Mormonism, Satanism Repackaged …

We will take a look inside Mormonism,(, and are most grateful that YouTube offers videos presented by former Mormons(,who have been set free from this bondage by the Lord Jesus Christ. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!Confronting demonic doctrine(,whether within what today passes for evangelical Christianity, or false religious ideology of various sects is unpopular because well-known personalities (presidential or media)(,

pose as victims portraying us as “haters” merely for denying all roads lead to heaven. Mormonism’s founder claimed to see both God and Jesus, contrary to Scripture.







Moreover, Smith claimed to see an angel Moroni from whom he received the Book of Mormon, just as Mohammed claimed to receive the Qur’an. Anyone see the connection? The Bible warns of this possibility (  Gal 1:7-8, 2 Cor 11:14   )


Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

Whether we’re looking at business or politics, sports or entertainment, it’s clear we live in an era of self-celebration. Fame is equated with success, and being self-referential has become the norm. As a result we are encouraged to pump ourselves full of alarming self-confidence. Bluster and the alpha instinct, contends Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor of business psychology, often get mistaken for ability and effectiveness (at least for a while). It may well be why so many (incompetent) men rise ahead of women to leadership positions, as Chamorro-Premuzic argued in a recent HBR post.

Yes, we have scores of books, articles, and studies that warn us of the perils of hubris. The word comes from the Greek and means extreme pride and arrogance, generally indicating a loss of connection to reality brought about when those in power vastly overestimate their capabilities. And yes, many of us have also seen evidence that…

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Karl Marx-Atheist or Satanist?

Communist doctrine preaches atheism loudly, clearly, and consistently. This religious world view supposedly originated with Karl Marx, the Founding Father of Communism. Atheism is defined as “disbelief in or denial of, the existence of God”. Since this is the definition of atheism, a practicing Satanist cannot be an atheist. A Satanist believes in the existence of God and Satan, of Heaven and Hell. The Satanist( chooses, with his Free Will, to serve Satan, thus taking upon himself the characteristics of Satan, especially his unbelievable, supernatural, hatred of God, Christians, and Jews.




But, a Satanist will never be an atheist. (

Since Karl Marx has been depicted as the creator of the greatest atheist system in world history, we should expect that he did not believe in God at all. Surprise!! Marx was a practicing Satanist,( could not, therefore, be an Atheist. Karl grew up in a Christian family, and earlier in his life, confessed Jesus Christ as Savior. Consider this exerpt from a work Karl wrote as a youth: “Union with Christ could give an inner elevation, comfort in sorrow, calm trust, and a heart susceptible to human love, to everything noble and great, not for the sake of ambition and glory, but only for the sake of Christ”. What a wonderful expression of love and devotion to Jesus Christ!! None of us could have done better. When Marx graduated from high school, the following comment was written under the heading Religious Knowledge: “His knowledge of the Christian faith and morals is fairly clear and well grounded…” Thus, we know that Marx knew Scripture well. However, soon after high school, Karl began an abrupt shift toward the adversary, Satan. Again, this time in a poem, Marx writes, “I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above”. This statement is quite consistent with a Satanist,(, who believes in God, Who rules above, but who has made a personal decision to side with Satan against God. One of the key understanding of Satan is that he hates all mankind, and wishes them dead and in hell with him, simply and only because all human beings are made in the “image of God” (Genesis 1:26). Satan wishes eternal damnation for every human being God has ever created, even those people who serve him. Now listen to Marx:”…Yet I have power within my youthful arms- To clench and crush you (i.e., personified humanity)

with tempestuous force,

While for us both the abyss yawns in darkness.

You will sink down and I shall follow laughing,

Whispering in your ears ‘Descend,

come with me, friend'”.I cannot imagine a more terrible personal conclusion, that Marx knew, and accepted, the knowledge that he had made a lifelong choice for Satan and Hell. Reverend Wurmbrand( shows many instances in which Marx possessed great hatred for all mankind and wanted nothing more than to destroy it and to enjoy that destruction. Because our space is so limited, we will quote just one representative sample:With disdain I will throw my gauntlet

Full in the face of the world,

And see the collapse of this pygmy giant

Whose fall will not stifle my ardour.

Then will I wander godlike and victorious

Through the ruins of the world

And, giving my words an active force,

I will feel equal to the Creator

Again, we see the two Satanic(,characteristics of desiring to destroy all mankind and to become God or godlike.

Then Reverend Wurmbrand states his belief that Marx was actually possessed of demons, as he quotes Engel’s written statement that Marx was a “monster possessed by 10,000 devils”. This certainly explains Marx’s many evil statements and the evil fruits of Communism so amply displayed before the world. Wurmbrand then proceeds to document the many instances in which 20th Century Communist leaders have either practiced aspects of Satanism or have actually worshipped Satan. He succinctly states his conclusion, “Communism is collective demon- possession”. For our purposes, we have studied the above material simply to ask the following question. “If Karl Marx was a practicing Satanist, and demon possessed, he certainly believed in the existence of God.(, why did he supposedly write The Communist Manifesto, which established a system of Government and Economy professing absolute Atheism?” Wurmbrand unknowingly hits the truth squarely on the head when he states, “Marx’s chief aim was the destruction of religion. The good of the workers was only a pretense”. Remember our thesis, that Communism was created deliberately by the Masters of the Illuminati/Illuminist Freemasonry(,as the perfect Anti-Thesis to the Western Thesis (Capitalism) so that, according to the Hegelian Doctrine of Controlled Conflict, a planned protracted struggle between Thesis and Anti-Thesis would produce the new Satanic system, the New World Order.( We know that, in 1848, “a highly select body of secret initiates who called themselves the League of Twelve Just Men of the Illuminati, financed Karl Marx to write the Communist Manifesto.” If Illuminist Freemasonry really did create Communism, we should be able to see a firm connection with Freemasonry in Marx’s life. Reverend Wurmbrand shows us this link perfectly, when he states, “Giuseppe Mazzini, who knew him (Marx) well, wrote that he had ‘a destructive spirit’,…[but] he maintained his friendship with him. The Jewish Encyclopedia says that Mazzini and Marx were entrusted with the task of preparing the address and the constitution of the First International. This means that they were birds of the same feather…” Guisseppe Mazzini was an Italian Illuminist Freemason who, with Albert Pike (Supreme Leader of North American Freemasonry), received that supernatural vision that three world wars would be required to establish the New World Order. And here we see he and Marx cooperating in leading the First Internatlonal, the first global Communist conference, in 1864. This is firm evidence of Freemasonry in Karl Marx’s life. Mazzini and Marx were friends, which strongly suggests that they undoubtedly spent much time and effort discussing, planning and sharing ideas. Since Mazzini was a very influential Freemason, he would have logically been part of the plan to create the perfect Anti-Thesis to the Western Thesis to produce the desired Synthesis, utilizing the precepts of the Hegelian doctrine of Controlled Conflict Producing Controlled Change. The final part to this puzzle is the question as to whether there was any direct link between the German Professor Hegel and the German Karl Marx. There certainly was, as Reverend Wurmbrand states emphatically that Professor Hegel was Karl Marx’s first university professor! Marx even wrote a poem eulogizing Hegel. Wurmbrand has this to say about Professor Hegel, “Christianity has been satirized in Germany before Hegel. But, he was the first to satirize Jesus Himself….We are what we feed upon. Marx fed upon Satanic ideas; therefore, he set forth Satanic doctrine”. Our circle of understanding is now complete. Professor Hegel taught Satanic doctrine in his Controlled Change By Controlled Conflict, and he convinced a most enterprising pupil, Karl Marx. Marx and his friend Mazzini could very well have perfected the plan, or, if Marx had no direct input into perfecting the plan, he would have been willing to act as the mouthpiece to put it into public print. I personally believe Marx had little to no involvement in creating Communism, because he was so out of control in his personal life; however, he was the perfect disciple to serve as the mouthpiece for propagating the Anti-Thesis, Communism. One final note: Christian author and former Satanist/Illuminist, Doc Marquis, states emphatically that he was taught that Communism was created by the Illuminati. In fact, the very name, Communism is simply another way of expressing, Illuminism. This much is clear — Communism was created by Freemasonry as the perfect opposite system (Anti-Thesis) to the Western system (Thesis) to produce the desired system (New World Order). Karl Marx was a willing accomplice in publicly propagating this Satanic Plan, and Communist leaders from Lenin to Stalin to Mao Tse-tung, to Gorbachev have also been willing deceivers, all knowingly cooperating with Western leaders in a global plan to produce the New World Order.

But, now, you are no longer deceived!!

“We inadvertently stated that the name of the statute in Odessa, Russia. The statute was of Satan, and had the name, Baphomet underneath. However, our point was the same, that Communists were not atheists, but were secret worshippers of Satan. Communist leaders were secretly worshipping this statute.”


The Benefits of Rose Hip Syrup

A couple of decades ago it was the norm to give children a spoon of rose hip syrup to top up their vitamin levels and ward off colds. Then, almost overnight rose hip syrup vanished from the shelves due to the outcry that it was too sweet and damaging children’s teeth.

Admittedly it is sweet, very sweet, but the damage came from ill informed parents dipping pacifiers into the concentrated juice to soothe their little ones off to sleep.

Now, years later rose hip syrup re-appeared on pharmacy shelves. It was re-branded and was not as you would expect in the childrens or (vitamin )sections of the pharmacy. No, it was in with the highly expensive supplements section lauded as a major step forward in the treatment of arthritis.

The price of a small bottle of rose hip syrup has rocketed, almost a 1,000% increase now it is a ‘cure’ for something that affects so many.( Big Pharma strikes again. )
This has given birth to a plethora of preparations, many of them tablets stating that they ease the pain of arthritis. Most of these things have no effect at all as there is little of the active ingredients left. Fresh, unadulterated rose hip syrup on the other hand has a good deal going for it.

Personal experience and the trying of dozens of products tells me that rose hip syrup eases arthritis pain. For me at least. In addition, it still provides a decent vitamin boost for the young, the old, the infirm and anyone in between.

Making your own rose hip syrup is by far the cheapest way to secure your supply. Its simple and tastes great as well as having the benefit of no additives or fillers put into it.

As well as vitamin C, rose hip syrup provides a welcome boost of vitamin D, something that should be welcomed when our exposure to sunlight is minimal and our vitamin D manufacture is at its lowest. Vitamin A is naturally present in the hips so pregnant women should seek medical advice before taking rose hip syrup. Although a single spoon is unlikely to cause damage if the pregnant woman is already eating a diet high in vitamin A problems could occur.

Excessive vitamin A during pregnancy can cause blindness in the baby. There is a small amount of calcium and bioflavonoids that all become bioavailable when the hips are prepared as a syrup.

Any rose hips can be used, including those from wild briar roses in hedgerows. Wait until the hips are softened by the first frosts and the process is quicker and easier.


A Slap in the Face at a Gas-fired Power Plant

Originally posted on Power Plant Men:

Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”  Thanks to my high school math teacher Robert Burns, I have always admired Archimedes.  I remember the day he was talking about him in class, and he was explaining how Archimedes had sat down in the bathtub and when the water overflowed, and he suddenly realized how to calculate the volume of the king’s crown, he jumped out of the tub and ran down the street in his birthday suit yelling “Eureka!  Eureka!”  Meaning… I have found it!  I have found it!  I especially remember Mr. Burn’s eyes tearing up as he told this story.  To Mr. Burns, mathematics was an adventure.  He instilled this love into me.

So, how does a discussion about Archimedes tie into a story about a Gas-fired Power Plant in central Oklahoma?…

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The New Moscow: Old Style Civilization

On July 1 last year, with the stroke of a pen, Moscow grew by 2.4 times and went from the 11th biggest city in the world to the sixth in terms of space.

The reason evoked for the enlargement of the capital was to avoid it becoming too homocentric, as well as to help resolve transportation, housing and ecological issues by moving key elements of the federal government to the added territory, which is being called New Moscow.

The space taken from the Moscow region includes a range of cities and villages situated in the southwest, between the Varshavskoye and Kievskoye shosses, as well as the Skolkovo technopolis, the residential area situated in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye and even a venerable stud farm at the end of Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse — the road on which President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev live.

But New Moscow is not just about politics and business. There are plenty of alluring places that can motivate a center dweller to pass the Moscow Ring Road and begin exploring.

The old days of the empire are reflected in numerous historical estates, while the modern world shines in the steel and glass of the innovation city. Meanwhile, traditional cozy dachas border fenced-in enclaves containing the spacious and often ostentatious homes of the elite. Whichever you prefer, the New Moscow is fraught with contrasts and places of interest.


The dacha complex of Peredelkino, located eight kilometers from the MKAD, is an epicenter of classical Russian countryside culture. You can get there in 23 minutes on the commuter train from Kievsky Station.

What makes Peredelkino really special is its glorious history steeped in the meetings and debates of many writers of the Soviet Union. In 1934, on the advice of Maxim Gorky, the Soviet government created a colony of writers by building 50 dachas in this area next to Moscow. A House of Creativity, which is a hotel and restaurant, was also set up to welcome all other novelists, poets and essayists who did not get a dacha of their own.

Here, writers could easily get together to recite or even sing their words, while providing mutual inspiration.

But you can become intimately acquainted with several of the fortunate heavy-hitters who had their own homes in Peredelkino, by visiting their museums.

For MT

Vladimir Zhidkin,
Head of the Department for the Development of the New Territories of Moscow

Q: How can the new territories help resolve housing and traffic problems?

A: The town-planning potential of the new territories is 100 million square meters. Out of these, 40 million are dedicated to housing. This will help to solve the housing problem as well as to offload the old Moscow, which will have a positive impact on traffic jams. But these objectives should be viewed from a multi-year perspective.

Q: How do you plan to develop roads and housing in the New Moscow?

A: The large urban development potential of the New Moscow does not mean that multi-story buildings will be built rapidly. The basic principles of the long-term development of the New Moscow include: low-rise and environmentally-friendly buildings, modern social infrastructures — a sufficient number of schools, hospitals, kindergartens — proactive development of the road infrastructure, the creation of many parks and recreational areas, and the creation of jobs directly in the new territories in order to avoid the necessity for people to have to go to work in the old Moscow.

These principles form the basis for the development of a new master plan and territorial planning scheme which should be ready by the end of 2014, and the territorial planning designs by mid-2013. Most important is the road network. Without that, it will not be possible to assimilate the new territories.

Q: What will the New Moscow look like within 10 years?

A: The New Moscow that was presented in March in Cannes at the MIPIM exhibition included very modern and creative projects such as residential areas as well as administrative and business centers. Beautiful houses and a comfortable area with such neighborhoods will create a truly comfortable environment for people who will live there. My dream is that the New Moscow will look exactly like that within 10 years.

Q: What are the most successful businesses situated in the new territory?

A: New Moscow is sparsely populated. There are no big industries. The only exception is the city of Troitsk, but this is a federal academic center, which has its own unique qualities. In the future, from 500,000 to 1 million new jobs could be created. These will materialize mainly at administrative and business centers, shopping and entertainment centers, and small and medium businesses.

— Chloe Schmitt

Start with the somber house of Boris Pasternak, whose interior walls are adorned with paintings by his father, Leonid Pasternak. After receiving the dacha, the writer lived there almost constantly until his death. Here he finished writing his masterpiece “Doctor Zhivago,” for which he received the Nobel Prize that he had to reject because of pressures exerted on him by the Soviet authorities.

If you are lucky, you can catch one of the more thespian guides who will spontaneously break out into long passages of memorized Pasternak poetry.

In the home of popular children’s writer Kornei Chukovsky’s , you will awaken your inner child the moment that you cross the threshold. There is no doubt that this place is very much influenced by the imaginative world of the author, from the presence of a “miracle tree” decorated by pairs of shoes in the garden, to the words of verses from “The Monster Cockroach,” “The Crocodile” and the hardly translatable novel “Moidodyr” (“Wash-‘em-Clean”) that you will have the pleasure of hearing during your visit. The author liked to gather young people in the house, read them his poetry and prose, and play games with them.

While walking to the next museum, the dacha of Bulat Okudzhava , feel the contrast between his modest residence and the grandiose million-dollar properties of the wealthy Russians who have invaded Peredelkino. Once you reach the multitalented artist’s estate, you’ll see the little house on the left where the poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter, used to live. Then explore the second building — the House of Friends — where he met with other artists, including popular singer Vladimir Vysotsky and the poet Bella Akhmadulina. Okudzhava liked to give poems as presents and very much valued friendships. Visitors are encouraged to come by during the summer to attend events in the garden, where it is possible to listen to the verses of modern poets.

A Peredelkino visit is not complete without making it to the Museum Gallery of Yevgeny Yevtushenko. The poet, currently a professor at the University of Tulsa in the U.S., decided to transform his property into a museum. In the basement, three rooms display the pictures he took at different periods of his life and his collection of paintings including the works of some well-known masters: Picasso, Fernand Léger, Braque, Chagall and Niko Pirosmani. During the excursion, your guide will tell you stories about how he acquired them. On the upper floor, his worktable, family pictures and other personal objects, including a cane offered by Mark Twain are on display.

Finally, near the railway station you can also see the impressive residence of the Russian Orthodox patriarch, the Savior Transfiguration Church and a cemetery including the graves of Pasternak, Chukovsky and Arseny Tarkovsky.

Historical Estates

In the New Moscow, when driving south out of town on Kievskoye Shosse you can make side trips to historical estates of many different styles, most of which are now suffering from abandonment or in complete ruin. Ten kilometers from the MKAD, on the river Likova, sits the well-preserved Verkhneye Valuyevo usadba, or estate house — a fine example of classicism. Further along, at the 19th kilometer, you can see the ruins of the English-style Kryokshino estate. This was the home of Vladimir Chertkov, an editor and close friend of Leo Tolstoy.

Here, the famous writer penned the novels “The Stranger and the Peasant,” “It Is Time to Understand,” “Discussion With a Stranger” and “What Is the Main Task of a Teacher” as well as his testament prescribing that all his work should become part of the public domain rather that falling into private hands.

On the other side of Kievskoye Shosse, at the 22nd kilometer, next to Pervomaiskoye village, the empire style Staronikolskoye estate makes a rather gloomy spectacle since it has been burned and mostly destroyed. On the same territory, a rich industrial family, the Bergs, constructed a compound that includes a manor, a farmyard, a coach house and a water tower — although most of the buildings are now in ruins. For the time being, there is no plan to restore these properties and there are few chances that it will be a priority in the future.

Moscow Stud Farm No. 1

Towards the end of Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse, 24 kilometers northwest of the MKAD, another small exclave, on which is located Moscow Stud Farm No. 1, has been incorporated into New Moscow.

Its headquarters is in Uspenkoye settlement while the riding rink is down the road in Gorky-10. To get there, take bus 121 from the Molodyozhnaya metro station.

The Moscow Stud Farm was originally set up as a breeding farm in 1924, and distributed horses to research centers. At the beginning of the 20th century, one of its main tasks was to improve the Orlov race trotter breed, which was originally bred to thrive in the conditions of Russia’s climate and be a workhorse for peasants. Gradually, the goal of improving its racing skills faded, and breeders focused on its sporting skills.

The farm has welcomed prominent guests throughout its history, including scientists, artists, politicians, sportsmen and cosmonauts. Famous visitors include Fidel Castro, Leonid Brezhnev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, who came for a rechristening of the farm in 2008 and was presented with a horse called Albatross.

The scenery and energy of the place is known to lifts spirits and provide good karma, which explains why cosmonauts were often brought to the Stud Farm before their spaceflights and why the Soviet national ice hockey team came here before important games abroad.

VTB and Akron, the owners of the facility and the land it sits on, plan to modernize the facility and eventually turn it into a national equestrian park. This ambitious project will help see infrastructure and housing develop on the site.

Tourists who like horses can make an appointment by phone at least a day in advance to visit the farm, where they can ride a horse for 1,500 rubles ($48) for 45 minutes or a pony for 650 rubles for 20 minutes. There are also 645 cows on the site producing 10,000 liters of milk a day.

Skolkovo Technopark

The Skolkovo campus is just two kilometers outside the MKAD off Mozhaiskoye Shosse. It is the brainchild of former President Dmitry Medvedev and is seen as a symbol of his efforts to make technology a key part of the GDP. Two years after inception, it is still under construction — at one point having been selected to host the G20 meeting at the end of this year, until organizers realized that not enough work would be completed on time.

For now, the site hosts the campus of the Skolkovo School of Management in its futuristically styled headquarters and a conference center called the Hypercube.

French architectural firm AREP won the tender to design the overall campus, where there will be educational facilities, R&D laboratories of domestic and foreign firms, and housing for scientists, students, teachers and staff.

The territory is divided into five parts corresponding to the clusters that will be developed on the site: information technology, energy, nuclear technologies, biomedicine and aerospace. Skolkovo innovation city is set to become an example of how future metropolises should look: modern, energy efficient, with low or zero emissions of harmful substances.

If science and innovation interests you, consult the program of conferences of the Skolkovo Foundation, To get to the campus by public transportation, take shuttle buses 818 or 523 that depart from Kievskaya metro station (Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya Ulitsa) and metro Slavyansky Bulvar, heading for the Moskovskaya Shkola Upravleniya bus stop.


There is one city now part of New Moscow that does not welcome random visitors: Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye has been called the “city of millionaires” or “a shining ghetto” and offers the well-heeled a chance to live in a “European city,” as its website states, with small houses, nice parks and all necessary facilities.

It was founded in 2003 when businessman and Senator Suleiman Kerimov bought 430 hectares on the Moscow River at three kilometers from the MKAD, just off Novorizhskoye Shosse. After the 2008 crisis, Sberbank became the new owner of this private city. The area will eventually have 5.4 million square meters of constructed space, including 1.9 million square meters of office space, 1.8 million square meters of private housing and the rest dedicated to restaurants, shops and public infrastructure. The total cost of the project could come to $11 billion. Additional investments should be made to improve the road infrastructure and connect this piece of land to the suburban network. The construction will be done in phases and should be complete by 2025. The official website gives you an idea about how this dream town is slated to look in a few years.

Where to eat

In Peredelkino, you can enjoy a budget meal at the cafeteria of the House of Creativity. For 300 rubles ($9), you will get a drink, a salad, soup and a main dish.

If you would like to have a higher quality meal and are ready to spend 1,000 to 1,500 rubles per person, you can go to the Solntse restaurant in the same building and enjoy their view from their terrace, if the weather allows it.

Near the estates, at kilometer 51 of Kievskoye Shosse, the Dubrava restaurant, founded in 1973, used to welcome Soviet delegations. A meal costs up to 1,500 rubles. Monday to Sunday: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.

At the Moscow Stud Farm No. 1, you can have a snack in the cafe at the riding stables, or you can choose to cross the street and eat in the restaurant-hotel Zolotoi Kupol which serves a large choice of Russian and Georgian dishes for an average price of 400 to 600 rubles.

In Peredelkino, you could choose to stay overnight in the House of Creativity (4 Ulitsa Pogodina, in one of the bedrooms where the writers used to sleep and work for 1,300 rubles per night or in the new wing for 1,800 rubles per night.

Near the territory of the Stud Farm, you can stay in the Zolotoi Kupol in a single room for 3,500 rubles per night or in a two-bed suite for 4,000 rubles per night.


Best Staple Crops for Building Food Self-Sufficiency

To rely on your garden to feed your family, you need to grow staple crops — those foods that are the basis of the human diet. The best staple crops for building food self-sufficiency should be easy to harvest and store, return good yields, and be calorie-dense to provide the food energy from carbohydrates that you need each day. (See our Crop Yield and Calorie Density chart for a comparison of the staple crops discussed in this article.) Most of the 10 staples spotlighted here are also rich sources of other nutrients.

In her book The Resilient Gardener, homesteader and seed breeder Carol Deppe provides in-depth information about staple crops, and names potatoes, corn, beans, squash and eggs as the “five crops you need to survive and thrive.” I’ve expanded on that list, adding wheat, sweet potatoes, peanuts, cabbage, collards and kale. To show yield comparisons between these staple foods, I’ve used the average crop yields and servings-per-pound numbers from the charts in my previous MOTHER EARTH NEWS article, A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency (October/November 2012). The calorie references are from John Jeavons’ book How to Grow More Vegetables, a worthwhile resource for anyone interested in food self-sufficiency.
Food storage and preservation qualities are key aspects to consider when selecting staple crops to increase your household’s food security. I love to grow food that doesn’t require fossil fuels to preserve and store it. The puzzle then becomes where and how to store it. Check your house carefully for good food-storage areas. I’ve found that a bottom kitchen cabinet is often 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler during winter than the kitchen itself. I store potatoes, sweet potatoes and squash there. You might also have a closet in a spare room that stays cool. Find more creative food storage ideas at Food Storage: 20 Crops That Keep and How to Store Them.Potatoes (along with grain corn) will give you the most calories for the least space. They are easy to grow — just bury a piece of potato about the size of an egg with a couple of “eyes” on it in the ground in a 4-inch-deep furrow. In climates with cool summers, plant early, midseason and late varieties two to three weeks before your last spring frost date. Potatoes will be ready to harvest in about 65 to 90 days, depending on the variety.

Sweet potatoes, with their high beta carotene content, are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They love the heat, but you can grow them as far north as Canada.

I’ve found I can keep potatoes in a basket, covered with newspaper, in the house or a shed. In October, I transfer the potatoes to plastic boxes with holes drilled in them for ventilation, and then store the boxes in the crawl space under my house. I store sweet potatoes in baskets in a relatively cool area of the house, or in the plastic boxes under the house. Generally, potatoes do best stored at 40 to 55 degrees, and sweet potatoes do best at 55 to 60 degrees.
Providing grains for your table is satisfying, and growing corn is about as easy as it gets.

There are three main types of corn: flint, flour and dent. Flint corn is suited to cooler, wetter climates and is the most difficult to grind. Flour corn, grown by American Indians in the Southwest, is the easiest to grind. Dent corn is characterized by the dent in the top of each kernel. Common field corn is dent corn, and, unfortunately, almost all of it is now genetically engineered.

You can grind all types of corn for cornmeal, but flint corn makes the best polenta, johnnycakes and puddings, and flour corns are best for bread and pancakes. I’ve been growing ‘Bloody Butcher,’ a dent corn, for at least 20 years, and I use it mainly for hot cereal. Deppe has developed her own corn varieties for specific uses, such as ‘Cascade Ruby-Gold’ for johnnycakes and quick-cooking polenta.

The grain corn you grow and process yourself will be more nutritious than what you can buy, and you can harvest roughly 30,000 calories from 100 square feet of planted corn. ‘Floriani Red Flint’ is a variety that originated in North America, was taken to Italy (where it flourished for centuries), and has now been brought back to the States. Tests have shown that ‘Floriani Red Flint’ has higher nutrient values — including almost twice the protein, and more than three times the magnesium and phosphorus — than the de-germed yellow cornmeal available in the supermarket.

Look for open-pollinated varieties and save your seeds. If stored carefully, seeds from flint and dent varieties can be saved for five to 10 years or longer.

Learn More: Find out how to harvest and shell grain corn on my blog at Homeplace Earth. Learn all about ‘Floriani Red Flint,’ a truly exceptional corn, at ‘Floriani Red Flint’ Heirloom Corn.

Homegrown Wheat

An interest in heirloom wheat varieties has emerged among growers in recent years, and your garden is the perfect place to try them out. Heirloom varieties tend to grow taller, have more extensive root systems, and can be higher-yielding in organic systems than modern wheats. Some people who normally have an intolerance to gluten can reportedly eat heirloom wheat varieties. Eli Rogosa, director of the Heritage Wheat Conservancy, has been doing extensive work to make these older varieties more widely available. Find out more at Heritage Grain Conservancy.

Often with heirloom varieties, you pay more for a small amount of seed, and it’s then up to you to grow them out to increase your supply. Winter wheat is planted in fall and harvested the following summer. I harvest wheat in June in my Zone 7 garden. In areas with winters too harsh for winter wheat, gardeners can opt to plant spring wheat instead.
To plant wheat, I broadcast seeds into a garden bed and then chop the seeds in with a rake or cultivator to cover them. Come harvest time, I use a Japanese-style sickle to cut the stalks. The initial yield of straw and grain must then be separated, or “threshed,” which you can do using a plastic baseball bat or your feet. The wheat then needs to be winnowed to remove the chaff, which you can accomplish by pouring the wheat and chaff from one bucket to another in front of a fan. After you harvest your wheat, the stubble remaining in your garden beds will be loose and the soil will be soft. You can put in your next crop without removing the stubble.

At a yield of 6 pounds of wheat per 100 square feet, you could grow enough wheat in just 800 square feet to keep you supplied with a loaf of fresh bread each week for a year. Store whole grains of wheat in enclosed jars in a cool, dry place, grinding as needed, or grind grains into flour in larger batches and store the flour in your freezer.

Learn More: Get the lowdown on creative wheat-threshing processes at Grains in Your Garden. Go to All About Growing Winter Grains for a guide to growing winter grains.

Staples Crops: Dry Beans

Dry beans, or legumes, are a mainstay of food plans. With an average yield of 3 to 5 pounds per 100 square feet, you won’t get rich growing this crop for market, but you will richly enhance your food stores. Beans contain more than 1,500 calories per pound, and you can expect about 13 (soybeans) to 17 (favas) servings per pound. Bush varieties have a shorter maturation time than pole varieties do, so grow bush beans if you want a concentrated harvest. Good cool-weather legume crops are peas, favas, garbanzos and lentils. All other beans grow best in warm weather. Stored properly, you can keep bean seeds for several years, but for cooking, they are best if used within a year.
From speckled and oval to tiny and brightly colored, a long list of descriptors could be applied to the plethora of bean varieties out there. Black beans, red beans and limas are a few popular kinds. Experiment until you find a few varieties that grow well in your garden.

Searching for a dry bean crop to grow for my pantry, I tried pinto beans and wasn’t successful. Pintos do well in regions with low humidity, hot days and cool nights. When I focused on what does best in my region, however, everything clicked. I found that cowpeas — sometimes known as “Southern peas” or “crowder peas” — are better suited to the hot, humid conditions here in Virginia, and they’re not bothered by bean beetles. The average yield in the United States for pinto beans is 4 pounds per 100 square feet. For cowpeas, it’s 3 pounds, but my cowpeas generally yield from 3 to 5.5 pounds per 100 square feet, with my top yield being 6.3 pounds.

For her garden in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Deppe has bred ‘Fast Lady Northern Southern Pea,’ an early, northern-adapted cowpea. Tepary beans, a drought-resistant species, do well in the hot, dry climate of the Southwest.

Harvest beans when the pods are dry, and store the pods in sacks you can then hang in a shed (old pillowcases work well). You can thresh your harvest by hitting the sacks with a stick to separate beans from pods. Store the cleaned beans in jars in the pantry alongside your corn and wheat.

Protein-Packed Peanuts

Native to tropical South America, peanuts don’t grow well everywhere, as they need ample water and 110 to 140 days of hot weather to yield a good crop. Traditionally, they do best in the southern United States, but climate change has created longer growing seasons, which means they may now do well even farther north than they did previously. If you can grow them, peanuts are worth it. They are rich in protein and have more pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) — which is needed for the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats — than any other food except liver. Plant peanuts about a month after your last frost, and allow at least 110 days to maturity. You can shell them to eat or press them for cooking oil.

When you dig peanuts, the pods will cling to the plants, allowing you to hang the whole bunch to dry. After a few weeks, you can pick off the nuts. I store peanuts (still in their shells) in an old crock in my pantry. Eat them within a few months.

Winter Squash

Winter squash, rich in fiber and vitamins A and C, include several species: Cucurbita maxima, C. mixta, C. moschata and C. pepo. Here in Virginia, I grow ‘Waltham Butternut,’ a moschata, and have kept some for as long as a year before eating. The moschata types are more resistant to vine borers and disease, but they usually need a longer, warmer season than do maxima and pepo squash. During the cool summers in Oregon, Deppe is fond of growing ‘Sweet Meat — Oregon Homestead,’ a maxima variety that reaches 16 to 24 pounds.

Winter squash yields 50 to 91 pounds per 100 square feet, on average. I plant butternut squash at the base of a compost pile so that the vines grow over it, discouraging weeds. My best yield using that method was 177 pounds per 100 square feet!

You can store winter squash in a shed until frost, eventually moving them to a frost-free location by the time the weather turns cold. If you’re short on squash-stashing spaces, simply use them to make a colorful fall or winter display right in your kitchen. Check your squash — along with your potatoes and sweet potatoes — every couple of weeks, and use or remove any that are starting to turn bad.

Cabbage, Collards and Kale

Cold hardiness and health-giving qualities are why cabbage makes this list. It can stay in the garden late into fall and store in a root cellar or cold greenhouse. Sauerkraut, a fermented food rich in vitamins and probiotics, is a traditional means of preserving cabbage, and your kraut can keep in a crock for months. Collards and kale — members of the cabbage family — are cut-and-come-again crops, and with a little safeguarding, depending on where you live, you can harvest these crops all through winter. In a sense, the winter garden can “store” these crops for you thanks to their cold hardiness — and having fresh greens on hand even in the dead of winter rounds out a staple-crop plan nicely.

Collards and kale are nutritional standouts because of their impressive calcium content. The recommended daily intake of calcium for adults is 1,000 milligrams (mg), and many of us don’t get that much. One cup of cooked-from-raw collards provides 266 mg of calcium, or about 26 percent of your recommended daily dose, which is about the same amount of calcium as one cup of whole cow’s milk. One cup of cooked-from-raw kale has 93.6 mg of calcium, or about 9 percent of the recommended daily amount.
Selecting Varieties

For some good varieties to start with, see Recommended Staple Crop Varieties for Your Region. Begin by growing these tried-and-true varieties to build up your food supply as you continue learning about growing, harvesting, storing and cooking these staple crops. You’ll want to discover something that works well for you so you can compare it with the new varieties you’ll try later. Read seed catalogs carefully, inquire at your local cooperative extension service, and talk to other gardeners to find out which crops and specific varieties grow best in your area. No matter which varieties you single out as favorites, you’ll find that growing staple crops for your table adds a new, satisfying dimension to your gardening and your diet.