A major piece of self reliance is our food security.
A few recent conversations as gardening season kicks off have led me to realize how dependent we all are on grocery stores. As a terrific first step in food security, we could all be growing some of our own produce as a minimum precaution should anything in the grocery store chain fail. A terrible crop year and country-wide shortage, a breakdown in the delivery system that brings our good food to the stores we frequent, our own breakdown in ability to get to that food or ability to pay the asking price for that food including a bank or computer networking problem might all lead us to a scarcity of the produce and general food we desperately need and want for our survival. Even with the realization that I am preaching to the choir here, don’t be passive on this point. It is time to gather your seeds and seedlings around you and plant for a fall harvest of your own.
Do not allow your lack of experience keep you from establishing your own food security system by learning to garden your own produce. With the rising cost of food and fuel and health care, now is the time to get in the game and learn to garden. I won’t begin to tell you what to plant or where to plant or how to plant; we have experts for that! Just begin. Begin small. Begin soon.
Our own family is about to embark on our own endeavor to change our food security situation by again attempting a small garden. As there are others on this site with a vast array of knowledge on the subject, we learn from some of the best. Surround yourself with others who have already retained the knowledge you would like to possess. This might be a time consuming process, but we possess the free will and desire to learn and spend the time it will require to obtain the knowledge. We are on our way to becoming more food independent. You can too!
Learning the art of gardening keeps Nicole Lorenz a busy homemaker and homeschool mom, as she learns from the gardeners around her and begins to pass on the newly found skills of food security to her children.