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Why you should grow a farm/garden: 1. Why not? 2. Organic, freshly picked fruit is so very much healthier for you then anything in a grocery store. 3. Its profitable/you will save money 4. You can stockpile food at a cheaper price 5. Do it now and if TEOTWAWKI happens you'll be prepared 6. If something bad does happen with the world, you'll have one less thing to worry about (I mean who doesn't need food?) -------- Here is a link to how plants can help you get your Daily Value of nutrients/vitamins/minerals from plants: http://www.healthalternatives2000.com/vitamins-nutrition-chart.html -------- I find this site very useful as it shows you what you will need to grow to stay happy and healthy. Here is a list of some other plants and uses you might need from them: ~~Dandelions - Edible ~~Burdock plants - Predator deterrent/Home Defense, velcro maybe? ~~Cactuses/Crabgrass/Other spikey plants - Predator deterrent/Home Defense ~~Large Bushes/Trees - Hide your stuff/house, make yourself less noticeable. ~~Food Trees - Food + Everything for Large Bushes/Trees ~~Milk Thistle Plants - Edible, Poison mushroom antidote (well it helps), medicinal purposes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_thistle ~~Ginseng - Doesn't take up much space, Medicinal Purposes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginseng ~~Corn - Corn Syrup, Corn Starch, Fuel?, Beer production ~~Grapes - Whine ~~Garlic - Medicinal Purposes, Spice, Keeps vampires away? ~~Very hot peppers - Pepper spray/deterrent possibly, makes crappy food taste good ~~Pine trees - Sap/Syrup, wood, Or as said in another thread, fire starter, ~_~_~_~_~_~_~_~ I know there can be more too the list but that's a quick summary, feel free to add. Deciduous trees can be put in front of windows, so when its winter sunlight can come in and warm up the house, when its summer, they block the sun too keep it cool. Fruit trees are a good investment because you don't need to constantly watch them/water them (although it helps) and they provide fruit every year, same with nut trees. By the way I cannot stress how much fruits/vegetables are important for survival of the world. Monasto and the Genetically Modified plants of the world are not the answer. If its a step up from SHTF, those plants are dead and all food in grocery marts are dead too, and if there not we would need to kill them anyways because they can contaminate the world. Organic plants are so much better for these and more reasons: -Organic plants don't deplete key minerals from the soil when grown right, which allows for a better next years harvest. Big corporation farmers just add 3-5 main minerals too the soil when the plant really needs 50-100 at least. -They are better for you, simple right, not a big deal maybe? Well in truth they provide an extremely higher amount of nutrients and minerals, have many things in them that scientists are still discovering (most of which that the same plants in the grocery store DON'T have). -They promote a healthy environment and ecosystem. -They taste better -You don't have too buy pesticides (although certain insects are natural pesticides if you need em [ladybugs]) -Many more reasons too ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BUYING CROPS and TREES are a GOOD IDEA. Simple math: Plants cheap [$20 trees] ($10 bushes) + time investment = Constant steady supply of fruit for generations. Its good for the world and better then buying gold. 1 oz gold = 100 Apple trees. BUY HEIRLOOM. Not GMO. Example site: http://www.willisorchards.com/product/Granny+Smith+Apple+Tree?category=245 or eBay. Okay, now onto livestock ~~Livestock~~ Recent sciences (this may be a big shock) show that eating meat really isn't natural but is only okay to do every once in a while, livestock are still very important to have if things go bad. Chickens: Cheap, can fit them in small areas, you get eggs, + feathers, + meat. Minimal food consumption and the easiest of all homegrown food in my opinion. Cows: Slightly larger, costly, but if done right and you have proper protection, profitable. People will buy cow meat for sure and they produce milk, they provide a big harvest, they eat grass and produce fertilizer. Although require quite a bit of work for upkeep. Pigs: Eat almost anything, produce a big harvest, easier to maintain then a cow but more then a chicken. Must cook thoroughly as they may have worms. Fish: While naturally grown fish are usually healthier, growing fish in an artificial environment can be quite beneficial. Take a look at this link, from National Geographic, the man produces a food system which is quite amazing, it also provides some great ideas into general prepping: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUM0TOkNALg Pets: Horses: While I don't recommend eating them, they are an alternative vehicle and can travel over different terrain, they also can be a back-up food source and bartering tools. They require an open range to roam and are quite the upkeep. Dogs: Getting the right one can be very beneficial, home defense, personal protection, can be used for hunting, plus something to love. A must for the solitary survivor, refer to the SurvivalCache sites article for more information, just my personal choice, a German Shephard: http://survivalcache.com/survival-debate-dog/ Cats: Basically all cats do is provide as a household lovable pet, not recommended but then again there is always the question "Why not?" and if your pretty stable then sure. Hamsters/Frogs/Snakes and others: Basically the same as a cat, you probably don't need them, but there fun too have. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thanks for reading, I strongly encourage you grow a farm and own some form of animal, please leave feedback and feel free to add to the lists as I am brainstorming what more too add right now. What will you grow? I will probably grow (when I get the land) many varieties of food, definitely trees, and probably somewhere all forms of the miscellaneous list. What will I own? Chickens and possibly pigs, some sort of system that the link features where it recycles almost everything to increase food production. I wouldn't mind a home made pond . Definitely a dog, probably a scary Saint Bernard, Pitbull, and for sure a German Shepard or two. I will definitely try to cross breed them in a way to produce an efficient dog breed. Some Russian guy bred dogs down 7 generations and made a dog with the strongest scent receptors in the world, and uses them at airport security (he gets paid BIG for it). Definitely a good idea too me. What will you do?