A few weeks ago one of the local prepper groups proposed an interesting idea; test out all of the different things that we've been working on in regards to food storage, sustainability in the event of an emergency and living off the grid. I was down with the first two but living off the grid requires more than the two generators that I currently have.

I knew that both of my gardens would be bountiful this year and I have started planning the whole canning process. Both freezers are filled with meat from the last deer and fowl seasons so I had protein covered; that's in addition to the jerky I made with about thirty pounds of meat.

We meet up every two weeks and swap items such as batteries, home prepared foods, jarred foods and first aid supplies. I ended up getting some amazing blueberry and blackberry jam as well as jarred peaches and dehydrated sweetened banana slices. All in all it was a really productive get together but some of the preppers are extremely paranoid about revealing too much information about where they live, what they have saved up and their actual emergency evacuation plans.

Edited July 21, 2014

Well it would seem that more and more of my longer articles have been forcibly trimmed and purged of the other photographs. This was a longer article about how to live off of the grid in the case of a doomsday situation but that was all for naught.

The prepper community here has grown since i first posted this piece; sometimes there were only monthly meetings but now, if you know the right people, you can hit meetings and gatherings a couple times a week. While I am thankful that more and more people are learning about living off the grid, growing their own food and living off the land there's still a lot more people to reach. I could care less if people call me a "crazy prepper" because whenever the lights go out I can laugh a little while I'm still fully powered.

Photo: Jamison Addler

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