JUMPSTART: Food3 – Production

August 6, 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 third part of a series of five articles on Food.

Time frame awareness is critical:

  • The objective is to produce food within the 90 day window which is a key tipping point
  • Some production tasks need to be started ASAP (like planting seeds)
  • Some production tasks are calendar specific (like planting and foraging)

Key resources include: seeds, tools, livestock, pens, feed, hunting/trapping tools, foraging knowledge.


Key factors include growing time and calorie and nutritional content
Crop selection:

  • Amaranth grain and alternatives – grows quickly to produce greens in 30 days and seed in 90 days. Contains high quality protein with lysine (an essential amino acid) and omega-3. Good feed for rabbits, poultry, fish and other livestock. Seeds can be sprouted for nutritious food or ground into flour.
    (Amaranth alternatives include chia seed, moringa trees and quinoa)
  • Beans – bush, soy, pinto
  • Squash, turnips, cabbage, spinach, potatoes, beets, peppers
  • Herbs for vitamins and medicinal purposes
  • Protein From the Garden

Critical resources include: seeds, planting tools, knowledge


  • Nuts – pecans and acorns
  • Mesquite pods
  • Cattails
  • Dandelions
  • Fruit – persimmon, hackberry, blackberry
  • Cactus – sotol, prickly pear, agave

Critical resources are knowledge and experience.


  • Small game – birds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoon, armadillo, porcupine, opossum (trapping and hunting)
  • Larger game – wild pigs, deer (mostly hunting)
  • Fish – depends on area and body of water

Critical resources include traps, snares, arms, ammunition, fishing gear, tools, knowledge and experience.


  • Rabbits – high production rate, low maintenance, high protein good tasting meat, wild rabbits may be trapped for starter stock
  • Quail – high production rate, low maintenance, produce both eggs and meat

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