JUMPSTART: Food1 – Overview

July 21, 2013

in Food, Jumpstart

JUMPSTART is a survival methodology that includes consideration of others around us who are either not aware of the need to prepare for emergencies or have made a decision to lower the priority of that need.
For an introduction see: JUMPSTART: Overview

This is the first of a series of articles on Food.

The rule of threes says that we can generally go for about 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter (highly variable), 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. Getting food is not always an easy thing to do and often needs effort and planning months ahead of time. Going a few days without food certainly won’t disable us, but as time goes on, we will get weaker and less able to function well. By the time we are dying of starvation at the 3 week point, we will have become nearly unable to find and collect any food.

We need to have enough food stored up to enable our survival until we can begin to produce new food sources. Gardening takes several months or longer to produce harvests and we will need seed and tools. Raising livestock takes knowledge and experience and maybe some tools and starter stock. Foraging can supply instant food but it takes experience and knowledge and is highly dependent upon the time of year. Hunting and trapping take knowledge, experience, and tools. This JUMPSTART series on Food will attempt to outline the critical resources needed to produce food and analyze our ability to share these resources with a neighborhood group in order to help keep them alive.

  • Needs and Inventory [JUMPSTART: Food2]
  • 1,500 calories per person per day
    Nutritional balance
    270,000 calories is a key tipping point (90 days for 2 adults)

  • Production [JUMPSTART: Food3]
  • 90 days is a key tipping point for garden production
    Critical resources include: seeds, gardening tools, livestock, pens, feed, hunting/trapping tools, foraging knowledge
    Production areas include: storing food, gardening, foraging, raising livestock, hunting/trapping/fishing

  • Instructions and Knowledge Management [JUMPSTART: Food4]
  • Collect food production information
    Document sources
    Categorize information and sources
    Print INSTRUCTIONS (hard copy)
    Distribute information

  • Analysis [JUMPSTART: Food5]
  • 90 days is a key tipping point for both storing and production
    An expenditure of $400 can help prevent 4 neighboring households from dying of starvation until production can become self sustaining.

[continue to JUMPSTART: Food2 – Needs]

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