Helping the Average Joe Prepare for the Coming Crisis

The Most Sustainable Way to
Survive a Long Term Food Crisis

Survival Joe
Survival Joe
Denver CO
How would you feed your family if the food system completely collapses with no hope of return in our lifetime?

Food storage is only step one. You can't live off dried beans, canned pork and TVP microwave dinners (without the microwave) forever. You're gonna run out eventually.

Yankee Frugality!

Gerald Celente "Keep your money. Don't spend a dime you don't have to spend. Especially on junk and eating crappy food. Cook your own. Make it better.

"You could grow all the food you need to feed your family and have a lot left over and put it up for the winter…

"That Yankie frugality. Let's go back to those things that made this country what it was."[1]

—Gerald Celente
 Trends Research Institute
Fortunately, there's a simpler, healthier and tastier solution: Get seeds. Plant a garden.

Sounds simple. It is. Or at least… it was. It still can be simple, but you have to know how to avoid the pitfalls of modern agricultural and profit-driven home garden suppliers.

Done right, your backyard can feed your entire family, year after year after year.

In my book, Food Crisis 2: How to Prepare for a Long-Term Food Shortage, I show you how to prepare your family so that if survival gardening becomes necessary, you'll be ready to go while others haven't a clue what to do. You'll be able to grow plenty of hearty vegetables, grains and legumes that you can store throughout the winter months.

This is completely realistic. In fact…

This Is the Way Most People
Lived For All of Recorded History

Our modern system of agricultural and food distribution is only a century old. Which means our modern way of life is really just an experiment.

Up until the end of the 20th century, 86% of Americans lived or worked on farms. East Indians and much of South and Central America still live this way. If the infrastructure collapsed – life wouldn't change much for them.

Sure, your own crisis garden won't deliver aisles and aisles of chocolate chip cookies and endless supplies of McBurgers. But it will produce tasty, nutritious food that will keep you and your family alive and well.

In Danger of
Becoming Free

Jules Dervaes "Growing food is one of the most dangerous occupations on the face of this earth. Because you are in danger of becoming free…

"In our society growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can – and will – overturn the corporate powers that be.

"By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world… we change ourselves!" [2]

—Jules Dervaes
Urban Farmer, Los Angeles

Backyard Gardening is
Easier Than You May Think

When you use the correct seeds, each year's harvest will not only give you food, it will also produce seeds that you can replant the following year.

And each generation of seeds will produce plants better adapted to your soil, pests, weeds, climate and water situation. Each year, you will grow stronger plants with greater ease.

When you are prepared with some basic knowledge of how to live off your green thumb, you may have more fun than you've had in years in a post-crisis situation. Here's some of the important points I cover in Food Crisis 2: How to Prepare for a Long-Term Food Shortage

  • Warning: How buying seeds from your local garden shop could mean your whole family would starve (find out why on page 8).
  • The Return of the Three Sisters: The three most important and easiest foods to grow to ensure you survive (meet the "three sisters" on pages 10-16). While three kinds of foods may not sound like much, they can provide a healthy dose of minerals and vitamins that could rival many high priced multi-vitamin supplements.
  • Protein Power: How to meet all your proteins needs (40-60 grams a day) eating two foods that you can grow in your backyard (see page 11).
  • Live Longer: Find out how eating only 20 grams a day of one garden vegetable has been shown to increase lifespan by 7-8% (revealed on page 11).
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Many urbanites can't believe entire nations could possibly live off home gardens. But it's been done before…

The Return of Victory Gardens

1940s Victory Gardens
In 1943, American households "farmed" 20 million vegetable, fruit and herb gardens on residential property. The harvest accounted for nearly a third of all produce consumed in the United States that year.
During both World Wars, millions of people in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany planted "Victory Gardens." Feeding the troops put a major strain on the food system. And most farm laborers became enlisted soldiers.

So governments encouraged people to grow their own. It quickly became a part of daily life. In no time, Americans were producing 40 percent of their vegetables in their own backyard (about 10 million tons).

So you can survive off your own gardening efforts. It's been done before. It'll probably be done again.

In fact, not only can you stay healthy – you'll probably be healthier. The Mediterranean diet has shown that when people eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and legumes they tend to live a lot longer. [3]

Vegetables, fruits and legumes are the main staples you'll be prepared to grow in Food Crisis 2: How to Prepare for a Long-Term Food Shortage

  • Keep Your Eyesight: Which vegetable to grow that will provide more than 145% of your family's vitamin A needs with only one cup a day (revealed on page 13).
  • No Bad Gas! The easiest bean to digest. It's also one of the easiest to grow (revealed on page 14).
  • Salad Fixings: My recommended varieties for growing tomatoes, lettuce, bell peppers and cucumber (page 18-19).
  • Easy Fruits: Waiting for a seed to produce a tree, grafting, pruning and everything else that goes along with orchards can be a little overwhelming for the average Joe. So on page 17-18 I show how to grow some simple fruits on a vine.
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Dervaes' Urban Homestead
The Dervaes family's "Little Homestead in the City" of Los Angeles produces up to 6,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables a year on 4,300 sq. ft. of land ( ).

How Much Easier It
Was In Roosevelt's Time

Industrial agriculture had only begun during the First and Second World War. Up until that point most of North America remained rural. People still farmed, gardened… or at least remembered how to.

We still used seeds that grew new seeds (something we don't do anymore). We didn't rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. We didn't subsist on monoculture farming. “Big Oil” was only starting to sell agriculture into the hands of systemization – vanishing variety and simplicity.

Today, if you were to go to your local garden store and buy some seeds and plant them… they would produce food. They may not grow as easily as seeds from the 1930s would have. They most likely wouldn't taste as good.

But, the real clincher is that the plants that those seeds produce would not bear other seeds. Or at least not seeds that you could plant back in the ground and expect to get another year's harvest.

That's why I wrote Food Crisis 2: How to Prepare for a Long-Term Food Shortage. You need to know how to prepare yourself, today, so that if a crisis happens, you have what you need to start producing your own food. Regular seeds won't do it. The large agricultural corporations have slowly taken away from the average Joe the means, the knowledge and the tools to live off the land.

In Food Crisis 2 I show you a path to freedom…

  • Life Saving Seeds: Chapter 4 is dedicated to showing you the exact kind of seeds you need to buy to ensure your garden produces high yields, tastier food with less work or frustration. (Most commercially available seeds would leave your family starving after one year's harvest.)
  • Save 25% on Seeds: How you can save ¼ to ½ of your gardening costs by selecting the proper seeds (page 25).
  • Rot & Thieves: How to store your seeds so they will be safe from rot and thieves for decades (see pages 27-28). They'll also be safe from war, nuclear radiation, tsunamis and hurricanes. In fact, they'll be safer than you.
  • Can't Eat Gold: Why having the right kind of seeds in a crisis situation would have tremendous resale value (page 28.)
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Why Wait for a Crisis to Get Your Hands Dirty?

Plain Living,
High Thinking

Paramahansa Yogananda "How can you meet the world crisis that is coming? The best way is to adopt plain living and high thinking.

"Unless you make drastic changes in your living habits immediately, you will be rudely surprised; conditions will change in a way you cannot imagine now…

"Grow your own vegetable garden… Keep life simple and enjoy what God has provided without seeking false and expensive pleasures." [4]

—Paramahansa Yogananda
Author, Spiritual Teacher
I'll also cover how just about anyone can be ready to grow a modern day victory garden – even if you don't have land. Or, you can start your garden now. Don't wait for a crisis or when your survival absolutely depends on it. Make it a garden of hope and independence. Learn the skills you need now. Why wait for a crisis to figure out how to feed your family?

And there are so many other reasons why you should get down and put your hands in the dirt. Modern man has so little contact with the earth. Spend a half hour each day tending to your garden and see how it changes you.

First of all, you'll get some good physical exercise. You'll also have some immune boosting exposure to sunlight. You'll be rejuvenating your body with fresh air and purifying your bloodstream of all the toxins we're exposed to each day.

Plus, more and more evidence is coming forth that by simply touching the surface of the earth your body takes in certain electromagnetic energies that displace stress producing ions from the body – promoting health.

As food prices slowly continue to rise, you're going to be saving a bundle. You can store many foods throughout the winter and sell the excess (at competitive prices).

Properly managed, you could feed yourself 100% from your own efforts. Eat 50% of what you grow. Then sell the other 50% and use the money to buy other foods that you could not grow in your backyard (like steak and ice cream).

Here's What Else You'll Discover In Food Crisis 2…

    Food Crisis 2
  • Lose Weight! The diet your survival garden will produce has been proven to trim your waistline, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of developing diabetes (find out why on page 12).
  • Security: How to select your seeds to avoid losing an entire harvest to disease or bad weather (page 15).
  • Winter Foods: In a food crisis the only food available in the winter and spring will be food that was saved from the last harvest. And only certain foods will keep well. (I give you my top four recommendations on page 20 and 22.)
  • French Fries: Yes, you too can eat French fries at the end of world. On page 22 I show how to save seed potatoes and yams.
  • Garden Defence: What seeds to store that will grow a plant that help protect your garden from rabbits, squirrels and other four-legged thieves (revealed on page 23).
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In the second to last chapter I answer a lot of common questions about preparing for survival gardening like…

  • No Land? No Problem: How to survive off your green thumb when you have no property (page 31 & 32).
  • Budget-Strapped? What to do if you can't afford to buy seeds right now (page 31).
  • Not a Farmer? Not a Problem: How to grow ten or twenty gardens without getting your hands dirty (page 32).

Next to Food Storage, I Can't Think of
Anything More Important…

Survival Gardening has only one drawback, it takes 6-12 months (depending on where you live) to get started. So you still need food storage to keep your family fed until the first harvest.

After that, it's the closest thing to paradise. In fact, we'll probably feel more free living off a crisis garden than we do trudging off to work each day. We'll be healthier. We'll have more purpose. And nothing's tastier than a salad that only traveled 30 feet to your table.

It can be like paradise – but only if we are prepared. Please consider getting a copy of Food Crisis 2: How to Prepare for a Long-Term Food Shortage. You get a copy for free when you join the Survival Joe Mastermind Club Membership comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. If you're not satisfied, just send me an email and I'll send you a refund.

Please realize that all the signs of a major food crisis are coming. Whether it's from super weeds, economical collapse, GMOs, supervolcanoes, solar storms or war… You need to be ready to grow your own food. Food Crisis 2 will tell you what you need to do to be ready. It's not hard to get prepared. But life will be very hard if you're not prepared.

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Don't be scared. Be prepared.
Survival Joe

Sources Cited:

[1] Celente, Gerald. Gerald Celente Predicts 2010 Will be The Summer of Terror. Infowars. May 10, 2010.

[2] Dervaes, Jules. Homegrown Revolution. Path to Freedom.

[3] Paddock, Catharine PhD. Longevity And Mediterranean Diet Link Could Be Due To Specific Foods. Medical News Today. June 23, 2009.

[4] Yogananda, Paramhansa. World Crisis. Self-Realization Fellowship. Los Angeles, California. 1975
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