Practical Resilient Gardening...something we all need to consider.
When we trade or sell or gift part of the best we have, part of the best of others comes back to us.
"My friends, neighbors, and exchange networks are part of my resilience. I aim for greater self-reliance. I like to enjoy doing more for myself. And I love to garden, and to grow food. But I don't aim at 'independence.' Healthy humans are never independent. We are interdependent. What we want is to be self-reliant enough to hold up our end of honorable interdependence. Our skill at growing, storing, processing, using, or trading food can all be part of our contribution to honorable interdependence." Longtime gardener and scientist, Carol Deppe explains in an interview with Makenna Goodman about her new book titled, The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times.
The past fifty years have been marked by unstable weather patterns which have recently become increasingly erratic. Our food supply is not only affected by the unpredictable weather but by the way our food is farmed today ~ with an abundance of chemicals. We need to be concerned. Carole Deppe further explains, "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."
Check out Carol's interview with Makenna Goodman ~ Food in Uncertain Times: How to Grow and Store the 5 Crops You Need to Survive. And visit our give2growpage where we support farm-to-fork living by offering tips, advice, and both general and specific information on creating gardens at home, at work and at school.
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