It is time that we learn from the past and start our own VICTORY Gardens!

We will be “Overgrowing the Government!”

 

 

In March 1917,Charles Lathrop Pack organized the US National War Garden Commission and launched the war garden campaign.  President Woodrow Wilson said that “Food will win the war.”

It is almost a hundred years later and history is set to repeat itself.  It is the beginning of Spring and it is time to start planting your gardens now to ensure your access to fresh food later!

According to Numbeo.com the recommended minimum amount of money for food figured by 2400 calories x 31 days is $333.89 per month.  Multiply that by two and it would be almost $668.00 a month for the MINIMUM amount of food for just two people to remain somewhat healthy.   That figure includes these food items:  Milk, White Bread, Rice (white), Eggs, Cheese, Chicken Breasts, Beef Round (0.15 kg), Apples, Banana, Oranges, Tomato, Potato,  Onion, and Lettuce. It really does not leave much to ponder when deciding what you are going to have for dinner!

At those prices, with those options alone, one does not have to imagine if they will be wanting for food this year.  I would suggest that if you would like to eat a decent meal once in a while you had better start growing your own – at least for long as possible before Agenda 21 comes in and takes over all of our gardens via a seed treaty of some sort.  Don’t laugh too hard because it could happen.

Here is an easy idea for those persons who are not lucky enough to have property or even a ‘back-yard’.  Bucket Gardens are becoming popular for limited areas.  Anyone can put 3-5 buckets on the front porch or even in the Living Room with standard fluorescent lighting.

Additionally, here are some ideas about growing small amounts indoors.  Be sure to do a Google search for more ideas on indoor growing.  (Yes, there are other plants that we can grow indoors for food besides Cannabis/Hemp!)

In fact, even if you have a garden area in your yard or on your property or farm it would probably be a good idea to start a few “buckets” of vegetables as well.  Something you can easily move indoors if the need arises.   Heaven forbid, if an event happened whereby you were not able to go out of your house for a period of time, you could still nurse the bucket vegetables by the window or under a light, if you are lucky enough to have electric at the time, and still get some benefit out of them. 

In 1943 the US Department of Agriculture estimated that more than 20 million victory gardens were planted.  There were approximately 42 million gardens in 2014.  The population of the U.S. is about 318 million.  There are 124 million households.  That means we need to have about 82 million more household gardens started in some form or fashion around the country in order to make a distinctive difference in the amount of money we pay out for our groceries to Corporate entities as well as making a  difference in how food-healthy we live.

In 1942 the government urged people to make gardening a family and community effort.  Today there are a lot of Community Gardens available to use and volunteer with.  If you do not wish to grow at home then make use of a Community Garden.  Many times the areas are already prepared and you only have to plant and tend the plants.  One of my first experiences with a Community Garden was when my Father had been retired for a number of years and was no longer able to till a garden for himself.  He made use of a Community Garden plot in Louisville, Kentucky on Fegenbush Lane and his “crop” rendered us many good meals!

Now, getting back to the issue at hand, the average person still likes to plant their garden in their backyard.  So here are a few pieces of information on how to make that a little easier.

*Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year. VIEW THE VIDEO HERE.

*Small Space Permaculture Food Forest Garden on 1/4 Acre Home Lot. VIEW VIDEO HERE.

There is no end to the amount of information that is available online to help you in your endeavor no matter how large or small it may be.  The point I am trying to make here is to just make an effort to do something to help sustain yourself and your family!  It is amazing how much food you can actually grow on your own with just a few seeds and a little imagination.  And even if you do not have any imagination, then just take a packet of seeds (of your choice) outside, find a spot, dig some holes in the yard and put the seeds in them.  Water and watch something grow!  I promise you that if you do, and you watch even one vegetable grow out of the ground that is eatable, you will be out there again next year with a larger plot to plant!  It is worth the work!

root cellar

The next problem you will have is how to store the vegetables which you reap from your garden!  That is where I am at now.  I would like to put a “root cellar” in to store my vegetables so that I can keep those fresh vegetables for quite a while.  EHow.com has many articles on how to do this in different ways. 

Additionally, I would like to add here that if you are Blessed enough to have a piece of property, or a farm, or even just a ‘back-yard’, and you know someone who does not have that available to them, encourage them to share your area and plant a few things.  It will make you feel good to be able to help someone else accomplish something and it is always good to have gardening friends.  You can help each other succeed!

As another thought, there are many “weeds” that grow wild in your backyard or on your farm that are totally edible!  EATTHEWEEDS.Com is a very good website to find out about this and they also have a very good newsletter I would recommend subscribing to!  One of the edible weeds that Roundup tries to rid you of is Dandelions.  Check out the site and see how much food you have growing free in your yard!  BE CAREFUL what you choose to pick out of your yard to eat!  Some plants are poisonous and can be dangerous if ingested.  Be sure to check first before consuming! PETERSON FIELD GUIDES are among the best books available for this purpose.  They can be bought for a reasonable price online.  I have the “Medicinal Plants and Herbs” version and would like to get the whole series.  Books are still a good thing to have around even though there is so much information available on the internet.  There could be a time when we would not have access to electric as we do now and books could become life savers.

One more thing to do is plant a couple of fruit tree’s!  You will be glad you did in a few years when you can walk outside and pick an apple off of your own tree and enjoy eating it without paying for it!

Finally, if you are lucky enough to live in a legal Cannabis growing state be sure and plant a few in your garden to use for food!  But since it is still illegal in most states to grow your own Cannabis/Hemp, put back a few dollars if you can to to buy Hemp food products.  They are very healthy for you!

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Declaration on Seed Freedom

  1. Seed is the source of life, it is the self urge of life to express itself, to renew itself, to multiply, to evolve in perpetuity in freedom.
  2. Seed is the embodiment of bio cultural diversity. It contains millions of years of biological and cultural evolution of the past, and the potential of millennia of a future unfolding.
  3. Seed Freedom is the birth right of every form of life and is the basis for the protection of biodiversity.
  4. Seed Freedom is the birth right of every farmer and food producer. Farmers rights to save, exchange, evolve, breed, sell seed is at the heart of Seed Freedom. When this freedom is taken away farmers get trapped in debt and in extreme cases commit suicide.
  5. Seed Freedom is the basis of Food Freedom, since seed is the first link in the food chain.
  6. Seed Freedom is threatened by patents on seed, which create seed monopolies and make it illegal for farmers to save and exchange seed. Patents on seed are ethically and ecologically unjustified because patents are exclusive rights granted for an invention. Seed is not an invention. Life is not an invention.
  7. Seed Freedom of diverse cultures is threatened by Biopiracy and the patenting of indigenous knowledge and biodiversity. Biopiracy is not innovation – it is theft.
  8. Seed Freedom is threatened by genetically engineered seeds, which are contaminating our farms, thus closing the option for GMO-free food for all. Seed Freedom of farmers is threatened when after contaminating our crops, corporations sue farmer for “stealing their property”.
  9. Seed Freedom is threatened by the deliberate transformation of the seed from a renewable self generative resource to a non renewable patented commodity. The most extreme case of non renewable seed is the “Terminator Technology” developed with aim to create sterile seed.
  10. We commit ourselves to defending seed freedom as the freedom of diverse species to evolve; as the freedom of human communities to reclaim open source seed as a commons.

To this end, we will save seed, we will create community seed banks and seed libraries, we will not recognize any law that illegitimately makes seed the private property of corporations. We will stop the patents on seed.


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Fooling Mother Nature: still not a good idea

Susan Reimer

Susan Reimer

9:05 a.m. EST, February 6, 2012

Mother Nature is in the news of late, and she doesn’t seem happy.

Monsanto, the Great Satan in the eyes of the environmental movement, is making headlines with huge profit increases and yet another David-versus-Goliath lawsuit in Manhattan filed by organic and family farmers who fear the health consequences of the company’s genetically modified food crops.

Scotts Miracle-Gro, a lesser Satan in the garden, tried to polish its image with an arranged marriage with the National Wildlife Federation, only to have the nuptials hastily canceled when Scotts pleaded guilty to knowingly selling tons of bird seed tainted with pesticides.

    Meanwhile, theU.S. Department of Agriculturemoved the lines on its plant hardiness zones a little further north — meaning more of those tender plants we tried in the garden will survive our milder winters. But the USDA pointedly said that this is not evidence of global warming.


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    Oh, and pythons in the Florida Everglades are eating all the mammals they can find — a food group which, last time I looked, would include humans.

    First, on the matter of Monsanto. The multinational is the world’s leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, sold under the name Roundup. It is also the leading producer of genetically engineered corn, wheat, soybeans and alfalfa, called Roundup-ready crops because you can spray huge areas with the stuff, but only the weeds will die.

    Supposedly.

    There is fear that all this spraying is producing super-weeds and super-bugs and new plant diseases, not to mention what it might be doing to the wildlife that swims in or drinks from contaminated water sources. And there is research suggesting that ingesting the genetically modified grains has resulted in an increase in livestock infertility.

    Environmentalists and safe-food activists are calling on President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to stop the planting of Roundup-ready crops here and the strong-arm peddling of them abroad. But because there is such a revolving door for Monsanto executives and posts in federal agencies, nobody trusts the government to do the cautious thing here, especially when the company plays the “end world hunger now” public relations card.

    While Monsanto markets to the farmers and the super-farmers, it has licensed Scotts Miracle-Gro to sell Roundup to the home gardener, and I admit that I use it on sidewalk and driveway weeds. And I like Miracle Gro plant food. It could be my imagination, but it seems to increase the number of blooms on my annuals.

    But it looked pretty disingenuous for Scotts to try to buy some green cred from the National Wildlife Federation days before the corporation would be fined millions of dollars for selling bird seed contaminated with pesticides. I mean, really?

    The guilty plea gave the NWF a graceful way out of the deal, but the firestorm on social media might have scotched it in any case. Garden and environmental bloggers and birders took to the Internet immediately and in great and angry numbers. It was Bank of America‘s debit card fee redux.

    Now, about that map. It took long enough, and a couple of failed tries apparently, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its first zone hardiness map for the United States and Puerto Rico since 1990. If you cross-check the new interactive map (available only online) with the old one, you can see if winters have indeed been as mild as you think they have been where you live.

    The map was charted using temperatures over the last 30 years — instead of, perhaps, the last 20 — which critics say was done to dilute the evidence of global warming. And, as it addresses only winter hardiness, the new map says nothing about the heat and humidity, as well as the arid Augusts and Septembers, of our growing seasons here in Maryland.

    At the end of the day, your local nursery is better at telling you what will grow in your micro-climate than the USDA.

    And finally, if the alligators in the Florida Everglades don’t get you, the pythons and the anacondas might.

    I am not sure if that has anything to do with genetically modified food, the poisoning of birds or global warming. It might just be poor pet stewardship. But, to paraphrase that butter commercial from another time, “It’s not nice to fool around with Mother Nature.”

    Susan Reimer‘s column appears Mondays. Her email is susan.reimer@baltsun.com.

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