Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Just Another "Farm-Hand"

Hello to all! I wanted to briefly preface my soon-to-come posts by introducing myself.

I am a wife and mom in addition to many other titles that I hold: freelance writer, blogger, photographer, homeschool teacher, singer, guitar player, bass player and dinner-host when I can pull it off 😀.

I am originally from the Eastern Kentucky mountains, better known as the Appalachian region, where both sides of my family are from, for many generations back. They were land owners, farmers, businessmen, military men, lawmen, government officials, miners, saints of God and more. But they all had one thing in common. A vehement love for their families and land.

My grandfather, a business owner, sheriff, miner and pilot, tending his chicks.

Self-sustainability was a very important aspect of their lives, and grandparents passed it down to grandchildren, and the flow continues, even to this day. Even the wealthiest of my ancestors grew their own gardens, raised their own meat, and built their own farms and ranches, with only the help of other family members.

Plantation of my great-great-great grandfather, in Harlan County, Ky.

Cows were milked, chickens were protected against predators for eggs and meat, and when pig slaughtering time came around, it was a multi-family event. Not only was the meat butchered and put up, but the fat was rendered into lard and every piece that could be put to use was not lost or squandered. Many of the family farms had orchards, vineyards and huge garden plots. I remember my grandmother canning more than 500 jars of food, at least, each year.

Fast forward to my own life, and I find that I am much like the older generation. I put water back and stockpile the pantry, "just in case". I find, more and more often, that I have my grandmothers ability to use home remedies like medicine, using ingredients such as sassafras, plantain, cedar bark and so very much more. The cough medicine I make works far better than anything that can be purchased over the counter, though it doesn't taste much better.

I'm a pack rat too, just like my mother, grandmother and all those that came before. I save Ziploc bags, bread bags, twist ties, old clothes, single socks, bits of string and anything else that might possibly have some future use. And they usually do! Better safe than sorry, right?

And so, I pass along what I know to my own children, and any friends that will listen. In my own circle, it's not unusual to hear my friends say, "If anything bad ever happens, this is the first place I'm going to be!". They know that, as far as I am able, I will be prepared.

Would you like to get in on some of my secrets? I'll be glad to pass them on. You'd be surprised the things I could tell you about. So at some point, I will begin to share those, and look forward to passing the torch to the next interested person.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fresh Meat..

Let's get to know one another...not on a long stroll on the beach or loving candlelight dinners level. I mean really nitty gritty, let's get dirty together level. A level that goes beyond simple pleasantries and hopes to really know you, our audience, and what you need and want to know in order to survive and be self-sustaining.

A little about me. I am a husband, a father, and a nurse. I am a Christian-a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. I am a straight shooter, literally and figuratively, proficient in firearms and the tongue. It is my hope and the hope of our staff to be able to help the communities in which we live and play (because what's living without a little play too?).

I grew up in West Virginia, enlisted in the U.S. Army at 17 as a medic after graduating from high school. I attended West Virginia University, served a two-year religious mission for my church to the Philippines, and eventually got married and had some kids. Now, I live in Utah with my wife and three children and work in an emergency room as a nurse.

Somewhere along the way I decided that being a nurse would be the way that I pay the bills. I had hoped to become a nurse much sooner than I did but life has different ideas on how to reach an end point.
Along the way I have been a teacher, a preacher, a handyman, yardman, a soldier, farmer, treadmill inspector, and lots of other things. Each experience adding to my own body of knowledge. I can't say that all the experience has been pleasant but sometimes we just have to embrace the suck, make it our friend, and push through.
You think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man. By then it was nothing to me but blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me.
My knowledge base is derived from and includes:

- Emergency Nursing and EMS Systems
- Boy Scouting (Youth and Adult)
- Military medicine
- Basic farming and cultivation
- General labor and handiwork

I can only hope that through this experience we all can learn and grow together and hopefully are able to lean on each other when times get tough.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

The farm press Release. Please pass it around if you would. It may help.

May 31, 2017

Family Survival Farm
Kemp LaMunyon Sr.

Family Survival Farm Offers Fresh Organic Produce and so much more to the Walla Walla, Wa. Area

                Learning about nature, becoming familiar with animals and having a place to buy fresh produce may be hard to find in Walla Walla, Washington, but there is one place that hopes to have it all and so much more!  The Family Survival Farm wants to open its doors to the Walla Walla community.   In opening its doors to the community, they hope to provide food to the community in times of crisis.  They also envision being that place where people can come to learn about nature, animals and home-grown food. 

                The community can benefit from Family Survival Farm in a variety of ways.  The Family Survival Farm hopes to be a source that local food banks can count on as a food source.  Additionally, the public has the opportunity to buy fresh organic produce, and has the ability to interact with the farm as well.  The farm encourages “you pick it” days, school field trips and the chance to volunteer at the farm. 

                Even though The Family Survival Farm is just in the beginning stages, it is their hope to be a mainstay in the Walla Walla community for years to come!  For more information or to learn how to buy produce or to donate to their startup budget, please call Kemp at Email at