Being a Part of the Local Food Revolution
The author, Michael Brownlee, of the book "The Local Food Revolution" says that any city in North America only has a 2 day food supply available for the population. What happened? Most of the population has become dependent upon the grocery store for their sustenance. The backyard garden was replaced with lawns and Big Agriculture and Big Corporations (such as Nestle/Monsanto)who control 90% of our food supply. Many people work 40 hours/week to make money in order to spend $100's of dollars on groceries/week. And that does not include eating out in restaurants etc. The GMO food systems that have been created are not sustainable and they certainly are not healthy. One earthquake, one major drought, etc can bring the system to collapse. 97% of scientists say that it will only get worse with climate (change) catastrophe. Prepare yourself folks, the times we live in are very interesting!
We believe though that we can all take part in what we call the Local Food Revolution. By simply growing at least some of your own food, you are a part of the returning back to how it always was! A simple patio garden, a few garden boxes in your backyard, a raspberry bush, a barrel garden ---just anything! We need good and healthly food to survive. The taste of a fresh carrot out of the garden is so yummy. A fresh tomato off the vine is like candy! A kale salad with fresh kale just picked is the very best. It is time to feed our bodies with fresh healthy food.
It takes some effort and getting your hands in the earth to feed yourself! But the end results are so worth it. Community gardens are becoming more and more popular. There is so much knowledge out there about gardening and permaculture. We live in the information age! Take a course on line, watch you tubes, and immerse yourself in learning how to feed yourself. Go to the Farmer's Market and meet the farmers who grow the food. Join a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and pick your food from the land! If you eat meat buy directly from a farmer. Pick out your cow/calf and watch it grow. Become connected to your food again.
Annette grew up on a farm and has eaten good food all her life. Now here on the land, gardening is such joy. You put a seed in the earth, it gets watered, the sun does his thing, it sprouts into a big beautiful edible plant; it truly is quite magical :) I putter around in the Garden, weeding, picking, enjoying the goodness of all my efforts and creative planting! It is spiritual as well! Calling on the Diva's and Green Man to help grow vegetables.....it is a sacred job - feeding ourselves. And now the freezer is full, the root cellar is overflowing, and of course our beautiful chickens are laying their eggs and creating compost for more vegetables.
We had a interesting moment this year...a family complained about the look of our compost pile. Interesting hey? They saw an ugly pile of composting vegetation. When I look at it I see big beautiful broccoli, juicy carrots and cucumbers, lovely peas on the vine, and so much more. It is all a matter of perspective!
We are becoming more and more self sufficient too this year. We are building a Greenhouse House! We will be moving out of the office soon and will live down in a house that is attached to our greenhouse. In our climate, this way we can keep the Greenhouse going all winter long. The lights are attached to our solar system, the wood heat keeps it warm, and most of all I don't have to buy kale, spinach, lettuce etc from California anymore in the winter months. All homes ( and schools) could include a greenhouse! How lovely hey!
We are very grateful with the abundance that surrounds us everyday.
So grow something! Start small, make good choices for your health and the planet!
here is to the Earth, Sun, Rain, Soil, the Creepy Crawlies, and the Garden Divas!
Annette and Brian