With this rotten piece of news ringing in my ears I have paid careful attention to my garden planning for the year ahead. I've purchased a wider variety of seeds to ensure a long harvest window. Early types will be eaten over the summer and canned, frozen, pickled and fermented. Later crops have been selected for their ability to stay in the ground or store well. In some cases this means two crops over the season or, with something like the peas, a massive sowing as soon as the soil allows followed by late root vegetables. Right now I'm consumed with various ideas on how to ensure good soil for my ambitious plans.
Now, with a bit of luck, I'm going to stay ahead of the game. Even if I end up having to buy (hyperventilating noises), I'm fortunate enough to be able to increase my budget.
Another 40% number for you. 40% is the number of families with young children in our area who live at or below the poverty line. They don't have the resources to absorb the increased cost of food. They will give up buying nutritious food in favour of cheaper alternatives that provide bulk but little else.
Now you know I have my finger in a few community pies already. I might have complained once or plenty about the workload. I have sensibly planned to withdraw from the most time consuming position in April, so I have time for more enjoyable pursuits. Regardless, I can't stand by and not do something. A number of like minded individuals have begun to drift into a loose group with the intention of helping people grow their own food.
A frugal beginner gardening workshop is confirmed for March. A list of mentors has been created by the garden club. On the "to do" list: a tool sharing system, a garden sharing project, reactivation of the community garden, free seeds and canning classes. Next post I'll discuss some of the things we are learning. Meanwhile I would be interested to know what is happening in your communities.