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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Tonight I started the thirty day quest to see if I can live off of what I have grown, harvest, hunted and have on hand. The only exclusion is condiments. I can't live without my ketchup. Tonight I made a stir fry of zucchini, squash and one small eggplant along with a deer steak that I cut up and pan fried then added to the vegetables when they were done. It turned out good but the meat was a little on the dry side because I left it sitting in the pan while the vegetables were cooking on another burner. I have trouble eating some types of tomatoes; the smaller ones are usually easier for me to eat and make my mouth break out less than the larger ones. I cut up three of the smaller ones and planned on using oil and vinegar on them but opted to go with a bottled dressing instead. They were juicy and sweet and so far I haven't had any ulcers or blisters from them. Eventually I plan on canning them to make sauce with them as well as canning some of them when they are green to take to a prepper get together to swap for some dried beans. Dessert was tricky; I could have cut up the store bought pumpkin pie but that felt like cheating. I ended up grabbing a small mini pita from the bag that I made a couple of days ago and smeared some of the blueberry jam on it. While it wasn't as good as my grandmother made, it was tasty. Another thing that I need to get on the ball with is making sure I have a couple of pounds of raw sunflower seeds to take with me; a couple of people tried to grow them with no luck so we're going to swap sunflower seeds with seasoned baked pumpkin seeds.

www.mitweb.co.uk/doomsday-prepping and my own photos