28 March 2014, by gj
If you have been reading here a while, and certainly if you have been growing an edible garden for a few years, you know there are numerous good reasons for people to grow their own food:
1. It tastes better. All of it. Every last veggie tastes better than store bought.
2. You save money. Okay, maybe not at first, but in the long run. Not to mention less Doctor bills, because-
3. It is healthier for you. Fresh produce is higher in nutrients than even organic produce that is older.
4. You are less dependent on others for your food.
5. It is great exercise both physically and mentally.
6. Economic uncertainty.
Now you might be thinking, ‘But GJ, you said ONE reason!’
Of course you are right, and here it is:
Unless you are totally self-sufficient, you are buying something that was grown in California. Maybe it’s nuts, or produce, or an ingredient in something else; but the truth is the vast majority of the food we eat in the US is associated with California farms.
And they are having a horrible year. The extreme drought continues, and here in the northeast we are already seeing the effects.
The price of almonds has skyrocketed, for example; and that is just the beginning.
It gets worse. Even if the drought suddenly lifted, much of this season’s crops are already affected. Not just this season’s either; because so many items end up as ingredients, the prices of other food items will continue to go up even if the drought subsides.
Think about it.
What would you do if suddenly the cost of food tripled?
What if some items you normally enjoy were no longer available?
Now we’re not trying to predict what will happen nor frighten anyone.
For the cost of a few packets of seeds and either some containers or a little part of your yard, you could begin to lay the groundwork, so to speak, for a more secure future food-wise.
Isn’t that one reason alone way more than enough?