My family hides most of our fruit and vegetable garden behind a decorative wooden fence, so that our stylish, tasteful neighbors are not offended by the sight of four types of squash, six varieties of lettuce, cucucumbers, blackberries, raspberries, straw berries, sweet potatoes, figs, chives, green onions, green beans, tomatoes, dill, sage, oregano, swiss chard and kale growing promiscously out in plain sight.
But, the fact is that our small back yard garden provides a significant percentage of the food we consume. We have something from the garden year around. My favorite is leafy greens and I have them 9- 10 months of the year, without even having a cold frame. This year we harvested our first plums, apricots and peaches from the trees we planted a couple of years ago.
We also forage for pecans, walnuts, poke salad, lamb’s quarter, dandelion greens, morel mushrooms, puff balls and oyster mushrooms. We fish for catfish, fresh water drum and blue gills in season. We freeze fish, can fruit, store nuts and sweet potatoes and make jams and jellies at home. We have various friends who sell us free range eggs, free range chickens and dressed rabbits. There is a local farmer who sells free range grass fed beef with no chemicals or hormones. We know folks who raise goats and sell milk. Certain friends gift us venison, snapping turtles and squirels from time to time.
Here lie the first little baby steps toward human freedom. Cutting Monsanto and Dow Chemical out of the chain of command in obtaining your family’s food, is an act of revolution. I am too old to storm the bastille, but I am well able to garden, forage and barter.
If people can free themselves of chemically tainted, hormone laden, genetically modified, corporate produced, poisoned, cardboard food, it is a start toward freedom. Folks who have reached the point where the only benefit of their meals is to enrich the corporations, instead of nourishing their bodies, are officially slaves and cattle to my mind.
The corporations want you to be completely addicted to the very profitable non foods; ie white flour, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other junk, with nothing green except pickle chips. They make huge profits, while ruining your health and robbing you of both your quality and length of life. I challenged you to plant a garden, go fishing, forage and barter with local producers of real food. Viva la revolution, Baby!