January 15, 2013

Meet the Preppers: Lindsey and Ray

"We're preparing for the collapse of the world agricultural system."

Lindsey and Ray are prepping for a collapse of the world agricultural system, which they fear will also lead to social chaos. They have planted hundreds of edible plants in their garden in order to live a self-sustainable lifestyle. They have transformed their backyard into an oasis of over 300 types of edible plants. In order to promote organic gardening to the community, they host a weekly radio talk show. In this episode, Ray shows us the 1965 ambulance he has purchased as a bug-out vehicle that will drive him and his wife to a secret location in the mountains. While they are currently part of a small prepping group, they are always looking to add new members and in this episode we join them on a recruiting mission. Ray interviews two potential members, both with military experience, to see if they would be valuable additions to the group. After the interview, Ray puts them through a grueling test drill to determine whether they have the physical skills necessary to defend themselves in the event that rioters and looters come looking for them.

Ray is a former active marine turned prepper living with his wife Lindsey and their two-year old daughter in the suburbs of Idaho. He also runs an organic lawn fertilizing business with his wife. Unlike many preppers, the family has a very strict diet. All of their supplies are prepared to fit their vegan lifestyle. Ray has a “survival crew” of close like-minded preppers and they are frequently preparing their bug out compound for a financial collapse. The bug out location is about 50 miles up a windy road in an off-the-grid location. Ray is a former pilot and in a worst-case scenario he is prepared to fly his family to their compound.

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