“Let’s start at the very beginning…. It’s a very good place to start…” — Yes, I am singing the “Sound of Music: Do-Re-Mi” song in my head as I am writing this. Want to provide your own food? Want to start your food planning process, but do not know where to begin? This should help you.
Start by making a list. Simple… but a necessary step. List out your family and friends that you believe will help you in providing the food supply. Take a peek at this chart:
|PHYSICAL / HEALTH
STRENGTH/WEAKNESS TO BE AWARE OF…
|M||50||Husband||182 lbs||Wounded Vet / Leg Impairment – Recovered 80%||Military / Fisherman / Hunter / Construction|
|F||47||Wife||128 lbs||Farmer / Gardener/ Fisherman / Hunter|
|F||25||Daughter||135 lbs||Nurse / Gardener/ Fisherman / Hunter|
|M||29||Son-in-Law||190 lbs||High Cholesterol||Solar Energy Field / Very Tech Savvy|
|F||22||Daughter||130 lbs||Nurse / Gardener / Fisherman / Hunter|
|M||47||Brother||180 lbs||Smoker / Wounded Vet / Shoulder Impairment– Recovered 60%||Mechanic / Military / Fisherman / Hunter|
|F||45||Sis-in-Law||140 lbs||Immune Deficiency||Gardener|
|M||17||Nephew||195 lbs||Fisherman /Hunter|
|M||15||Nephew||185 lbs||One Kidney||Fisherman /Hunter|
|F||12||Niece||95 lbs||Sewing / Knitting|
|F||42||Sister||145 lbs||Smoker / Vegetarian||Nurse|
|M||45||Bro-in-Law||195 lbs||Fisherman /Hunter|
|F||9||Niece||60 lbs||Fisherman / Gardener|
|M||8||Nephew||58 lbs||Type 1 Diabetes||Fisherman /Hunter|
|M||79||Father||175 lbs||High Cholesterol / Smoker||Military / Fisherman / Hunter|
|F||79||Mother||150 lbs||Early Symptoms of Dementia||Farmer / Gardener|
|F||76||Mother||155 lbs||Type 2 Diabetes / Arthritis||Baker / Sewing / Knitting|
|M||50||Friend||185 lbs||Military / Fisherman / Hunter|
|F||46||Friend||135 lbs||Farmer / Gardener|
|M||27||Friend’s Son||190 lbs||PTSD||Military / Fisherman / Hunter|
|F||26||F Son’s Girlfriend||135 lbs||?||Farmer / Gardener|
|M||24||Friend’s Son||185 lbs||Military / Fisherman / Hunter / Machinist|
|M||19||Friend’s Son||190 lbs||ROTC / Medic|
|9 Dogs||687 lbs
|1750 x 9 =
|4 Cats||40 lbs
|270 x 4 =
(Trouble seeing the graph? Yeah… code smashes it… see below for a pic)
Now, go to: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx and create a profile. Make sure you select the highest activity level, because if you are providing for your own food, you will have a high activity level. Once you have created your own profile, create a private group and send out invites to all the people on your list. Create profiles for those who do not use the internet often and gues-timate for them as best as possible. Keep in mind that it may be that a 79 year old will not do a lot of strenuous exercise, but may weed a garden, hunt rabbits, preserve food, cook and bake, and keep a watchful eye on the kids — or provide invaluable how-to advice. Or you may wish to supplement Mom and Dad’s diet because they are on a limited budget. Also, your 18 month granddaughter will not be doing any work, but it will be important to provide for her food.
The next step is to start creating favorite family recipes. Go to: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/myrecipe.aspx and complete steps 1-3 for each ingredient. Remember to create breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes. Couple of things to be aware of are: Daily Food Group Targets (Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Dairy and Protein Foods) and Seasonality of the Food items in your recipe, Total Caloric Intake and the Nutritional Benefits and Detriments to your group.
This information is the basis of providing for your own food supply. Please feel free to copy and fill in, add to, or subtract from the above graph as you see fit.
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Thank you so much for posting this! I will definitely be doing this. We recently started homesteading and are still in the very amateur stage.