"Why homestead &/or become one of those paranoid 'preppers?' Why have a large chunk of our living quarters set aside for what MAY happen? Why should I waste my time/money/energy/fill in your blank here on activities that may not be necessary? Especially when we're already so busy? And isn't it the government's job to take care of us when bad things happen? Isn't that why I pay my taxes?"
Well... That's a rather complicated answer. (And paranoia is not on the list of things we want to pass on to you.)
So let's start with general definitions.
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, & it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, & craftwork for household use or sale. (Wikipedia)
Disaster management (or emergency management) is the discipline of dealing with & avoiding both natural & man-made disasters. It involves preparedness, response & recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters. (Wikipedia)
Exercise; better tasting food that's better for you; fresher food than what you can purchase in any store; monetary savings; stress relief; an activity to bring your family together; being able to face the future with a smile, knowing that you can take care of your family & maybe even a few friends, if necessary. I'm sure you can think of other positive reasons.
Why spend your time/money/energy in emergency preparation?
Think about Hurricane Katrina & Superstorm Sandy, record flooding in the Midwest, fires, tornados, record ice & snow storms, FEMA & state agencies being unable to help when it's needed the most, rioting, people shooting at the helicopters coming to rescue them... And that's just some of the natural disasters and their results we've seen in the last few years.
Yes, the government wants to help. But with budget cut-backs, they're being stretched thin too. And even the government recommends having at least 3 days worth of food & water on hand.
Religion? That can enter the equation too. It's not our place to tell you what to believe. This country was founded on religious freedom. We've had all of the major religions & quite a few of the minor ones come through our doors. In all of the sacred writings I've studied through the years, one thing I've seen repeatedly is that we should be prepared for unexpected circumstances & hard times.
Speaking of hard times... Have you ever been laid off? How about your significant other or a parent? Do you remember the uncertainty & fear of wondering how your family would be able to stay in your housing & keep food on the table & the bills paid?
Are we telling you to quit your job, go out & put up a chicken coop & a barn, get some sheep or goats or cows, put in a huge garden & raise everything yourself, make your own clothes, & become a subsistence farmer?
No. Let's face it, most of us have neither the time, desire, nor knowledge to farm full-time. (And many subdivisions, cities, & counties have ordinances that prohibit large numbers of farm animals, if you're allowed any at all.)
With the overload of information (good or dangerous) that's available on the internet, it's easier to ignore it all, bury our heads in the sand, & hope it never happens. And we hope it never does. But we see homesteading & emergency preparedness like car insurance: You fuss & fume when you pay it every month. But heaven help you if you need it & don't have it.
As we sift through all of the information out there, we'll probably add more classes. We will not teach what we don't practice ourselves. (i.e. We will not be teaching classes on raising animals or how to build a barn. Nor will we teach spinning & weaving, much less how to shear a sheep.)
With this in mind, we offer the following classes. They are not usually on the published schedule, but contact us to set a class up for you &/or your family:
Oh, no! Something's happened! Should we stay where we are or should we run away?
Let Defensive Specialties, LLC help you in developing an Emergency Response Plan for your Family Without Breaking the Bank
Hate weeding but want to grow your own food?
Don't have a lot of space, but love the taste of fresh produce?
Want to ensure your family has the freshest fruits & veggies without all the chemicals?
So your garden was a big success!
Or you found a GREAT deal on meat, veggies, fruits... Stock up, save money, have food ready in just a few moments!
Canning, dehydrating, jelly making... Just makes your mouth water, doesn't it?
What happens when the grid goes down?
How can you keep your family fed, warm or cool, & safe?
Let Defensive Specialties, LLC show you how!
This class covers three distinct skills needed to survive & maintain health. While they cover very different things, they are all interrelated.
Let Defensive Specialties, LLC show you methods to keep hydrated, full, & warm.