The ugly storms that came through Colorado decided to dump moisture almost everywhere but here – boo hoo! With the temps jumping back into the 70’s tomorrow, my hose team (which is just me dragging out a bazillion hose’s) is set up and ready to go. Now I am thinking about what to share with you over this next month.
(When you realize your hose is old-)
My thoughts, topics, and ideas usually get inspiration from all the different emails regarding farming and gardening. Most are just shares, some are things to buy, and some are of a more serious nature. Those of you that have been following me know how I do not care much for the serious. I get too serious and have a bad tendency to get on my soapbox and rant. That is the biggest reason I shy away from them – however – that being said:
I want to share that I support this organization (not financially because I am broke, but I do sign petitions and emails to the Government):
The reason why I connect with them instead of worrying about the FDA is simple – – – ACTION! They are working hard to try to assure us that our food sources are decent and safe to eat. I live for this way of life.
Yes, we do have to buy some things from the markets. Yes, I do read labels. Yes, it does make a difference to me what I feed myself and my family. This, and more, is the reason why I follow these guys. With all the ugly recent changes in our county of late, I am pushing more to maintain our own family food mill.
I know I have several readers from other countries and I am curious to know how you best obtain your foods? Markets? Open Markets? Barter? Or are you a self-supplier? Please share as I will probably never get to go world traveling (boo hoo), I find it all interesting! I also think there is something great to be gained with universal exchange of knowledge, especially in regard to good, clean food.
Then, on occasion, I see headlines from ezines like this:
Which reinforces why I love to grow our own food. They are saving seeds in a far-off hide away prepping for the end of everything. Hmm?? I always wondered if there are people there to take care of things should it happen – AND – do they know how to farm or at least garden? I mean really, if they save all the great seeds but no one knows what to do with them, what does it matter? Oh, and don’t get me started on the hybrid/GMO seeds that are sterile.
So, for me there is a great sense of satisfaction when you get to eat the fruits of your own labors. That is just one benefit of growing your own. Some of the others are:
- Knowing what is put into the food and the soil.
- Giving a bit back to the earth instead of just taking away.
- Pulling the family closer together by working on it all together.
- Lessening the dangers of what goes into our food.
- Cost savings by growing our own and saving our own seeds (fyi: a ton of seeds out on the market today cannot be repurposed. Most of them are treated in such a manner that they are sterile.). We try to only use heirloom seeds.
- Income benefit of having enough grown to give some to family and friends, yet still having enough to sell to others.
We grow our own peppers, but still to get our black pepper from the store. We grow stevia for added sweetener, but we still get our sugar in bulk from the local beet factory (or store if needed). On a side note, our small town local grocery stories are outstanding! I have requested some special items several times, and they went out of their way to provide it. They also helped us during the fire and for that they will be eternally our friends! You tell me if you can get one of the big mass grocery stores to do that?
We love to do bartering, trading, sharing in tons of different ways. I think that may also come from farm, or at least small town, living. I hope that you have connections – near or far – that you can exchange seeds, food, or just ideas with. If I missed something here, please share!