We live in a time where many of us are on edge about what’s to become of our way of life – including our food supplies if something “goes bad,” which many patriots are prepping for. Between the constant threat of terrorism and potentially cataclysmic natural disasters (anyone remember Hurricane Katrina?), Americans are foolish if they think that their beloved and never-ending supplies of groceries at the nearest Super Wal-Mart are going to be there forever or without interruption. These are indeed troubling times.
Of course, because I don’t want to be a fear-monger or nay-sayer, the whole world isn’t bad, and there are many good times to come for all of us, I’m sure! But, as they say, “Mother Nature bats last,” and if there is an earthquake somewhere in some remote place where no one lives, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal. Then, again, when it hits like a recent one in Ecuador, like, a 7.8 quake – yeah, it is a big deal. A lot of people are completely homeless, and who knows when they’re going to get back on their feet?
So, yes, we do have to be aware and understand that “stuff” is going to happen as you will see in this review.
But, that doesn’t mean we all have to just sit there and wait for something terrible to happen. We can, and we should, prepare ourselves to take care of ourselves, and having a reliable food supply is one of the most important things we should be looking at.
I can all but guarantee you that on a day when the power goes out, you’ll be wondering where the candles are, how many batteries you have for the flash lights, and whether or not your neighbor with his power generator that you thought was a waste of money a year ago will be willing to share his power with you.
You’ll be wondering about how much water you have since the pump won’t be working. You’ll be thinking about staying warm if the power outage is in the winter.
If, heaven forbid, the outage is going to be long-term due to whatever is going on, you’ll start wondering about the food supply…our Backyard Liberty review has you covered.
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That’s where Backyard Liberty comes in. Here, patriot and blogger-author Alec Deacon introduces the concept of “aquaponics,” which is somewhere between aquaculture (which is raising fish for eating) and hydroponics (which is raising produce in a nutrient-based and recirculating medium).
But, when you talk specifically about aquaponics, you are talking about having the FISH generate and provide the nutrients in the growing medium for the plants. It’s a much cleaner way to farm fish than they do in commercial operations, by the way, because commercial fish farming is a NASTY business! Talk about toxins… I refuse to purchase farm-raised fish. But that is a little off the point here.
Here, instead of feeding the plants, you feed the FISH, and the fish, in turn create waste which ultimately converts to nitrates (which is the nutrients for the plants). Sounds easy, right?
And, once you have built your system, and have come to understand how everything works, it’s really not hard – and you might decide it’s a lot of fun! Many people do! At a very basic level, what you have is a system where you have your fish swimming around in their tank, and then that water – rich with nutrients for your plants since it contains the fish waste – is brought up to your “garden” where it feeds the plants, getting filtered on the way through, and eventually goes back as “fish friendly” refreshed water, back to the fish in the tank. One of the most important jobs for you is to remember to feed your fish!
Well, it’s easy enough to find tons of information on the web about how to do it, but what Alec Deacon has done with Backyard Liberty is to compile everything you need to know into one package.
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In Backyard Liberty, you’ll find quick start guides along with the video step-by-step series bringing you through the process. The videos are pretty sweet, and I rarely see this type of set up in a downloadable product. So that’s one of the things I really like to point out in this review since I’m kind of a visual learner – I love to read; however, I also like to “see,” and Alec Deacon totally nails it on that.
Okay, you get some bonuses too. Bonuses include a “How to Build a Water Biofilter” guide, “How to Survive an Economic Collapse,” and “Items to Hoard Before a Crisis.” (Learn more about the bonuses HERE.)
I am pretty sure that you probably have a few items that you’ve hoarded or saved for possible emergencies. For example, when you know that a hurricane is coming, you go out and buy as many gallons of drinking water as possible, right? And, you probably fill garbage cans full of water that you can use to flush toilets or to boil for washing water, etc.
In my case, I have quite the collection of U.S. nickels (5-cent nickels) because they still have some silver in them, and there might be a time when those nickels come in very handy for barter and trade. Currency! Actually, some pundits say that it will be easier to trade and buy with silver than with gold. But that’s a topic for another article.
I’ve also stored a good supply (about a month or two’s worth) of ready to eat meals – you’ve seen survival meal packages I’m sure. Because if a hurricane does hit, I need to be sure I’ve got enough food and water to get through another Katrina.
Water purification system? Check! First Aid supplies? Check! Hand-crank lights and radio? Check! Solar air lanterns? Yup! Got a bunch of them. I have a fire pit, wood stove, and a lot of wood. You get the picture! Okay, back to talking about the system!
Now, once you have all of this stuff up and running, it doesn’t take as much work to maintain it! This is perfect for those of us who still have jobs to go to and don’t have the kind of time it would take to be a farmer of any sort!
And I confess that even though I’m probably a bit more prepared than my next door neighbor, I’m no farmer. I like my garden, and I preserve food (of course I do!), I don’t think I would have ever thought about aquaculture on my own had I not seen this product to begin with. It definitely opened my eyes to things I never would have thought of before.
Alec Deacon puts together a very comprehensive list of resources as well. For example, if you are thinking, “Yeah, this would be great to do, but where the heck am I gonna get the fish to begin with?” Fear not, because there is a list of hatcheries for all the states where you can get your stock, as well as what to look for to begin with.
Nate Storey, a Ph.D. who is the co-founder of a hydroponics company called Bright Agrotech, out of Laramie, Wyoming talks about the best fish for the purposes of aquaponics. One of the most important things he mentions is that you need to be sure to match the fish to your environmental conditions. Makes sense, doesn’t it? For example, if you are going to have warm water, you wouldn’t want to be raising fish that only do well in colder waters.
He also talks about the importance of matching your feed source to the right fish. If you’re raising fish as a food source, he mentions a number of them that are suitable for this, including tilapia, trout, and more. Your local fisheries will be able to help as well.
You’ve already heard me singing the praises of Backyard Liberty. I do like it, and I do recommend it. It wouldn’t be fair or balanced, however, if I didn’t tell you the “cons” to go along with the “pros.” So, the one final thing I do want to talk about here is that when you go to order this, you WILL get a number of pages asking you to upgrade your purchase. This is called “upsells.” So, yes, the basic program is only $37. But you will definitely be asked afterwards to consider adding this, that, and the other thing to your order. No big deal. If the additional upsells interest you, go for it! If not, simply pass on them and you’ll still be able to get the information. Yes, you WILL be able to build this system on a budget. It can actually be quite the fun family project as well!
So, this is a kind of a home run for us here – and I’m not even talking about just preppers. As I mentioned, this could be a great family project – something to get all the kids involved with while doing something productive, and something they can be proud of. I say give it a try. It’s a lot of information for $37 – and that our Backyard Liberty review!