by Shane White
If there is ever a situation where you cannot get food, you will quickly realize exactly how important food is.
For the short term, it is extremely important to have enough food stored to last for several days to several months depending on how long your doomsday is. What do you do after that you ask? The answer is simple...seeds. Not just any seeds. You need non-hybrid seeds. The reason you need non-hybrid seeds is because the standard seeds you get from you neighborhood stores like Home Depot and Walmart are seeds that have been genetically modified. This means that they will have a very low germination rate. In other words, if you extracted seeds from them and tried to plant them, you would not get anything to grow from them. All you would get from store bought seeds would be a nice garden for a few months and plenty of vegetables that you can store, but after this harvest runs out, what do you do next?
If you have been paying attention, you already know the answer. You need to get non-hybrid seeds. With non-hybrid seeds, you can collect some seeds from your crop and save them to grow next years crop. This will ensure that you have seeds for next year and the year after as long as you keep saving some of your harvest for seeds. You can have food from your garden for years if you need it. I have included a link at the end of this post to a book that is available on that will describe this process to you in more detail, or you can visit some web sites with brief information on the topic. See http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/hortcult/homegard/seedsavr.htm/ for a ways to extract seeds from a few plants.
The next thing you will need is canning supplies. I will also include links to examples of this, as well as a book describing the process. Canning what you grow will keep your food in much the same way as the canned foods that you get in the stores, but can be reused from year to year. Also, Ball, who make a lot of the canning products that you might be using, has a very good web site that describes how to can and has various recipes. Check this site out. http://www.homecanning.com/ This is something that you might want to start now because it is better to make some mistakes now then when you have limited food and resources to do it.
I have also places a couple of links to places on my Survival links page that can help you get started with your stock of seeds.Doomsday Moose Survival Links