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Stocking Up on Staples

Time: January 15, 2011 at 9am to February 19, 2011 at 12pm
Location: Kate's House
Street: 52 Sodom Rd.
City/Town: Ithaca
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Phone: 277-7991
Event Type: stocking up
Organized By: Katie Quinn-Jacobs
Latest Activity: Feb 18, 2011

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Event Description

Winter is a great time for stocking up. Building resiliency into your home in the case of temporary or periodic shortages in the delivery of goods or services is something folks often think is a good idea, but don't always get around to doing. With the support of a group, you can take this "to do" off your list, meet some other families in your community and eat scones too.

This 2 part workshop will assist you to set up an individualized plan for your household's food staples and then implement it.

Part One (Saturday, Jan 15): Making a Plan & Group Ordering
- We'll gather round the dining room table, pull out the food calculators and work out a food storage & rotation plan for each participant's household. Then we'll aggregate the supplies needed and put together a group order of materials and food staples (wheat berries, oat groats, sugar, dried beans, salt, for example). We'll also have a brief tour of our family's food storage system and root cellar.

Part Two (Saturday, Feb 19): Storing Staples - We'll divide the group order we assembled in the first session and pack superpails together. Superpails are ideal for long-term storage of food staples, see sister site for details.

The cost of supplies and food will be prorated based on what you ordered during the first session.

Please be sure that you can attend BOTH sessions. Thanks!

And...I'll bake the scones!

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Comment by IthacaNancy on February 18, 2011 at 10:42pm
We WILL meet on February 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. to pack up a few pails together, to distribute the foods we purchased as a group, and to determine what packing supplies we each want to order based on the foods we bought this time (and perhaps what we think we might want in the future).
Comment by Katie Quinn-Jacobs on January 11, 2011 at 8:39am

This coming Saturday, Jan 15, is the first in a two-part workshop "Stocking Up on Staples."  We'll start at 9am sharp - coming a tad early is fine.  We'll finish at noon.  See everyone then! 


NOTE:  If your RSVP status has changed, be sure to update it on the event so I have an accurate head count for planning purposes.  Thanks!)

Comment by Beau Harbin on January 6, 2011 at 12:54pm
I am planning on attending but am most interested in just seeing how things go on something like this.  This is new to me so I am keen to learn but I am not sure if I ready to buy - I hope that is ok.  Thanks much.
Comment by Joey Diana Gates on October 27, 2010 at 1:01pm
Is anyone interested in sharing a ride. I come in from Mecklenburg and can probably get to downtown Ithaca, if anyone is going through.
Comment by Lucille Brocato on October 26, 2010 at 5:51pm
My attendance depends on the weather. Snow storm? But I desperately need to attend this. Not so much on group ordering because I am a low carber and few items will be useful to me. But I need to learn how to pack a superpail. I can bring my own supplies to part 2.
Comment by Thomas Shelley on October 26, 2010 at 5:18pm
Katie--This looks really great and is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Thanks! Tom
Comment by Katie Quinn-Jacobs on October 26, 2010 at 2:04pm
When the group gets together, folks can determine the specifics of what they as a group would like to order. Not everyone has to order the same thing, though I'm sure the group will want to leverage volume discounts. We just need to be sure that the items ordered are suitable for long-term storage. We'll talk about shelf life, etc at the 1st meeting.
Comment by Mark Norton on October 26, 2010 at 1:35pm
Some other possibilities for SuperPail storage:

Dried Peas

though I suppose they are essentially the same as dried beans. I think it's best to determine what you are likely to use. For us, that would be wheat, sugar, salt, and perhaps beans. So far, we don't used oats all that much.
Comment by IthacaNancy on October 26, 2010 at 12:53pm
I'm already looking forward to those scones, and also to seeing your stove up and running. Perhaps I can bring along some cider and grape juice

Thanks for putting this together.
Comment by Valerie McMartin on October 26, 2010 at 12:33pm
wow, it's good to plan this one way ahead of time since it's hard to figure out how much we use of these staples. Are these 5 items the only ones that are being ordered? Will you being doing white and brown sugar? will a superpail keep brown sugar from turning into a rock? what type of dried beans will you be doing (we don't use dried beans right now but i've been considering it)?

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