Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Can You Grow Your Own?

With continual exposes showing manufacturers using foul ingredients in our food supply anywhere from cancer causing chemicals to pink slim in ground beef, glued steaks and now horse meat in ground beef in a famous fast food chain in Europe one has to wonder............

On top of all that food is becoming more and more expensive, prices are higher and packages are smaller.  This is going to date me buy how many of you remember how big of a Tootsie Roll you used to get for a penny?  That's just the tip of the ice berg.

I don't know about you but I don't care to eat all the additives, especially the horse meat in my food, thank you very much.

Many times in my life well meaning people would ask me why I worked so hard growing and preserving my own food.  My reply consistently was, "Even if it cost more and takes more time I do it because I want to know what is in my food."  So, for 40 years I have grown my own food in various formats.  I want to share with you bit by bit how I did and what I've learned over the years and

I Want To Challenge You To Grow At Least Part Of your 
Annual Food This Year

The goal is to choose what food products you think you can grow with the amount of space you have and see just how much nutritionally dense food you can grow for yourself and your family this year.

What is Nutritionally Dense Food?

Recent studies have shown that foods grown from hybrid seed have 25% less nutrients than Heritage or Heirloom seeded foods.  Additionally, GMO or Genetically Modified Foods have been shown to cause a multitude of disease and serious genetic malformation in the animals and humans that eat them.

Buy your Food From A Local Farmer You Know

When chain stores (even famous organic food stores) are caught selling conventionally raised foods labeled as organic to customers to get higher profits you need to know and be able to trust the grower of your food. Be careful and know where your food is produced.  There is no real entity inspecting 'organic' foods from China or some other countries for that matter.  USDA only inspects a tiny percentage of the products coming into this country!

Farmers Markets are great places to purchase 'local food'.....maybe.  Our family has grown food for farmers markets for almost 30 years and have seen just about everything, especially people purchasing produce from a local grocery wholesaler that was grown hundreds and hundreds miles away and then selling that same produce at much higher prices after having labeled it a organic and locally grown.

ASK, don't assume because it is sold at a Farmer's Market that it is Organically grown.  Will your grower allow you to visit their operation or actually encourage it?  The old saying still goes,

Let the Buyer Beware

So, Where do you start?  Initially my first litmus test is that I buy only food that is as close to the way my God, the creator, first created it.

I also encourage you to start slow.  So this month I'm asking you to take a hard look at what you buy and the amount of space you have.  There are so many ways to now grow a lot of food even on a patio deck.  In Russia folks are often given a 40 x 100 square foot lot.  They put up a small living quarters and then grow 85% of all their food for the YEAR on every spare inch they have left.  Can we not do the same?

So whether you are a beginner with a small space, already have a good amount of space or are looking for a place we'll show you what you need and how to grow it in the smallest space possible.  We are also going to share with you how to store for winter and cook for health.  The greatest part is that you can do this and have a full-time job or perhaps do this so you can keep your spouse home with the kids.

Join us! Let's Talk about it!

"She is like merchant ships; she brings her food from afar.  She rises also while it is still night, and gives food to her household, and portions to her maidens.  She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard.  She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong.  She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night."  Proverbs 31: 14-18

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Grandma Farmer is doing much better now since the revision of a previous knee replacement mid January.  I don't have a laptop computer so I've had to wait until I was able to sit at the computer for reasonable periods of time to be able to write blogs.  I've got tons of ideas in my head for future blogs to you, my favorite readers.

If you want to hear about growing your own food, serving nutritionally packed foods to your families and so much more stay tuned.  What's more tell your friends because we're going to get discussing so many great ideas for all of you!