Sharing labor, skills, and equipment
I commented on @judsoncarroll4's thread Ruminations on the supply chain in light of the virus.... big stuff, actually and it got me thinking.
Here's my comment "We will have to band together, neighbor and neighbor, to share labor, skills, and equipment just like we did years ago."
We are, well we were before the virus, most likely the most mobile generation in history. Few of us live on property that also houses our parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, children, or in-laws. Some of us are getting a little long in the tooth to do what it will take to survive in a situation worse than this virus. We don't have other family close that can help us.
If/when it comes down to it, how will we get the necessary work done to survive? Do you have the skills, equipment, and physical ability necessary to do home butchering of poultry, rabbits, or a full sized hog or beef? Or are you going to have to buddy up with someone who can help in exchange for a share?
We all like to think it is our immediate family, those in our household, that will come first. But what about the little, old lady next door that can't garden any longer? Or the little, old man across the pasture that has rented his pastures or farm ground out because he no longer can tend it himself? Maybe even the stuffy middle aged couple who always complains that your flower bed is over run with weeds driving their property value down? Or the scruffy, dirty guy that is always working on his vehicle in his grease splattered driveway?
These days we don't always have an amicable relationship with our neighbors and may not even know their names. When you need an extra hand, or a skilled hand, what do you plan to do?