Friday, June 3, 2011

Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is an idea whose time has come. It's actually past time for us to grow our food where we live. For years we've laughed at those "old-fashioned" folks who had a vegetable garden in their backyard, preferring to purchase our tasteless tomatoes at the local grocery store, where we are at the mercy of the industrial agriculture machine. Oh, we've complained, (to our friends), and griped about the quality of the produce available, and the fact that it all comes from Mexico or California, but have we really done anything to make it better??

Have we written the FDA to stop the planting of GM alfalfa? Have we registered our discontent about the use of methyl iodide on strawberries? Have we planted a GM free butterfly garden to ensure that bees and butterflies have a safe haven?

I think it's time to put up or shut up. And that's what we'll be talking about here - ways that you can be more self sufficient and in control of your family's food supply. We'll be looking at small-scale methods for growing food, so don't be overwhelmed! As we start small, it will snowball, and before you know it, you'll be glad you no longer have to mow your yard (because it's covered in bush beans), and that you can get your fresh herbs from the balcony outside your apartment. This is a journey of self discovery. Let's see where it takes us...

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