Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Last Saturday was our Stake Self Reliance Fair.
Howie and I were in charge of it.
Hours and hours and hours of work go into this.

You wanna know about food storage, canning, gardening?
Ask a Mormon.
No, we aren't the experts or the only ones, but we do know a little bit about it.

It is a principle that is taught and emphasized frequently.
How can you fill someone else's cup when your own is empty.
Being self reliant, not depending on someone else to feed you or clothe you is an important principle for everyone.

This year Howie and I assigned each Ward (congregation) to present something on the topic of Self Reliance and also do a display. People attending were able to choose 3 classes of things they were interested in.

This class was taught by a lady that teaches "Meals in a Bag"
Perfect for families with young kids and you need to save time.
It was taught 2 different times and well attended.
She also had samples of food.
Why didn't I take pictures of that???
This gentleman taught about gardening in this area and how to extend your growing season and what to plant. Considering we still have a lot of snow on the ground and no one plants until after Memorial Day, we have awhile to think about it.

This was a display by my neighbor, Ruth.
This is a One Year Supply of food for ONE person.
It's very basic, but it is a great visual of what it takes for one person to survive.

And this display.....
is my contribution.
I believe in storing necessities!
I actually did vacuum seal twinkies.
I have 6 quart jars of those nasty tasting things.

We also had a gentleman talk to us who's son had been in Hurricane Sandy.
They thought they had been well prepared, but found they weren't.
It was approximately 5 days before anyone to get to them and help them.
They did ok, but found things they will do differently.

This lady's booth was showing the stuff that she grows and cans.
She grew peaches and pears in her backyard.
I had no idea we could get peaches here.

This guy is showing his "hot water heater".
An aluminum garbage can.
Copper and a charcoal heater.
Ya, I was impressed.

It doesn't take a natural disaster to have a need for things like this.
Unemployment, illness, major power outages.
It gives a feeling of security to know you can take care of your own.

This fair was a lot of work.
Hours and hours of work.
But those that attended said they loved it and learned a lot.


Saimi said...

Wow oh wow what an organized incredible self reliance fair ! I am so impressed especially with the one year supply of food for one person! I love attending functions like that thanks for posting it!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

The one year display is utterly fascinating, but all of this is so incredibly informative. I have no doubt people left feeling really enlightened.

Debbie Jones said...

Wow! It looks like a LOT of interesting and important information was presented. I would have enjoy being there and am sure I would have learned a lot! I think that even with our food storage, we would not do very well in a disaster. I don't even have a metal garbage can!! Seriously, I know that the "real deal" is always an eye-opener even when we think we are prepared.

Nancy Face said...

I could survive pretty much anything with vacuum seal Twinkies!

wendy said...

You are my hero....anyone who stores twinkies and chocolate in food storage is AWESOME !!
I suck in that whole area.
It is hard to convince a "non-member" the importance of food storage and tithing.
and we have no basement
so anything we try and store in the arena FREEZES
basically....I AM SCREWED
It is an important and Big Deal..for people to know.
I am proud of all your hard work you must have put into that project
Did I tell you YOU ARE MY HERO
on so many levels
love ya

Connie said...

So glad to see that people still take preparedness seriously. It is hard to get people motivated, it looks like you had some very informative classes so hopefully those attending will spread the enthusiasm. Great job!

" Hit It......." said...

I would have loved to come. The older I get, the more I am interested in food storage.

RoeH said...

Well, you have to have something "good" added to food storage. It's just a law or something. I have a friend who had to support six kids and a husband on their two year food storage - and that was it. They got mighty tired of wheat, oats, and beans. She said her kids won't eat beans to this day. Do I have a storage? I can last till Tuesday.

Kristen said...

It looks like it was AMAZING! I wish I would have known about it. You are wonderful. I sure miss you face pretty lady!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Like your Spring background. I would have enjoyed that fair! I find all of that very interesting yet I've never done any canning.

Ginger said...

Yes, they are lots of work! Ours is usually held in September. I wish I could have attended the class taught by the guy from Hurricane Sandy. Do you think you could share some of his tips on what he would do different? I would love to know!

Thanks for sharing... although I don't know how you found the time to blog about it. You are one busy, busy woman!

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StitchinByTheLake said...

I wonder if they have those fairs in my area...I would love to attend one? Do they let non-Mormons come? blessings, marlene

mCat said...

In charge of it?!?! Holy Schnikeys! Sounds like it went well, and something that is needed. I;m not gonna say that very loud because I don't want anyone local hearing me. In all actuality, they would never ask me to teach anything about this since my food storage belief's consist of stocking up on guns, ammo, liqour, tobacco and tampons. I figure I can barter better than anyone

Julia said...

What a worthwhile project. That is something that would be very interesting to do for any community.
Great job with canning those Twinkies, lol

Thanks for sharing.

tammy said...

Wow. What a huge undertaking for you, but what great ideas people have.

The water heater? Genius. I want the info on that.

I have chocolate in my food storage, too. I did have butter canned at one time too. I should do that again.

I recently became friends on FB with another SWA pilot's wife. When she saw I was LDS she immediately began asking me for food storage ideas. I was laughing because I have a lot more to learn about that. I have been thankful in times of unemployment that we've had some foods and other necessities stored though. It's not a good feeling to feel like you can't provide for your kids.

Doran & Jody said...

WOW! Awesome! Can you come and do a repeat for our homemaking?

WhisperingWriter said...

Wow, very interesting!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

What an interesting post! You lead such an interesting and productive life.
As always I love coming by here and seeing what your up too.
I miss you

CB said...

Wow! That is ALOT of work! Kudo's to you and Howie for taking charge and doing such a great job. I was looking at the pictures wishing I could have been there.

gigi said...

I'm so proud of you! So glad it is over and done with for another year. I know that those that were there learned a lot of very helpful information! Now rest for two minutes!

Emmy said...

Sounds like an awesome day! And that one year display is crazy, it almost doesn't seem like enough.
And you vacuum sealed Twinkes ! Cool!

Queenie Jeannie said...

With the way things are going with our country (VERY SCARY!!), it is very wise to be so prepared!!!!! What if you really did have to survive on what you had saved up!??? And of course there's always the zombie apocalypse....*wink*

Great photos - I'd have been there for sure!

Ann Marie said...

It sounds like it was a success!

I want instructions on that homemade water heater! Dude.. that's awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

Very interesting.