Monthly Archives - March 2013

Shanon, AZ

“I am a 33 year old, stay at home mom with four children. We heard great things about your product a few years ago and after tasting some samples, we fell in love and wanted to start building a better supply. We even ask our parents for your food storage every year for Christmas!! Our extended family and friends have now tried and also loved your products. We have not had any emergencies luckily yet but we have loved […]


Salt is one of the things that made civilization possible. Sure, it makes food taste good but its real value is in it’s ability to preserve food. When you can preserve excess food, your chances for survival through a tough winter, summer drought or other disaster or emergency, go way up. Today we take salt for granted but it was hard to come by for thousands of years. Traders established “salt roads”, or well-worn trading paths through countries that […]

Square Foot Gardening

Square foot gardening is an efficient method of growing vegetables and herbs in small, organized spaces. So-called “square foot gardens” are raised beds divided with 1”x1” wood into individual sections that are, you guessed it, a square foot each. So what’s wrong with row gardening? Mel Bartholomew, the creator of the Square Foot Gardening Method, says it’s all wrong:
“After looking at other people’s gardens, it was usually very predictable. Here’s what I found out about single row gardening: Too […]

Composting 101

Composting is more important than ever as many of us are starting with gardens in suburban neighborhoods where the fertile topsoil has been lost to construction or chemical pollution. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden outside of suburbia, composting will still increase your yields and the quality of the food you grow.
It use to be that compost was collected in heaps – big piles of smoldering organic matter in an unused corner of a barn lot or […]

Patrick, NJ

“Hurricane Sandy has hit New York and New Jersey. Crazy fights over gas and shoving matches in grocery stores have broken out.
We are well prepared and well fed thanks to Wise.
I just walked to mile to a local grocery store for some things we “wanted”. Seeing the veneer of civility peeled away was less than pleasant but not surprising. People not far from here are eating out of dumpsters or not at all. There have been three hour gas […]

Four Things You Can Learn from a Pilgrim

If you’ve never read a first-hand account of what English settlers endured in the first years in North America, you’re missing some important food for thought when it comes to prepping. If we take away all of our modern conveniences and start from scratch, we become pilgrims ourselves because we essentially would be living in a whole new world. History, after all, is the best educator. Here are a few things we can learn from the pilgrims:
A long-term survival […]

Laundry Without Electricity

Oh how we take for granted the magically clean clothes, sheets and towels that come out of advanced machines that do everything but fold and put things away. Today’s appliances virtually think for themselves – which has left most of us pretty clueless on how to get things clean without them.
Whether you find yourself in a short-term outage from a storm or a long-term outage, doing laundry by hand is something you’ll have to face. It’s not quite as […]