Friday, October 18, 2019

Growing and Using Barley at Home


by Tess Pennington, Ready Nutrition:

Barley is a high-yielding cereal grain that can be adapted to many parts of the homestead. It can be used as a tasty cereal, ground into flour, sprouted for super food, grown as fodder for livestock (which can save you lots of money when using homemade fodder in winter time), and last, but not least, grown for beer and different types of alcohol. One aspect of growing your own barley is that it doesn’t require a lot of water to grow and can be planted as a green manure to revitalize any overused soil.

The barley sold at Ready Gardens is an organic variety adapted for pearling, malting, and food grade. It has been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices.

Barley is rich in dietary fiber, niacin (Vitamin B3), thiamine (Vitamin B1), selenium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and copper. And it has all the nutritional value of wheatgrass. So it’s a healthy alternative and is easy to grow. As well, the high fiber content present in barley makes it a great digestive aid.

How to Grow Barley from Start to Finish

Barley prefers cool, dry growing areas and could easily be considered a cool season crop because it flourishes more in the Fall or Spring. It prefers growing in temperatures no higher than 55 degrees F. In fact, many prefer growing barley is the Fall because they see a higher production rate. This cereal crop is very adaptive in terms of where it is grown and can be sown in a container or in the ground.

One of the reasons people don’t grow barley is because they don’t know how much barley they need. To put it into perspective – 200 square feet of barley can get you 40 pounds at harvest time. That’s a lot of barley!


(40-50 days to ripen for harvest)

  1. Prepare garden beds with a rake to create small furrows or prepare garden containers.
  2. Scatter seeds on the ground or in a container. Aim for about one or two kernels per inch. Another way is to use a broadcast seeder, which has a hand crank and throws the seed in a twenty-foot cloud.
  3. After seeding, use a rake to rake in the grain, to get better soil contact and cover at least some of the seed. If you are using a container, use a hand leaf rake to get grain seed into the soil. The ideal depth for planting barley is 50-75 mm. Germination takes 3 days.
  4. Moisten the growing area until sprouts occur.
  5. Water as needed. Barley is fairly drought-resistant, so you don’t usually need to worry much about watering it if you are getting a reasonable amount of rain. If you experience an extended period without rain, water as needed.


There are three stages to look for when growing of barley:

  1. Milky: press on a grain and see milky liquid ooze out.
  2. Dough: liquid hardens inside the grain and the grain will show a dent when pinched.
  3. Mature: grain is hard and the heavy heads often bend forward.

When the barley grains begin to mature, it turns from green to a golden brown and is ready to harvest with milky liquid is not released. Cut the grains with pruning shears or a scythe near the base when most of the green color has turned brown and the seeds are hardening (no longer milky). As you cut the grain, lay it in bundles all going the same way, and then tie these into sheaths. When you have about eight or ten of these, stand them up into small piles with most standing up and a couple laid across the top. Leave these out in the sun and wind for one or two weeks to thoroughly ripen and dry. This reduces the chances of the barley molding in storage.


Threshing the grains refers to separating the heads of the stalks from the stalk. This can be done three ways: rubbing with your hands, hitting the stalks with a wooden stick, or banging seed heads inside a clean metal trash can. We typically use the latter and bang the seed heads in a trash can.


The last step of harvesting barley is the winnowing process. Winnowing helps to blow away any impurities of the barley. The easiest way to winnow your harvested barley is by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a fan to blow away small particles.


Now that you have successfully harvested your barley, you want to ensure proper storage so it stays fresh. Keep your grain fresh when you store it below 60F, free from oxygen, moisture, and pests. You can do this by bagging and freezing it, or placing it in food-safe, airtight buckets along with oxygen-absorber packets.

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After The SHTF, What Will Be Your Role?


by B.H., Survival Blog:

After the SHTF, will you contribute to rebuilding or just surviving? Let’s first assume you and yours have survived and are relatively safe on a homestead with enough water, fuel, food and shelter during the major event. Think Puerto Rico! You’ve gone months, not days and not weeks, without electricity. Also consider you are in a rural location. Government agencies will direct all and any major resources to heavy populated areas once the “event” is over.

I view this time after as the most challenging. Most books on surviving the event suggest being self sufficient and living in a rural area away from the Golden Hordes. We have made that jump from the suburbs and are working on becoming self sufficient in a rural location.

Many times in SurvivalBlog, there are recommendations for Preppers to earn income/barter abilities via skills when the grid goes down and the trucks stop running. I have reviewed numerous suggestions and find many that require a lot of training. Examples listed are being able to weld, mechanical knowledge to fix machinery, electrical, and plumbing trades. I do not believe I could master most of those skills. Also as a woman, I have not been exposed to a lot of physical hands-on experience mentioned in those areas. Stockpiling items for barter is another suggestion.


At some point and time, things will change from just surviving to starting over. As mentioned, jobs related to the “barter industry” will become a new necessary part of rebuilding lives and communities and include a variety of items, but these are dependent upon many factors.

Barter Market Success Issues

For barter markets to succeed, there are important issues. Some are discussed below:

Previous Experience

Previous experience will be required in most cases, for example, in reloading ammunition. My husband has mastered this skill, but he is a perfectionist which I am not. Being a perfectionist is very important when dealing with things that go “boom”. An example was he attempted to teach his cousin the mechanics and let him reload several hundred rounds of ammunition. The result, as you might guess, was the overloading of powder in a bullet causing the barrel of a pistol to explode when fired. It is tedious work and requires complete attention to detail with every round manufactured. I know myself well enough to know that I do not have those qualities.

Mechanical Knowledge

Mechanical knowledge is not in my ball park either. Examples listed include welding, mechanical knowledge, et cetera. I am making baby steps in learning things as part of our preparation, but I have to get comfortable first. Battery-powered things do require some adjustment. I am getting confident using nail guns, circular saws, drills, grinders, et cetera, but it takes me a while to practice and feel safe. I am still anxious using chain saws, but I am getting less fearful.


Strength can be an enormous help or hindrance. As I am now in my sixties and in good health, I can still work long hours doing manual labor. We are clearing our land that was previously clear cut acreage that has become overgrown with massive amounts of vines, weeds, and sugar gum trees. After having the acreage cleared via bulldozers, my husband is operating the tractor and harrowing for winter cover crops. I follow behind in the UTV and pick up the debris consisting of rocks, roots, et cetera. The reality is, how many years can I continue to work like a 20-year old? My physical strength will not last, so I must find other ways not only for myself but those other family members who are younger and more likely to survive.


Preparation is something I can do, and this has led me to try and think “outside the box” for ideas to have the potential for being able to barter for needed items. Others have suggested stocking up on cigarettes, alcohol, or other products. Those are fine, but I believe they also carry a lot of risk.

I believe one of the major concerns after SHTF will be health related. Doctors, dentists, nurses, even veterinarians will not have problems bartering for food, security, and other things. I am not one of those, but I believe there will be a need for the ability to get clean!

Of all the apocalyptic books describing the death and diseases, the most treasured commodity is staying clean and healthy. I believe having such an investment may be lifesaving to communities but also as a means to barter for goods.

Mobile Shower

Enter the mobile shower. Currently, this idea is being used in Seattle for some of the homeless camps. Now, let me say that again. It’s used in homeless camps in the USA. How did our nation get to this point that almost every major city has homeless camps? However, the model used in Seattle is not using solar power and has access to unlimited water and power. I do not think this would work in an urban situation after SHTF, unless it is provided by the government (if one exists). However, I do believe it could be successful in small rural communities.


Building a mobile shower would consist of retrofitting a box trailer for this purpose. I believe converting a small box trailer to become a mobile shower would be relatively inexpensive and could be constructed over time. Construction would be to install a prefabricated shower stall in the trailer. Some of these shower stalls on the market are relatively inexpensive. I have reviewed various types and prices. Boxing in the shower is relatively easy using 2×4 supports. Plumbing and electrical components would be minimal for running an on-demand water heater, powered with a small water pump to the actual shower.

A 150-gallon water storage tank for water is also located in the trailer, but access for refilling would be needed. Solar panels and power would be used for running a pump and the heating of water (especially applicable in the south). The trailer could have a dedicated entry and exit, and the shower could be set to run on a timer.

Design Phase

I am currently still in the design phase of this project. I have the trailer, a shower stall, and the water tank. We will rely on the help of family to actually put the remaining necessary construction in place. My plans are to research and learn more about solar power requirements and obtain the necessary plumbing and electrical components over time. As a retired person who invested their life savings to make the jump to a rural homestead, this will have to be done on a limited budget over time.

Once constructed, I believe having the shower available will be worth the time, money, and energy.

Establish Contact Prior to the Event

In preparing, I think it will be important to establish contact with the churches prior to the “event”. Visits should begin to learn about the church, their congregation, and what they currently do to support each other and others in the community. The smaller churches will probably have less advertised ways they help. Larger churches may already have programs to provide food/meals, et cetera.

Operational Concept


Most rural people would be heating water at home for their existence, but rarely will they have the ability to truly shower. Having the opportunity to shower not only results in cleanliness but would be a huge help to restore people’s emotional well being. It also will create/foster bonds within the community. It could be a place of peace and restoration of body and soul. The site could also provide others the opportunity to bring their wares for sale/trade.


I would use local church parking lots on a rotating basis. In the south there are probably 20 churches, both large and small, within a 20 mile radius. I selected this as a staging point for several reasons. The most important being faith and God.


Churches could provide several things but mostly a place of security. Church officials could ensure the area is “safe” on a certain day for their congregations. I would not want to set up just anywhere that could lead to robbery, injury, or worse. Additionally, most recommend you do not “barter” from your home for the same reasons. A donation to the church would be required as a matter of good consciousness for the use of their property.

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10 Affordable Food and Nutritional Items You Can Stockpile Before the Big Crisis Hits


by JD Heyes, Natural News:
Second only to firearms and plenty of ammunition in a SHTF prepper scenario is daily nutrition: The ability to feed and sustain yourself for a long period of time, since you probably won’t have any idea how long the emergency will last and how soon “help” will arrive (if ever).

So while you’ve no doubt seen the “lists” of items some people believe you ought to hoard long before such a crisis hits, let’s face it: Many of them are simply unrealistic. That’s because you’d need thousands of dollars and a half-dozen basements to hold all of that stuff.

The fact is, there are a number of food and sustenance items out there that you can not only collect and store long-term, but do so cheaply and with a limited amount of space.

Ruger EC9s


by Pat Cascio, Survival Blog:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve carried a second (or backup) handgun to my main handgun, and these days we have quite a selection of small, compact handguns to pick from. We’re looking at the new Ruger EC9s 9mm handgun today. It is one super, little, concealed carry piece.

Ruger- Affordable Handguns

I’ve stated this before, but I will say it again; for the most part, Ruger is producing guns that are for us blue collar workers. Now that’s not to say that they aren’t producing some outstanding upper-end firearms, because they are. However, many of the handguns produced by Ruger are in the very “affordable” price range, if you ask me, and that’s a good thing. I’ve been a fan of Ruger for more years that I can remember, easily more than 40 years.

Uh Oh – Food Stamp Money Will Run Out By The End Of January If The Government Shutdown Lasts That Long


by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

According to the Department of Agriculture, if this government shutdown stretches into February there won’t be money for food stamps.  And it certainly looks like this shutdown could last for quite a while, because President Trump is not backing down on his demand for border wall funding, and the Democrats have pledged not to give him a single penny.  So a few weeks from now, approximately 38 million people could be suddenly cut off from the food stamp program.  If that scenario were to unfold, there is no telling what could happen.  After just a few days, government workers are already freaking out about having their paychecks delayed.  If people are getting this restless already, what will things look like when tens of millions of Americans are suddenly cut off from their primary source of food money?

Candida Auris: The Incredibly Deadly Fungus KILLING People Across the Planet

by Dagny Taggart, The Organic Prepper:

A “mysterious and dangerous” fungal infection has emerged, and experts are warning that it is a serious global health threat.

In A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy, The New York Times outlines the terrifying details:

The germ, a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe. Over the last five years, it has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hospital in Spain, forced a prestigious British medical center to shut down its intensive care unit, and taken root in India, Pakistan and South Africa.

Science confirms turmeric as effective as 14 drugs


by Erin Elizabeth, Health Nut News:

Have you heard of turmeric but weren’t sure if you should start incorporating it into your lifestyle? Well, let me tell you, “If ever there were an herb that puts existential fear into the bottom line of pharmaceutical companies, its turmeric.”

Lipitor/Atorvastatin(cholesterol medication): A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric compared favorably to the drug atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, the underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, in association with reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients[i] [For addition curcumin and ‘high cholesterol’ research – 8 abstracts]

Vicious Ugly Face of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

by Richard Sauder, Event Horizon Chronicle:

The theme of my blog is the Event Horizon, the point at which the pace of events and change quickens and gets faster and faster and faster, until things get so cockeyed that you hardly know which end is up, the world is spinning and whirling all around you, left becomes right, up is down, black is white– and things become so furious, the crescendo of insanity howls and shrieks all around you, the world seems to lose all normal sense, people act out in all sorts of strange and bizarre ways, there are more and more abnormal weather events, earthquakes, wars, rumors of wars, floods, economic crises, and more — there may even by mind-numbing mass mortality events.

It seems more than you can take in or bear, and still it keeps coming.

Well, my friends, I think we re now entering into the outer bands of the Event Horizon.  The ride is likely to get bumpier from here on, for at least the next few years.

The recent hurricanes in the USSA and the Caribbean islands, along with the recent spate of major earthquakes in Mexico, and elsewhere along the Ring of Fire, suggest that we have crossed over the threshold into the beginning of the Event Horizon.

I won’t even get into the growing likelihood of nuclear warfare between the USSA and North Korea (and perhaps other countries, as well) and the increasingly bizarre, erratic behavior of the so-called “President” of the USSA, Donald Trump. The man is a blithering idiot, and please, don’t even try to tell me that he is playing 3-D political chess.  At this point I doubt that he is even competent to play with Tinker toys or play dough.

What’s Going On In Texas? (and Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands?)

Over the last few days and weeks, many of the Caribbean islands and also the Texas Gulf Coast and nearby inland regions of Texas, most of the state of Florida  and the USSA Territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (in the Caribbean) have been slammed, even devastated by hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Let’s look at Houston. Hurricane Harvey destroyed up to one million cars in its rampage in Texas. There is no meaningful public transport in Houston, which is a stereotypical car town, so how are people getting to work? Arethey getting to work? Does their place of work still exist, or is their workplace usable or safe?

The Houston business press reports that 134,500 residences were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey (while not mentioning how many businesses were destroyed or damaged). Let’s arbitrarily say that the average household contains 3 people (some will have one person, some will have four or five) — so a back of the envelope guesstimate suggests that about half a million people (or more?) were forced out of their houses and apartments because their domicile was either destroyed or badly damaged by water and wind and they temporarily had to relocate due to mud, mold, mildew, ripped off roof, etc. and emergency repairs underway until the residence is once again habitable, if it is repairable.

Where are these several hundreds of thousands of people now? Where are they living? What are they doing? It’s a very large number of people.

They have lost their cars. They have lost their apartments or houses. Many have lost their employment. Are half a million people in camps? Have they been disappeared? Are they living under plastic sheets by the side of the road and sleeping on cardboard? Without a car and a house how do they survive in a car-necessary-city? There is a yawning silence about these questions from the mainstream news media in the USSA.

But here is one example from the British press — note well — the British press, not the USSA press. A five member family had to flee their apartment due to flooding, but are nevertheless being required to pay rent — and late fees! — for an apartment they cannot live in. The husband cannot work because of flooding and they have few options. Indeed, the article says that 180,000 Houston-area homes have been badly damaged. I get the feeling that the situation in Houston and the surrounding area is far worse than the USSA government is admitting. That family can probably be multiplied by 100,000 fold. My guesstimate of half a million victims of the storm and flooding in Texas may even be far too low.
Watch the following YouTube videos about recent hurricane related events in coastal Texas. The report of armed, rogue “contractors” and federal agents intentionally flooding Houston neighborhoods without first evacuating the inhabitants is most troubling, as is the report about flushing the many dead bodies in the flood waters (some with bullet wounds) out to sea, as is the report of FEMA prison barges being brought into the Port Arthur area, just to the east of Houston. Watch the video about the FEMA barge and note the view of the interior. It is clearly a large, maximum security jail.

It appears that extremely ugly events are going down in Texas about which the USSA government and its partners in crime, the mainstream news media, are silent.


My Time At Hurricane Harvey

FEMA BARGES In TEXAS Are JAILS!! (watch it — look inside)

Similarly, we are hearing very little out of Florida, though a week and a half ago, there were reports that 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the homes in the Florida Keys were “destroyed” or suffered “major damage.” Given that 10,000 people reportedly defied evacuation orders to remain in the Florida Keys, 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of them would have had their homes totally destroyed or heavily damaged, while they were in them. So what was the real death toll in the Keys? Obviously, your odds of physical survival are extremely problematic if your house is totally destroyed or heavily damaged while you are in it. I’ve got questions which neither the news media nor government are answering. 

I have been unable to find hard numbers, or any numbers at all, for the total numbers of damaged and destroyed houses in Florida due to Irma, though many houses were reported under water in Naples, and there was heavy damage in Saint Augustine and record flooding in Jacksonville. It is as if there were a hard news vacuum on what really happened in Florida.

And what is going on in Puerto Rico? We know very little, other than that the entire island of 3.5 million people has completely lost electrical power in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and that the electrical grid will not be restored for weeks, or even months.

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Sustainable Prepping: 5 Alternative Energy Types for When the SHTF

by Joshua Krause, Ready Nutrition:

There are actually a lot of different types of energy sources to tap into after a disaster strikes. One of the major differences is that unless you have formed some kind of intentional community or have a group of like-minded individuals in your area, you will be the engineer, the mechanic, and the maintenance man all rolled into one. To digress just a bit, this is why shows such as “The Colony” (the reality show, not the aliens), and “Doomsday Preppers” are productive for the introduction of ideas. Those ideas need to be researched and employed, in that order.

Prepper Strategy: Vital Considerations When Planning a Bug-Out Location


by Jeremiah Johnson , Ready Nutrition:

ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, this piece is meant to stimulate thought and action toward having a place to retreat to if the time comes.  I know, everybody is going to defend their piece of land to the death when the SHTF.  How about when the SHTF in another matter…akin to our fellow citizens with Hurricane Harvey?  Stands to reason that the numbers of the displaced and homeless are starting to mount.  Whatever the “end event” may be, there always exists the possibility that you must flee.  Let’s explore some criteria and options.

By this time (long in the tooth/late in the game) you should have already formulated a plan…a “Plan B” if you wish for where to run.  If you have not, you need to consider these criteria.  Many of you (especially the naysayers, skeptics, and trolls) will “what if” these criteria to death.  Use the basics and apply them to the situation that arises.

  1. How far away is either national forest or woods to retreat into?
  2. Does the area you plan on fleeing to have a water supply, food (in the form of game or forage), isolated from groups of people, and out of the radius of the initial event (hurricane, nuclear attack, etc.)?
  3. Can you reach it? This takes into consideration your route planning…using the road, waterways, or possibly an air escape.  Traffic patterns, viable roads, and gridlock must be factored into your planning.
  4. Will you be alone or will other families be with you, and/or waiting for your arrival?

This last part is very important.  It is one thing to plan on going to a safer area, but it is quite another to have one prepared and waiting for you.  Now is the time to act on things.  Now is the time to formulate a good, solid plan of action and stick to it when the time arrives.  Do not suffer from the “paralysis of analysis,” because you can plan for years and then fail when the time comes to make a decision to act.

There are too many factors to be able to list in under ten pages single-spaced.  We’re trying to generate some ideas and also to stimulate thought toward a viable plan.  When the SHTF arrives?  Here’s a good rule of thumb to follow: Everybody will be “needy” and need what you have, and you will need the things that others have.

That house out in the country by the Everglades where your cousin lives?  Maybe a good time to see what you can contribute to it and what kind of alliance you can form.  You need to do your research and find out about uninhabited cabins in parks and recreational areas.  Do your research and find out about hotels or travel lodges that are beginning to shut down with the close of the summer.  As survivalists, you understand the physical needs of material support and safety for your families.  Now is the time to research a place to flee to if need be.

Here’s a “spark” for the mind: What if more than one thing happens?

Chances are one thing may spark other things, such as a nuclear war may trigger large fires of the likes of which we’re experiencing currently in the northwest.  You may have multiple problems to deal with, and if you have to abandon ship (your home) you want to have a place to go, already planned out if not stocked up and prepared.

Planning promotes a good follow-through.  Formulate that plan and inventory your equipment.  Don’t just plan on one location to flee to: you should have multiple locations.  You may flee your town to avoid a nuclear war, only to find you end up in an area where forest fires have been raging for months.  Game it out at every angle, and start gaming it now.  I can’t even tell you how many people e-mail me their desires to leave their home state.  I make a suggestion, and they say, “Well, we’ll have to wait and see.”  Then they give me their reasons.

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How to Create a Personal Emergency Preparedness Binder (with FREE Templates)


by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

You can buy prepping books, stockpile food, and learn first aid, but unless you have organized your personal information and documents, the aftermath of an ordinary disaster is going to be much more difficult. Mind you, I’m not talking about an apocalyptic situation that changes the world as we know it, but something like a house fire, a flood, or a tornado. That’s why every prepper needs a personal emergency preparedness binder.

The good thing about such a binder is that it is very inexpensive to put together. You only need a 3 ring binder, some inserts with pockets, and paper to either print or handwrite the personal information. Oh – and you may need to go to Staples and make some photocopies, too.

3 Places Preppers Would Never Think to Scrounge For Survival Supplies


by Jerimiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

This is a segment that you can take for ideas and build off of for yourself. Survival is all about improvisation, and adaptability: those who adapt to the situation have a better chance at making it through the tough times. This is a different kind of segment, though. The information here is how to make it on what you can scrounge in the wintertime. Sounds simple, right? It isn’t.

We Live in an Imperfect World That is Not Prepper-Friendly

The reason is the “perfect” world we live in does not present you with many opportunities to train. For that matter, there isn’t a lot of encouragement either. Certainly, no one will encourage you: not your family members, your neighbors, or community in general, let alone the government…local, state, or federal. That’s not “life.”