In just about three weeks from now I will plant my first vegetable in my raises bed gardens. This day will not only mark the first day of becoming more self reliant on my own healthy food production, but will also stir the creativity inside me to start a movement like the world has never seen before since Victory Gardens of World War II. You see, I believe that it is possible for a community to come together in a way where it is possible to produce enough food for an entire community to survive. Let me explain this.
First lets assume that we have 30 families in one given neighborhood who enjoy gardening. If each family created raised bed gardens using only the most pure soils and refrain from pesticides by using natural techniques each could supply a quantity of organic vegetables. Of course they aren’t allowed to be called organic according to government standards, but who cares. So each family would only grow one type of vegetable. John up the street is growing peppers and Jane across the way is growing zucchini. In this way it allows each family to become an expert at growing that given vegetable that they volunteer to grow. Another reason for the one type of plant idea is that each vegetable plant requires different standards of growing. While Jane knows that her zucchini plants will require room to grow, Tim’s tomato plants will require baskets to hold the plant up as the tomato’s weight down the plant.
Assuming that this could be created the second step is simple distribution amongst the group. If each family came together on a Saturday morning and shared their yield of vegetables with all the others in the group then each family would have a nice supply of vegetables to get through the week. It seems simple enough. If there is an overproduction it is possible to sell the extra vegetables to others in the neighborhood at a price which is much lower than they could find at their local grocer. Any funds generated in this process would of course go towards the groups needs for the next year’s grow.
So now, let’s take another step. Lets assume that there is on person in the group who knows the process of canning, dehydration or quick freezing. Could it be possible to produce enough vegetables in one season to create enough food for the whole year for the group? Can this group become totally self sufficient to the point where they do not have to rely on outside sources? I don’t know, but in the next few years I may have an answer.
Let’s say that each family becomes so good at this practice that they start creating more raised bed gardens and producing even more of their given vegetable. The group creates their own gardeners market each Saturday morning and start generating more funds for the group. There is a local rancher in town who only raises the healthiest of cattle by using only those methods which are kind an natural. If the group was to come together and use the funds they have to purchase the meats that this rancher produces it would not only give the a rancher a source of income, but also provide for the group. This could work with chicken, eggs, butter, milk and the list goes on.
And what about the advantages of saving money? Food is expensive. And as the years go by it is one thing that you can always count on that it will be more expensive next year than it was the year before. It may be expensive the first year to put together the gardens, but that first year should pay for itself in savings on purchasing these same foods from the grocer. And I am sure they are much healthier.
I could go on and on about how this community could continue to grow but I am going to stop here and leave it up to your imagination. This is not some new idea as it has been practiced throughout the centuries before us. It hasn’t been until recently that we as humans have stopped relying on each other for survival and put our trust in large scale farming and manufacturing. And Yes, it is a lot easier to simply pick up our groceries from the local supermarket, but think about what we have lost in this process. Many of us don’t even know who our neighbors are. We have lost that sense of community as we struggle through our crazy work schedules. We have given away our control of feeding ourselves by relying on outside sources to produce our foods for us. As a child I remember spending time with my Great Grandfather working in the garden. How many children today are given the same opportunity to get outside and get their hands dirty and be one with nature and actually interact with other children and adults in their neighborhoods. Wow, talk about strengthening the bonds of community! As families get together on Saturday mornings to not only share their garden productions they also share stories of gardening, cooking and all kinds of subjects you slowly see new friendships being made. You have to admit that there is nothing that brings people closer together than food.
So as of right now this is just an idea in my head as I stare out the back door and look at those raised beds I built. I know that this is already happening and have learned of community gardening where a plot of land is dedicated as a community garden, but I thought that I would take it one step further. Let me know what you think of this idea and also if you think it would be something that could be done in your own neighborhood. I would absolutely love the feedback.
Blood Sugar- 93, Weight- 168.2
NO WORKOUT TODAY, DAY OF REST
Breakfast- Cottage Cheese
Lunch- Burger, Salad
Dinner- Beef Ribs, Green Beans