It isn’t easy. We can’t do that. There’s too much government control… Yes, to all these things. Not many efforts we engage ourselves in do not include these comments anymore, unless you are optimistic, believe or have a greater good mentality. I have these, and at times I do not. Why? Because sometimes I say to myself “it isn’t easy”, “there’s too much government control” and I think “we can’t do that”. But that’s ok, I’m human and I have doubts. Although for the most part, I do not remain in this mindset for long. Thank God for that!
It seems very simple, to work the ground and grow what we need to have our fill for a meal or for the day, and save some for the future. Simple in concept, although there is work to be done in several steps along the way (I know, for some this will be gardening 101).
- Decide what you can grow where you live and how to store it for the future
- Research what can grow in the space you have
- Research what grows well next to another plant (some don’t like each other)
- Ensure what you have decided to plant has enough space to grow fully
- Acquire the seeds, plant them and water as needed (store water if needed from rain source)
- Remove the weeds and insects you can see, and keep animals from eating (repeat as needed #5 & 6)
- During the time you’re not doing 5 & 6, research how to store foods and prepare for it
- Harvest crops as needed when time is right, eat and prep for future consumption
- Keep seeds from what has been grown, research how to store them and use next season
- If you have extra that cannot be eaten or stored, give them to someone who needs them or trade
- Repeat 1 – 10 Annually
Please recall this is part of a solution to reduce the unsustainable Confine Animal Agriculture Farming Operations (CAFO’s) which directly relate to the Crop Farming to feed them, water to raise them, and provide solutions to the growing population within and outside of the urban societies. These solutions are to potentially solve our dependence on the manufactured/processed foods which contain harmful additives and chemical that create a state of unhealthy, and sicken our families.
Oh, we have organizations, departments, agencies that are both non-profit, profit, government which will take care of us and look out for our well-being. Bullshit. They look out for themselves (most of them). The non-profits, do not want to offend the large contributors so they do not address the largest area of impact to us. The government agencies do the same, except the large contributors come directly to the EPA and NRDC and even the First Lady with all her plans to make the schools and our families foods come from a better nutritional source are pressured to change her wording and plans because of the food producers pressure on her. Their bottom line would be affected, and they cannot have that.
Even the schools suffer, as kids who may have a class the which discusses or maybe even teaches our children about agriculture and how food is grown or produced), are contradicted by the foods they are provided to eat at lunchtime.
Just please remember, I am not defending or promoting any of the ways we go about ensuring we have food to eat and water to drink. It is totally the steps in which the entire process begins, prepared and delivered via environmentally sustained, stored and readied for consumption. These are basic, yet complex steps when there are millions of our population that are not in any directly or indirectly involved, until it come to the purchase and consumption. By then either we just buy it and eat it, or we take the time to research, purchase and prepare it, just so we can make some kind of educated attempt to sustain and nutritionally fulfill our body’s needs and fight off the various other man-made sickness causing maladies we hear about every day.
I may need to apologize for today’s blog, as the many thoughts I have may have been a little disconnected. Please forgive me.