A few months ago I was over at my aunts house. As we were talking, she told me how my grandfather would take her on these camping / hunting trips on some property my grandfather owned on the Trinity River here in Texas.
The land was a couple of acres, right on the river that bordered national forest. They would camp on the property, then hunt in the national forest. It was a remote area that was only accessible by boat. So it was doubtful that they would run into strangers.
While my aunt was telling about their various hunting trips, and how cold and miserable she would be, I was thinking about how a piece of land like that could be used as a last resort Bug Out Location. Instead of bugging out to wilderness that will probably be on public land, having private property would be ideal.
On my dads side of the family there is some land that has been passed through three generations, its where my wife and I hope to build our homestead at in 2013. Knowing that you have land that you can go to at anytime provides a sense of comfort, a sense of security and a sense of stability.
Having spent half my life in rural southeast Texas, I could not imagine growing up any other way. Being in the frsh air, seeing my granny with her chickens, cow, turkeys and horse. Growing up experiencing that lifestyle helped shape who I am today.
In the 1970s and 1980s my dad used to take my brother and I squirrel hunting around the property. We would head out early in the morning, just as the sun was coming up.
My granny used to give my brother and I a coffee can of chicken feed. Once we ran out of feed, we would throw the cans at the chickens. Granny would yell at us from the back room of her house “stop throwing the cans at the chickens.”
I hope to pass those memories down to my kids, along with the land.
How Does This Relate To Survivalism
So how does this relate to survivalism? A lot of has to do with having a rural area you and your family can go to in a complete collapse of society, and being able to set the land up as part of your long term survival plans.
Rural Bug Out Location – During a long term SHTF situation the cities are going to collapse. With no running water, no way to dispose of sewage, no food,,, life as we know it will come to an end.
After the first week with no supplies tempers will start to flare, and people will get violent. We say this during after Hurricane Sandy. When gas supplies got low, fights started breaking out. This will be especially true when dealing with a population that is used to getting what they want, when they want.
Getting out of the city and to a rural area increases your families chance of survival, but only if you have a secure place to go to.
Having the homestead already setup – Part of my long term survival plan includes having a garden up and running, enough chickens to feed at least 10 people, fruit tree orchard, septic system, and water well.
In a previous article we talked about using a homestead as a Bug Out Location. If you have not read that article, please do so.
Even if a collapse of society never happens, living a rural lifestyle teams the next generation basic homesteading skills.
Who else is going to teach the grandkids how to raise chickens, plant peas, grow corn, hunt deer, hunt rabbits,,,,? If we do not pass that knowledge down, it will be lost.
Passing Down the Knowledge
Part of establishing a rural homestead is to make sure knowledge, heritage and family history is passed down from one generation to another.
Instead of just telling our kids and grandkids how to raise beans, we can show them.
Instead of telling our kids and grandkids that squash grows good in that field, watermelons grow good in that area, peas grow good over there, we can show them.
Back in the mid-1990s my mom, dad, myself, my wife and my kids planted maybe an acre of purple hull peas. When it came time to pick the peas, we filled the bed of a short wheel base chevy truck with black eyed peas. I wish someone had taken a picture of that truck, with its bed full of peas.
If memory serves me right, there were enough peas that we ate off of them for almost 2 years?
About 5 years ago my son and I planted and harvested a bunch of squash and zucchini from that same spot where the peas were planted 15 years earlier.
A few years ago my youngest son and my daughter helped work up a community garden that would be shared with the family members.
If my son or daughter ever had to plant squash, beans or potatoes, maybe, just maybe they will remember how to work the ground, spread the fertilizer, plant the seeds and then make the harvest.