Food Self-Reliance

Even if you think that war will never happen in America, or that the Great Depression, or Bad Times, will never again be our lot, consider these points about growing your own vegetables and fruit.   
    Growing your own can offer 1) fun and self-satisfaction  2) cost-savings  3) family involvement  4) more nutrition than store-bought 5) more safety than corporate grown 6) better taste 7) larger selection 8) alternative to television 9) reduction of immigration 10) better health.  There are at least 990 other reasons.

Gardening has its roots in survival.  Without food, starvation comes quickly. Without stores, only gardeners will have food.  Even middle-class Europeans during World War II often found themselves in dire straits. Hardly a night goes by without national news programs reporting on mass starvation somewhere on the globe.  Even local channels in Rapid City seem obsessed with food welfare and stocking food banks.  One survival gardening website reminds us of just how serious planting vegetables can be. 

In 1790, 90 percent of our citizens were farmers. Everyone had a vegetable garden, usually a kitchen garden tended by women and children, located near the kitchen door.

     Field crops were a bit removed from the house and tended by men and boys. We fed ourselves from our gardens. more

Black Hills Farmers Market which operates seasonally on Omaha Street in Rapid City  is developing a website and also has a page on Facebook. Check out the Facebook page here.

Check out the Omaha Street Black Hills Farmers Market site here.

Waste not, want not.  Baskets of delicious berries - strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are abundant in the grocery stores all year thanks to global transportation. Keeping them in the fridge at home can be a challenge because of mold which can appear very quickly. The way to avoid that? Make a dilute solution of vinegar and water and rinse the berries in that. Let them drip dry (without rinsing) and the small amount of vinegar (avid) will stop mold (which is feeding from the sugars) from forming. Give it a try!

In short, the more you waste, the more you'll have to work away from home and family to pay for it.

Buy fresh local food from urban gardens.  A foodshed is similar to a watershed, a collecting area that drains to a river system. Foodsheds are those areas that surround a city and could feed (or substantially contribute to) a city. The common components of foodsheds are farmers markets, community gardens and CSA (community supported agriculture) programs, shared neighborhood gardens and urban agriculture in all its manifestations: bee-, rabbit- and chicken-keeping, in addition to urban orchards and more visible and numerous home vegetable gardens.  Read more . . .

 Grow your own food, even in the city.  Families are once again growing a good portion of their food, children are learning to garden in school, grandparents are gardening with children and more cities are understanding that the opportunities for urban agriculture are very much in a community’s best interest. more


15 Slow-Growing Seeds Smart Gardeners Start In April 

Some seeds must be started indoors in most parts of the country — otherwise their fruit may not come to maturity before fall frosts:

1. Basil

2. Broccoli

3. Cauliflower

4. Celery

5. Eggplant

6. Kohlrabi

7. Mint

8. Oregano

9. Peppers

10. Tomatoes

11. Cabbage

12. Cucumbers

13. Melons

14. Parsley

15. Squash (summer and winter, including zucchini)


more such survival gardening from Off the Grid News