Sustainment – What You Do After the Preps Run Out

Posted: January 11, 2015 in Sustainment and Gardening
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As I have said before, you can store, stash and cache all the food and water you think you may need, but the hard truth is that you will eventually run out of preps. I know to some of you that sounds like a very bold statement however, it is a true statement. A common misunderstanding is that you can store all the food you will ever need, but it is not really possible for most of us. So what should you be planning to do?

As you go about your prepping activities one of the things you should be considering is how you will sustain yourself, your family and your extended group. What will you need? How will you produce the different foods you need, not only sustain life, but provide the nutrition required to stay healthy and able to do those activities that will be required? Basically my question to you is “How are you going to produce your food?”

Ton of FoodCurrently the average American eats roughly 2,000 pounds of food a year according the USDA. It breaks down to just around 700 pounds of fruits and vegetables and around 200 pounds of meats, eggs and cheese. That’s a lot of chow!!!!  I am sure, once the fast food and vending machines are long gone, the pounds of food that we ingest will dramatically decrease and there will be a lot of hungry people, but that’s different subject.

If a catastrophe was to occur and society as we know it today collapses, today’s “average” diet will change. The easy access to food we enjoy will be gone, and those without the knowledge to produce their own will no doubt suffer unless they are able to trade a valuable skill or item for their needed food.

There are several issues that must be considered and prepared for now to enable you and your group to produce those need food stuffs over the long term.


Local Climate: Where you are or where you are going to be will play a large part in what you can or cannot grow. If you are located in a northern climates, as we all know have a much shorter growing season that southern climates. For example, good old pole beans take a 60 days to mature and start producing. Pole beans can be grown in most climates. Whereas broccoli takes 4 to 5 months to mature and will not do well in most northern climates if not grown in some sort of shelter.

A great resource for climate information is The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It covers a lot of information from farming to making sausage. It’s a great all around resource for all kinds of facts and fun.


Greenhouse Materials: What are greenhouse materials? Anything that can shelter your plants from harsh winter type weather. A simple greenhouse can be constructed from PVC pipe and sheet plastic or some old window frames. With greenhouse construction you are only limited by imagination.

Soil: If your soil is no good, what will you do? The simple answer is to improve it! It’s never too early to improve your soil conditions. There are numerous ways you can improve your soils from fertilizers to bringing in more.  However, whatever you do you have to be able to sustain the action.

Seed: Working with your local climate, you have to figure out what will grow where you are at. If your growing season is short long term crops won’t work. Also, the amount of seed you will need can be staggering.   You have to plan for crop failure. Droughts, fungus and other plights can kill your crop before you even get a good stand.

rabbit in garden

Pest & Animal Control: Some pest and animals can be controlled by other plants. Spearmint can be used to control squirrels and other ground creatures. There are numerous other plants that can do almost the same thing for other creatures and bugs. Research is the key. Learning what plant can do what for you can save a lot of heart ache in the long run and also sustain your food production.

A sustainment bonus so to speak is local Wild Eatables and Greens. Wild eatables and greens can always be used to provide you with some nutrition, but most will not provide you the important nutrition you will need to build energy.

Remember, if the SHTF and TEOTWAWKT occurs, your preps one day will run out. The question is how you will sustain yourself. Your family or your group?

  1. Omega Tactical and Survival says:

    I agree the preps will definitely need to be used as part of a transition period and they will run out, So plan B needs to be in place even before you start to use your preps. Start working on a garden if possible, as you said climate will be a major factor. Winter will break people as it will be the hardest to survive and if they are not prepared they wont make it. Its funny all the Doomsday shows say go to idaho. The problem with that is we have the shortest summers and growing seasons and harshest winters. Not an ideal place to be during SHTF.


    • BYP-US says:

      Greenhouses and cold frames might help.


      • Omega Tactical and Survival says:

        Yes we have used greenhouses before with good results, We have had frosts here in the middle of June and lost a lot of of plants because of a one night freak incident that hit our open garden, quite disappointing. That would have been catastrophic if we has been depending on our garden for food during a SHTF scenario. Greenhouses are definitely the way to go here in this climate.


      • BYP-US says:

        Thanks for the reply. If I can come up with anything that may help, I will send it on!


  2. Son of Liberty says:

    I agree, there WILL need to be sustainability for a family or small group to live an extended period of time after things ‘go south,’ but I doubt your expertise regarding this subject. Pole beans CANNOT be easily grown in an extremely northern climate without some protection or sheltering – but broccoli can be grown easily – even here in Alaska – one of the most northern and harshest climates on the continent. I know, I have done this consistently for the past few years! This lack of knowledge and/or awareness calls your credibility into question. – sorry to say.


    • BYP-US says:

      Growing seasons up are indeed short. Growing anything where you are must be difficult. I am sure you use some sort of greenhouse type structure or some other type of protect for all your corps. With it taking broccoli 50 to 100 days to mature (roughly) you must have very good soil and green thumb. Pole beans on the other hand with a short time to mature, would seem a lot easier to grow.


  3. Son of Liberty says:

    BTW, the 700 lbs of fruit and vegetables, and the 200 lbs of meat and cheese per year equals only 900 lbs total for the year, or (generously rounded off) about 1,000 lbs of food per year total. This is only ONE HALF the 2,000 lbs of food consumed per person (your introductory statement) in this paragraph.



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