When the chaos dies down and you're sick of canned food, what will your long term plan be?

Category: Becoming a Farmer

Goats – the Perfect Post-Apocalypse Livestock?

Posted on January 29th, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer, Preparedness Tips. Comments Off on Goats – the Perfect Post-Apocalypse Livestock?

Remember Y2K?  It was that big scare that all our computers would crash because they wouldn’t have enough digits to roll over from ’99 to 2000, and that we’d be forever stuck in the 1900s.  People were stocking up on food and water, because at the stroke of midnight they thought all the computer systems of the world would crash and we’d be left in the cold and dark.

I wasn’t worried though.  I had a herd of 130 goats.  So my plan was to become a nomad with my husband, my goats, and maybe some friends who deserved to be saved.  We’d head for the hills, using the goats as pack animals.  They’d eat anything they wanted along the way, and by watching what they chose to eat, I could add select vegetation to my diet.  The does would make milk for us that we could turn into yogurt and cheese, and whenever we got hungry we could eat one of the wethers (a neutered male).  The does and our bucks would make more babies, so I could always replenish my food source and we’d be completely mobile.

We all know that in an apocalypse you can’t trust just anyone.  So … Read More »

Things You Can Do Now To Get Ready for Spring

Posted on January 28th, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer. Comments Off on Things You Can Do Now To Get Ready for Spring

It may not seem like it now, but Spring is just around the corner, and as things warm up, the zombies will start moving faster.  Take advantage of their “hibernation” by getting a few things done in the garden.  Then when they start moving, you’ll have time to take care of them, knowing that your veggies are taking care of themselves.

If you’re new to Zombie Apocalypse Farming, here are some simple steps to make the start up easier:

Think about what you’d like to eat this summer.  Every book you’ll ever read says, “Don’t choose what to grow by going through a seed catalog.  You’ll go crazy and buy too much.”  They’re right.  So if you like to be restrained, follow this advice.  Myself, I’ve gone crazy every year doing this.  But so what?  This is supposed to be fun, and by buying too many varieties, I’ve learned what I like.  If you’d like to do a little catalog shopping, we recommend Victory Seeds out of Oregon.

Plan where you’d like to grow your food.  Our first issue of “Quick! Plant Something! Raised Beds” has some good tips about how to figure out where to plant your garden.  Download it here for … Read More »

What inspires us? Pinterest!

Posted on December 30th, by Leah in Becoming a Farmer. 1 Comment

As the authors of this site and Quick! Plant Something! it’s our mission to teach and inspire you. Whether you’re actively planning and growing your own zombie victory garden or just entertaining the idea, we want to make sure you stay motivated and excited. Basically gardening and zombies make us happy and we hope they make you happy too!

We love what we do and we want you to love whatever you take from our site (gardening, zombie apocalypse prep, or just pure entertainment) . We thought it would be nice to share what keeps us inspired and motivated to help motivate and inspire YOU!

So! While we’ll continue putting up all the  information you need to “Plant Something!” in short, simple steps, we wanted to invite you to follow us personally on Pinterest. We keep track of  things we want to try and ideas that get our creative juices flowing on our boards. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about our pins and give you estimated difficulty levels (brains and bodies) for any project you may want to tackle. So feel free to check it out and get in touch!

Click here to see our gardening boards- Leah Ashley Esser … Read More »

What Can I Plant in My Area and When?

Posted on November 12th, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer, Preparedness Tips. Comments Off on What Can I Plant in My Area and When?

When preparing for the zombie apocalypse, you’ll want to know what you can grow in your area and when to plant it. Gardenate.com can help you figure out what’s good in your neck of the woods and when you can start things in the ground. Just put in your hardiness zone and click on the month below to find out what you should be planting! Not sure you’ll remember? You can sign up for email reminders based on your area as well!

Join the Zombie Apocalypse Farmer Corps

Posted on November 9th, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer. Comments Off on Join the Zombie Apocalypse Farmer Corps

The ZAF (Zombie Apocalpyse Farmer) Corps is a global force for good and we want you!

The ZAF Corps will save the world in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse by growing the food we’ll need.  Wherever there’s a well-fenced yard, a deck, a patio, or a wide window ledge, Zombie Apocalypse Farmers will plant fresh veggies. These “Victory Gardens” will support our troops and survivors at home by making sure they have the food they need to beat back the zombies.  Start practicing this Spring, and you’ll be on your way!

You can be a ZAF Corps hero and we can help.  Over the winter, we’ll be publishing “Quick! Plant Something!” garden guides.  Each one will show you the 5 or 6 simple steps to get your garden growing this Spring.  Our first issue is all about building raised beds – the no arduous digging, no rototilling, no sweating (or at least not much) way to make a place to plant your veggies.  It’s free, so check it out here!  Our next two issues will show you a really easy way to start from seed if you don’t feel like buying seedlings from the store, and how to grow everything you … Read More »

Why start your Victory Garden now?

Posted on November 2nd, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer, Veggie Notes. Comments Off on Why start your Victory Garden now?

Yes, it’s important to be able to feed yourself when the undead rise, society falls apart, and you can’t run to the local grocery store for fear of being eaten by the bag boy. However, we STRONGLY recommend you start your victory garden NOW, not only to hone your skills, but because it’s good to know what you’re eating. Check out this science project that explains why we really don’t know what we’re getting in our produce from the store.

If a store sweet potato looks like a real sweet potato, but has been killed with chemicals enough it can’t grow a new plant, does that make it a zombie sweet potato?

What’s a Victory Garden?

Posted on October 23rd, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer. 1 Comment

Victory Garden: a vegetable garden, grown at home or in a public park or space, cultivated to increase food production during a war
or period of shortages.
Zombie Victory Garden: a garden cultivated to increase food production at home.  You get great, low-cost veggies in just a few simple steps, AND you’re ready for anything, just in case the zombie apocalypse does happen!

Victory Gardens began as a solution to food shortages and rationing during World Wars I and II.  While food was shipped to the war front, people on the home front began growing their own food as a way to support the war effort and to feed themselves.  During WW II, Americans planted 20 million Victory Gardens and grew 9 to 10 million tons of produce.  That was 40% of all the vegetables produced in the United States!

Victory Gardeners figured out how to plant and grow things with the help of their neighbors and the U.S. Food Administration’s instructional booklets.  You can still find some of those booklets on line, and there’s no shortage of books on gardening by modern authors.  Still, what we found is that when you’re getting started, those big thick books with all their details can be daunting.  So we decided to help folks get started by giving them just … Read More »