Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Episode 06: Day After Disaster, Chapter 6; Post Disaster Animal Husbandry with James E. Hart

Episode 6:

Description of Today's Episode: In the Day After Disaster Adventure, Erika explores the barn that Henry and Carol own and discover that they have quite the supply of livestock. She is officially introduced to Henry and he tests her spirit. Today, James E. Hart, preparedness author and a man with an incredible amount of survival is here to discuss long term survival animal husbandry considerations.

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Featured Chapter Quote:
“The woman that stood before him, although short in stature, had a very strong heart and an unrelenting mind that once set to a goal would not stray.”

Lessons From James
The Top Three Threats to Your Animals


  • Human scavengers
  • Other animals
  • Disease – possible remedies = fish antibiotics, getting friendly with your doctor so you could start storing extra doses of common medications, using traditional herbal remedies. All three of these solutions will require research into the proper dosage amount and suggested treatment.
Free Range Livestock Considerations:

  • Free range chickens will lay less eggs and you will have to find them.
  • Cows won’t produce milk if they are not being well fed.
  • Your cow should be a milk and meat cow.
Feed Solutions for Long-Term Survival:

  • Keeping your animals well fed will be the biggest challenge.
  • Scraps from the kitchen can bolster the feed supply.
  • Hogs can eat scraps from animal butchery & they will eat each other including the babies (keep babies separate from other hogs)
  • Pasture rotation will be of the utmost importance. Different animals will eat different things.
  • Raise your own grain crops – corn, wheat, oats, barley, etc. Start planting your pastures with non GMO seeds now and they will reseed themselves making your pastures rich with grains for your livestock to eat.
James E. Hart

A veteran of 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam, James began his survival training at the age of 7 when he was stranded in the Mojave Desert for 7 hours without food or water during a family move in 1954. Since then he has been through the scouting program where he attained Life scout, served as Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Adviser, and earned the Badden Powell Award. An avid outdoors man, he has winter camped in Utah and northern Quebec, Canada, snowshoed in upstate New York, Utah and Quebec, and camped in the Mojave Desert of California, the Uintah Mountains of Utah, and the Piney Woods of East Texas, among numerous other locations. James has traveled and been through 42 of the 50 states of the US. Three provinces of Canada, sailed the Pacific Ocean, and crossed the Equator and 35 countries from jungles of South America to the Himalayas of Nepal. Having earned an Associates of Photography Degree from Houston Community College, he has beautifully captured many of his travels with his camera.

Now retired from a career with the Trinity River Authority of Texas, James resides in Dallas, TX, where he lectures on Wilderness and Survival Training. He is the author of SWET Survival & Wilderness Experience Training, Urban & Wilderness Emergency Planning, 35 other booklets on wilderness training, monthly articles for Survival Life Magazine, and a column and articles for The Garland Messenger Newspaper. James also does workshops and speaking engagements.

Links:


"Urban & Wilderness Emergency Preparedness": http://preparedwithjameshart.blogspot.com/p/buy-book.html



  

Sara F. Hathaway

Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Behind the Scenes with Sara F. Hathaway, Canning Craziness

It has been canning craziness around here! Both my husband and I work very hard during the day on our perspective occupations. We also have two sons one 14 and just starting high school and one whose is 3 and is with me all day. We also have a deep belief in physical fitness so we are at the gym three days a week. All of this makes for a very busy schedule. The reason I am sharing this with you is we all have busy schedules. Every one has their own tasks to accomplish and their own excuses why they can't take the time to garden and can.

I think it is of the utmost importance to practice the art of growing and preserving your own food. Your garden can be a very small plot and still produce a lot of food. I find it so peaceful to be out in the garden working for the food we will be eating. Both of my children have developed a taste for veggies because they eat them fresh from the garden.  Yes it takes work but with the right watering system it is minimal and the yields can still be great.

If you grow your food in the garden and did all that work for it, you will not want it to go bad but even if you skip the gardening step you can still visit the local farmers market and start canning. Canning is very easy once you get the hang of it and you will be providing a year round source of food for your loved ones. I always suggest everyone starts with tomatoes or anything pickled. The reason is the acidity of these foods will allow you to process them using a hot water bath method. After you are comfortable with that you can move onto using a pressure cooker which is a little bit trickier and dangerous but can process anything from fruits, to corn, to meats.

In our modern society with foods available at the grocery store in every preserved manner imaginable, canning is sometimes looked at as an unnecessary, labor intensive task. Honestly, it does take a lot of work but you know exactly what is in that can and the time that you spend with your loved ones all chipping in together to get the job done is irreplaceable.

Working together for the good of the family creates strong bonds, ever lasting memories and many smiles along the way.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Pin of the Month #8: Survival Medicine, Cayenne: More than just a cooking spice

After my interview for The Changing Earth Podcast with Cat Ellis, Author of
Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor I wanted to know more about the wonders of Cayenne. I was further inspired when I found this pin from somediys.com explaining how Native Americans have been using the healing power of Cayenne powder for many years to heal abrasions. The fact that this herb would not be the top on a raiding list if people swarmed the grocery store for supplies makes it a survivalist's ideal healer and one that could be obtainable even when the cupboards are bare. In my research I found some great tips and recipes so let's check this plant out! 

Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens)

Cayenne is most identifiable as a spice that we use to heat up our dishes. It may be better known as the chili pepper and is a favorite addition to Mexican dishes.

Cayenne's History

Cayenne is native to tropical areas of the Americas where it grows as a perennial but if you grow it outside it's native zone it is an annual.

 Identifying The Plant

Cayenne usually reaches about 3 ft. high or more. The stem is woody at the bottom and branches at the top with leaves that are oval to lance shaped. It flowers between April and September with white, droopy droop flowers that are singular, pairs, or threes. The pepper itself is full of seeds and has a leathery outside. The colors range from red or yellow.

Medicinally

Medicinally the focus is on the use of the fruit and the many possible preparations. Cayenne contains capsaicin, a chemical that can desensitize the endings in your nerves for a while.

  • For colds & chills, cold hands & feet, shock or depression add 1/2 tsp herb to a cup of boiling water then dilute a tablespoon of this infusion with more hot water to make a cupful & sip as required. You can also take 2-3 drops of undiluted infusion to stimulate digestion.
  • To stimulate circulation - dilute 5-10 drops of tincture in half a cup of hot water.
  • For rheumatic arthritis pains, sprains, and bruising - soak a pad in the infusion and apply to painful area. *Don't leave compress on skin for long periods of time especially on sensitive skin, blistering may occur.
  • For canker sores apply a tiny pinch of cayenne to relieve pain.
  • Use ointment on chilblains. Chilblains are tissue damage that occurs when the skin is exposed to cold and humidity and are often confused with frostbite or trench-foot. It's damage to capillaries that causes redness, itching, inflammation, and sometimes blistering. Don't apply if the skin is broken.
  • For vericose ulcers (a condition that occurs usually from chronic wounding, basically a damaged vein.) apply a little infused (essential) oil (25g of powder to 500ml sunflower oil, heated over a water bath for 2hrs.) to the area around the ulcer.

Warnings!
  • Seeds can be toxic: do not use them!
  • Follow dosages carefully. Too much can lead to liver and gastroenteritis damage.
  • Avoid during breastfeeding and pregnancy.
  • Avoid touching the eyes or any cuts after handling fresh chilies.

*Tincture - Process of steeping the dried or fresh herbs in a 25% mixture of alcohol and water. Can be stored for up to two years.
*Infusion - 2 teaspoons of dried leaves or roots or 1 teaspoon of bruised seeds to one cup of boiling water, steeped for 10 minutes. Should be made fresh for each dose.
*Compress - a cloth soaked in infusion
*Essential Oil - most essential oils can be purchased at a natural food store. To make your own, put 250g of dried herbs or 750g of fresh herbs into 500ml of sunflower oil into a bowl. Place this bowl over a pot of boiling water for about three hours. Then pour into jelly bag or cheesecloth fitted to a wine press and strain mixture into a container. Pour this mixture into a clean, airtight storage bottle.

Attention Use At Your Own Risk

I am not medically trained in anyway. I am simply a student. I read and experiment with ancient herbal techniques. I am simply passing on the knowledge I have gained from studding many texts on the subject and I am in no way responsible for anything you do with this information. For a listing on the books that I have compiled knowledge from visit: http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/#!saras-survival-stuff/c1mzf

For this article I used these resources the most:
Graedon, Joe, and Teresa Graedon. Complete Guide to Natural Home Remedies: 1,025 Easy Ways to Live Longer, Feel Better, and Enrich Your Life. Print.
Lust, John B. The Herb Book. New York: B. Lust Publications, 1974. Print.
Ody, Penelope. The Complete Medicinal Herbal. London: Dorling Kindersley, 1993. Print.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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