JUMPSTART: Food5 – Analysis

November 4, 2015

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 fifth and last of a series of five articles on Food.

The greatest needs are knowledge and instructions.

Critical resources include:

  • Stored food – 90 days minimum
  • Seeds for planting
  • Tools for planting (hoes, shovels, rakes…)
  • Water for crops (drip irrigation from rain barrels)
  • Arms and traps for hunting and trapping
  • Livestock starter stock (rabbits and quail can be trapped)
  • Cages/fencing for livestock
  • Feed for livestock

A key tipping point is 90 days – from planting seeds to harvest.

  • Gardening can begin to become productive in 90 days
  • Foraging can accumulate in a few weeks, but is highly variable with time of year and experience level/knowledge
  • Livestock can produce in a few months, but is also variable mostly with experience and knowledge
  • Hunting/trapping/fishing can produce immediately, but is also variable with experience and knowledge, and population density

90 days food for two adults at 1,500 calories per person per day = 270,000 cals.

Sharing with unprepared neighbors (x4):

  • Starting point = 15 day supply in the average home pantry
  • Add a bucket with a 10 lb bag of rice, a 10 lb bag of beans, and 2 large jars of Peanut Butter @ $20 for each bucket to extend each home supply by 15 more days
  • Cost = $20 x 4 = $80 to reach 30 days for 4 homes
  • Cost = $40 x 4 = $160 more to reach 60 days = $240 total
  • Cost = $160 more to reach 90 days for 4 homes = $400 total cost

Cost is minimal for cheap stored food, but becomes a moderate factor for production tools. Cost of critical resources for production (minimums):

  • Gardening: seeds @ $20, scavenge tools in neighborhood
  • Foraging: knowledge is free, experience takes time
  • Livestock: starter stock can be trapped and/or shared, cages/pens = $50, feed can be grown but requires seed and experience
  • Hunting/trapping/fishing: traps = $10, .22 rifle = $200, 2,000 rounds of .22 ammo = $200, fishing gear = $20, Total = $430
  • TOTAL for production tools = $500

Many of these can be shared across a group – cost for 1 household = $500, x 4 neighbors = $2,000.

For $80, we can extend food supplies for 4 homes from 2 weeks to 30 days
For $400, we can extend food supplies for 4 homes to 90 days
For $2,000, we can supply food production tools for 4 homes.

At the 90 day point, we can all become self sufficient

There are some huge variables in this: time of year, growing season and garden yields, foraging and hunting yields.


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