Dehydrating food is a skill that greatly increases your families food security. By learning to dehydrate food you become less dependent on the electric grid to feed you and your family. For tips on getting started read this article.
Growing peppers. Wait until plants flower before fertilizing. Then spray leaves with 1 tsp of Epsom salt to 1qt of water (peppers need Magnesium to set fruit). Peppers also enjoy small amounts of potassium (wood ashes).