The DOPE Farm Podcast #7

Weed of the Week

Poison Ivy: While not an edible plant it is important to know and be aware of this plant. Others you may also need to be aware of are Poison Oak and Poison Sumac. They all look different but contain the same irritant called urushiol which is what causes the rash associated with these plants.

Get familiar with these plants!!!

Facts About Poison Ivy The Engledow Group

Great video on Poison Ivy


Building on episode #6 I a going to discuss WATER! This is probably one of the most important subjects a Preparedness minded individual can learn. I am sure there are those that will debate me on this but this is my opinion. The ability to obtain, purify and store Potable water is as important as any other thing you can learn. Only second to shelter WATER it of the utmost importance!!

Ways to acquire water:

  • Catchment systems or Cisterns
  • Rivers, Creeks, Steams
  • Lakes, Ponds
  • Wells drilled and hand dug

Water purification.

Modern Survival Blog Bleach

American Prepper Network : What you need to know about water purification tablets.

5 myths about Water Storage by Emergency Essentials

Self Reliance Outfitters. Stainless Steel Bottle Cooking Kit.


Rescue Essentials Ankle Medical Holster

As part of my T&E of various medical ankle holsters I am going to post week to week what I am using and what my impressions are. This is not the end all be all as I plan to do a comprehensive list once the evaluation is complete.

The Rescue Essentials Ankle Medical Holster is a well built piece of kit. I work it everyday for a week and was very pleased with the comfort and stability. Because of its design I believe it allowed the pant leg to ride over it smoothly.

I was able to pack in a SOFT-T wide Gen3, Hyfin Chest seal, H&H Mini Compression bandage, and a Quick Clot bleeding control gauze. Additional I added 3 sets of Nitrile Gloves.

I would have no problem carrying this Ankle Holster every day with no issues. I would probably still be carrying it if I did’t have several others to test. It was/is very comfortable and you hardly know its there.

I will add much more detail and pics in the coming days.

The DOPE Farm Podcast #6

The DOPE Farm on Spreaker and on Itunes .

Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. Rule 4:

In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.

Weed of the Week: Elderberry

Elderberry article at Eat the Weeds

Elderberry On WebMD

Main Topic: Hurricane Preparedness

What is a Hurricane? NOAA’s National Ocean Service

Ready .GOV: Hurricanes

Flood mapping: FEMA Flood Smart

Some thoughts on general Hurricane preparedness:

  • Know your area! If you live in a flood prone area you should be aware. Check out the flood smart link above especially if you are new to an area. Ask your neighbors if flooding has been an issue in the past.
  • What kind of structure do you live in? House, Trailer, Apartment. Know if it will stand up to the force of a hurricane!
  • Know your evacuation routes and possible shelters in your area. If you must leave.
  • Have a couple weeks of non-perishable foods and as much water as you can possibly store! Water is almost more important than food. You can only live 3 days without water. The general rule of thumb is 1 gallon of water per person per day. That is just for drinking and food prep not cleaning or hygiene!!! You must have water!!
  • Have the means to prepare your food. You will need something to cook on such as a propane stove or grill with a burner. A Coleman stove would be a great addition! It can use small propane cylinders or you can get an adapter to use larger tanks. You can also use this to purify water of questionable purity.
  • If possible have a Generator. They can be invaluable to keep refrigerators and freezers from thawing out.
  • Have plenty of batteries. A USB charger is great to have every day! I like the ANKER brand on Amazon. I have had more than a few and they work great! Also have various AA, AAA, C, D batteries dependent on your needs for flashlights and such. DeWalt USB Adapter.

Gear Whores Gear Closet

Medical supplies! Have medical supplies. This may seem like a reoccurring theme on this page and on my podcast and well it is and will be! I believe that this is that important!!! I am about to embark on a T&E of several Ankle medical holsters or pouches or whatever you want to call them! I have four that I am pretty sure of on the way. At least two will be here Monday the 10 of 2019. As I stated in my previous post I submitted a request to a lot of makers and have gotten quite a good response. I look forward to getting started! It may take a couple months to get this done. I may do a weekly update on the various ones I get and do a compilation of them all at the end. For now get some supplies! Get a tourniquet and learn how to use it! Get some bandages and gauze to keep on you or in your vehicle! Get some training even if it is just a Red Cross CPR class or seek out a STOP THE BLEED class! It could save the life of someone you know!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255Available 24 hours everyday !!!!

Ankle Med kits!

So I have this idea about doing a Side By Side comparison of various ankle Medical carriers. I have reached out to just about every maker of them I could find and sent a request to do an evaluation of their product. We shall see who responds!

Currently I carry my EDC med gear in the cargo pocket of my TruSpec pants. I use a zipper pouch I got from Amazon to keep things together.

My EDC med “KIT”

While this is not the most comprehensive med kit, for EDC I think it is ok. I do keep a pretty well stocked AID bag in my vehicle since I live in a pretty rural area of Eastern NC. The closest Hospital is a 30+ minute drive away. While we do have an adequate 24hr clinic with a helipad I prefer to err on the side of caution.

I began carrying a Gen 5 (Now a 7) Cat tourniquet some years ago when I saw how careless my coworker is with a chainsaw. Dude makes me nervous for sure! Just two years ago we had a farmer in my local area get a pretty bad cut from a chainsaw. I recall the story of my uncle getting tagged with one almost 20 years ago while clearing a canal bank on a remote farm. The guy helping him at the time panicked and got the truck stuck in the soft soil and they had to use a tractor to get to the main road. While my uncle was fine after a bunch of stitches and some time to heal it could have been much worse! If I recall correctly all they had was a roll of paper towels to stem the bleeding.

In recent history there was a farmer in Nebraska that amputated his lowe leg to escape an auger. Local to me a young man got caught in an auger not too long ago. In both these cases they had to improvise a tourniquet. Both are lucky to be alive!

It is stories like these that justify the carrying of medical supplies every day! I hope to never need them but as the saying goes “It is better to have and not need than to need and not have!”.

I hope to get some good responses to my request so that I can provide a valuable and informative evaluation of the different Medical Ankle carriers that are out there!

Stay tuned!

The DOPE Farm #5 Discussion about the book “Survival Theory: A Preparedness Guide”

Download or Stream at Spreaker!

Rule #3 of George Washington’s “Rules Of Civility and Decent Behavior

Weed of the Week!

Cattails A Survival dinner! By Green Dean of EAT THE WEEDS.

Although I said I use the Peterson field guide, I actually use this one: Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 natural foods.

I found this one too and I will be adding it to my library: Peterson’s Field Guide Eastern/Central US

Main Topic:

Survival Theory: A preparedness Guide by Jonathan Hollerman

Available at Amazon

Gear Whores Gear Closet:

This episodes piece of Kit is the Yaesu 857D. This is a great all mode radio and well worth taking a look at for your communications needs!

Keeps rearing it ugly head!!!

Last night I was in a medical/stop the bleed webinar and in the chat someone asked about Feminine hygiene products for bleeding control.  Man this has got to stop… People in the prepardeness community have been lied to! I will post it again and again!!!

It was mentioned tha maxi pads could surfice but I want to see someone pack a wound with them! Curlex Gauze is not that expensive and probably easier to carry. If Tampons or Maxi pads are in your medical kit you are selling yourself short! I would rather see someone use a t-shirt or bed linens. With wound packing it’s about surface area and pressure. You have to pack the wound cavity as tightly as possible then hold pressure!

In a grid down, SHTF, or WORL a GSW is probably going to be fatal without extended care. Especially in the thoracic cavity. An extremity may not be but it will still be devastating!! Best bet is not to put yourself in a situation you may have to fight. I realize that may not always be possible so get training! Learn to fight! Learn your weapon system and Be Vigilant!!

As I have stated before I am not a medical expert in any way shoe form or fashion! I just want to see people in the prepardeness community thrive!

Be safe, get Dialed in!! GOD Bless you and GOD Bless America!!!

SUN Oven! Cooking with the power of the Sun!

I first heard about the Sun Oven on The Prepper Recon Podcast some years ago. Paul Munsen is the owner and operator of Sun Oven and below is from their “About” page:

About Us
Welcome to We are pleased you have chosen to spend some time with us. SUN OVENS International has a simple business model. We seek to help people in the U.S. save energy and prepare for emergencies while using a portion of our cash flow to promote SUN OVEN® cooking in deforested developing countries.
For the past 31 years, SUN OVENS® have been proudly made in the U.S. We believe in free enterprise and seek to take a private sector approach to helping solve problems, which are often left to governments and nonprofit organizations, by developing self-sustaining projects in Third World nations. We strive to assist entrepreneurs to make and market GLOBAL SUN OVENS® in the country in which they will be used. In addition, we assist in implementing projects to help orphanages to gain self-sufficiency through the sale of bakery goods sun-baked in VILLAGER SUN OVENS®.
The reason we are so passionate about our work in Third World nations is that it saves lives:
2.4 billion people still depend on wood, charcoal or dung for cooking fuel. Women who cook with wood or charcoal inhale the equivalent of smoking 3 packs of cigarettes each day. Each year, on the continent of Africa alone, over one million children under the age of 5 die from respiratory-related disease. The leading cause of respiratory infections is the indoor air pollution of cooking fires. Up to 85% of the smoke can be eliminated with the use of SUN OVENS®.
When you buy a SUN OVEN® you are helping us with our work. We think it is the ultimate win-win situation when we can help more people in the U.S. discover the joys of cooking with the sun as they help us expand the use of SUN OVENS® around the world.
PaulWe want to thank those of you who have bought SUN OVENS® for your important role. Without you, we could not be able to continue.
Warmly yours,
Paul M. Munsen
SUN OVENS International, Inc.

During the podcast Mark and Paul discussed the advantages of cooking with the sun. It was very compelling and I decided to get one. We used it a bit when we first got it just to try it out but as with all new toys once the newness wears off it can be quickly forgotten.

Sitting out here this morning watching the kids play on their Shark Slide and seeing how sunny it was I said to myself, “Self it’s very sunny…. you should get off your ass and get your Sun Oven out”. So I did just that!

I had to figure out what to cook since cookies and bread were out due to the fact I don’t eat that stuff (That is another whole post). So like any Red Blooded American man would do I choose BACON! I buy it 3 lbs at a time I have plenty!!!

I set the Sun Oven up and let it preheat.


Part of the setup is getting the Sun Oven lined up properly. This is facilitated with the use of these ingenuous blocks. Keep the sun lined up with the dot and you are good to go. You do have to adjust the oven from time to time to keep it at the optimal temperature. I have heard of people just setting them up flat in a general southerly direction. I like keeping mine aligned.


At 1001 hrs the starting temp showed 100 degrees.


I let it preheat for just shy of 30 minutes. This was at 1027 hrs.


Off to prepare the bacon for cooking! The system comes with enamle pots and a couple bread tins as well as these stacking racks for baking things such as cookies. Or BACON!


I put the bacon in and left it for about an hour and a half checking periodically to ensure the dots were still lined up and making small adjustments along the way.


As you can see there is a build up of moisture on the glass. I will open it from time to time to wipe it off to help with the heating. I will also leave the top latch off to allow moisture to escape but that also lets heat out.


This is the bacon at 1056 hrs. I wiped off the door and closed it back up leaving the top latch off.


Here we are at 1220 hrs and the sun is directly over head and the temperature is at 300 degrees. We are really cooking now! The bacon is bubbling.


At 1250 hrs I decided the bacon was done!! Notice the grease in the bottom of the oven. Next time I will use a small pan or something just to catch the drippings. BE VERY CAREFUL it is 300 degrees inside of this thing.

I am very pleased with how this thing works. They are not cheap! The full kit listed below can be found here. This kit sells for $399 with free shipping!

All Americanwith Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory PackageIncludes:
All American SUN OVEN®
Multi-Level Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set (set of 3 racks w/1 roll parchment paper)
Two Easy Stack Pots w/interchangeable enamel and glass lids
Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI)
Two Loaf Pans
SUN OVEN® Cookbook a specialty cookbook featuring 40 of our favorite recipes, techniques, and tricks of the trade to inspire your taste buds as you focus the sun on delicious meals
FREE Shipping within the Contiguous US via FedEx Ground (please provide a street address)

The Sun Oven is not the cheapest thing to add to your preps but having the ability to cook with virtually no smell and no fuel can be invaluable. The added benefit is that you can pasteurize water. The kit above lists the “Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurization Indicator” this could be an useful asset if clean fresh water is not available. Three days is all you can survive without water.

In all I think the Sun Oven is a valuable tool that would be useful in a bad situation. This is not something you would carry if you were on foot but for a fixed location it will fit your needs.

There are many pros to this system but what about the cons?

  • It is relatively heavy at 23 pounds for just the Sun Oven
  • It is a bit Bulky I do not see measurements on the site but when folded down the top 22.5″ by 20″ it stands 14 1/4″ in the back and 9 1/4″ in the front
  • It requires a relative sunny day

The Sun Oven site claims it will reach 400 degrees I have never personally seen that kind of temperature. Today, May 18, 2019, during my bacon cooking adventure the outside temperature at noon was about 95 degrees. There was no cloud cover. The highest I saw was 300 degrees. I did have one of the door latches open to help vent moisture so I am sure that had some affect on the max temp.

Paul Munsen has been a fixture at Prepper Camp in the past couple of years and I hope to see him again this year. You are going to Prepper Camp? Right!?! He is doing a lot of good around the world and a portion of this purchase will go to a good cause. Go to his site and check it out!

Now that I have the Sun Oven out I think I will try to use it more often as this tool is not just for use after a disaster but could be used every day. Thank you for taking the time to read this and please fell free to add your comments. I would love to hear your thoughts!