Or not so new.... newly found maybe?? Well, we have been stocking up the food store since my redeployment. Since we came back to AZ, we have been hitting the flea market and farmer's market fairly often to stock both tools and food stuffs. The garden is planted and doing.... well, it's ok I guess. It seems like it's always to slow when you are watching it grow. While contemplating which starches to store, we came across an article in the local newspaper on using mesquite pods for flour. It was common for natives and early settlers to commonly use mesquite pods. The best ones to use are the velvet mesquite. They are plentiful and don't have toxic effects that the honey mesquite may have. We spent an afternoon walking on a nearby trail and grabbing "ripe" pods. We came away with a gallon or so in no time. If collected over time, one could easily fill a pantry with usable mesquite flour. This would be an inexpensive way to fill your food stock. Now, where to find a grain mill locally..... A detailed look at the native use of plants will help greatly with your preparations. What is considered a common plant here and usually overlooked could feed our family easily. There may be something in your area that is similar.