Todd’s Note: Prepper Website has some great preppers popping by the site, preppers who are learning and researching all the time. The following article was sent to me by John. Take a moment to read his article and then visit the pics that he references.
I was helping my son with his senior high school project on his idea of macro-gardening. In the course of research, I ran across a flickr link of photos. If you want to really see people in the world who are truly self-reliant, simply go to Central America and visit the rural areas and communities. We have over the years visited Panama and some of our relatives living in the Chiriqui province. These folks do not have a government safety net and therefore are not dependent on their governments. The socialized health care in these countries might as well not even exist because the services are so awful.
In any event, visiting this flickr link, was interesting because all you have to look at are photos and maybe some notes attached to each. Thus, no one is narrating or describing what you see. For example, I saw a series of photos of guys building a wood conserving stove, what in effect was a rocket stove. There were enough photos of the guys actually doing the construction that no detailed description was necessary.
As it turns out, while I was not sure of the source on these photos at first, I located the root site and discovered it had to do with the work of a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization called Sustainable Harvest International (SHI).
I thought preppers might be able, through all these photos, to see how independent these people live. SHI apparently has conducted programs in 4 Central American countries. I think you might agree, after having time to study these photos, that much of what these people do on their homesteads and farms can help Preppers learn new skills and to make do with what is available. There are over 58,000 photos on the site posted since 2005. Browsing the photos, you will see such things as a make shift drip irrigation technique or building a germination box. The kids learn at a very early age and the farmers do not have to worry about the USDA or FDA coming down on them.
I know folks down in these rural areas of Panama and they are a tough and rough bunch of really nice country folks. They will give you the shirt off their back. While you cannot see it in the photos, living in the tropics is hot, sweaty, rainy and buggy and so they are really up against the elements in the work they do. Having been their myself in the dry season and worked with some of the folks, I can really appreciate their production methods and processes as well as their “local economies”. Like the Amish, when someone goes to build a new home, everyone in the community will pitch in to help with the labor. I can tell you they are not pushovers. And, I bet for the most part in general they are as happy as a prepper on a homestead.
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