Many preppers who are working towards self-reliance make sure they have a means of long-term storage of organic seeds such as carrots, cumber, cauliflower and more. If stored correctly these seeds can have a long shelf life so they can be stored for future use in an emergency. Todays Guest Post Article entitled “Every Family Should Have A Survival Seed Bank” has kindly been provided by Kathy from My Patriot Supply. Kathy gives us 10 reasons why if you haven’t already you should consider having your own survival seed bank.
Every Family Should Have A Survival Seed Bank
A survival seed bank is a collection of seeds that can be used in an emergency situation. The seeds are packaged in a way that allows them to be safely stored for years without going bad. This way, they are ready to plant when you need them, to produce food. Every family should have a survival seed bank and here’s why.
1. In Case Of Natural Disaster
Natural disasters like floods, fires, and hurricanes can interrupt the systems and infrastructure of a location in just minutes. Although you may be used to driving on a road, in your gas-fueled car, to a neatly stocked grocery store to pick up your food supplies, this may not always be an option.
Though infrastructure can break down quickly, it can take a long time and often lots of money to build back up again. Don’t be stuck without the means necessary to provide for your self. If you have a short-term food supply, as well as a seed bank, you will be set for as long as it takes to get the systems that we now rely on back into place.
2. In Case of Man-Made Disaster
Man-Made catastrophes have the potential to be just as devastating, or more catastrophic than natural disasters. The weaponry that is produced in this day and age has the capacity to wipe out whole environments and cause wide-spread wreckage. It is crucial to have a seed bank so that if a disaster were to strike, you and your family could have the tools for rebuilding your life.
If your land is compromised in the disaster, as it would be in the case of a nuclear attack, you may have to relocate. Seeds are small and can be transported to new land. A good survival seed bank should have seeds that can grow in a variety of climates and growing regions.
3. To Foster Self Reliance
Encourage the concept of self-reliance within your family. When you have a seed bank, your family is independent. You and your family do not rely on the government or outside food agencies to take care of you. Instead, you are thinking ahead and preparing for what might occur. The more people that have this outlook, the more it will spread in our society. This will lead to a culture of self-sufficiency rather than helplessness.
4. To Share With The Community
If you encounter a future where there is a food shortage, your seed bank will allow you to plant seeds, which will then grow to release new seeds. This chain reaction could enable food for an entire community, not just your own family. Viable crops can be harvested for new seeds and replanted to create an exponential amount of food.
5. For Peace Of Mind
If you’ve ever spent time worrying about how your family might survive after an emergency then you should have a survival seed bank. Seeds are very inexpensive, and take up little space. If they come in proper packaging, seeds can last for up to five years at room temperature. When stored in cooler temperatures, they can last even longer. Even if nothing happens, your purchase will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are prepared.
6. As A Back-Up Plan
An economic depression could strike, and money, as we know it now, might be deemed worthless. Food will always be valuable. Be prepared for economic recessions by storing seeds, so that if worst comes to worst, you can still plant a garden and enjoy healthy meals with your family, no matter what is going on with your bank account.
7. In-Case of Crop Extinction Due To Disease
Diseases among plants travel fast and can wipe out entire crops. When you save seeds, you are preserving species of plants. If a crop is wiped out, you can offer farmers a seed to start new plantings with. This way, the crop doesn’t go extinct due to one disease.
There are seed banks at research institutes all over the world with many preserved plant species, but as a survivalist, it is important to have an emergency-ready mindset. What if disease strikes when there is no access to those centralized seed banks?
8. Protection Against Global Warming
Global warming causes drastic temperature fluctuations and extreme weather patterns. A seed bank can help you protect your future against the uncertainty of climate change. No matter what occurs due to the weather, you will be ready to source your own food, if needed.
9. To Teach Children About Responsibility
When you have a seed bank, you get to talk to your children about what it is, and what it can be used for. Teach them about the variety of plants you have stored in your bank. Vegetables, herbs, flowers, trees, and fruits all have various uses as food, resources, and medicines. Your seed bank gives you a great opportunity to give your children a lesson in horticulture.
10. To Set An Example
Set an example for everyone in your life by being prepared. Many people never think ahead because they assume that they don’t have to. When you show by example that you are considering your own future and safety, others will start to ask questions about how to be prepared.
The most important reason to have a survival seed bank is so that you can be prepared to grow your own food when and if disaster strikes. Even if you never use your seed bank, it will give you valuable peace of mind. Since seed banks are inexpensive and take up little space, there is no reason not to have one.
This article was kindly contributed by Kathy from My Patriot Supply. (MPS) is a company that provides individuals with products that can be used in the case of an emergency. The founders of MPS are passionate about self-reliance, self-sufficiency, and emergency preparedness.