Homesteading has become more and more popular among survivalists.
It gives people a way to be more self-sufficient.
But here’s one homesteading technique that could save your life in an extreme crisis.
There are many aspects of homesteading, but it begins and ends with trying to be as self-sufficient as possible.
If there were a terror attack on the power grid or a natural disaster that threatens the food supply, homesteaders will have the best odds at survival because they’re not completely dependent on others for their food.
Many homesteaders have even been able to earn extra income by selling arts and crafts or fresh crops.
However, extreme weather or some other event might leave land nonarable for long stretches of time.
This one homesteading technique can help in those rare crisis moments.
Creating an aquaponic system—raising aquatic animals (e.g. fish) and cultivating plants in water—can give you self-sustaining sources for a long period of time.
Aquaponics traces as far back as the Aztecs, and rice cultivation in southern China.
Growing fish and plants together creates a symbiotic system where the plants keep the water clean for the fish to grow and thrive, and the fish waste fertilizes the plants.
They each help one another survive.
The benefit of the aquaponic system is that it can provide fish and vegetables without tilling fields, pulling weeds, using pesticides, and wasting water.
An aquaponic system can be built outdoors or indoors and can function in desert climates as well as cold climates.
An indoor system, such as a greenhouse, allows you to control the temperature and grow crops that perhaps are not ideal year-round.
There are several types of systems, but two things to keep in mind are water usage and energy usage.
Aquaponic systems are water-efficient because they rely on recirculating water. The aquatic life and the plants maintain a stable environment.
Water may need to be added in the case of significant absorption by the plants and other infrequent events, but the system is relatively low maintenance with regard to water.
As for energy, a loss of power or a pipe blockage could threaten your fish stock, so incorporating alternative energy supplies into the system is ideal for SHTF scenarios.
Solar power and generators are good backup systems if a widespread emergency threatens the integrity of your system.
Your fish supply could last you a year, so you don’t want to see it jeopardized by a power failure.
With a proper aquaponics setup, you not only will have a personal supply of fish, vegetables, and fruit, you could even monetize your system and add another revenue stream.
The key to surviving a crisis is preparation and self-sufficiency.
Creating an aquaponic system is a great way to make your home or your bug out location feasible for the long haul.
The less reliant you are on the grid and other basic services, the better off you’ll be if the SHTF.