Living OffGrid offers a variety of food production methods.
This does not mean you need to live of your land all the time, but you should have the option to do so if necessary. Feeding a bigger family that way can be a challenge at first. Start small and easy, then scale it up slowly.
You can grow all sort of vegetables, fruits, herbs, mushrooms and cereals. Local climate and conditions can be enhanced with greenhouses and watering systems. What exactly you can grow and what will provide a reasonable harvest is highly subject to your location. Adjusting to the local culture is the smart choice.
Aside from growing food, livestock is a viable option.
These can range from “easy and about no work” rabbits to “complex, challenging and many man hours” Cows. Chickens, Ducks, Goose, and Rabbits are a good choice. They provide quality meat in small portions, no need to worry about cooling 400kg of steak for the next 3 months. Their upkeep can usually be sourced from your local land. These are rather safe, even to very young children and the slaughtering is not complicated as with larger animals.
Microgreens are vegetable greens usually grown only week or two, untill the stage of cotyledon leaves have developed or first set of true leaves.
They are really easy to grow for even a beginner and require not much. Basically you need some tray/dish with some kind of medium from soil to even just piece of paper and water. Also you need the seeds and light.
Here is a great example of a basic microgreen project.
A lot of factors affect the shelf life of food: heat, light, humidity, and so forth. The most important factor however is the food itself. Some foods simply last longer than others, no matter the storage conditions. If need be food can last up to 30 years when stored properly. Food that is hermetically sealed in either cans, glass jars, or mylar bags with oxygen absorbents have a longer shelf-life than the same foods that are conventionally packaged.
List of food with long shelf-life
- Dried rice
- Dried kidney beans
- Dried pinto beans
- Dried black beans
- Dried pasta
- Raw honey
- White vinegar, Apple cider vinegar
- Corn starch
- Soy sauce
- Pure vanilla extract
- Baking soda
- Chicken bouillon cubes and Beef bouillon cubes
- Raw cocoa powder
- Corn syrup
- Instant dry potato flakes
- Tea bags
- Dried lentils
- Brown sugar
- Dried powdered milk
- Instant coffee