Shop, shop, shop?

file_000-1“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small-scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” Bill Mollison

That quote sprang to mind as I photographed the above sign.  When we apply the above quote to our personal food consumption, are there any steps we could make? Or do we follow the order from the pic?

No matter where we live, we cannot grow every food item we may wish to consume. True enough we could grow sufficient to keep us alive, fit and healthy. I cannot grow coffee where I live and I could, in theory, live without it. The point is we will probably need to buy some food.

Let us though, focus on what we can do! Bill Mollison’s quote is not a bad place to start. Rather than 10% of us being self-sufficient, what if we each grew 10% of our own food? It’s not that hard. Lettuce, leaves picked from the outside as needed, will last for most of summer. I have done this, it is possible. Six lettuce kept four of us in this salad basic for four months. Silverbeet planted before the end of the lettuce kept producing for ten months. If we add in a few herbs, rocquette, basil, rosemary and oregano, we are getting closer to our 10%. If we plant them, we will eat them. In so doing we improve our diets and increase our plantings. A virtuous cycle indeed.

Rosemary in a pot is indestructible, almost. Nothing tastes like food you’ve grown yourself. So give it some thought. Start small but start!

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