Today’s Tuesday DIY article is a little different — we are going to talk about basic food storage preparation and being able to take REAL food and make it something that your family can enjoy down the road.
I have a wide range of followers — from the person who clips a few coupons each week to shave a little off their grocery bill to the people who are expecting the economy to shift sideways so they have a one year, three year and five year stockpile plan.
No matter what your philosophy is — learning some of the basics like canning, food dehydration or emergency preparedness are all great, family activities that also can easily be tied in to history lessons.
Our grand parents and great grand parents canned. The Native Americans dehydrated/dried food. The Pioneers made candles, soap and even their own butter. The government encourages all of us to have a BOB (bug out bag) in case of an emergency that requires you to evacuate your home OR a few basic supplies in case you are trapped inside your home…Just think of Katrina, Irene, etc.
This weekend, there is a Wisconsin workshop series in Johnson Creek that covers that, and SO MUCH MORE!! It is the Sustain Jefferson 2011 – Skills For Simple Living Fair at Johnson Creek Elementary & High School 111 South Street, Johnson Creek, WI.
A lot of the actual workshops are filled (they had class sizes of 10-20) but they have a lot of Hand’s-On Exhibits with AMAZING “experts” to answer any questions you may have. If you have kiddos that are 13 or less, they have a lot of FREE activities for them too – like wood turning, rope making, puppets, etc!
Miss Sarah and I plan to go there — it’s from 9-5. It will kick off our “down home weekend” where we are going to make a TON of home made apple sauce and apple butter! (you will read more about that later…)
You can read more here — I did talk to the organizer (a delightful lady who will man the registration table that day!) and you can come for FREE if you aren’t doing any workshops.