Part of the impetus for getting this site going instead of going about writing The SHTF Garden the old fashioned way is that there is a real revolution happening in America, right now, and it’s taking place in back yards, on patios, in the windows, and on the porches of homes across the land.
No, it’s not some political movement or a rally behind a candidate for office.
Instead, it’s a change in thinking that’s sweeping the nation as people realize that their pocketbooks and health are being attacked on all levels. Food prices are rising fast. The food that is available is becoming lower in quality at the same time. Meanwhile, paychecks and savings accounts are shrinking.
All of this adds up to Americans having two choices: spend more of their money on food that is getting worse and worse or start providing more for themselves and get higher quality food at a lower price.
So the gardening revolution has begun. Or Gardening R3VOLution if you’re a Ron Paul or Beetles fan.
Power to the Planters
Right now in June it’s planting and early garden care season in the northern part of the country. I had the chance to visit a major metropolitan area recently and during a neighborhood walk with friends, saw a large number of people tending to garden plots and newly-placed berry bushes.
One of the friends I was walking with remarked that he’s never before seen so many people planting gardens as he noted this year. “It’s huge,” he says, “and a lot of the garden stores I frequent weren’t ready for it.”
The reasons behind this revolution in planting food are several and fairly obvious. We’re living in rough economic times and a lot of people are finding themselves literally choosing between making mortgage payments or eating. No matter how you slice it, a productive garden is, almost literally, money in the bank.
This revolution of planting is having an impact. Here in the tiny town in which I live (and am always happy to come back to after visiting a metropolis) gardens are a common sight. This area is rural and those who don’t grow professionally as farmers or ranchers are growing as amateurs. This year, even those who normally wouldn’t have a garden are suddenly getting the green bug.
One neighbor here in town (in rural settings, “neighbor” means anyone whom you can go to visit within a hours’ drive) told me that she’s growing strawberries and tomatoes this year. She’s literally never grown anything in her life. She wanted to know if I had any pointers.
Workers of the Soil Unite!
All of this slow and steady stirring of green thumbs in black dirt has created a movement in people that is changing our thought patterns. Our consumerist society is slowly awakening and it’s only a matter of time before people begin to consciously realize that our strength is in our own back yard. We have the ability to provide much of our own sustenance for ourselves with much less work than most people realize.
That rich, expansive, lush lawn you’ve spent all that effort caring for year after year? Tear it up, it’s useless. Plant a garden instead. Instead of competing with the Jones’ over who has the better expanse of green turf and trimmed bushes, why not compete to see who has the tastiest tomatoes or the best crop of beans?
Best of all, unlike a riding mower and power trimmers, shovels, rakes, hoes, and baskets are tools that everyone in the family can use so all of you can be out there working the soil together, enjoying something other than mind-numbing television or McCrappy’s burgers.
It’s a revolution in our back yards! Join in! (The beret is optional.)