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What do I need to know about emergency food?

Our entire team at VIP Solutions is very passionate about our mission; to give everyone access to high quality emergency preparedness and sustainability products for their home or business, all in one place. One of the reasons we love where we work is because what we do is truly useful. We love our Legacy emergency food because of its quality nutrients and great price, but we also chose Legacy because it tastes good! And it’s hard to find a packaged food with 25-year shelf life that is appealing.

At VIP Solutions, we often hear stories about people who used their emergency food when they were out of a job or down on their luck. Thousands of people were diving into their emergency stash when the economy crashed in 2008, and we want as many people as possible to have that luxury if anything like that happens again. Without it, they would have been in a big predicament. This is important because many of our customers don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on something they “might” use. We try to tell them, “Hey, this might come on handy when you least expect it.”

As with all of our products, having some extra food stored away for a rainy day isn’t a bad thing, especially if you have children and don’t have the time to cultivate your own food. Knowing that the kids will be fed no matter any of the many aspects of life out of your control… that’s easy living.

Another question many customers ask when purchasing emergency food is, “How much do I need.” This all depends on your goals for your family and your budget. Truthfully, most come to us with an idea of what they want, and how much money they would like to spend. From there, we guide them in a step by step process of all the ins and outs of our mutual decisions.

Just tell us how long you want to feed your family in the case of an emergency, and we will tell you how much food you need for 3 meals a day, per person.

What Should I Do With Leftover Garden Food?

Many of our customers ask us what they should do when their garden produces a surplus. Usually, we tell them to can that food and put it away for the cold winter, and there are several ways to do that. However, if you have a huge surplus of food, which some people do, donating it is a great idea.

Some of our members have the means to donate their food to a local food bank or pantry. In rural Michigan, many of our community members put out a free farm stand in front of their house for neighbors to pick up and take food. This is also a good way to get some extra cash and develop a relationship with likeminded neighbors. Part of the VIP Solutions mission is to spread knowledge about how emergency preparedness and sustainability go hand in hand, and growing food is at the crux of both elements of VIP.

Pickling your food is one of the most efficient ways to ensure a long lasting shelf life and quality taste. Pickling has been used for centuries mainly due to the high amounts of nutrients that are kept inside the pickled food. Sometimes other methods of storing food can rid the produce of its inherent value.

Dehydrating and storing food is another great option. We have all tried the expensive dried fruits at specialty stores before, imagine doing that with food you and your family grew at home! We especially recommend this for families with your children, as the freeze dried food is often a hit with kids.
Freezing your extra food is another option. Cook it first, and then let it thaw and throw it in a soup. Vegetables are particularly good for cooking and freezing.

How Do I Keep a Garden Healthy During a Drought?

Although the Midwest has had decent rainfall the past few years, the United States as a whole has been in a bit of a drought. There are a few good ways to help your plants stay healthy and vibrant even during a drought –

Lawn clippings or hay as a covering layer can help trap moisture for your plants.

Keeping your plants in a shaded area helps keep them moist and healthy. High heat can really beat up a garden that has too little water.

If you really want to maintain good moisture for all your plants with little water, build your garden bed above the ground. This way moisture doesn’t filter into surrounding plants and grass, but is trapped in your garden bed.

Prune and Fertilize your garden less. Pruning can take a toll on the plant because it has to spend time and energy redistributive its energy or water. Letting the garden be a little mangy is a good thing with less water. Also, don’t both with the fertilizer, it will make your plants grow faster, but they will also need more water to do so.

Weed your soil and use organic scraps of food to fertilize. A banana peel is useful in the garden and not the garbage can.

Hugelkultur; What is it?

At VIP Solutions we truly want our community members to have the opportunity to customize their homes or businesses however they wish. Part of us being prepared to carry out any request is being well versed regarding emergency essentials. One of the biggest emergency essentials is food. Without food, everything else is put on hold. We want our customers to be at ease each and every day, knowing their family will have emergency food no matter what. So, here is a little info about a cool food growing technique that you might want to use at your home. It is specifically good for Michiganders and those who live in a climate that is always changing.

For us Michiganders, taking care of lawn clippings and leaves can be a hassle. Taking the time to collect leaves and grass can take a long time! Not only that, but spending all that time to just give something away is kind of silly. So, we think our time and energy should be put to use. Hugelkultur (hoo-gul-culture) which means hill in German, is the practice of creating a raised garden bed filled with biomass plant materials and other decaying wood debris. The leftover plant material and wood creates an incredible, long lasting nutrient base for your soil. Many places in the Midwest are naturally lush and rich. Huglekultur is specifically good for urban farming in cities because of its rich, long lasting fertilizer base.

Hugle bed experts recommend a taller bed for better plant growth. The standard height is about 3 feet tall, but beds as tall as 5 feet have been reported to work even better. Putting some kind of structure around very tall beds (above 5 feet) has worked well to give the plants breathing room and uphold the integrity of the grow bed.

The benefits of the raised grow beds are quite vast. Heat retention, great for those cold fall evenings, makes it specifically nice for Midwesterners. The mound set up also helps with water retention which is ideal for family looking to reduce water usage.

Huglekultur fits perfectly into VIP Solutions mission because it saves time, energy, takes what used what used to go to waste and provides long term nutrients for plants throughout the grow season.

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What do I need to know about emergency food?

Our entire team at VIP Solutions is very passionate about our mission; to give everyone access to high quality emergency preparedness and sustainability products for their home or business, all in one place. One of the reasons we love where we work is because what we do is truly useful. We love our Legacy emergency food because of its quality nutrients and great price, but we also chose Legacy because it tastes good! And it’s hard to find a packaged food with 25-year shelf life that is appealing.

At VIP Solutions, we often hear stories about people who used their emergency food when they were out of a job or down on their luck. Thousands of people were diving into their emergency stash when the economy crashed in 2008, and we want as many people as possible to have that luxury if anything like that happens again. Without it, they would have been in a big predicament. This is important because many of our customers don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on something they “might” use. We try to tell them, “Hey, this might come on handy when you least expect it.”

As with all of our products, having some extra food stored away for a rainy day isn’t a bad thing, especially if you have children and don’t have the time to cultivate your own food. Knowing that the kids will be fed no matter any of the many aspects of life out of your control… that’s easy living.

Another question many customers ask when purchasing emergency food is, “How much do I need.” This all depends on your goals for your family and your budget. Truthfully, most come to us with an idea of what they want, and how much money they would like to spend. From there, we guide them in a step by step process of all the ins and outs of our mutual decisions.

Just tell us how long you want to feed your family in the case of an emergency, and we will tell you how much food you need for 3 meals a day, per person.

What Should I Do With Leftover Garden Food?

Many of our customers ask us what they should do when their garden produces a surplus. Usually, we tell them to can that food and put it away for the cold winter, and there are several ways to do that. However, if you have a huge surplus of food, which some people do, donating it is a great idea.

Some of our members have the means to donate their food to a local food bank or pantry. In rural Michigan, many of our community members put out a free farm stand in front of their house for neighbors to pick up and take food. This is also a good way to get some extra cash and develop a relationship with likeminded neighbors. Part of the VIP Solutions mission is to spread knowledge about how emergency preparedness and sustainability go hand in hand, and growing food is at the crux of both elements of VIP.

Pickling your food is one of the most efficient ways to ensure a long lasting shelf life and quality taste. Pickling has been used for centuries mainly due to the high amounts of nutrients that are kept inside the pickled food. Sometimes other methods of storing food can rid the produce of its inherent value.

Dehydrating and storing food is another great option. We have all tried the expensive dried fruits at specialty stores before, imagine doing that with food you and your family grew at home! We especially recommend this for families with your children, as the freeze dried food is often a hit with kids.
Freezing your extra food is another option. Cook it first, and then let it thaw and throw it in a soup. Vegetables are particularly good for cooking and freezing.

How Do I Keep a Garden Healthy During a Drought?

Although the Midwest has had decent rainfall the past few years, the United States as a whole has been in a bit of a drought. There are a few good ways to help your plants stay healthy and vibrant even during a drought –

Lawn clippings or hay as a covering layer can help trap moisture for your plants.

Keeping your plants in a shaded area helps keep them moist and healthy. High heat can really beat up a garden that has too little water.

If you really want to maintain good moisture for all your plants with little water, build your garden bed above the ground. This way moisture doesn’t filter into surrounding plants and grass, but is trapped in your garden bed.

Prune and Fertilize your garden less. Pruning can take a toll on the plant because it has to spend time and energy redistributive its energy or water. Letting the garden be a little mangy is a good thing with less water. Also, don’t both with the fertilizer, it will make your plants grow faster, but they will also need more water to do so.

Weed your soil and use organic scraps of food to fertilize. A banana peel is useful in the garden and not the garbage can.

Hugelkultur; What is it?

At VIP Solutions we truly want our community members to have the opportunity to customize their homes or businesses however they wish. Part of us being prepared to carry out any request is being well versed regarding emergency essentials. One of the biggest emergency essentials is food. Without food, everything else is put on hold. We want our customers to be at ease each and every day, knowing their family will have emergency food no matter what. So, here is a little info about a cool food growing technique that you might want to use at your home. It is specifically good for Michiganders and those who live in a climate that is always changing.

For us Michiganders, taking care of lawn clippings and leaves can be a hassle. Taking the time to collect leaves and grass can take a long time! Not only that, but spending all that time to just give something away is kind of silly. So, we think our time and energy should be put to use. Hugelkultur (hoo-gul-culture) which means hill in German, is the practice of creating a raised garden bed filled with biomass plant materials and other decaying wood debris. The leftover plant material and wood creates an incredible, long lasting nutrient base for your soil. Many places in the Midwest are naturally lush and rich. Huglekultur is specifically good for urban farming in cities because of its rich, long lasting fertilizer base.

Hugle bed experts recommend a taller bed for better plant growth. The standard height is about 3 feet tall, but beds as tall as 5 feet have been reported to work even better. Putting some kind of structure around very tall beds (above 5 feet) has worked well to give the plants breathing room and uphold the integrity of the grow bed.

The benefits of the raised grow beds are quite vast. Heat retention, great for those cold fall evenings, makes it specifically nice for Midwesterners. The mound set up also helps with water retention which is ideal for family looking to reduce water usage.

Huglekultur fits perfectly into VIP Solutions mission because it saves time, energy, takes what used what used to go to waste and provides long term nutrients for plants throughout the grow season.