October 21, 2010

The 5 Crops You Need To Grow

Potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs. (Do you "grow" eggs?)

Food in Uncertain Times: How to Grow and Store the 5 Crops You Need to Survive,

So the first thing I would say is, garden if you can and if you enjoy it. Whether you garden right now or not, though, learn more about how to store and use the food that is grown locally.

[. . .] After incorporating potatoes into their repertoire, European populations thrived and expanded, erratic weather, Little Ice Age, or no.

... Grains and beans are the ultimate survival crops because they are so long-storing.

... We grow corn, the easiest of all grains to grow and process on a small scale. Corn is also, in areas where it grows well, by far the highest yielding of the grains. In addition, unlike the small grains, you can grow corn with nothing but a shovel or heavy hoe.

July 9, 2010

Lunch Today

Every single thing I am eating for lunch today is fresh from the garden, except the bread. But we bake our own bread and we make healthy whole-wheat.

We are having broccoli, beans, cauliflower, chard, all steamed together, and cherry tomatoes.


May 2, 2009

Eat Them

Go read why you should Eat Blueberries. Eat Them! Eating local matters.

April 1, 2009

8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement

8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement -- AlterNet,
1. From Lawn to Lunch
To convert your sunny lawn to a lunch box, remove turf in long, 18-inch strips. Cut the edges of each strip with a sharp-bladed edging tool. While one partner rolls up the grass like a jellyroll, another slices through grass roots with the edging tool. Remove about an inch of rooty soil with the top growth. When the roll gets heavy, slice it off and load it in a wheelbarrow. To compost the strips, layer green sides together, then brown sides together, ending brown-side-up. Cover the stack with soil and mulch (straw, chopped leaves, or shredded bark) and let stand for 10-12 months.
Make beds 10 to 20 feet long and six to eight feet wide (so you can reach the center from each side).   ...

6. Start a Community Garden

Start by calling a meeting (or better yet, a potluck) to decide what kind of garden you want, what locations might work, and how to manage plots.

Good stuff, go read!

March 19, 2009

There Will Be A White House Vegetable Garden

In January I wrote about different groups suggesting there be a White House vegetable garden.  Well now there is some great news: Obamas Prepare to Plant White House Vegetable Garden,

On Friday, Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of White House lawn to plant a vegetable garden, the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II.

. . . While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at time when obesity has become a national concern. In an interview in her office, Mrs. Obama said, “My hope is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities.”

. . .Almost the entire Obama family, including the president, will pull weeds, “whether they like it or not,” Mrs. Obama said laughing. “Now Grandma, my mom, I don’t know.” Her mother, she said, would probably sit back and say: “Isn’t that lovely. You missed a spot.”

This is wonderful news!

January 31, 2009

White House Vegetable Garden

Obama should start a very public White House vegetable garden. I am seeing this idea springing up in more and more places. TransFARM the White House Lawn :: An Organic Garden for the White House,
Two Peace Corps volunteers decided to write a letter to Obama and suggest that he establish an organic “Hope Garden” at the White House, and of course hire them to manage it.
They are part of a growing movement of advocates for a White House vegetable garden, and why not? The Obama family will have a bigger lawn than most of us, they like vegetables, and we all should be planting a little bit to eat local and eat healthy.

Go read their letter.

Here are some other sites advocating a White House garden:

January 23, 2009

Support Local Farmers

Go sign the pledge: Sustainable Food - Support Local Farmers