Today Reuters ran a story about food prices being at record levels and the likelihood that they will remain this way for months to come. With that in mind I strongly encourage you to do something about it.

Plant vegetables.

Any little bit will help. Growing your own food is an important step towards reducing the impact of market prices on your pocketbook. It is good for you in more ways than just controlling what you eat, there is physical exercise, increased well being just from being outdoors, and the emotional lift when you eat what you grew. For those with children it is also an excellent teaching tool. Putting seed to soil, and reaping the harvest is, in my opinion, part of personal responsibility.

I feel we owe it to ourselves to become more self reliant, to reconnect with the earth, and to in some small way throw off the shackles of eating food we have no connection with. Over the last year I’ve had a change of heart about most of these issues. If you follow this blog, you’ve been able to watch the installation of a food plot, followed the progress of the summer growth, and shared in wonderful produce harvests. Over at my food blog, I’ve cooked it up fresh, as well as put some up for later use. My family and I are enjoying the fruits of that hard yet enjoyable toil through these cold winter months. 

Years ago families grew food because they had to, and some people still do for the same reason. But I am aware from following other blogs, and some interesting pages on Facebook, that more and more folks are growing food not because they need to, but rather because they want to. They feel, as I do, that it is the right thing to do, for health, for monetary savings, for a small sense of control in this increasingly uncertain time.

You don’t need a large yard to get started, excellent results can be had using 5 gallon buckets as planters. A sunny balcony, a flat roof top, even a driveway can be utilized for personal food production.

You can do it! I will keep sharing my journey, the successes and lessons learned, techniques and tips. Many of you will share yours too. I look forward to it.

Until next time, Keep Digging & Eat Well!

The Gastronomic Gardener