Originally Posted by Zhurh
Build a fruit cellar that won't freeze when it's minus 60; just one more idear.
I've seen potatoes,onions, carrots, squash ,all sorts of stuff survive harsh winters in Iowa, and South Dakota ,stored in a root cellar. Bury the goodies under a good blanket of hay , throw a tarp over it. They make good storm shelters, too. I know, I've spent a few hours in root cellars watching trees fly by.
Alot of what you guys are talking about is old hat to the old farmers in the Midwest, and West. Both sets of my grandparents grew up on South/North Dakota homesteads, in a sod or stone house scratched up out of the prairie. Talk to the old timers- they've forgotten more than the hippies will ever know. It was a way of life for my grandparents, I think the reason most people struggle so much with "survivalist preparation" now is because you don't depend on it for day to day living-yet.