Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse (Reflections on Chapter 13)

James Wesley Rawles
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On June 7, 2012
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A good chapter that provides a-lot of great insight into food storage topics.

I have been reading Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse, by James Wesley Rawles first published in May of 2009. I picked this book up for about $7 and am reading it on the kindle cloud reader and through the kindle android app on my cell phone. Patriots Amazon Kindle ScreenshotBelow are my reflections on Chapter Thirteen of this book.

[warning]Possible Spoilers[/warning]

Chapter 13 covers the first birth at the retreat, the book points out that having resource material available at the retreat helped the non medical people understand the process for delivering a child (the retreats only medical professional was the person that was pregnant).

The book points out that a birth is a high natural thing, and one of the huge risks in giving birth not at a hospital is postpartem hemorrhage.

Food Storage is once again pointed out as something that is very important for the retreat group. Because the first summer after the retreat was activated the group was having to deal with the Golden Horde that was leaving the populated areas, the group did not have much time to tend the garden.

The second year though after the group had lived on the basics, wheat, rice, and beans. The group was wanting to have a more diverse diet, which meant that they had to plant a garden. To make a garden that was large enough for the entire retreat group, the group used their tractor to till the garden. This points out a very valuable point that after the collapse that without modern technology available the amount of work that one person can complete is much less without the available tools. It has been said that the amount of energy that is available in 1 gallon of diesel, is equal to between 1 days worth of work for one person, all the way up to 12,000 hours of manual work (depending on how efficiently the fuel is used through the tractor).

With respect to medicine and a prolonged collapse, some medicines (if not all of them) will eventually loose their potency with time. For this reason the retreat’s nurse planted a herb garden which would be used to augment her treatments as medicines ran out and more homeopathic remedies had to take over for the group.

Before the collapse the book points out that the group installed frost-free water taps near the garden so that they could effectively water the gardens without having to expend much work having to haul water from a reservoir, or the house. Another important feature of their garden was to install tall fences to keep the deer out of the garden.

While firearms are great for hunting, the group was concerned about operational security (opsec), and did not want to draw attention themselves by firing guns. So, hunting to get fresh meat was completed by using a bow and arrow, which is a close to silent way of hunting and killing your prey.

Canning accessories, like lids are very important if you are growing food in your garden, you will want to keep the surplus out of the garden preserved. If you are prepping, it may be worth looking into getting the tattler reusable lids, to even prolong the resources that you have at your retreat, (normal canning lids are one use items).

Pre-collapse another important skill to cultivate is the ability to keep and raise farm animals. The group did not have any farm animals pre collapse so they had to put this at the top of their list for things that they wanted to barter for.

I will keep reading, I will let you all know what I think of Chapter 14 of the book soon. Feel free to post your own reflections in the comment area below this blog post on Chapter 13 of the Patriots book.

A good chapter that provides a-lot of great insight into food storage topics.

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