My grandparents were all farmers and lived through the Great Depression in the Midwest. My parents both grew up on farms and came from large families. While my folks would not label themselves today as preppers, they would consider themselves as independent and self-reliable. In order to understand my journey as a prepper, you have to go back a few years. Early into my parents’ marriage, my dad just got out of the navy and worked in various cities and towns, from Texas to Minnesota. The largest town we lived in was Minneapolis, but usually we lived in towns with a population of around 100,000 people. As the family grew, there was a desire for my parents to move to an acreage, to get a large farmhouse, and to raise some animals. By the early 1980s they were able to purchase an acreage that was homesteaded in the late 1800s and was located in rural South Dakota. It was about 8 acres, had a barn, chicken coop, and two-story house. It was located at least 20 miles from any town over 1,000 people. The acreage was situated on a high water table, so we had an outdoor well and had a sand point well for the water in the house.
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