Thursday, June 20, 2013

Specializing in Preparedness, Homesteading, and Self-Reliance

At My Patriot Supply, we don’t believe being prepared should be a luxury reserved for people with large disposable incomes. We believe in offering high quality products at prices that just make sense; prices anyone can afford. We also believe in providing our customers with the most opportunities to learn, share knowledge and tips, and receive the care and expertise they expect when it comes to purchasing self-reliance products. It’s one of the main reasons why we’re so proud and excited to be able to offer you a physical hub for products, knowledge, and in-person interaction with The Patriot Supply Store opening this July. 

My Patriot Supply was founded in 2008 to share our passion of self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness with you and others like you. Not only do we understand the motivation and drive one can have to become a self-reliant survivalist, we practice the lifestyle ourselves. It is through this passion and dedication that we’re able to share our knowledge and products with everyday folks looking to make conscious, forward-thinking decisions about their emergency and survival preparation. We stand behind the products we offer, and hope our experience and knowledge shines through. Now it’s time to add a personal touch to such an important aspect of a survivalist's life. We’re ready to help you get the job done with hands-on customer service and expertise, live and in person at The Patriot Supply Store.

Our goal at My Patriot Supply has always been to continue to develop our inventory to reflect the needs of our self-reliance community and we feel this is shown through our product offerings. Our heirloom vegetable seeds and emergency survival food provide you with the tools needed to grow your own food and store rations efficiently. Our preparation and survival equipment like our water treatment products and survival gear provide a dependable array of equipment to help you become more self-reliant and secure in case of an emergency. We believe in catering to survival enthusiasts of any level at any end of the spectrum. A single approach will not fit the bill for everyone, and it’s why we have taken that extra effort to address all areas of survival preparation for the hobbyist and super enthusiast alike.

My Patriot Supply has had the good fortune of being able to share our passion with customers all around the globe. With the launch of The Patriot Supply Store, we’re excited to get back to the roots of emergency preparedness, survival preparation, and self-reliance: sharing our knowledge face-to-face and learning from one another. Come visit us this July and see that passion in person. 

My Patriot Supply is an online supplier of self-reliance products, heritage fruit seeds, emergency survival food, and everything else you need for emergency preparedness and food indepence. Visit My Patriot Supply today and take your first step towards food independence.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Long Term Food Storage

Storing foods properly so as to avoid spoilage is an important component to long-term preparedness. Furthermore, storing foods that are nutritious and healthy will make the process more worthwhile and efficient. Types of foods as well as their containers need to be considered before beginning the process of long term food storage. Let’s highlight some foods you should consider storing and the proper way to store such foods.

White Rice
These amazing grains have a multitude of uses and advantages that make them a prime candidate for your food storage collection. To begin, they are a versatile grain and can be added to a variety of foods and dishes. Second, they are very cheap. Third, rice is a fantastic source of calories.

When properly stored, rice has an amazing shelf life that could last upwards of 30 years. These grains should be stored in an air-tight container and away from light exposure. Including oxygen-absorbing packets in your container will further prevent spoilage and help give your rice a longer shelf life.

It can be suspect to absorbing moisture, but salt can last for years and years. Aside from adding a bit of flavor to your foods, salt can be used to cure or preserve cuts of meat, act as a gentle cleanser for utensils and appliances, remove stains for clothing, clean your teeth, and relieve pain from poison ivy or mosquito bites. This household commodity could also act as a bartering tool if the need arose.

Keep salt away from moisture-prone areas and sealed tightly when not in use.

Jumping back to grains, wheat is a must-have for food storage. It is a staple of the diet of billions around the world, and its applications are far and wide. Use wheat for baking breads and other foods, feed it to livestock if you have any, or use it to make your own beer should time and supplies allow it. Wheat is high in carbohydrates and contains vitamins, minerals, and essential protein needed for a daily diet.

Keep your wheat fresh by storing it in areas of low moisture and cool temperatures around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. To prevent insect infestations, consider vacuum sealing your wheat, freezing your wheat, or heating it before storage.

Indulge your sweet tooth once and a while! This sweet treat has a fantastic shelf life that, if stored properly, can last generations. Honey makes itself valuable and long-lasting due to its very low water content and high sugar content, which makes an unwelcoming home for bacteria and other invaders. Furthermore, crystallized honey can be gently heated to return to its thick, gooey form.

To ensure a stable consistency and color, you should consider storing honey in a place with consistent, cool temperature and low light exposure. You do not need to refrigerate honey, and it actually spreads or pours better when not refrigerated. Simply keep it in a container that is tightly sealed, and enjoy this sweet treat for years to come.

Learning to become a farmer is an essential component of survival. Storing the necessary agents of food growth is equally essential. Here at My Patriot Supply, we stress the importance of seeds through our sale of heirloom vegetable, herb, and fruit seeds and carry a wide variety of all three types.

To take some of the guesswork out of storing these seeds, all our seed packets come in special, triple-layered, resealable, and reusable mylar packets. This significantly increases the shelf life of our heritage seeds and provides you with a means to plan ahead for long term storage of your fruit and vegetable seeds.

Emergency Food
At My Patriot Supply, we carry a fantastic selection of delicious meals for long term food supply through our Patriot Pantry. We believe emergency survival food should not be synonymous with “flavorless” or “inedible” which is why we take care in offering a variety of meals and snacks.

Food for long term storage can be a great solution for your short term food needs as well. The smallest of our kit sizes, the 72 Hour Kit, includes a great selection of emergency food supplies to take along on a camping trip or a long car ride. It is also a great solution for potential power outages if you wish to keep your larger supplies untouched.

Keep these suggestions in mind when prepping and stocking your long term food supply, and share with us some ideas you have as well!

My Patriot Supply is the leading online source for emergency survival food, heirloom vegetable seeds, heirloom fruit seeds, and other emergency preparedness items. Visit our site today to take your next step towards survival self reliance and food independence.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Aquaponics: A Sustainable Food Production System

Aquaponics is a cyclical, sustainable, food production system that marries the raising of aquatic animals (aquaculture) with the cultivation of plants in water (hydroponics). The result is a symbiotic relationship that benefits all organisms involved and allows the “farmer" of these systems to cultivate their own, personal food supply. For individuals interested in self-sufficiency, aquaponics can be an excellent addition to your emergency preparedness strategy.

Your basic aquaponics system has three main components and a fourth, secondary component that helps move the process along. These components are a fish tank, a water tank, a grow bed, and a pump system, respectively.

  • A fish tank is where your fish or other aquatic life will live. Ammonia from the excrement of these marine animals will accumulate in their tank which increases the toxicity of the aquaculture. In order for the marine life to survive, this ammonia-rich water needs to be filtered. 
  • Using a pump system, this water can be sent out to a separate water tank. The tank’s purpose is to distribute your already-fertilized water to the plants in your grow beds, and just like watering any type of plant, you don’t want to overdo it. 
  • With the aid of the pump system, you can regulate flow of this nitrate-rich water into the grow beds where your various fruits or vegetables are planted in soil (or a soil-like substitute) or suspended above shallow pools of water in a frame. The plants will then use this water to feed themselves and, in turn, produce filtered, clean water. The water trickles through the grow beds and back into the water tank where the fish live. Your only added element is a bit of fish food.  
  • Picking the right pump for your system is important. Ultimately, you want to be as energy efficient as possible. Do your research beforehand to find pumps that can run on very little electricity or completely on renewable energy. Your last – and perhaps most important – ingredient is water. A steady pH level in your water is crucial. Too drastic of a change will result in loss of crops and fish.

Voila, a self-sustaining food system! Is your interest peaked? If so, then you might be asking yourself what can be grown in an aquaponics system.

The truth is some plants need soil to grow correctly. This is especially true of root vegetables like carrots as well as several fruits. Carrots and radishes can do well in containers depending on depth, and our heirloom Little Fingers carrot seeds or heirloom Champion radish seeds would be good places to start for your first system. Fruits are very nutrient rich and require more time and a well-stocked system, but a great option is some of our heritage Small Sugar pumpkin seeds as they stay on the smaller side when full grown. Using soil (or a soil substitute like gravel or clay), while not the standard practice of hydroponics, acts as a biofilter allowing your system to absorb additional chemicals from the water before it makes its way back to the fish. It’s also a better way to get the aforementioned, harder-to-grow fruits and vegetables to flourish.

If you’re a first time grower, give leafy vegetables, herbs, and peppers a try with some heirloom Champion collard seeds or heirloom California Wonder bell pepper seeds and use water-based grow beds. Using any of these methods in combination with a group of cod, trout, or tilapia can yield full-sized, healthy fish.

Aquaponics has become a very profitable industry with commercial-scale systems built all around the world, yet it’s still a viable means for someone looking to try a new hobby or increase their knowledge of food cultivation as a means of survival preparation. It’s an accessible practice as systems can be small, making portability and lower upkeep convenient factors. This may all sound like a new wave in agriculture, but the truth is ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, Aztecs, and Chinese were practicing aquaponics by creating “floating gardens” that could be moved around or raising fish in rice paddies, respectively. Get growing and good luck!

 An example of water-based, framed grow beds.

My Patriot Supply is an online supplier of heirloom vegetable seeds, heritage fruit seeds, emergency survival food, and everything else you need for emergency preparedness and self-reliance. Visit My Patriot Supply today and take your first step towards food independence.