The Prepper’s Guide to Self-Sufficiency and Independence: Lynette Zang’s Spring Farm Tour


Are you worried about the future and want to be more self-sufficient and independent? Join Lynette Zang, on a tour of her urban farm as she shares her prepping tips for Food, Water, Energy, Security, Barterability, Wealth Preservation, Community, and Shelter. Learn how she diversified her food sources and grew medicinal plants while also installing her security shutters and solar panels for energy. Discover how you can prepare for an uncertain future and go Beyond Gold and Silver.


I’m Lynette Zang, Chief Market Analyst at ITM Trading, and very proud and very happy that I’ve been a prepper and it’s Spring at the farm. And so I’m gonna show you all of the mantra Monday pieces here at the farm. And then when we go up north, I don’t think it’s so springy there, but we’re gonna be going up in a couple of days. And so I’ll show you the difference between the two because what it really does enable me, aside from a bug out location, is actually the ability to have lots of different produce 12 months out of the year.

If you think that the world is headed in a direction that makes you a bit concerned for the future and you’d like to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible, then you’ve come to the right place. My name is Lynette Zang. Now it’s time to go Beyond Gold and Silver.

This is really my favorite time of the year here because number one, the weather’s gorgeous, but everything is waking up. So here’s, I mean, take a look at these almonds. So you know one of the keys is food. So it’s Food, Water, Energy, Security, Barterability, Wealth Preservation, Community and Shelter. So we’ll start with food, which is obviously also barterable. There’s little baby plums on here. Let’s see, sometimes they’re a little hard to see because they’re just, here’s one because they’re just coming out. Can you see that? It’s got a little, there we go. Can you see it? There’s another one. All these beautiful little plums. Now understand anything that is physical is also barterable the pecans. So, you know, it’s a combination of protein and fruit and everything else, to be honest with you. But we’re gonna have some beautiful food for the eyes as well as food for the stomach. Keep in mind that I live my life looking at nasty, ugly stuff. So I think that coming out here and being surrounded by this beauty as well is so good for mental health and really important. So food for the eyes, food for the stomach.

And look at my peaches hello baby. Look how beautiful you love these peaches. This is like the best peach tree. So yummy medicinals, right? Because food and medicine are critically important. So this happens to be aloe, this is eucalyptus, this is bay. So we’ve got a lot of medicinal pieces on here as well, and pretty soon we are going to have incredible mulberries. See all of ’em? I mean, the tree is just covered so delicious. And when I was putting things in, what I tried to think about is what would mature when, so that every month there is something that is ripe and edible and ready to be eaten. So when you’re planting trees out, consider that, you know, they’ll tell you when things are maturing. And of course more look at this, this is my this is my Asian pear and I got a few of them last year. This has been in since 2013, but now I think it’s getting what it really needs. So hopefully I will have a few yummy pears. This is probably, if I were, if I were gonna plant only one thing, quite honestly, it would be the moringa hedge because moringa has so much nutritional density, you could actually live off of it. Now, it doesn’t like freeze, it doesn’t like super cold weather. So if you’re growing it up north, you’re gonna have to have it in a pot that you can bring inside. But I mean, you could live off of this with calcium, protein, everything else. Let’s go to the water.

We’ve looked at Food…Water. There’s no chemicals in here, you know, I mean, I like to practice what I preach. I can’t tell you to do something that I’m not personally doing. We’ve got food, water now, we’ll go upstairs and see the energy. That doesn’t really work. It works much better up at the cabin, but it was an attempt. So, you know, you attempt things. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t work. But you never, ever, ever give up. I never, ever, ever give up. So Food, Water, Energy, Security.

Okay, I’m gonna show you the security. Okay? So for security, aside from the other things I’ve shown you in the past, I wanted to show you my security shutters. You can see it just has like this little box in here. And then what do I do? I just push the buttons and they start to go down. You could probably hear ’em.

So for energy, I’ve put the solar panels on this house. It’s a good option. They don’t work as well as I frankly would like them to work. However, that was like one of the very first things that I did. And of course, up at the cabin, I’m gonna show you where we’ve really taken that to the absolute next level. And we’ll continue to do it as over time, presuming we have the time, but at least at this point. So energy. So now we’ve covered Food, Water, Energy, Security, Barterability, because anything physical or any talent you have is barterable.

This is the community part as well to the mantra, because honestly, it takes a village. No one person has the time or the bandwidth to do absolutely everything. I am fortunate in my position that I, that I’m able to gather this community around me. But the reality is, is anybody and everyone needs to be gathering community around you. And there are simple ways to do that no matter where you live, no matter who you are, because there are community gardens, there are meetup groups. So get involved, create that community. Now he is now Jason, chef Jason is getting ready to make me some fresh coconut milk. I don’t have a coconut palm, so if I can’t get coconuts, I guess that’s something I’ll have to live without. But then he’ll make me pecan or almond milk, right? Oh yeah, easy. This is a community of chickens and ducks.

So easy to keep in the backyard as Lindsey has shown you over and over again. And they’re really pleasant. I love the sound that they make. It just makes me feel like I’m out in nature. There’s another part of the community, which of course, you know, our lovely Lindsey who is working on the tilapia pond. So just another component of the food.

And I’d like to say a little something about wealth because there’s all different kinds of wealth, but if you have your health, then you have wealth. It’s really important. I have two key policies. I don’t believe that anybody should screw with your health, and I don’t believe that anybody should screw with your wealth. And quite honestly, the system does both. The food that they put out is subpar typically and has no nutritional value or minimal nutritional value. So at least here on the farm, I know the water, I know, you know, it comes in, it goes through a filtered filtered structured water filter. So I know the dirt and I know that when I’m eating food from this property, it’s the freshest and it’s the highest quality that helps me build my health. You guys know I’ve been on a health journey. I’ve been on a health journey for a really long time, thanks to my sister Beth Ellen. You know, I’ve been paying attention, but because of what’s happening in the economy, that’s really why I started this whole big project. And it is, you know, I don’t think that it’s right for anybody to screw with your health or wealth just over what fiat money are you kidding me? It’s just fiat and the intention of it is to go away. But I want you to be here and to be healthy.

So obviously I’ve been showing you this shelter. We have the other shelter as well in the community. So you can see how I’m executing every single part of that mantra so that I get to be as independent and self-sufficient as possible. And I’m hoping that some of the things that I’m doing here can inspire you too to do that as well. And until next we meet, please be safe out there. Bye-Bye.


  • Lynette’s mission is to translate financial noise into understandable language and enable educated, independent choices. All her work is fact and evidence based and she shares these tools openly. She believes strongly that we need to be as independent as possible and at the same time, we need to come together in community to survive and thrive through any financial crisis.

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