Establish a food network now. It just may make the difference between having a steady supply of whole foods and protein sources, or doing without.
What is a Food Network?
A food network is an alliance among friends, family and neighbors with the goal of sharing or bartering food. Each member provides at least one type of food source within the group. This could either be something that is grown or produced, such as a bumper crop of tomatoes, fresh baked goods, or cuts of beef. It could also be something that was prepped before an emergency, such as homemade jam, dried raspberries or food storage meals.
Your group may also consist of members who prepare raw food for the group that is provided by others, such as someone who grinds flour and produces bread, a butcher, etc. These members receive a portion of the network’s food in exchange for the service.
What are some of the benefits of a Food Network?
- There are many benefits to forming this type of food group.
- Individual members will gain access to a wide variety of whole foods that they may not otherwise have.
- It is usually easier to produce or prepare food in bulk, thus reducing the time spent gaining new sources of food.
- Since members of the group will need to work as a team, everyone is encouraged and held accountable.
- Having a common social group and goals can help you survive.
How Can I Get Started?
Start by reaching out to like-minded people. These may be established preppers or others in your community that you already know. You want people who are familiar with food and may have a wide variety of skills. Your local farmer’s market may be a good place to start. Vendors there are usually families interested in self-sufficiency. You may find bee keepers, vegetable farmers, bakers, cheese makers, egg vendors, and those who raise animals for meat.
Often, finding one or two qualified people for your budding food network will bring you more, as word spreads. Make sure you have some guidelines worked out ahead of time, such as the number of people in your group, the local area you will cover, and any other qualifications you desire.
Don’t forget to brain storm your own ideas on what you and your family will contribute to the food network. One idea is to stock extra food storage for distribution later. Healthy just-add-water and simmer food will be highly appreciated by anyone in your group, and the best part is that you won’t have to do any work! The eFoodDirect meals are inexpensive, from $0.50 to $2.00 for a full 1-cup serving.