Frequently Asked Questions

I don't know where to start! What should I buy to be prepared? 
Our suggestion for ONE person for ONE month is the One Month Combo.  Which provides nearly 2000 calories/day  - allowing you to maintain a diet close to what you may have now.   Example: If you wanted a 6 months supply for one person,  you could purchase the 6-month Combo.  And of course, multiply it for the number of people you're purchasing for.
 
How can I save on costs? 
The Food Club has great perks!  There is no cost to become a member! Free shipping on all Food Kits and our Heirloom Seed Kit. Choose ANY kit!  Your choices will be shipped automatically each month. This allows you to build your stock without breaking the bank and you can cancel any time. Call 800-516-4773 to join!
 
What makes Heaven's Harvest different from competitors? 
We pride ourselves in offering quality U.S.A. made/grown food and seed. All products are produced in the states.  None of our kits contain "fillers" or empty calories.  When reviewing your options, be sure to look closely at serving sizes and contents.
 
How is Freeze-Dried different from dehydrated?
Freeze-Dried food removes more water from the food, allowing it have a longer shelf-life.  All items have a 25 year shelf-life; except the beef and chicken, which have a 15 year shelf-life.


How does the Freeze-Drying Process work? Are chemicals used? 
No - the only "chemical" involved is WATER (chemical name: dihydrogen monoxide)!  Food is put into a deep freeze (between -30 and -50F); then placed in a vacuum chamber to remove all the frozen water and moisture as it warms up slowly. 
 
What is the expiration date and life expectancy of Heaven's Harvest food? 
We do not keep stock that is over 1 year old.  You will have 25 years to store these kits. 
 
Are there any allergens? Where can I find the nutrition label? 
You can find all ingredients and allergy information on each item's nutrition label! Within the photos beneath every item, is a carousel of smaller pictures - click on the arrow to the right until you reach the nutrition facts.

There are NO peanuts or shellfish in our foods, nor are they processed in the same facility as Heaven's Harvest products. Tree nuts are processed in the same facility - specifically coconut, cashews, almonds. NONE of Heaven's Harvest products contain tree nuts.
 
Are there any options for a Gluten-Free Diet? 
Yes we have two!  Check out the Protein Kit and the Fruit and Vegetable Kit!
 
How/Where should I store the food? 
The food does not need refrigeration, as more than 99% of the moisture has been removed.  The best storage location is in a room where the climate doesn’t fluctuate too much (a closet, basement, cool garage, under the bed, etc.)
 
Do you ship to Canada or outside the continental U.S?
We do ship to Canada. ***NOTE: all duties and fees are customer responsibility.

If you are outside the continental US and have a third party shipper within the states, who will export the order for you- we would be happy to assist in setting up a shipment to them. Please email us the request at info@heavensharvest.com.
 
Is your food and seed organic?
Our food and seed is not certified organic.  We opted out of organic in order to make the kits more affordable/accessible to all.  It's important to remember when planning for survival, food kits are a temporary solution for a survival situation. 
 
How long will the seeds last?
Seed viability varies with each type of seed, but you can expect 5+ years when you store them in a cool, consistent climate. 
 
How should I store the seeds?
Store seeds in a cool, dry place or in the freezer.  Open the seed pack in the same room and take outside only the seeds you want to plant.  This prevents heat and moisture from condensing inside the mylar foil pack. 
 
Should I freeze the seeds? 
Freezing seeds does not harm them, and it does extend their lifespan. The humidity can damage them, so remove the seeds you want to plant indoors. Reseal the mylar pouch tightly and return seeds back into freezer.
 
What time of year should I plant these seeds?
Warm Weather Crop Planting:
Beans, Corn Cucumber, Eggplant, Melons, Peppers, Zucchini, Squash, Pumpkin, Tomato, Watermelon

*Warm-season vegetables have only one growing cycle, ranging from late spring, after the last frost date, to late summer.

*Warm-season crops require higher soil and air temperatures; they are always planted after the last frost date. Northern states, should start their seeds indoors and transplant when the weather is warmer.


Cool Weather Crop Planting:
Asparagus, Beets Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Swiss Chard, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Radishes, Spinach, Turnips

*Plant cool-season crops early enough in the spring so they can complete their full cycle up to harvest before the temperatures get too warm. While some cool-season vegetables can withstand hot weather and still grow, their quality becomes inferior.

*Cool-season crops can be sown in the early spring and again in the fall but keep in mind that they must be planted early enough to reach maturity before the onset of cold weather

Check out the following link from Penn State Extension for more detailed info on a few of the varieties contained in our Heirloom Seed Kit!
https://extension.psu.edu/vegetable-planting-and-transplanting-guide

 

How Much Water Do I Need?

Minimum: 1 Gallon of Water per Person per  Day

A normally active person needs at least one gallon of water daily just for drinking.  However, individual needs vary depending on age, physical condition, activity, diet and climate.

For a typical family of four, a two week supply of water would require 56 gallons of water minimum. 

According to FamilySurvivalPlanning.com, “In addition to drinking water, you will need 1/2 gallon per person per day for other uses, such as brushing teeth, washing dishes, etc. So 1 gallon per person per day is the bare minimum. On a regular day, you may wash several gallons of water down the drain as you rinse the dinner dishes. In an emergency situation, you will have to keep a watchful eye on the amount used for those purposes. A wet cloth wipe-up may be all your dishes get.

One gallon per person per day is a good general starting amount, but you may need more than that. Take into consideration the specific needs of your family.

  • If the majority of your storage foods are dry or dehydrated, you’ll need more water for preparation of those foods.
  • Do you have pets? If so, you’ll need to plan additional water for them.
  • Do you have a baby in your house? How much water do you need for preparing formula or baby food? Since babies sometimes spit up and make messes, you’ll need sufficient water to clean up.
  • Active teenagers usually drink more liquids than adults. Make sure to store plenty of water for active teens.
  • Is any member of your family an invalid or chronically ill? Do they have an increased need for water to take medications or for personal care?
  • Do you live in an area where extreme heat is a regular occurrence? Everyone will need more water if that is your situation.
  • Are you accustomed to drinking more water for good health? If so, cutting back drastically, especially in a time of crisis, could be very difficult physically.”

 ~(source: waterbrick.org)

 

How Should I Store Water?

Before filling with water, thoroughly clean the containers with dishwashing soap and water and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.  Sanitize the containers by adding a quarter cup of bleach with one cup of water. Mix the sanitizing solution in the container so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.
Filling Water Containers:
  • Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. (If your water utility company treats your tap water with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it  clean.)
If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is
not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to each gallon of water.
  • Tightly close the container using the original cap. Be careful not to contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your fingers. Write the date on the outside of the container so that you know when you filled it. Store in a cool, dark place.
  • Replace the water every six months if not using commercially bottled water or a water preserver. 

 ~(source: waterbrick.org)

 

What are some Water Sources?

Unsafe Sources:

  • Radiators or hot water boilers (home heating systems)
  • Water from the toilet bowl or flush tank
  • Water beds – Fungicides added to the water or chemicals in the vinyl may make the water unsafe to use.
  • Swimming pools and spas – Chemicals used to kill germs are too concentrated for safe drinking but can be used for personal hygiene, cleaning and other related uses.

 Emergency Outdoor Water Sources:

If you need to find water outside your home, you can use these sources.  Containers like WaterBrick allow you to easily and more efficiently collect water from these outdoor sources.  Be sure to treat the outdoor water before drinking it.

  • Rainwater
  • Streams, rivers, and other moving bodies of water
  • Ponds and lakes
  • Natural springs

Avoid water with floating material, an odor, or dark color.

Use saltwater only if you distill it first.  You should never drink flood water.

 ~(source: waterbrick.org)

 

What is your return policy?
A refund will be issued if you receive a damaged product and request a return within 30 days of purchase.

A refund will NOT be issued if the product or lid/seal has been broken or opened; nor if the product is damaged after delivery.