Tighten Things Up

During the Great Depression President Herbert Hoover declared, “Nobody is actually starving.”

It’s true sometimes people ate only turnips, others had only blackberries to eat, or apples, so they made pie, but people of the Great Depression did not starve as in underdeveloped countries. Generally, food was bountiful and people starved only for PRIDE or LACK OF CREATIVITY.

As survivalists, we must learn these important lessons. By ignoring the lessons from the past, we not only rob ourselves of the knowledge, we also dishonor those who fought so hard to survive it.

Even though food was ample, many people went hungry and as a result, began conserving and stockpiling food and money for times of uncertainty in the years following the Great Depression. Preppers today take comfort in stockpiling food, the way the people did just after the Great Depression, taking lessons from the past. Naturally, preppers create a deep larder of food.

This aspect of preparing for financial crisis is no different from other preparedness plans. The more food you have stored away today, the less dependent you will be during financial crisis when a loaf of bread could cost $100.  Not sure where to start? Develop your “magic grocery list” of the basics.

People of the Great Depression grew their own food. The exception being the dust bowl states (Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and parts of Texas) where growing was impossible. During this time, there was approximately 100,000,000 acres of land barren, which forced farm families to flee, (they were mostly from Oklahoma).

While today big farms and machines work the fields, back in the day a farmer fed an average of eight families with his crops. People got by also got by with food grown in their own gardens and they canned foods for the Winter. While the economy collapsed, the food on the farms were for the most part unaffected. People supported themselves by growing root vegetables, such as onions, garlic, and potatoes.

Many people of the Great Depression kept chickens or rabbits to supplement food from their gardens. A lucky few had cows or goats. Desperate people of the Great Depression got more creative with animal proteins, even to the point of eating pigeons.

In many rural areas, hunting was a way to put meat on the table during the Great Depression. An important lesson; however, is that each shell from a man’s rifle had to account for game (or a family might go hungry)! Coming up with shells was indeed a problem. Proximity was another factor to consider as gas and cars were not affordable for the masses.

Always Safe, Always Prepared

Credit: Frank M.


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