Calamity Jane

6 Ways To Prepare for Ebola

Ebola.  Even the name is a bit creepy.  The disease itself, is horrifying.   First you get flu like symptoms, then vomiting and diarrhea, then your organs start shutting down and you bleed from all your orifices before dying. The death rate from this virulent disease is anywhere from 55-90%. Those are not good odds.  Basically, there… Read More

Cooking Food After the SHTF – It’s NOT Optional

It can be easy to lose sight of the basics as a prepper. You get to worrying about how many beans and bullets you have, and it can be easy to forget about things like how you'll cook those beans. Remember, most SHTF scenarios are things you can survive.  Some will be short enough that… Read More

Tornado Talk

Well, most of our readers will probably remember that I live in NW Iowa.  We’ve been dodging more than our fair share of bad weather the past week.  In fact, this post is being typed up in Word, because we haven’t had internet since Monday. Storm after storm, floods on top of floods, and of… Read More

Garden Basics: Weeding 101

Weeding. I know, it seems mundane, but it's a skill that could mean the difference between a bumper crop and a failed crop in your survival garden. This is really one of those skills you learn best by doing. I can tell you everything I know, but you'll likely have a different set of weed… Read More

Weighing the Options For Drinking Water

Water is one of the basic needs for every prepper.  But, does every prepper know exactly what they are guarding against and how to best deal with all the pitfalls? I think some people hesitate because it's a life or death thing and they don't want to make a mistake. So let's take an in-depth… Read More

What If You Had To Grow Your Food Indoors?

So there I was, toiling away in garden #3, getting my tomato and pepper transplants tucked in, and my mind wandered a bit. It takes a LOT of ground to produce enough food to meet even modest food goals. I am usually thinking about the prices of vegetables versus the space they take in the… Read More

Calamity’s Spring Musings

What a great weekend! I have a lot of favorite holidays, but Memorial Day is definitely one of them. It always means an extra day off right when I need it to get my heat loving transplants and direct-sows squared away. Here in the north country, most outdoor food growers should pay attention to the… Read More

Warrantless Searches

Folks, kiss all privacy good bye. Warrantless searches are now the normal. Apparently we're supposed to give up every last freedom we thought we had the right to.  Protesting of course has been illegal for some time now, one must get permits and permit to being corralled into "Freedom Zones." Filming the militarized police in… Read More

Tools for Food Production

So we all know where half the fruits and vegetables in the US are grown right? California. Currently experiencing some massive drought problems. You are growing some food this year right? I think you'll be better off if you have some closer and cheaper options for your weekly salads at least, and if some of… Read More

Do Things the Hard Way Sometimes

I had a bit of fun this weekend with my grill.  It was probably caused by one too many Anthony Bourdain episodes, but I was remembering fondly the cooking styles in India. Namely the wood fired ovens and grills. Now I'm not real great with wood baked breads. So naan was ruled out, but I… Read More

Winner of Calamity’s Challenge: Water Edition

A couple of weeks ago I issued my first challenge to the readers. It’s simple really, store more water. I loved the response. People trying to make do in Apartments. People with 2 liter bottles and gallon milk jugs. And of course, people with excuses. I have barrels but have failed to fill them, fail… Read More

Post Antibiotics II

I've brought this one up before. Check out this post if you missed it. Bacteria can outrun us in the race of evolution, with a new generation every 20 minutes, developing resistances to antibiotics is just a matter of time for them. That time has been shrinking for decades. We could be headed for a… Read More

Gardening 101: Selecting varieties

One of the harder lessons to learn as a food grower is how to fit what you want, in the space and time you have. Let's explore a few of those variables today and discuss some of the reasons to choose a particular variety over another. I know I've mentioned this one before, Know your… Read More