In a very informative article by Makenna Goodman titled: Food in Uncertain Times: How to Grow and Store the 5 Crops You Need to Survive, Carol Deppe is interviewed about her book: The Resilient Gardener.
"The basic issues are getting more control over our food, getting lots higher quality and more delicious food, and enhancing the resilience of our food supply. There are three ways to do that. The first is through local buying patterns and trade. A second is through knowing how to store or process food that is available locally, whether we grow it ourselves or not. The third is gardening."
"Gardeners who know how to grow food can be reservoirs of knowledge, skills, and seeds for their communities." Whether you are a serious gardener or not, all of us can serve as the starting point to begin taking greater control over our food.
Carol Deppe explains in great detail about crops we should attempt to grow on our own due to the ease and wonderful, healthy benefits:
Potatoes. "Anyone with a shovel can grow potatoes. In most areas of the country, they can be grown unirrigated, even where all other summer crops require irrigation." Potatoes are delicious, healthy and can be made in many easy ways. They are one food that we need to be eating organic, so growing your own is a perfect idea! Click here for our potato recipes and nutritional info.
Corn. Nearly all our commercially grown corn in the U.S. is genetically modified. "Corn is 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." Click here for our corn recipes and nutritional info.
"Grain legumes, that is, beans, peas, teparies, garbanzos, cowpeas, lentils, soybeans, and others, keep well and are prime for a little beyond a year." Click here for our pea recipes and nutritional info.
Squash. "We grow lots of summer squash for both fresh eating and drying. I have had a soup made mostly from six-year-old dried summer squash that was as delicious as it was the year I dried it." Click here for our squash recipes and nutritional info.
If you have no desire whatsoever to garden on your own, find out where your nearest CSA (community supported agriculture) or farmers' market is, and support their important efforts by buying your produce from them. Not only are you providing for a healthier food supply, but you can be sure that the food on your plate is providing superb health for you and your family!