Eating Locally...good luck!

Subject: 
Eating Locally...good luck!
Posted By: 
Lance
Date: 
Tuesday, December 27, 2005 02:26 pm

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This pretty much sums up why I got into permaculture in the first place. I watched on t.v. at a friends house Saskatchewan \'farmers\' (vide:soil miners) lined up at food banks becuase they\'d \'lost the plot\' when it comes to real farming. This was in 1998 If memory serves me correctly. It was just prior to \'y2k\' and it really showed me how gossamer thin our food supply really is. Unless of course your happy dining on wheat, corn, canola and other junk along those lines. Farmers at a food bank? Where\'d these folks learn to farm? College/University...no doubt. I have a book (leant out or i\'d quote it verbatim) about farming from the 1800\'s. The authors state something like \'if we leave farming up to students in agricultural college, america will be without sustenance or topsoil within one hundred years\'.
They were seriously correct in their assumption. My biggest arguements are with \'skooled\' agricultural students. Mr.Knownothing Doolittle with his or her fancy degrees. A pox and plague be upon those skools. I think the above link and test would be a really good thing for everyone who intends on thriving in these trying times to do for a few weeks.
Some people say you should invest in gold. Well, this made sense when farms were mixed polycultures, grew many things, raised many animals. Now a days this is a bad policy IMO. There isn\'t any food to buy or trade for gold. You can\'t go to the edge of most towns and simply haul out your shiny coins and trade them for food from some friendly farmer. Unless you want to eat GMO crud grown unethically.
I tried growing as much food for my family of 4 as I could while we lived in a yurt on a 5 acre plot. If I didn\'t have to work at that time, I probably could have produced 50-60% of our food. That\'s a lot of work. We ate simply and were probably healthier for it. I didn\'t raise animals at that time. A few goats would have added a few more percent of our total diet but they would also have had to have been fed from the property. Same with chickens, a cow was out of the picture. In Permaculture you don\'t buy feed for your livestock, you grow your feed. Which is why i\'m such a big fan of amaranth and quinoa. Both provide dense nutrition for humans and livestock.
I\'ve never been hungry. Sure maybe in my youth working for shit wages I had to eat a lot of rice, but I\'ve never gone hungry. Once you take stock of what food is produced in your area you can design your landscape to fill niches. In fact, you should have been doing this for some time already!
If you\'ve got a lawn, get rid of it. Look up \'sheet mulching\' or \'lasagna gardening\' on how to do this without breaking your back witha shovel. There is no reason why every house doesn\'t have 5 semi-dwarf apple trees. One which matures in late summer, one which matures early september, mid september, october and a storage apple you can leave on the tree some of the winter.
There\'s no reason not to fill every nook and cranny of all the outdoor space your home offers with useful to you plants.
Try the buy near you test and see if you feel different about your area after doing so.
lancifer