Be Ready for What ever Happens
Current issues and topics that are relevant to the classes we teach
I love going grocery shopping. I have gone every week for years, and I am still always amazed at all of the food choices we have 365 days per year. I can buy fresh veggies, fruits, meat, milk and a lot more almost anytime I want to. Where do they get oranges and bananas in the dead of winter?? Say what you want, but I believe it is a miracle of modern farming and the capitalist system of trade.
But how does the farmer get those goods to me? Trucks. Just drive on any interstate highway and it is awash with big rigs moving goods from there to here. Every wonder what happens if they quit rolling? The days of your local store having a huge supply room are over, replaced instead by “just in time” resupply. Meaning if they do not get those trucks in, they have empty shelves in just a few days. And unless YOU have a huge stock room, you will run out of food at some point.
But let’s just say the stores don’t shut down, but maybe there will be rolling shortages- common in the old Soviet Union, and now in Venezuela and other workers paradises. What can we do to supply our selves?
Grow your own food.
I am not a master gardener. I am still learning every day, but I have tried many techniques over the years: the traditional in ground garden, raised beds, pots and bins, indoor and outdoor and most recently, aquaponics.
Most of us don’t have time to be in the garden all day, and we take vacations so consider your lifestyle and what YOU have room for, need and can really tend to. Think about the fruit and vegetables you REALLY like to eat, and learn how to grow those.
Think about how they will get watered when you are gone or on busy days. My personal experiments prove to me that I cannot be trusted to remember a watering schedule, so I have designed and built systems that water themselves and all I have to do is remember to refill the reservoirs every week or two. I even have some systems that refill themselves from rain barrels.
Start small with a few seed types and one or two gardening techniques. See how those work, and what YOU can really accomplish. Learn from your mistakes, adapt various techniques to your lifestyle and capabilities and start now. Try some indoors, some out doors. Artificial light, natural light, and in all 4 seasons.
The point is start now. When you really need to do this to live, it is too late. There is a lot more to this than buying a pack of seeds and digging a hole. You have to find ways to combat drought, plant diseases, insects, animals and bad soil.
Remember the first tenet of survival is safety and security (see my first few blog posts). You may have to keep hungry people out of your garden too. The easiest way to do that is do it in a way that is invisible to most casual lookers. I will leave that to you and your situation.