the house as well as other emergency supplies. I don't ever want to be caught unprepared like that again.

October 26, 2011 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I love the peace of mind! I am happy to know that my applesauce and tomato sauce are at the ready for the winter, even if they're just tastes of summer. My chickens will keep me in eggs even if the power goes out!

October 26, 2011 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger E said...

If you could pick varities it might be a good idea. But "seed varieties were chosen in part because of their recommendation for their ability to adapt to different regions." won't work in Texas, Washington & Ohio.

Varieties don't have time to adapt in one growing season.

October 26, 2011 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger jodi said...

We had a snowstorm a few years ago and the power went out for a few days. We were fine with food but the cold at night was hard to handle so I put some large rocks in the fireplace when the fire died (before we added new firewood) and got them hot. Wrapped them in towels and we had something to warm our feet on.

October 26, 2011 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Localnourishment said...

Emergency prep saved us as a family after the Northridge earthquake when stores went empty for a week and power and water were out even longer. It saved us again after hubby was laid off and there was no mobey for food for a couple weeks. I'll never be without storage food again!

October 26, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger L-Marie said...

Growing up with G-grandparents who were Mennonite and raised their children through the great depression I was taught to always be prepared. My husband grew up differently.

He thought I was paranoid and crazy because I "hoard" water and food. I always have at minimum 20gallons of water stored in the extra bedroom. I also keep at least a 6 month supply of food on hand.

He doesn't think I am a crazy "hoarder" any longer. When we lost power for 5 days when we had the tornado here in Massachussets this past summer we had all the water we needed for drinking and cooking. I tied a rope to a bucket to get water out of our creek for flushing the toilet. He was pleased to say the least because we didn't even have to spend money going out to eat because I used the grill everyday to cook our food. It took a bit longer to cook that way, but it was well worth it in the end.

October 26, 2011 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

When I lived in the mountains, we were without power for days sometimes. Having a decent storage pantry, woodstove, skylights, propane to cook with, and some lovely oil lamps made it all peaceful and nice.

We spent the storm days reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas out loud by lamplight and drinking whiskey. Be sure to store some of that too ;)

October 26, 2011 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger JizzleK said...

I have this enormous heavy duty flashlight I got from Staples of all places. Let me tell you, I have used it sooo many times. Doesn't matter if it's an emergency or not, when you're outside you need to see. Besides many of the supplies people see as "emergency supplies" are really actually very useful. Who says everything has to be powered!

October 26, 2011 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Daisy Farm said...

I realized that it's good to have a battery powered little radio, flashlights and candles when your sump pump doesn't work because a bolt of lightening struck the transformer and blacked out half of your neighborhood. It was 5:15pm on July 23, 2010. I had just settled in to enjoy a rain storm and watch bad TV. The loud crack of thunder and bolt of lightening followed by a downpour of 7 inches in an hour convinced me that you cannot possibly empty your sump crock by yourself by running up the stairs with a bucket of water over and over and over. I remember sitting at the kitchen table the next morning with my head in my hands enjoying a diet coke (still no electricity) and hearing the mouse trap snap. Oh great, I thought....I'm having breakfast with a dead mouse in the cabinet and water in my basement and a tepid can of caffeine. How depressing. I then spent days cleaning up my basement. It still depresses me when I think of it.

October 26, 2011 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

When I was around 7, there was a huge ice storm that knocked out power through huge swaths of our county for a week. Luckily, my father always keeps a supply of firewood for winter, so the family all slept downstairs around the old fireplace. My mother also had the presence of mind to take all the perishables out of the refrigerator and put them in coolers out in our ice-cold garage!

October 26, 2011 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

A few years ago, Hurricane Isabel was barreling towards Virginia. Worried about our very large dining room window, my husband boarded it up with plywood. The protection held, and, added bonus, we re-used the plywood to construct storage shelves for the basement. Then there was that time where the sewer backed up and boy would it have been nice if we'd owned about 10 sump pumps... alas, that was emergency preparedness in hindsight!

October 26, 2011 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

What a cool idea. I live in Florida so we worry about hurricanes constantly. We had a couple of close scares and I became "aware" when I was went to store for somthing and saw everything was gone! No water, no batteries, no plywood. It was crazy and scared me. My garden is just a small thing but it makes me feel like I am prepared a little.
I had neighbors whose electricity was out for several days due to storms and we all worked together and shared the things we had and learned how important family and friends were.

October 26, 2011 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger thelynns said...

We live just east of Lake Michigan and get dumped on by lake effect snows. We have a fireplace for heat, generator to run the well and crank flashlights and radio in case the power goes off. We also buy a few extra cans of beans or vegetables when we are at the store and put them away in case we get snowed in.

October 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Marci said...

We have grains and beans put away for those times. We also can and put away stuff to get us through. We always plant a garden, but this year sorted through our seeds and got rid of lots of old ones. I would love a new stash to shop from.

October 26, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger unpackingtreasure said...

Emergency preparedness became important to me once when the power went out(in winter)!!and we were scrambling to find candles, and flashlights that worked, and it made us quite cranky! A lesson learned in being prepared.

October 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Toronto Girl said...

What a great idea! When we had the big blackout, I was thankful that I had bottled water, a big stash of candles and batteries for my radio. It was a long, lonely night.

October 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I live in Ontario and we've never really had any super disasterous happen, which is great, and not-so-great because some people (me) need a good scare to get themselves prepared. We're super aware of the oil situation and I keep saying 'when we move to the farm... I'll have X months of food put up/have a hand pump well/have gone solar for power/etc... but we need to realize that disaster isn't going to wait until I'm sitting infront of my cozy fire in my farmhouse with my food put up to strike and I need to start getting ready right now!! This is such a cool idea!!

October 26, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Simply Ellie said...

Emergency Preparations have meant a lot to me over the years. We keep an emergency kit in the car, just in case. One of my co-workers was hurt a year ago in a biking accident in front of our work. I was so grateful that we had an emergency kit in the car because work didn't have more than a couple bandaids. Now we make sure we have our car emergency kit stocked with first aid supplies. They have been so useful from a bandaid for someone at the community garden to an ice pack when my cousin's son bumped his head. :)

October 26, 2011 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Yart said...

Just recently we had a power outage at night. My oldest still had homework that needed to be done. I was able to pull out the oil lamps and give her enough light to finish by.

I was thankful for her saying that if we need to live by oil lamp she would be fine with that. Great kid!!!

October 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Laurie F. said...

I am really happy to have a wood stove every time the power goes out in the winter! And we need a seed safe b/c mice ate our seeds that we were trying to save last winter!!

October 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Heather Ann said...

Well I always loved having oil lamps as a kid for power outages. Now just candles, so far. And whenever a rain hit we were always ready to trench water away from horse corrals. The last year before my parents hired some guys to put in some under ground drains, we even went out and got some sand bags. Getting ready is so fun, I think, because you get to sit back and enjoy the weather or just the strangeness of it all.

October 26, 2011 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Dina Rosbeck said...

Luckily we have not had any emergencies thus far, but we are working on stockpiling a supply of food in case of an emergency and also want to get a Burkey water filter and store 5 gallon jugs of water in the basement!

October 26, 2011 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Aurora said...

In 2004 we had two hurricanes within just a few weeks of each other and lost our electricity for almost 2 weeks with each hurricane. We got by using the bottled water and supplies we had stocked up on. With no TV, computer or video games, I felt that my family became much closer during this time.

October 26, 2011 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Dave Swank said...

During a Halloween blizzard here in South Dakota in 2008, I was grateful for the jars we'd put up - we hadn't made it out to the grocery store before it hit, and we were snowed in for 5 days.

October 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger S.e. Hardy said...

What an awesome giveaway!

I grew up in Los Angeles, where the threat of earthquakes and wildfires were very real.
I remember one summer when my mother bought a huge water filter, so that we could filter pool water if we lost water.

I also remember every year at school having to bring a gallon ziplock bag filled with granola bars, gum, and space blankets in case we got stuck at school.
It didn't occur to me until years later that no one really thought through what they had us put in those, and how glad I was that nothing ever happened that made me live on year-old granola bars and gum for however long.

October 26, 2011 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger stace41971 said...

That is an great giveaway!!
I was SOOOO happy for the small generator my mom got us this was a basement saver when Irene blew through...without it to keep our sump pump going our basement would have been under 3 ft of water (again!). Now we're trying to make sure we have enough food and water for 3 days..just in case.

October 26, 2011 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

I love this! The last time we were thankful for a "stash" was during the blizzard last Feb. Northwest Arkansas got 24 inches of snow in about 12 hours. We had our windmill and solar panels that provided electricity. And, we have a fabulous fireplace that is piped into our duct system, so lots of lovely heat. So thankful!

October 26, 2011 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

What a neat idea, thanks, Jenna! We live in AL, and were here during the devastating day of tornadoes last April. Our power was out and we had no way of knowing what was going on, except for the weather radio my father-in-law had bought us (or the chilling tornado siren). Until then I only liked the radio for NPR programs, I think they're pretty important now!

October 26, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger sara said...

I've been without power for 5 days. I was fine. I had food canned & water in the fridge. I have a generator to run the sump pump, fridge & freezer. The seed saver sounds great.

October 26, 2011 at 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to live in an underground house with attached solar greenhouse, root cellar and composting toilet, etc. I had a CSA farm and considered myself a homesteader. I never had less than a couple of years worth of food storage, plus maintained bug out bags and the van was a portable 72 hour and more kit on wheels. Became disabled and married a blind man with TBI. We live in a senior/disabled apartment and I have a 3000 sq ft garden here. I am extremely grateful for my background and skills! The biggest disaster? Being on SSI disability and getting married to someone on the same! In January the feds took away almost half of our income for getting a marriage license! Without my huge raised bed garden, we might have literally starved. Who knew that after prepping all these years that this was what was going to happen? You never know....

October 26, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger rabbit said...

My manfriend travels for work often so usually I'm home alone in the country with scardey cat hound dog and two cats that could sleep through the apocalypse! So I'm usually pretty prepared for anything! Or as much as I can be! There's a flashlight on the bedside table, the downstairs credenza, and the bathroom cabinet.... We have candles and lighters and matches. Preserves and cans and a propane campstove.... But last winter when he was away and I was comfortably deep asleep in my bed that's when the hound dog turned brave.... 1 am and he goes crazy like there are zombies trying to get in! Now I have an overactive imagination so I assume the worse, throw on my glasses and take a shaky walk through the house turning on every light as I go.... NOTHING. I go back to bed, slowly settle in, must've fallen asleep cause 3 am rolls around with an encore performance.... I do my patrol and decide that I'll bring one of the manfriend's hunting guns to my bedside.... They are of course locked and unloaded but I figure I could hold my hand over the trigger lock and 'trick' any intruders.... And failing that, spin it around so the barrel's in my hands and swing-hell I played 6 years of softball! Now obviously the giveaway would be much more useful than an upside down, unloaded, trigger locked shotgun.... But I was definitely prepared!

October 26, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This past April when the big EF4 hit our little town Ringgold, GA, I was really glad I we had a crank radio on hand. We live in the county and didn't get hit, thank goodness. However, we have a battery powered weather radio, but our power went out and the batteries were low. I went and grabbed the crank radio and we had constant updates about what was going on while huddled up in the bathroom with the cats. I don't think we would have been as concerned about taking cover if we hadn't owned that tiny device. I'm very thankful we did.

October 26, 2011 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

This past summer, here in Virginia we had an earthquake and hurricane Irene all in one week. Although neither turned out to be a disaster I felt very prepared. With a pantry filled with canned food and jugs of water, a garden full of food and stacks of firewood for the outdoor grill I knew we would be fine.
Both of these natural events are very unusual for area which proves it always pays to be prepared. I do believe though if you are already living a homesteading type of life, you are way ahead and these types of events won't cause you as much trauma as it would others.

October 26, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Harvest Kitchen Sisters said...

a generator kept my eggs in the incubator warm and kept them turning when we had a blackout last spring which lasted a couple of days. The hatch was saved!

October 26, 2011 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Tracy P said...

So glad my husband insisted on putting in a wood stove and installing rain barrels. We rarely pay for fuel oil, and when the power goes out, we stay warm. The rain barrels also come in handy for "flushing water" during power outages!!

October 26, 2011 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

I think having a land line has proven to be helpful. Though, in the wake of a huge emergency there might not be anyone to answer 911, right? But for those smaller events it's a great idea!

But I think the best preparation is improving on one's ability to problem solve. If you don't have it, can you make it or come up with an alternative?

October 26, 2011 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

What a fantastic give away! Being self sufficient is so important where I live. I'm in a small town, less than 10,000 people and we are far away from any larger city. If we had a natural disaster we'd be on our own so being able to take care of yourself is important. We have a gas barbeque for cooking and of course our camping stove and fuel. We have a gas fireplace that is a manual turn on so if the power goes out we can keep warm and if the gas line is gone we can use our generator. I wish we had a wood fireplace or stove but we don't yet so heat, food, water and shelter are taken care of.

October 26, 2011 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Most recently, I had to be prepared for hurricane Irene. I canned a bunch of vegetables I had harvested and made soups which I preserved that week, filled the bathtub, sterilized and filled a bunch of carboys and growlers with water. I secured my chicken coop with stakes and bags of soil. I strapped all of my rooftop beehives down and got a bunch of books and oil lamps ready. By the time the hurricane got here (it was barely a tropical storm) I was so cozy at home and felt so secure that I kind of wished that we had been a little more bullied by the storm.

October 26, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger David said...

Switching to wood heat has kept us comfortable during several winter blackouts here in the Northeast. Nothing like a fire going when it is cold an dark outside!!! So far our blackouts have been a lot shorter than other ones in the Area. An ice storm left some people without utilities for several weeks. So we've been lucky and prepared.

October 26, 2011 at 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I watched hurricane Katrina's destruction on tv years back, I have made attempts to prepare and not be a "victim"... My area was hit hard by the last two hurricanes, with severe flooding, power outages, and the things that come with such events. I was lucky, with no flooding of my home or utility interuptions. But the best part of being well prepared with food stores, alternative power, cooking, water, and so on... is the lack of anxiety that I experience when such an event comes up, when I am prepared. I was in more of the "bring it on" sorta attitude, while so many unprepared folks were rushing the stores for basic needs. It's a great comfort being prepared, even if it's never needed.

October 26, 2011 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger J 'n E said...

Preparedness is constantly on my mind now that I bought a farmstead in northern Colorado. A snow storm hit last night and we were really glad we trimmed the branches near the house, as many of our neighbors are out of power due to fallen trees and branches. It was a given when I lived in New England (that and a woodstove for when all power was out and the snow was five feet high outside my door). Stay warm!!

October 26, 2011 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Larry in Kingman AZ said...

Living in AZ, We are not really prone to hurricanes, earthquakes sunamis, ect. But that doesn't stop us from preparing for the worst. Water is a no brainer here in the desert. 110 gallons of drinking water in rotation. Rain and grey water collection for the non edible plants. Learning to can so we have garden veggies year round. Only heirloom seeds so we are not dependent on the seed companies in the future. Small steps make a big difference, not just for security, but for the wallet. Raising your own livestock and vegetables saves a fortune at the grocery store.

October 26, 2011 at 10:38 PM  
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October 26, 2011 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger LisaTV said...

Michigan brings heavy, lake effect snows and tornadoes from time to time and knock the power out. I'm always thankful for dry matches, candles we can easily find in the dark, and our battery powered lantern. I have some great memories of playing board games by candlelight with my kids during power outages. Made them more of an adventure.

October 26, 2011 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

What an awesome giveaway! If I were to win this I would put it on a shelf so we could look at it everyday and remind ourselves to keep working towards getting our own farm. Thinking about planting each of those sacred seeds would be mighty powerful inspiration. I've never been in an emergency situation, but having a baby has taught me the value of always being prepared for things to go the opposite way I had planned. Always keeping the diaper bag stocked and waiting by the front door, keeping frozen meals banked in the freezer and having a basket of receiving blankets, diapers and wipes in every room I spend significant time in helps the days go much smoother.

October 26, 2011 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Well, I must confess that this was more about my parents being prepared than me, since I was just a kid at the time. A tornado came through northeastern Ohio, including the neighborhood I grew up in. Everyone lost power, we lost a fence, some folks lost worse. The good thing was that we had an old Franklin stove in the living room. My folks fed themselves and the neighbors chili for the next few days until the power came back.

That Franklin stove is now sitting in my barn, waiting for us to put in a chimney for it :-)

October 26, 2011 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger kippy said...

Thanksgiving weekend a few years ago. It was snowing, 7am, Saturday the gas furnace stopped working. We do not have a fireplace or wood stove. The tech came late in the day, ordered replacement part. The furnace was basically broken until the part arrived on Tuesday. In the meantime, the four electric space heaters I'd bought years earlier came in very handy. So did Grandma's quilt and layered clothing-indoors.

October 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

During a three-day storm during which we lost power, we were certainly glad for the 5-gallon water jugs we had filled and our hand-crank radios that kept us up-to-date on the latest safety info. Awesome giveaway!

October 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger TransFarmer said...

at the beginning of the year, we were slated for a blizzard. I had everything prepared. Extra water, home canned food in case the power went out, candles, flashlights, extra blankets and whatever else I could think of.

After the blizzard, we were a bit lazy in putting the stockpile away. By the end of February we had a tornado outbreak, so it was good to have on hand anyway.

It's a very pleasing feeling to feel prepared.

October 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Deadpenguin said...

During Irene I was happy to have my Coleman Lanterns so my girls could read and play games with the power out. Had a lot of canned foods, bottled water and MREs to kept us full until the power came back on.

October 26, 2011 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I had everything prepared for a big snowstorm last winter.. food, candles, etc. The only thing I forgot to get is a shovel to get my car out of the garage!

October 26, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I had everything prepared for a big snowstorm last winter.. food, candles, etc. The only thing I forgot to get is a shovel to get my car out of the garage!

October 26, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

A week before Irene, we had a ton of rain and the water main broke in three places. We were without water for a day. We keep some water storage in 2-liter bottles and they definitely came in handy for brushing teeth, washing hands, etc. Of course, then the next week Irene hit, but crazily and fortunately we didn't lose power or flood or anything. Just shows that you never know what will happen!

October 26, 2011 at 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like this idea. I think I need to work on my emergency preparedness, too. My idea of being prepared for Irene was getting cheese and crackers and one of those devotional candles.

October 26, 2011 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

When Irene hit, I was happy to have a semi-working generator to keep all our frozen fruits, meats, and veggies cold. If it hadn't worked, we had filled every available inch of the freezers with containers of frozen water to keep them cold longer, or to transfer to the fridges if needed. The containers also doubled as emergency usable water, along with the dozens of mason jars we had filled. I filled some large storage containers and coolers with water for the goats and chickens since we live off a well. It was quite an experience, especially with our being so new to livestock. Luckily we only lost power for 2 days. Others in our area were out for nearly 2 weeks!

October 26, 2011 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS. That is a FABULOUS thing... We had a huge storm hit our area two years ago, with 70 mph winds, and lots of flooding. Our entire town had to evacuate, and everyone below us on our boondocks road had to leave. Thankfully we were on a hill... But everyone up the road from us was stranded due to fallen trees! But, we had a wood stove, lots of home-canned food, storm candles and bathtubs filled with emergency water; so we were able to wait the storm out quite comfortably!

October 26, 2011 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

When a bat got loose in my house two years ago and I couldn't prove it didn't bit me, I was really thankful for having a bit of savings for emergencies. It's not quite like a lot of the other stories on here, but I was really thankful for being prepared in that manner!

October 26, 2011 at 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About 4 years ago, we had a big windstorm (worse than normal for the southern Oregon Coast-highest winds were 116 mph), and it last for days. We were in our new manufactured home and when the power went out, it got cold pretty quickly. Luckily we were able to snuggle up in plenty of blankets. A year later, when the next round of storms hit, we were snug in our home with our new wood stove. Best $3000 we ever spent!

October 26, 2011 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About 4 years ago, we had a big windstorm (worse than normal for the southern Oregon Coast-highest winds were 116 mph), and it last for days. We were in our new manufactured home and when the power went out, it got cold pretty quickly. Luckily we were able to snuggle up in plenty of blankets. A year later, when the next round of storms hit, we were snug in our home with our new wood stove. Best $3000 we ever spent!

October 26, 2011 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

During the Kentucky icestorm of 2009 our entire town was shut down for days. We were greatful to have had enough food, water, candle light, heat, and luke warm instant coffe to get us through 9 days with no power. We were also grateful for the kindess of strangers that sent food, propane, gift cards etc. The strength of community, and the overwhelming compassion of people we didn't know and never got to thank, will stay with my forever.

October 26, 2011 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Melanie Dane Mom said...

As a native Californian I have had ample exposure (many, many decades) to the various natural disasters our state has to offer. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (think World Series) convinced me we needed an emegency supplies box for every member of the household, including the pets! Having that stash has paid off several times in convenience if not outright safety.

October 26, 2011 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger admin said...

I’m always looking for a way to acquire more heirloom seeds! Neat idea as well.

Survival story…When I was in college up in South Dakota I was driving back to school trying to make it to my 7 a.m.. I was travelling down an especially barren section of 34 West River on my way back to Spearfish and it was some ungodly hour in the morning plus very cold— something way below zero. Cruising along jamming out to the Sons of the Pioneers my old pickup suddenly coasted to a stop and I was barely able to glide off on the shoulder. A quick check under the hood revealed nothing wrong. Luckily I had my Carhart coveralls, several sweatshirts, and -20 sleeping bag behind the seat (with a stash of water and some beef jerky)—unfortunately I’d just finished off my thermos of coffee. Knowing that the nearest house was at least 10 miles off the road, but that one particular rancher would be along on his 4-wheeler in about 5 hours on the way to checking his cows and that no other traffic was likely I snuggled in and kept trying to start the truck every ½ hour or so. Finally, a little over 4 hours later as the sun started coming up the truck started for some reason. I had to have looked like the Winter Clothes Monster, but all that gear at least saved me from frostbite.

October 26, 2011 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

I live in earthquake country (SF Bay area) and so prepping is a part of the plan. There is a strong Mormon community out here and I took classes over 20 years ago about food storage and did store over a years supply of the essentials. It's a nice feeling knowing you can get through an event and take care of yourself and family.
I am moving to tornado alley soon so the prepping will be similar but a root cellar and "Hidie Hole" will be a priority.

October 27, 2011 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger lacy said...

ohh, my boyfriend and i could use this!! we're borrowing land from friends and on a shoestring budget... really, more like a thread budget. LOVELY idea! my last experience with emergency preparedness was a storm hitting the shack we were weekending in. we piled branches up around the walls and made a fort indoors to try and keep warm and dry. it was lovely the next day, though1

October 27, 2011 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger LindaSue said...

We should be on our land a little after xmas, with plenty of time to get ready for spring planting. The seeds would be great.
When the 3 hurricanes came thru central Florida several years ago I sure was glad I always stock up in case. Had just gotten a generator which we ended up using cause we went without power for almost a week. I always am stocked up. I am teased constantly about having a store in my kitchen. I am not a freak about it, I just love to cook. I cook and take food to other people and give food when it is needed.

Sure could use some new seeds to add to my stash. LOL

October 27, 2011 at 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not terribly dramatic, but I was happy more than once over the past few years as a full-time student with my habit of buying three or four cans of things when I went shopping - beans on toast is always an option when you're too broke to buy food.

As for The Big Emergency, well, I have the tools and skills to make as much warm clothing as anybody could want, and I'm lucky enough to work at a dry food distributor, which happens to be three blocks away from my house. If it all goes to pot, I have no worries about starving.

October 27, 2011 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Carissa Kennedy said...

Well, I watch a little too much Alex Jones and decided to stockpile myself some food. :) It embarrasses some of my friends, but it also makes a nice mini-market in my home. Dried beans? Rice? Tomato sauce? Covered! I'm also expanding my gardening now that I'm in a house instead of an apartment! This would be an awesome way to start it, but I'm going to checkout there website anyway.

October 27, 2011 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I don't believe I will survive the zombies or the nazis no matter how prepared...but don't fool around with Mother Nature. Besides the huge natural disasters mentioned, and the personal income loss that can happen to anyone, half our food or water supply could be contaminated by terrorists....a small blight could wipe out a major portion of crops, especially if most are the same (like Irish potato famine, so it is important to be prepared, and not rely on the huge grocery chains..I don't own any land right now (wish I did) so my garden is much smaller, but I would share the seeds with others.

October 27, 2011 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger sheila said...

Upstate NY here and there have been multiple times in my life where I was grateful for a can rack full home canned food and a bins of potatoes, carrots, beets and cabbage in the root cellar. The hall closet holds the winter squash and onions at just the right temp and humidity to keep all winter. Winter storms that close the roads for several days and knock out the power are fairly common. It's also nice to have a cushion of food on hand when unemployment kills the family budget.

October 27, 2011 at 2:06 AM  
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October 27, 2011 at 2:39 AM  
Blogger Sylvie said...

My fear is getting stranded. As in stuck miles from nowhere up a forestry logging road, waiting for days or weeks for someone to happen on by. Why do I have this fear? We own a jeep and we love to explore! Now that our kids are all grown we've become irresponsible parents. Weekends often find us out exploring old mining camps and trails. But I worry, what if we get stuck and can't get out. Sure we can have some canned food and a coleman stove but what when the propane and the food run out? That's why I've taken to carrying 2 books with me whenever we travel. One is edible plants and berries the other mushrooms. I want to know what we can eat (or will poison us) and drink to survive on until we either hike out or get rescued. Did you know you can make a lemonade out of sumac cone's? That's what being prepared is to me. Not what I can buy from a store to survive but what nature provides for us.

October 27, 2011 at 2:58 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

A well stocked pantry, a stash of H2O, oil lamps and a gassed up generator meant we lived pretty darn well when an earthquake knocked out our power, which wasn't restored for over a week.

October 27, 2011 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

You are just great in organizing something for all of us. Thank you so much for all your efforts and thanks Ready Store.

October 27, 2011 at 4:09 AM  
Blogger Jonzie said...

I am really glad last summer I planted extra tomato plants, because this year the harvest has been very small but I still have a good stock of tomato conserves from last year :)

October 27, 2011 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Wow, what a great idea/giveaway! We haven't yet had a situation where we were "happy to have been prepared", other than smaller power outages and we were happy to have known where the flashlight was! lol....

But we are trying to stock up our pantry just in case any emergencies do...

October 27, 2011 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I used to live in South Florida, and several hurricanes taught me to keep food in the pantry and have some way to cook it when there's no electricity. One time my parents did nothing to prepare when a hurricane was coming (I was in school and living with them with no income, so I was dependent on them), and the power was out for two weeks, roads were blocked, and people were lining up for FEMA rations. I had made sure that we had food and water, and that the cars had full gas tanks in case we couldn't get gas for a long time. We stayed out of the FEMA lines that way and lived well through the crisis. The experience informed my decision to move to an area (Pacific NW) where I could more easily grow my own food and provide for myself in an emergency. I've spent the last 6 years cultivating the skills and gathering the tools I need to be more self-sufficient. Now I can start with raw wool and end up with a sweater, grow my own food and preserve it, frame a building and do most of the finish work, sew clothing, and do lots of other miscellaneous things that allow me to build the life I want. I love the idea of having an acre of seeds on hand!

October 27, 2011 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger said...

The people who did best during the depression of the thirties had their own gardens, chickens, and maybe an animal or two for milk or meat. They put up their own food and knew how to do things by hand. Sounds wise and reassuring to me.

October 27, 2011 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

The example you used about Irene made me laugh--we unfortunately had NOT splurged on a generator and though we have a sump pump, the power went out. So our (finished) basement flooded. And...wait for wasn't covered by insurance! Needless to say, we now have a small generator that will run the sump pump. I love the idea of the seed safe.

October 27, 2011 at 5:57 AM  
Blogger PurrfectPetSitting said...

I was EXTREMELY grateful that we had a sump pump installed earlier in the summer when Irene hit. It's the first time EVER that our basement stayed dry. And, as much as I was against installing a woodstove, I'm glad we did it. It's nice to know we won't freeze to death if the power goes out in the winter!

October 27, 2011 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Every time we lose power, I realize that it's good to be prepared! In the case of a natural disaster (and there seem to be more and more), or just a whomping big snow storm, I am thankful that I prepared.

October 27, 2011 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Donna Lovesthe Farm said...

While I have never had a power outage last more than a day, I have become more prepared over the past year. The more I strive for self-sustainability, the more I learn about our precarious economic situation and how the chance of real disaster is possible. We just moved to a 10 acre farm, far away from city life, we have a wood burning furnace and a woodstove, we have all kinds of food producing animals, we bought a generator (for short term problems) and we are striving for more. I have big plans for gardens next year and look forward to many years of learning more so we can become even more efficient.

October 27, 2011 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Evans said...

Living near Buffalo NY I am always glad to have bulk dry goods in the basement so I don't have to race to the grocery store to buy the last loaf of bread on the shelf. We get to snuggle on the couch instead.

October 27, 2011 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

We have these neat little gadgets in our house: They're rechargeable flashlights that double as nightlights. When they're plugged in to charge and set to "auto" mode, they'll sense when the power goes out and the nightlight comes on automatically! It's really nice to have a lighted path to the bathroom or storage closet during a nighttime outage.

October 27, 2011 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Doc DuraMater said...

Seed safe would vault me to moving on this! I want to be like my gram who I helped in the garden and then canning in the kitchen when I was a kid.

October 27, 2011 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Anke said...

Being prepared for an emergency really hit home during the April tornadoes. Our area and our neighborhood were hit very hard and we realized how prepared we were in some areas (enough food in the freezer and pantry, candles, lighters..) and how unprepared we were in others (not enough lamp oil, no battery powered radio..) After being without power for 6 days, we made sure to stock up on plenty of things that had been missing!

October 27, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Farmin in WV said...

We live far enough out that when the power goes out we are always the last to be restored. We now have a generator to keep the freezers going because our longest power outages seem to be for no reason in warm weather.

I am always glad to have oil lamps, a wood stove and plenty of home canned food for emergencies!

October 27, 2011 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Ruby said...

The first time as an adult I had to do hurricane prep, I didn't know what to do, so I filled the bathtubs with water, gathered candles and matches, and baked a few dozen cookies. No one wants to be without cookies in a storm. :P

October 27, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Meagan said...

During the Big Blackout... my son was born 9 months later. What can I say- have to pass the time somehow!

We live in a rural area of Michigan, and routinely loose power during heavy snowstorms. I love the seed idea, and while it wouldn't do much in a snowstorm... it I planted in the summer, and canned, then I would have plenty to use during our winter outages.

October 27, 2011 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Simple Pleasures said...

I was just planning my garden for the spring. I would love to use this great supply of seeds! As a single person in a uncertain world this would give me great security!

October 27, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Meagan said...

My son was born nine months after the Big Blackout in 2003... what can I say? You have to pass the time somehow! On another note, we loose power in the winter a lot and like to be prepared for such. I see these seeds as a good investment for other disasters, such as loosing my job, etc. Great idea!

October 27, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger LifePacer said...

Water is always my biggest concern, I try to have a lot stored in containers that won't leak (plastic gallon water jugs are the WORST) but am always paranoid it won't be enough. These seeds are a GREAT idea!

October 27, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Thinkin' Out Loud said...

I love the thought of having this in storage for harder times but I think I would buy 2 too because I only want seeds I can "save" for myself and you can't really do that with Hybrid seeds. It wouldn't have helped me though when the power went out for a whole 2 weeks when I lived alone some "few" years ago. Mid-Winter, 2 weeks, I had to go stay with friends and I felt so bad that I couldn't pay them because I had spent all that pay check on bills and Groceries! I went and got everything from my freezer and about half the stuff from the fridge and we lived like kings for almost the whole time :). Slim pickings when I got to got back home but at least I had "payed" the only way I could.

October 27, 2011 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

We generally do fine in emergencies - we have the generator to run the well pump twice a day, and to keep the food in the freezer and fridge from spoiling, the woodstove to cook and heat with, the hand held drip coffee maker, (fresh coffee every morning is non-negotiable!), and right now I'm making toast in a cast iron frying pan because the toaster just died.

October 27, 2011 at 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We, like you, are prepared with a full pantry, generator, lanterns, flashlights, wood stove, etc. But we don't have a supply of seeds for that garden. That would be a great addition!

October 27, 2011 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

When a natural gas pipeline came into our area a number of years ago, we were only 1 out of 2 families on our road that signed up for natural gas. We were so glad we did when an ice storm struck and power was out for three days. Because of natural gas we had heat, hot water and cooking. Many neighbors came over to warm up, shower and have a hot meal.

October 27, 2011 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger DustySE said...

Wow, what a great idea! I'll admit I'm not good at planning...but I am careful about water storage, a good thing as I live in the southwest.

October 27, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger bee*in*the*balm said...

We have a mountain of home canned goods, gas stove, and a non electric percolator. I still have the jugs of water from Irene ready to go in the kitchen!
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October 27, 2011 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Photo Spread said...

Emergency prep is ALWAYS important! We have food enough for a month in the pantry, enough camping/outdoors gear to cook in any situation, a small garden for fresh food, chickens for eggs, and water reserves in rain barrels and the goldfish pond. Ice storms and hurricanes are both worries in my part of the country so we're prepared for either one (and more)! During Hurricane Fran I grilled out for all my neighbors, and in the ice storm of '02 I ate like a queen. (In the dark and chilly, but the food was great!)

October 27, 2011 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger juliewondergem said...

I like to think of myself as prepared for any crisis but I was forced to put this into action during this summer. We are a family of 6 with our youngest son suffering from autism. My husband lost his bonuses at work this year which amounted to over 15,000 dollars this year in lost salary and in addition my oldest son graduated and although this was a joyous time for us it almost meant an additional reduction in income of roughly 12,000 dollars a year. Luckily, right as the child support ended I was able to find a job. However, due to my youngest sons special circumstances I was unable to find a daycare provider that could deal with his special issues. SO after just two months and 4 day cares I was forced to leave my job. Thank goodness I have been stockpiling necessities since last year. We still have quite a lot of basic ingredients to make meals and if not for the stockpiling (which my husband referred to as hoarding until he realized the necessity of us having it)I have been able to keep my family eating very well on a greatly reduced grocery budget. Yay for emergency preparedness!!!

October 27, 2011 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Drummond Farms Alpacas and Woolens said...

Many years ago we lived in Kentucky and in an area that had not seen a heavy load of snowfall in many years. We were from Michigan and were used to heavy snowfall and many storms each Winter. One day, on the weather, they were perdicting an unusual snow fall accumilation of 3 inches. Well, I didn't think much of it at the time as 3 inches didn't seem like very much to me. I had planned on going to do a large grocery trip that day as previously planned. Well, at the wholesale store I saw this neat little Milkhouse heater and thought that it looked neat and for some reason came back, after filling my cart, and felt pulled to put that in my cart. I just felt that I had to get it. Well, the snow did come and it turned out to be a total of 21 inches! We were in for an entire week, roads could not be plowed and our heat source froze up. That little milkhouse heater was just what we needed to stay warm. I am grateful for that nagging feeling to pick that up and put it into my cart. We didn't plan on anything, but boy was I ever happy we were prepared. I love the idea of being prepared...for anything can happen. These seeds would be such a blessing to have to be prepared.

October 27, 2011 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Kellee said...

We have a stash of home-canned veggies, fruits, and meat. One woodstove and a stack of fire wood to keep us warm. Power outages are very common in our area, so we also have oil lamps plenty of batteries and flashlights.
I live in an area of Amish and many are my friends, so I'm not too worried about going without. Being unprepared is a disaster waiting to happen. Count me in for the drawing!

October 27, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger rebeccalately said...

When Hurricane Irene hit, I purchased a small charcoal grill justincase we lost everything in our freezer. We lost everything that could spoil in the fridge, but our freezer was okay. The grill still hasn't been broken in!

October 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger keeley said...

The seed vault is amazing. We have a gas grill outside which would provide us with a way to cook (at least until the gas runs out!) if our electricity went out. Also, the other night we had a power outage, and we knew just where the flashlight was - right by the back door! Be prepared is a great motto.

October 27, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Beth of the Rocks said...

I lost about 1/3 of my income right before Thanksgiving last year - I was SO happy for my month and a half of food storage; I was able to pay all my bills on time and eat well for the holidays, too! (That income has since been made up, and then some... So my food storage is back up.) :)

I love this giveaway!! And I'm always happy to hear how others' preparations have helped them out.

October 27, 2011 at 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two winters ago we were living in a log cabin in the woods and got 3 1/2 feet of snow overnight. We were trapped at the far end of our 1/3 mile driveway, we lost power, and at the time we had a 9 month old baby. Thanks to our knowledge and skills, we were not nearly as effected as our neighbors. We cooked and heated the house with the woodstove, We didn't have TV before the storm our entertainment options didn't change, we just sort of continued on as usual! It was practically a vacation!

October 27, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Love Seeds!

Living in Minnesota and driving from Duluth to Akeley in the winter along those lonely highway roads I learned to always have a run-out-of-gas box. Sometimes in the super cold (-20) gas guages don't work so well. In my box were candles, matches, blankets (a survival blanket and comforter) and Chocolate. I also made sure to always have my warmest boots in the car at all times, even in town on a quick errand. If you need to pump up a tire or wait for AAA your feet freeze in no time flat. The run-out-of-gas box has to be taken out of the car in the summer since candles and chocolate both melt into a useless glob (well, the chocolate is still edible but it blooms and looks gross) in the summer heat. We only needed the box once that I remember when we lost power in the car and had to pull over in the freezing cold. Even though it was only an hour or so wait for the tow truck we were very happy that we were warm!!!

October 27, 2011 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Mommyto3 said...

My husband and I got married in August 2008 and while honeymooning in Panama City Beach Hurricane Ike was churning away. We made it safely home to Cincinnati but the reach of Ike's force was enormous. While out to lunch the following Sunday the storms hit. The 75 mph winds downed trees, brought down electric wires and caused dust storms. Our neighborhood was without power for a full week. Luckily we had a portable generator and was able to store groceries for a few neighbors, we were also able to use our propane gas grill to cook up our frozen food items, a side burner to boil water and candles from a wedding present to play card games and bond during the blackout.

October 27, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Earthdrummer said...

Rice and Beans, for some reason those two grains give me comfort. I have tons of them, stored in mason jars...just ready! We will be Nourished I tell you!! Will make damn sure of it!!

October 27, 2011 at 9:15 AM  
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October 27, 2011 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Our electricity has gone out SIX times so far this year - a record even in our outage-prone home. And oddly, this year most of the outages have happened in the evening, so not having lights was a problem. The electric company just doesn't seem to be maintaining its equipment at the substation. Early this spring, after the first two outages, I picked up a couple of extra oil lamps at the thrift store, and I was really glad when the next four outages came around. I recently ordered more oil and wicks to keep on hand, and I feel a lot better knowing its there.

October 27, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

My husband and I have been together since I was 14 yrs old and he was 16 yrs. old. It has been 33 yrs. now. We lived in our car for three years while trying to go to highschool. I was so grateful to have plenty of blankets to keep us warm in the cold winters of Northern CA.!

October 27, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

We've had SIX power outages so far this year - a record even for our outage-prone home. And strangely most of them have happened in the evening, when a lack of lighting was an issue. The electric company just doesn't seem to be maintaining its equipment very well.

So early this spring, after the second outage, I picked up some extra oil lamps at the thrift store. I was glad to have them when outages #3-6 came around! I recently bought more oil and wicks, and I feel much better knowing they're there.

October 27, 2011 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger MIB said...

Well, here was our Irene emergency prep, which stood us in good stead: fill the extra 110-gallon water trough for the animals, fill all the extra buckets we have for the animals, fill the bathtub with water for flushing, make sure we have enough fuel for the camp stove, fill the oil lamp, get out the candles, and do all the laundry and dishes while the water pump is still working! We were without power for almost 5 days, and did end up having to dip into the pond for some water toward the end, but otherwise, we were in good shape. :-)

October 27, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

The longest I've had to make do without power is 44 hours but I am prepared. I have flushing water and drinking water set aside for me and all the animals. I also have more food than I would need for at least a month. I have a gas stove, grill and wood stove. I can also plug my WIFI into my Power Dome to stay informed. Of course I have the battery operated radio, camping light and candles. My neighbors all have generators which create way too much noise when it should be silent. I guess having one to access the well and keep the freezers happy wouldn't be a bad idea.

October 27, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Valri said...

Had a woodstove installed a couple of years ago in our new house...we had one in our last house which really saved us when when we lost power for 5 days during a huge snowstorm. So nice to have a warm house and a place to cook hot meals.

October 27, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

Wasn't going to enter this one, because we're still stuck in an apartment, but it really brings home how dependent we are on the grid when the hurricanes blow through here (FL). And we do have a porch, and I so want to grow more of my own food. We have the requisite flashlights, candles, oil lamps for hurricane season, but living in the city any time of year means dependence on the grid, which blows. So sign me up! :)

October 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Cait said...

In 1998 (I was still a kid) we had a major ice storm up here in Ontario, Canada. We had no power for 17 days and no phone for atleast 9 of those. School was cancelled for two weeks straight, power lines were down across the roads and there was no running water anywhere. Luckily we had an old wood stove in the summer kitchen that we could heat and cook with.

Now that I am farming as an adult in the same house emergency preparedness is even more important to us. In order to milk our sheep we depend on our vacuum pump and water to wash equipment with. Although we don't have one yet we are saving away for a generator to avoid trouble when the power goes out. Although we made it through the first milking season without any major hiccups we won't do it again without backup power - too nerve-wracking during early morning storms!

I have never heard of the "farm in the box" idea but it makes so much sense - we preserve veggies and other food items for hard times but having seed on hand for longer emergencies makes so much sense.

October 27, 2011 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Laura Camp said...

When it storms and snows, I love the feeling of not having to go anywhere. Having all the supplies you need, and the ability to just hole up until the world is habitable again. That's the way to do it.

October 27, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a good thing for a giveaway! Count me in!


October 27, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Lisa_K said...

Living in North Central Florida preparedness is better than a good idea. I was thankful we had invested in some good water storage jugs in addition to both tubs having water and pool water to flush the commode during the hurricane season of '04! We've been relatively unscathed since here, but that can't last forever!

October 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I Live in Minnesota and I am always glad during the summer to have a tornado kit in the bacement and in the witer to have snow emergency kit in the car

October 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This last winter we had a rather epic ice storm hit (well, epic for us in Texas) and it shut everything down for 4 days straight. There were rolling black-outs, power outages, and all local businesses were closed. I was thankful that we weren't caught unprepared, or underprepared like so many in our area. I had laid in enough food to get us through a week and had extra bottled water and batteries and a plan for just such an emergency.

Thanks for the chance. We are building on 2 acres starting very soon and I want a big garden. In many ways you were the inspiration for really pursuing this dream of owning a little plot of land and doing more for ourselves. :)

October 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

What a cook product! I grew up on the Canadian prairies and in the winter, you were a fool if you didn't have your trunk fortified with extra blakets, toques, mitts, non perishable food, candles, a flash light, show shovel, etc.

Blizzards could crop up at a moment's notice, creating white outs and you might be stranded on a road somewhere. Your best hope for getting through that unscathed was to prepare!

I live in BC now where the winter climet is more temperate (rain, not sneaux!) but I STILL make sure my trunk is stocked, just in case. I'd rather have stuff and not need it than be stuck somewhere wishing I had it.

October 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Less than two weeks after I moved into my house, and before I had a fourth of my stuff here, we were hit with a 49-hour blackout courtesy of an ice storm... the day before Christmas Eve. So obviously, I wasn't at all prepared. I only had one book in the entire house, and barely any groceries. However, my brilliant Dad managed to drive to my house and we hooked up my boiler to my car--probably one of the most expensive generators--so I could have heat. Thankfully, even though it got down to 5F, I had no problems surviving in the cold. (The police were stopping at people's houses and offering to drive them to shelters; it was that bad.)

October 27, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Anna M said...

When I moved from Idaho to Vermont I moved our long term emergency food storage. Both of our jobs vaporized in the 2 weeks after we arrived. That food storage was about 50% of our diet for the first nine months we were here.

Unfortunately soon thereafter I found out I had celiac disease and all of our wheat stores were inedible for me. Then our basement flooded and the buckets of wheat were damaged for human consumption.

I ended up giving the wheat to a farmer who used it for chicken feed so I feel good about it not being totally wasted.

The lessons I learned were that food storage is a wonderful thing and don't put food storage in an area where there is a danger of both flooding and super high humidity. Buckets will break in that scenario.

October 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Green Zebra Market Garden said...

My mom is quite the quilter, so I have huge stacks of warm quilts all over the house. If we lose power, at least I'll stay warm!

I'm also happy to have a large pantry stocked full of homemade canned goods waiting for me.

October 27, 2011 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

When I was a little girl, my Dad worked for United Air Lines. He wasn't a pilot, but when when the pilots went on strike everyone took a big pay cut. For our family, it meant that we had to eat what we had in food storage and what we could grow. It was not pretty. While my parents had plenty of powdered milk and wheat, etc. in storage, the change created a radical difference in our everyday diets. It went on for about six months. When it was over, my parents resolved to add some more things to our emergency storage. You will laugh but Oreos and more normal foods were among the list. Seeds like these would also have been a valuable addition. As an adult, I too keep a food storage for emergencies and every day use that brings me comfort to weather life's storms. I would love to add these seeds to the collection.

October 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Love it!

We had a black out in Columbus a couple years back that lasted half the week. It's amazing how bored we all were without electricity, at least I had my oil lamp to read by.

October 27, 2011 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Michael Smith said...

Four years ago my mother gave generators to my brother (and his family) and me (and my family). For the past several years, we have had ice storms here in the south. Every time the power goes out and I start up the generator I think to myself " gift EVER!".

October 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger quiltaholic said...

I started collecting old oil lamps a few years ago because I thought they looked cool - but they have saved my sanity more than a few times when we've been without electricity. The kids and I will strike up an oil lamp and play board games until the storms pass.

October 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger TGRandini said...

We are always prepared during tornado season down here in Texas - weather radio, flashlights, sturdy shelter, and good shoes. Every year we have to go into "hiding" at least once.

October 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Patsy from Illinois said...

We had lots of snow last year and I had stored canned good under the bed. Was sure glad I had these. Trees and limbs were down because of the ice and there was no way to get to the market.

October 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

No hurricanes here in eastern PA (yet) but ice storms we do get. Since we heat with a wood-stove staying warm is not a problem. We also used it to cook and have a kettle on constantly to humidify or have a cup of tea. My pantry is always full. Buying ahead,on sale, is the best way to save money. I love candles so always have a good supply along with a couple of oil lamps and a stock of lamp oil. My 3 kids are getting oil lamps for their homes this year as one of their Christmas gifts.

October 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Whimsy Pickle said...

I live in the mountains and last year we had an avalanche cover part of the highway we were driving on. It left an awful amount of jam packed traffic and nowhere to go for an entire night. I was grateful to have my "emergency car kit" in the back with water, food, and most importantly the blankets! I never thought I'd actually break into that kit, but after doing so it sure changed my thoughts about preparing for emergencies! Thanks for the chance at such an awesome giveaway!

October 27, 2011 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Cat Eye Cottage said...

Because we live in an old neighborhood with many mature trees, we lose electricity often due to falling tree limbs and trees. Having flashlights and candles ready as well as having non-perishable foods on hand really helps! Plus, our stove is gas, so we can cook food when the power goes out.

October 27, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is a great idea! I will definitely get a couple. I have a 48 hour emergency kit and enough supplies on hand to hold out for a couple of weeks. However, Irene was a great test case and showed us the flaws in our kit and in our self sufficiency plan.

October 27, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

During the blackout in Southern California last month I was very glad that we had a stockpile of candle, some old hurricane lanterns filled with oil, bottled water (that we didn't really need because the water still worked, but we could have needed it! :)) I was raised to keep a first aid kit (in an old plastic lunchbox) in the trunk of my car, candles, flashlights, bottles of water, etc, mostly in case of an earthquake. We're just starting to ramp this up to include canning, alternate water sources and ways of cooking and it's providing me a huge peace of mind.

October 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Love reading your Blog Jenna. It's very inspirational. Having grown up in the country about 20 minutes outside the city and in a place where snow falls and falls and falls. We found the best form of preparedness was always our woodstove. The snow plow eventually always came through but the electricity had to wait until that happened and heat is the most important when you live in the True North (Canada). Hope I win.

October 27, 2011 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I think that it is important to always have an extra propane tank for our grill.(side burner) The woodstove is also great to cook on in a power outage. We also have a generator, cause a spring storm power outage brings a whole new set of problems-mainly our sump pump needs to run! I had a newborn litter of pups in the house one Feb...the power went out due to ice/snow. It was great to have that generator to keep the heat light on them to stay warm! And to get water from the well too!

October 27, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

@Happylittlewonders - I'll back you on that - we were stuck in our house for a week from that same storm!

Katrina was our wake up call that if anything ever happened, no one would be coming to help, and we'd better be ready to help ourselves. Since then, we've been through many (long) power outages, among other assorted hardships and have always had light, heat, plenty of good food and ways to stay busy. We've never lost perishables, clean water or contact with the outside world. I'm deeply grateful for our efforts every day, even when we just get home late and have nice home-canned stew to eat for dinner. We're both facing the prospect of a potential job loss now, and while we're a bit worried, we're not *panicked*. We know things will be tough, but we'll be okay because of all we've done to buffer ourselves.

One final word - all the candles, flashlights, matches, etc. in the world won't help you much if you can't find them in the dark. Ask me how I know. :)

October 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Kelli said...

Jenna, this is such a fantastic opportunity.

Living in Chicago, winter lasts from November to May some years. Last year, when we received 14 inches in the matter of a few hours, the city essentially shut down and we were without power for two days. We had no heat or electricity. It really made me consider preparing ourselves to weather those storms both in home winterization, but also preserved food. I have been canning like a fool this year (with the small amount we get from the farmers market).

October 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

During the last big ice storm, we lost power for a couple of days. I was really grateful for my crank radio with built-in flashlight!

October 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger chiggermarie said...

We had an ice storm a couple of years ago that paralyzed this region. The Amish community was not affected by the weather, because of course they do not rely on electricity. We only went a couple of days with no electric, but other people in our community were without power for a couple of months!! Shocking for this day in time!! Who would think it would take that long to restore power in modern times? It happens- BE PREPARED!!!!

October 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What an awesome idea! Growing up, we always had oil lamps on hand, candles, and a generator. We plan to do something similar when we get out to new home. Thanks, Jenna!

October 27, 2011 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Suezanadanna said...

While I've always been interested in survival preparedness, I started working on my pantry/food storage after moving to the mountain side and experiencing a few 'snowed in' weeks last year. I've been expanding on my food storage/preparedness journey by thinking along the self-sustaining route as well. Have seeds in storage 'just in case' would be wonderful!

October 27, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger alewyfe said...

We try to stock up and be ready for most stuff (my guy is a "bit" of a collector so if any of our neighbors need anything, they knock on our door... obscure or regular tools? check. extra food staples? check. kegs of homebrew? check. candles, lamp oil, matches, stove fuel? check. cannonball? check. Yep, someone actually needed one once- he was making a steel drum for an art school project, which are traditionally pounded out with a cannonball. We have one. Sigh.
I always carry some basic tools in my bag, so if I get a flat or need to do a small repair on my bike, I'm not stranded (or forced to take the bus, urgh). :-)
Would love to have some more seeds stashed away- I save some for the "library" from our garden every year... but more would be good, especially as we build more raised beds at work- we're turning an acre of former parking lot into a garden. Hint, hint.

October 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

When we found out both our daughters were allergic to wheat, I'm allergic to corn, one of the girls is also allergic to pastuerized milk. And all this with winter coming on and not much put up from the garden!

October 27, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger AmandaMariePhotography said...

Oh my! How amazing! We just started the journey of learning how to prepare and plan. I have been learning so many new skills. Canning, sewing and gardening of course. This is just spectacular! Thank you for the opportunity!

October 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

I suspect that ultimately you’re referring to the emergencies created by the elements or when our basic needs are threatened. I cannot honestly say I’ve found myself in that situation. So if I may I’d like to speak to another type of emergency; the kind created by other people. It’s a true story (not too exciting) and I credit growing up in a community that was concerned their youth would fall prey to gangs, drug dealers, and urban violence. For us, emergency preparation is the mindset.

In my last semester of college there was a shooting on my campus. It was a February afternoon and I was studying in a computer lab situated between a building of auditoriums and theater building. Each of these buildings were clustered close together. The annex had a hallway and then doors on either side leading to the computers. I had just finished up my notes for Astronomy and was feeling pleased with myself when a man ran into the hallway shouting.

“There’s been a shooting,” he said repeatedly. I froze and tried to process this. Was it gang violence or an argument? The man in the hallway was bouncing back and forth from the entrance to the doors. “There’s been a shooting. Someone came into my classroom and started shooting.” Everyone was standing and quiet trying to make sense of what he was saying.

I think we were all listening for it as quiet as it was. The gunshot had been dull and distant sounding but like everyone else in the room my head turned to it. That was when the reality clicked in everyone’s mind. The man told us all firmly and urgently, “You need to get out of here.”

I didn’t hesitate. My mind was in that emergency preparedness mode that was instilled in me from grade school. I felt calm, centered and hyper aware. Others were shouting, pushing and trying to run. I slipped to the back of the room through the crowd and quickly crossed from the annex into the theater building. As power-walked down the hall I weaved like the D.A.R.E. officer once told us to.

My mind was clear and charting out possibilities- would the shooter move to another group of people? If so would he go outside? It seemed likely since many buildings and their entrances were nearby. If the shooter was targeting students I would need to get off campus. I didn’t trust the theater rooms to withstand a forced entry.

I had made my way through theater building and jogged to a nearby strip mall with other students. Once there I ran to the music store where they had a room with no windows. When I got in I asked them to call 911. The workers stared at me as though I was playing some prank. When police arrived on the scene my levelheadedness wore into shock and I wandered out to find answers.

In the end I learned that the shooter took his life and five others. The man who warned us was the teacher’s assistant. He had been shot in the arm. One account says the shooter started to follow after the teacher. That's a what-if scenario and those are never good to dwell on, but I feel confident that had he pursued the TA the community programs that fought to keep us kids on the straight and narrow would do right by me.

That's what emergency preparation means to me.

October 27, 2011 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger jen said...

When my son was just a baby our power went out for 4 days. If I didn't have a woodstove I never would have survived!! I heated up bottles and cooked on that stove. We were on a well, so thank goodness I had the foresight to fill up the bathtub. You never think an outage is going to last that long!! We hung a Coleman lantern outside the dining room window for light - if not for the open floorplan we would have had to live in that room! After that we bought a generator. Our power never went out for more than a couple of hours after that!! It's nice to know it's there, though.
This Seed Safe is awesome!! I would really love to have it!

October 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Campbell Kids said...

What a super giveaway! Two years ago, I kept three wonderful grandchildren for 14 days in the midst of the literal snow storm of the century while my daughter and her husband flew to Ethiopia to get my beautiful little adopted grandson. I prayed the power would stay on and it did thankfully. I was soooo glad that my daughter had us so prepared food wise in the event of an emergency! Thankfully, there was no emergency and two weeks later, they arrived with my sweet baby grandson and we were thrilled to see them!

October 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Lightly said...

Wonderful! After years of saving, and a big move, we are now the proud owners of 11 acres in the Texas backcountry... My life's dream. I worked toward this for so very long.... I'm 50 now, but it is never too late!
In San Francisco, I had two backpacks of emergency supplies in case of earthquake, (AND! when the Loma Prieta hit, I was prepared, no electricity for days, or open stores, but we were just fine, and all the neighbors shared, as we all did. It was amazing...) here, the same, but in case of fire/hurricane/tornado.
A seed bank in case of ??? would be perfect... I'm an artisan, (I make medieval crossbows, beautiful! For hunting, competition, museums, and collectors.) my man makes the 'real' money in the computer world, and he just got laid off. Things are tough for many folks, now... being without electricity is a drag, being without food is impossible... I've just started my beds in this new home. So happy! TO have a amazing assortment of seeds for the beds.... going to have to check it out. Thanks for this opportunity, Jenna!

October 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Tigersmom said...

We were very thankful to have our generator, propane grill, and cooler full of ice when Irene hit in September. We were out of power for 7 days!

October 27, 2011 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger City Sister said...

I always feel better being able to look at all the jars in my cupboards knowing that I could harvest and can/preserve everything I have grown.

October 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Catcoco said...

We love our little farmette but we have had more power failures here than in all of our other houses combined. So we now have a candle chandelier in the living room and candle sconces on several wall. I have also started collecting oil lamps. People think they are pretty but I love them because we are the only house with light when darkness hits. We also have a fondue set ready to be lit to boil water, heat soup or stews... and we have recently acquired a press coffee maker just in case... We also try to always have two weeks of chicken and goat feed ahead of us - would love to get more in advance but our storage space is limited. If they are well fed, we can count on them for milk and eggs...

October 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

This is more of a story about not being quite as prepared as I should have been. We live in a fairly well populated area in Southeatsern Mass. I knew Irene was going to be bad even after it was downgraded to a tropical storm. I live near enough to a beach community that I knew if there was a storm surge the town would turn off our water to prevent backwash. I was prepared with plenty of water. I was not prepared for 3 days without power! We never lost water. I've lived in this general area all my 50+ years and seen plenty of storms. I have never been without power for more than 24 hours. Considering we are on the only access road to a well populated beach community I never expected "they" would take 3 days to restore our power. I figured there was just too much valuable property 1/4 mile away from me for "them" to allow the area to be without power so long. Fortunately I had been working at a farm this summer that keeps ice packs in an old ice cream freezer. They use the packs to bring produce to market. I was able to borrow a couple dozen ice packs to fill my cooler at home and stuff in between frozen items in my freezer. We ended up not losing any food - a lot of which had been produce I had processed and frozen just weeks before.

October 27, 2011 at 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having a solar and crank-powered lamp lets me know that if the power goes out, I don't have to worry that a candle will set the house on fire. Growing some of my own food lets me know that I'm ahead of the learning curve if I needed to grow even more of it. And knowing how to make things from scratch is helpful when we're out of bread and the snow is too bad to drive to the store for more. :)

October 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Titian Librarian said...

As a twenty-something, I'm just starting to get to the point where I have enough financial security to start planning for the future. No, not an IRA...I just bought my first chest freezer and hand-cranked radio! So now I'm feeling a lot more prepared for whatever disasters might come my way!

October 27, 2011 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

Here in the Chicago area the worst weather we get is a tornado or buried in snow. The last really big thunderstorm brought flooding to our town and the rain was so heavy you couldn't see the houses across the street. My four kids kept asking if we were in the middle of a hurricane. I kept reassuring them that we can't get hurricanes in Chicaog. We did lose electricity and our basement flooded some but the kids and I lit candles, got out all the flashlights and played board games. Nobody was scared or missed playing on the computer or watching their favorite show because we had a blast eating snacks and playing games together by candlelight. Now we love big storms and the adventures they bring.

October 27, 2011 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Nativegirl35 said...

living at 5000FT & 15 miles away from everything we had over 12 ft of snow! ended up with no power for a few days, then my husband died leaving myself and our 3 daughters to tend the homestead alone, being in shock over his death we had enough put up to get us through till the next harvest, we live near a creek and have water filters (portable) if needed, We refuse to give up our lifestyle after my husband died, we have decided to stay on the homestead and continue to work. We survived those days with out power with lanterns and candles & we also have a wood stove for heat & to cook on and alot of hugs!

October 27, 2011 at 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few years a go we set up an empty apartment for a neighbor who's apartment had caught on fire with all the essentials before the Red Cross was done with paper work and the neighbor even reached home - She had an air mattress, sheets, towels, pillows, toiletries, food, utensils, cooking ware, and even a litter box, litter and food for her cat all ready for her the moment she got home. And it was all pulled from the extras me and a neighbor just had lying around our homes. We felt like super heroes and I know our neighbor was grateful for a smooth transition in the wake of something so jarring.

October 27, 2011 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Two years ago when my mom was going through chemo, I was so thankful that I keep a stocked pantry. I was able to feed us for months w/out having to go out to the store for big shopping trips.


October 27, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger karen said...

Love this Jenna! There is peace in being prepared for whatever comes 'round the bend.

October 27, 2011 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I love my collection of food I've canned and frozen! It always leaves me feeling like we'll be able to eat for a bit, even if we're unable to make it out for a while for one reason or another. Not to mention that it's more cost effective and better quality than most commercially prepared fruit and vegetables :)

October 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger SuzieQ said...

I have not been in a diaster before, but I am preparing for the impending lay off of my 62 year old husband. I have been slowly preparing for this or other events as learning to:
1. garden in raised beds
2. preparing our land (with very poor soil) for future gardens
3. grow and can my food
4. living frugally
5. sew, knit, and repair clothing
6. learning to cook at home to have healthier food, which saves money, removes preservitives, and I take my homemade TV dinners to work.
7. to continue to learn all I can to survive.

October 27, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Wow, can't believe all the comments already.

We were without power for 4 days this summer due to down trees, we were prepared with a bathtub full of water to flush toilets and a generator to run everything else, plenty of fresh fruit and veggies from the garden.

For the winter we are ready with the generator, 2 wood stoves and 8 cords of wood, oil and kerosene lamps, and plenty of home-canned food in the pantry. Our best tool, however, is the Kubota tractor that can plow the more than 1000' of driveway.

October 27, 2011 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

When our small town flooded, and we couldn't buy groceries I was very happy we had my chickens for eggs, some broilers in the freezer, and also that my mom canned a ton of produce (even though it was a pain helping her!). We were able to get to another town, but still, it is very reassuring to know YOU have a dependable source of food!

October 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

As someone who completed a solo long distance hike I constantly had to be prepared. I had no cellar or attic to store my emergency preparations... and I had to walk, sustain and shelter myself through weather of all kinds using only what I carried on my back. The thing I was most glad for during the few emergencies I had was the kindness of strangers. Giardia in Virginia, an emotional roadside meltdown in NH... you know, the usual daily occupational hazards! My cell phone never had service and the few paltry band-aids that I carried wouldn't have fixed either of those issues. But the concern and effort of total strangers who I'll never see again did.

October 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger redhott said...

While driving home on a snowy night we put the car in the ditch. I was worried about this and is wasn't just chance that I changed into my winter boots before the drive and had my coat within easy reach. It's good to plan ahead.

October 27, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Emergency preparedness means just that preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. I've been involved as a shelter manager for a long, long time. It's so wonderful to teach others how to prepare, to deepen relationships in the community, and breathe easy knowing we've braved whatever incident we face.

During Irene, I was on the phone looking out my front window. Across the street a huge maple came crashing down onto the roof taking out the power line hangers, but not snapping the lines. I called the fire department who braved the winds to secure the wire until the power folks came. My neighbors were lucky, but a close call nonetheless.

I do the standard prep as described on FEMA's checklist. As the caregiver for two elderly folks, I have to be prepared for whatever comes our way.

October 27, 2011 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

The ability to grow your own food is one of the most important skills you can have. It can be useful during times of high food prices, job loss, or some sort of national crisis.
That these seeds can be stored for period of time is the most important feature for me.
I lost my job right after I found out we were expecting our first child. Feeding three people on one income can be a challenge. I was glad that I knew how to plant and care for a garden that gives us fresh produce for a majority of the year.

October 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger CitySteader said...

When I was a girl, we had four people visiting for the weekend (so we thought). A blizzard hit and we were all stuck at the house. The tractor could not get the driveway cleared. Thankfully, my parents had always been in the habit of food preservation and we were able to dine in comfort for over a week, even with the extra mouths to feed! We were all thankful for their preparedness!

October 27, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Smith said...

My husband and I were VERY glad to be well-prepared when a hurricane hit North Florida several years ago. We were without power or water for ten days, but we barely noticed (we like camping). Everybody else was freaking out and lining up for MREs from the National Guard...we didn't have to.

October 27, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Dewgrl said...

We had a power failure that lasted over 24hours....of course when it started, my cellphone was about dead, I had salsa cooking on the stove and water boiling cause I was about to can it, and did I mention it was 1am? Thankfully we had bought battery powered backup charges, so I was able to call and find out what was wrong and when I'd have power again!

October 27, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Glyndalyn said...

No nearby grocery is never problem here on the Phony Farm in Middle TN. A few inches of snow can shut everything down and not unusual for the electricy to go off. We have plenty of home grown and home canned vegetables, frozen strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and nuts. Our made-in-Vermont saopstone wood stove heats the house all winter with wood we cut. Many beautiful home made quilts and knitted afghans are on the beds. Plenty of different soaps to use, made at home, of course. Hand knitted sweaters and heavy home sewed shirts block the wind while working out doors. We are thankful to live in a rural tiny hamlet and be able to help others, especially elderly neighbors.

The Seed Safe is a wonderful idea and we would like to try it.

October 27, 2011 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Bryan Newman said...

during Irene we were 3 days without power we had a small generator to keep the fridge and freezer cold.Our water comes from a spring and is gravity fed so we had running water and we had lanterns for light.I kinda liked living that way but the rest of the family was a little tired of it by the 2nd day.We grow almost all our own food from 3 gardens have a root cellar raise laying hens and meat birds and can everything so the seed safe would be a great addition to our homesteading dream.Thanks for a great giveaway

October 27, 2011 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

Glyndalyn, can I come live with you?! Your home sounds wonderful!

October 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I think this is a fantastic giveaway! We prepare with at least a few weeks worth of easily prepared food and plenty of water. We had a really big snow last year and were completely snowed in for almost a week! We did not lose electricity, but we also were not trying to find a way to get somewhere to buy food, either! If I don't win this, I will be buying it anyway! Thanks Jenna!

October 27, 2011 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger sisterstoo said...

Love that! We were very glad we had bought the generator last winter when the power was out for a week and we had just filled the freezer with beef.

October 27, 2011 at 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great giveaway. I for one am sick and fed up with all the unhealthy trash we are forced to believe is real food. Thank God that there are those who are fighting to rid us of GMOs and chemicals. I am still new to all this and am happy that I am learning. I am trying to eat healthier and educate my wife and children about the dangers in todays food market. I just started a small garden a few years ago and am dreaming of the day when I can buy that small hobby farm. Having a seed bank is a great way to ensure that you wood always have a supply of pure unadulterated food on hand. I'd love to win this prize. I todays uncertain, crazy world having things to help with sustainability are a much needed and appreciated resource. Keep up the good work Jenna. Thanks for what you do.

October 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Patterson said...

About 2 months of food in storage, candles, flashlights, and warm bedding and clothing will enable us to live through some emergencies. My garden is not big enough to feed all of us through the summer (yet) but it does contribute. We will have to be storing some water and medicine among other things.

October 27, 2011 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

Here in Michigan we have had numerous tornados, ice/snow/wind/rain storms, and the like. But the biggest thing that that has hit us this past two years is that we lost half our income, our house and had an IRS debt to boot. If it wasn't for having the right mindset regarding bountiful harvests (whether it is homegrown or store bought), we would have been hard pressed to provide enough for ourselves without holding our hands out to others. Granted, there have been times when I couldn't afford to buy a new pair of $17 jeans when I needed them, but we always had something to eat.

When things are on sale, you buy in bulk and stash it away. When the garden provides generously, you find a way to preserve it. And when there's an opportunity to work share, you know that someone will always come to your aid when you need it.

October 27, 2011 at 6:17 PM  

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