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FUNNY I CAN’T SEEM TO EVEN GIVE THIS AWAY!

All I am asking…

From my future partners and community is: A minimum commitment of just two items:

  1. Commit to storing 6 months of long-term food in storage on our ranch for each member of your family or your group. People simply cannot just show up be part pf the team if you have not made this minimum investment.
  2. The desire to have a place to bug out to or retreat to, and be part of a like-minded team, without – the need to actually invest in anything should the times require such actions.

I actually thought that people may actually want a place to bug out or retreat to from the cities if it ever became necessary.

I am not looking for you to move on to my ranch tomorrow and make a permanent home and wait for the worst to arrive. I simply want my ranch to be your insurance policy should the worst ever come to us. I really don’t even need to see you unless it’s necessary to retreat to the ranch. No monthly meetings, no fees, no training!

My concern is: I cannot keep what I have built from those who will no doubt want to take what I’ve built without the support of a motivated team who also has some skin in the game. In my opinion, most people in the city won’t have a chance unless they have a rural, isolated place that is well stocked they can escape to and this is an expensive thing to prepare for. Yet its already built and well stocked. In my opinion there must be people that will view this plan as one where we can help each other.

I work overseas on rotation as a pilot supporting our troops. I invest in the ranch, I work on it when I’m home and I’m doing what I can to attract like-minded people.

In my opinion, the ability to feed your people is key, without food there is no need for people to defend anything, in fact without food it’s time to go looking for food. We have many luxuries here that many groups will never have, and it is a nice place.

As a member of  The Ranch, you can bring your family to camp on the farm for a weekend, use our gym, our golf course, our shooting range and our wood fired pizza oven. Perhaps you may even help out on a building project, or work in our greenhouse or gardens. One of our current projects is restoring an 1865 log building. Its slotted to be our new Bourbon barn. We are also building some wood fired hot tubs. I think it’s important for your family to physically and personally see their retreat so it’s not a fearful of an unknown place should you ever need to come to The Ranch in a bad situation.

There are many things that make The Ranch and our program unique, we are one of the only groups that will be able to maintain “Air superiority” over our neck of the woods. The ability of awareness of your local and, distant surroundings is a good thing.

The Ranch manager is a former marine, if such thing exists, this young man in his late 20’s and very knowledgeable small arms instructor. When I’m working overseas as a pilot, he’s always here to answer questions, conduct a tour and discuss with you who we are. He will also assure you that we will ever ask you to invest in the ranch or give us your money!

I am trying to stress, this isn’t about money, keep your money, we are selling nothing. No spaces in a bunker here like other commercial ventures trying to make a million off peoples fears. We are looking for likeminded members with the means to make a commitment and buy their own food – PERIOD.

The Ranch is about building a team where we all are prepared collectively. We each have an effective insurance policy in place to retreat to should the worst that may happen. The Ranch is your well thought out plan to protect your family without it costing you anything really. I say without costing you anything because I don’t view you buying and storing food for your own family as me asking you for something.

I find it interesting, even those people that are open to the idea of an insurance plan to prepare for the worst will read up on it, will talk about it with their family and friends but – at the end of the day will do nothing about it. Even though the voice in their head is telling them that they should have a backup plan to bug out some where safe would be a good idea in the best interest of their family.

There are so many questions that you may want to ask yourself when the lights go out or worse is, what will I do? where will I go? Should the cities ever lose control, have you done everything in your power to assure the safety of yourself and your family? – I hope you have. I know I am trying to and, I am trying to help others too.

 

READ PLEASE BEFORE YOU CONTACT ME:

I have had many people contact me over the years with an interest in being part of The Ranch. People that have excellent skill sets. But please understand that I cannot feed 50 people on my own regardless of your amazing skill set. If you cannot supply the food required for your family as outlined in this post, I am not interested in hearing from you. Everyone must contribute the minimum.

 

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April 2020 Prepper Ranch Update

Location: An hour north of Louisville & an hour south of Bloomington Indiana. Heart of the Martin State forest

Finally! I’m getting interested and like-minded folks to take my offer seriously. I suppose we all need a wakeup call, some of got it with other events but this even is a real call to action. I have received heaps of inquires so I will attempt to answer most of the questions that I have received in this document. I’ll list the questions I have received and provide the answers as best as I can. Thank you for all of the good questions both posted online and emailed to me.

Q. Food – Must we bring and store our food there on the ranch?
A. Yes. If you do not have food stored on the ranch – enough 25-year shelf life food for each member of your family, then in my opinion it’s not a commitment or an investment.

Q. Who protects or distributes the food?
A. I do not have that answer but it will need to be addressed – suggestions?
This is my biggest concern- Who among us will steal the food or, from outside come and take the food – It is a ranch and not a protected compound- There must be established protocols at other places that we can copy or follow? Remember, most places are charging you a huge fee to get on board – I am not – I am looking for likeminded help, a good deal of guidance as well.

Q. Do I get the food that I bring?
A. Yes- if we agree that we need 3 meals a day, for six months than that will be what you withdraw from the food bank for six months. If an event lasts more than 6 months than its just what we grow. I love veggies but not every meal. And I assure you all of the local deer will be killed off in six months

Q. Will MY FOOD be there – that I stored there be there when I arrive?
A. My initial answer is yes. Again, I have not all of the answers. If we get raided, the food is taken at gun point its out of our control. What I would like to do is bury a 12 foot by 50-foot drainpipe and store the food in this fashion. But its 15K more than I have at the moment. I want to answer you yes but again, I need some guidance here. How do you know your food is safe where it is at the moment? Is it under 24/7-armed security? I want to think that it would be safer here with people on site, but I honestly do not know. Again? Thoughts? suggestions? Excellent question. – And yes, you can eat pizza, and put your AR in your golf bag while playing golf. I do exactly that often. Generally, it’s a .22 though – actually, with some homemade refreshments as well. With five acres of grapes, anything is possible.

Q. I have certain experience that should allow me to not have to store anything on the ranch. i.e. Doctor, Vet, etc.
A. Sorry, we all bring unique experiences to the ranch and if the situation gets really bad, then our food can lure in any person with the experiences we may need at that point in time.

Q. Guns, Ammo what do we need?
A. That’s up to you and highly suggested – We are not a militant group although we have active mil people in the group. If I say here that you need to bring arms, then I’ll just get on a list somewhere as a militant wacko.

Q. What is the ranch normal business?
A. We do family reunions, weddings and corporate retreats. So, when the world is good, our business is good and we have people renting the place almost every weekend. When the world is bad- NOW- we have zero business and all of our rentals have canceled. We are building a microbrew etc. on site.

Q. Can I buy my way in at the last minute? As in right now?
A. That’s a good question. At the moment I do not have the food stores for anyone new. As long as we can still buy food each week at the store then there may be an opportunity. But I am not looking for money, I am not looking to make this a profit center. But I do want to improve what we have and do not yet have.

Q. What Items do you need at the ranch?
A. Now that is a still big list! We are now up to 2 Mil invested in the ranch, so we have most of the basic infrastructure in place. I believe I posted a list of what we have. If I did not, then email me back and I’ll send it out.
1. We need some solar, not a lot but enough to charge our personal devices in the event we lose power. We have 3 generators, but gas won’t last.
2. We could use a new ranger or golf cart to get to get around if working about the property
3. Let’s just say there is plenty that we could use to make the place perfect but I am not going to list it all here and, I’ll eventually buy all that is needed as I am paying as I go – I work still. FOOD is the key

Q. How long can we stay
A. Only as long as needed – this is not a commune until there is a total collapse and then I guess we are a family. I see the ranch as a place you go, hunker down when needed and then return to your life after the “event”

Q. What do we pay while we stay?
A. Buy your own food as long as the stores remain open and share in the elect and propane. We will not dip into the stored food until it is all that is left
A. If we have power then we will all need to pay the elect and propane each month – the more people the higher the bill.

Q. Do I have to work on the ranch?
A. That depends on the situation. If we need help in the grow room, the garden or the green house then we need help. Some people will continue to tele commute a regular job- I suppose they will need to pay more than the person just working in a garden- I really have not figured this out- I do not necessarily need to be the one who makes all of the rules. Collectively we will need to create some form of who does what and when if there is to be order.

Q. What about bugging out to the ranch right now? We meet all of your requirements and requests?
A. This is the best question of all and the most difficult to answer. Who is infected? Are you infected right now and don’t know it? Or, does it matter? The government says that 70 percent of us are going to test positive even if we do not get sick. I ask you – What are your thoughts on this? There are no confirmed cases as of today in our county.

Q. Can I meet your leaders
A. At the moment that would be myself, my youngest son who is an airline pilot, my oldest son is a butcher, an active duty captain in the Army, and a couple other former army folks. I’ll use Leader loosely at the moment as none of these guys have felt the need to arrive yet. Once we have a real group of committed folks then we should meet for a weekend once in a while to improve the plan. No one has shown a real interest until now so no real plan with real people has progressed. It’s just been “I’ll see you when it gets real bad period”

Q. Can I review your security?
A. Ill say- meet our Army Captain and his crew and myself. Anyone with experience and can assist us in creating real security is an asset. I currently work on bases in Africa and Afghanistan I am currently down range at the moment. I am a pilot here- I am not a security expert but my guys have the skills. In fact, and, I am stuck on a base overseas as I write this response. I am due home any day. (if that’s actually possible, I’ll believe it when it happens)

Q. Farm animals?
A. We had Milk goats and it was a daily pain in my butt. When it’s just me taking care of them it’s a chore. If there were people here than its easier to manage livestock and goat cheese is excellent. We do have 80 acres of high 8’ fence and the plan is to get more meat animals moving forward- Again, someone needs to be on site every day and dedicated to caring for these animals.

Q. Moral compass?
A. Regular folks we are I’ll say. Some go to church some don’t. Some drink I do, I like my cigars too. I think any community can be a blend. If you are looking for a strictly Christian community then this is not it. But there is no reason you would not fit in unless that is your specific goal to find such a community. My wife enjoys church and she teaches yoga. We definitely are a fitness community. We have two gyms, a martial arts gym, a huge weight gym with dumbbells up to 120 and we enjoy our fitness. We also shoot clays and our sport guns as a hobby.

Q. What projects are you working on at the ranch?
A. Several projects – I am building a microbrewery, and a winery in the pizza barn. Remember, the ranch needs to continue to create revenues so it can pay its own bills right up and until the SHTF. I am not charging anyone as a bug out location. But If I did, I’d have this project completed already! And at the moment, with the lock down – the ranch has zero rental revenues. We had to refund over 50K in rentals last week due to virus cancels.

Other fun projects when I get back are: A solar herb and vegetable dehydrator, a meat smoker shed, and a wood fired hot tub. There are too many things on the to do list to list- Install gates at the three entrances etc. Buy a smaller plane that we can land on the ranch, we just sold our personal aircraft as it was to big to land on the property.

I hope I have answered everyone’s questions. If not – shoot me another email and I’ll do my best to answer your questions. And thank you for responding to this post. Your questions have helped me realize how both prepared we are here and, that we still have many holes to fill to be safer and to protect our supplies.

If you have ideas, suggestions, please contact me- Plenty of room for improvements and open to such.

Best
Dave