Food crisis is coming

Focus On Food Independence – Expand Your Garden Now

Food independence. The concept goes hand-in-hand with freedom. Free from a collapsing infrastructure of global agriculture during a time of great uncertainty. And out-of-control higher prices.

Avoid or side-step the coming chaos.

Hungry People Will Revolt

Here’s something to bear in mind… A nation with sufficient numbers of hungry people (or people paying a much higher percent of their income on food) will revolt against its government. It has happened throughout history. Chaotic rebellions. Social unrest and chaos. Food for me but not for thee. The elites, and the peasants. Tyranny and enslavement. Regime’s have been toppled and replaced. All because the people are hungry…

Everyone with a thinking brain should recognize what’s going on right now. At least to an extent enough to realize that food prices and food shortages are worsening (for various reasons, some by design).

Here’s one recent reason… Just in the past several days, several ‘bread-basket’ nations have stopped their exports of various grains to the world. The immediate results have been huge financial market swings in those sectors.

By the time this works its way through the chain (lack thereof), you’re going to see more related shortages and much higher prices. Do you know how many food products (and other production) require grains? And this is just one bad thing of many that’s going on out there in the world, right now. No fertilizer from Russia (worlds largest ingredient supplier). How’s that going to go? How about the biggest wheat shortage right now in China? How many people to feed over there?? Couple all this with WAR. INFLATION. FUEL PRICES SKYROCKETING. Lets Go Brandon…

Use Your Critical Thinking To Hypothesize Food Future

Here’s what I suggest. Use your critical thinking brain to hypothesize the future. What might the picture look like in a month. 6 months. A year.

Look at what’s going on in the world right now. Dig deeper. Research and listen to what others are saying, other than the mainstream news. The truths are out there in plain view. I, and many of you, already have a pretty good understanding of the big picture, and how they are relating to current events. We know the agenda. And I’ll just say that it’s very, very bad for freedom and liberty.

Food is an extremely powerful weapon. When you rely on others to feed you and your family, you are at the behest of the hand that feeds you. A desperate and hungry people will do just about anything to ‘sign up’ for their food rations (if there are any). That’s where we’re seemingly headed. The ‘welfare state’ is already signed up. But this is going to get worse. Massive inflation. Much higher prices. Shortages of foods. A hungrier people. Angrier people. And I won’t even get into the cost of fuel right now! Lets Go Brandon…

I don’t know if the NWO agenda can or will be stopped. I do know that they’re exposed, and entirely out in the open right now. So that leads me to believe they’re not going to pull back at this juncture. They’re all-in. So, that leads me to the next chapter…

Expand Your Garden While You Can

Square Foot Gardening
(amzn)

Given the latest state of events in the world, you can bet your ass that I’m expanding my own gardens. I will selectively plant and grow foods that will provide calories and good storage.

I am irritated because that’s going to mean more work for me. But, I would rather do the work for my increasing food independence. I’ve got plenty stocked away as it is. However, the more I can learn about my own land, and what works for me, the better off I’ll be in the future. Plus, it’s good exercise, right?

I really want to add another 4 x 16 x 2′ raised bed. Given today’s prices for materials, I can only imagine what that’s going to cost me. Although it will likely cost even more the longer I wait to expand.

I’ve got a good size fenced-in standard garden. But its such a pain bending down over and over and over… Darn weeds. The raised beds are so much nicer. And let me tell ya, having a two-foot-tall bed is so much nicer than a standard raised bed!

I’ve written about it a number of times. Survival calories first. Then, nutrition as best you can.

Some Of What I’m Growing In The Gardens

My primary crop is the potato. Though corn is right up there in calories, you get more calories per square foot with potatoes. Plus, I just can’t seem to grow good enough corn in my particular soil and short season. I have had excellent results storing my potatoes. Home-canned too.

Winter squash varieties. They store well too. Acorn squash. Butternut squash.

Carrots. I’ve had good luck growing carrots. Got lots of home canned carrots now. I plant them around the tomatoes too. They thrive.

Bell peppers. Not so high in calories. But good nutrition add. And they taste great. We have perfected storing them (vacuum sealed in pint bags for one of the chest freezers). We grow enough for a solid year of regular consumption.

Maters. I mean, tomatoes. We still have lots of home canned pasta sauce from previous years tomatoes. I do love the monster size Brandywine tomato for it’s incredible flavor. That’s what a tomato should taste like! Will grow some again this year.

I’ve been doing garlic the past few years. They’ve done great! Planted some more last fall for over-winter. They store well too.

More Garden Upgrades

Like I said, I will hopefully add another raised bed. Will have to expand the fence around that particular garden area.

Water, water, and more water. Irrigation. This one so much depends on our weather. How much rain. Or how little rain. A few summers ago, we hardly had any rain! I was constantly watering. My raised garden beds are not far from the house. Not such a problem. However, the big garden is pretty far away. About 400 feet. That’s how much hose I run down there. Have to water it all by hand if needed. Thinking about methods of better automated methods such as soakers, sprinklers, whatever…

Every year I do experiments. Several years I’ve tried potatoes in a barrel. It has never produced like they say it would. Visions of 50 pounds yield coming from a 50 gallon barrel. Nope. So I’m giving up on that one. Not sure what I’m going to try next.

Strive Towards Food Independence

Yes, it can be a lot of work. On the other hand, with a good system, you can make a pretty good dent into being somewhat food independent. There’s just two of us. Mrs.J and I. So, it’s easier in that we don’t have to grow tons of food to help in this department.

Find some crops that grow well for you and your area, your soil, your climate. I suggest focusing on calories first. Figure out how to preserve your crops. Home canning is one obvious great way to do this (for some foods). A chest freezer. Plain old cool/dark storage will keep some foods in good shape for many months. I’ve stored potatoes for 8 months this way.

Livestock. It’s the next level. We have chickens. Lots of eggs. On and off again we’ve done pigs with our neighbor. Our neighbors daughter (and son-in-law) do beef. So we get beef in the freezer too. Another neighbor down the road does the same thing (beef).

Community. Local. This is how we become independent to the extent we can. This is how we can survive a collapsing infrastructure that’s dependent upon many things ‘global’. When those systems break down, people are going to starve. The poor starve first. Then the middle class. The elites however, they continue to eat their steak and lobster.

Urban food production. Obviously quite limited, or illegal all together. Live in the city? Well, you’re SOL. Sorry.

Suburban food production. Yes, it can be done. There’s enough ‘grass’ that can be converted to garden. However, your politicians and their zoning laws may prohibit lots of possibilities – depending on where your own suburbia is.

Rural food production. That’s the ticket. Mostly limitless possibilities. It’s one reason I moved there. My own biggest issue is a very short growing season given my latitude. But, I make it work.

They Want To Take Away Your Personal Food Production

The powers that be. Your dear globalist elites. They want you to eat bugs. “You vill eat ze bugs”, says Klaus Schwab. And you will like it (they say). They want to ban meat. Yup, that’s right. No more meat for you. Those cows fart too much. We’re all gonna die, don’t ya know… Your carbon footprint. You bad, bad person.

Anyway, just know that the global NWO elites do not like your food independence. They have, and will continue to use food crisis, which plays into their hands of ultimate control. You’ve already been conditioned via c ov id. ‘V a cc ine’ ID’s to participate in certain aspects of society (even though they’re killing you with it). But I digress…

It’s more important than ever to take matters into your own hands. Expand your food production. I have a feeling you’re going to need it…

I’ve rambled on enough. It’s just food for thought. Pun intended.

[ Read: Societal Breakdown And Collapse – Who Will Be The Most Valued Afterward? ]

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  1. I’m a zone 6 so I grow bushels of tomatoes. Too bad they just don’t have the calories, but they sure are good over pasta and in soups! This year I’m going to try a “new to me” potato method. Plant in the garden then cover with a 5 gal bucket (no bottom) and keep adding dirt. Kinda like the barrel method. I’ve also been saving plastic litter jugs for side dressing plants. A full jug of water with a nail hole in the bottom. Hope it cuts down on watering some.

  2. Just came in from working in the garden. Planted some lentils, chickpeas, and red clover in one bed to see how they’d do and, if nothing else, to boost the nitrogen there. Trying to get some moringa started in another bed. The yellow squash seed is sprouting in a starter box, and I’ve got some pepper plants to put out that I tried wintering over in the garage (they look pretty pathetic but I have great hope that they’ll rally). The blueberry bushes, pears, peaches, and even the pawpaws are flowering, and the blackberries are putting out some green leaves. I’ve been trying to get some sweet potato slips for the last month, but the tubers are just sitting there. That was gonna be my big calorie crop, so hopefully something will happen soon.

    I’m hoping to get some rabbits soon, mainly for their poop for fertilizer.

    1. I have ponder getting rabbits for awhile. Looking to use there poop for fertilizer. Just wasn’t sure if I would be coming out ahead with having to feed them. Any thoughts you have I would be grateful. Thanks

      1. Beekeeper – I lure rabbits to my AO with their own little garden. Feed is free as it is mostly their favorite wild plants. No refrigeration (electric) until ready to harvest. I provide good cover for them and their little ones. And the droppings are icing on the garden when I come across them. Fertilizer for my garden is compost, leaves, and wood chips….all natural and produced on-site. Pellets (.177) for the “reaper” are in good supply for both the rabbit and predator alike. Same thing with squirrels. I keep the bird feeders full, including sunflower seeds and occasionally peanut butter. Also collect acorns for them when I come across them on my “walks”. Fast food delivered to my door, and I don’t have to tip. But to them and my Lord I give thanks. I don’t know if my ways are any better than caging them…..but they are a hell of a lot happier till their end. And if anyone wants to try and steal them…..good luck….they are “fast food”. Watching (and learning from) the birds, rabbits, and squirrels are a bonus.

  3. I still plan on a garden at my age. Won’t be much, but it can help stretch the already stored items. At late 70s I can’t do much, but every little bit will help. Good exercise as long as you can do it. Yeah, the bending over leads to getting on knees. Would suggest that everyone buy new heritage seed this year. I like some of the hybrid better, but in most cases they dont return good seed.Waiting for the next crisis to hit.

    1. Bigben,
      container gardening may be the way to go for us this year. DW and i have always planted a large garden in rows every year, in our youth it was 4 acres. no more, the last several years have been 1 acre and that was enough. but now we are starting to rethink the whole thing. peas, beans and such will have to be planted in rows but squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and such will be planted in containers. half buried 5 gal buckets
      we are getting to old to bend over very far now for to long and the garden hoe’s are getting harder to operate.
      i hope it works, we’ll see.
      never know until you try.
      good luck with yours!

      1. DW and i have been doing this for 36yrs now and over the years we have learned how to plant less and be more productive on less ground. it’s all about what you plant, how you plant and not so much about how much.
        at one time we would plant a half acre of butter beans. i can now plant 4 100ft rows of butter PEAS and make the same off of those short hard to pick SOB’s as we did a half acre of the beans. they’re like a lot of things like okra, beans, squash,cucumbers, tomatoes and others, the more you pick them the more they will make.
        it’s a real learning process and it’s never ending. i learn something new every year.
        i encourage everyone to try a few different things this year, just a few hills and see, something different, ya never know until you try and you may be surprised. my garlic is coming up good.

        1. My zucchini-spaghetti squash cross last year had the production of the zucchini. It just kept going and going and going…

      2. I am planting in containers because I am planning a definite move. Figure 2 pickup loads as I accompany my DH in the moving truck. But my plans and dates are based on the location to which I am moving. (Just to keep the English majors ha4.)

  4. We just had a 10×20 greenhouse built out of old windows. That will give us a head-start in the spring and lengthen our growing season for some potted plants in the fall. We can keep a banana tree and moringa tree in there in the winter.

    We are also expanding garden space. We will have to fight deer, but will use chicken wire to keep rabbits out.

  5. Pretty well stocked up for a year here, but if the societal collapse lasts longer I’m not sure I want to be part of it.

    We are still putting in a garden even though our stores are full. Then we will be able to help a couple of trusted neighbors that will need help. And if the hordes come looking for food, they can raid the entire garden while we weep at the total loss – call it a sacrificial garden. The stores are well hidden.

  6. Ken,
    We’ve found that using a fabric of woven material that prevents weeds really cuts down on weeds.
    We learned of this method from a southwest Missouri YouTube couple. You use a torch to cut the holes just big enough to plant your small plants. Water still goes through the material.
    Living tradition homestead is the name of their homestead.

    1. RVN 69 = Republic Vietnam 1969? It’s just how my mind works.
      RamBoze in Catheys Valley CA.

  7. I love living traditions a couple that works hard at self sufficiency I try to catch them and lumnah acres when I can .

  8. Kinda funny,
    Last year, the otherhalf says;
    “Why even bother with a garden this year? You’re too busy.”
    This past winter;
    “Maybe you should ADD more room, for this year’s garden.”

    (It must be a good idea…she thought of it)

    1. Joe c. well, if she thought of it, you had better do it. You have to keep the peace.

      1. blackjack,
        Lol, Yep
        It’s only taken me two long term relationships to figure that one out….
        The first was just plain stupid….in reasoning….,
        well, overall, just plain stupid.🤮

        This one’s a Winner.

  9. At the blog “Gardening Calories List of Vegetables From a Survival Context” that Ken updated 2-16-22.
    I posted how we currently approaching a garden. There might be something there that might help?
    Food for thought; We eat dandelion greens BEFORE we can even PLANT our garden.

    We grow potatoes in raised beds and the last couple of years added, something like, 18″ by 3 foot elevated raised beds for potatoes. To harvest, spread out a tarp and just tip the elevated beds over.

    scout
    Have you looked into elevated raised beds? Raised beds on legs.

    1. Spring was often called the starving time, after the winter storage was gone but before the new crops started coming in. Best to plan to fill that gap.

    2. You mentioned dandelion greens, grew up on them, great salad in a mix, most people don’t understand the benefit’s of dandelions growing in your yard. You have to harvest the greens before the bloom starts, otherwise they become bitter.

  10. In south Florida summers too hot to grow. So I do tomatoes , lettuce and basil. Start December and garden too hot by end of June. Also iguanas are a pain…shoot them with 22 pellets. Use plastic boxes gardens from Lowes. Place 2 on aluminum walk boards, sets about 2 feet up( like you said saves your back) Plant seeds and plants cover with newspaper, great weed stoppage. Use digital water timer with drop hoses from Ace Hardware. Have 8 boxes for past 2 years. Also have trees..Key Lime, Red Lime ,Madagascar Lime and Star Fruit. Very small lot so give away most of crops and do exchange for Mangos from a friend. Best part is its alot of fun. But you are correct in future it will be a necessity due to rising cost. Also thinking of buying small freezer to do Costco run to stock up on chicken, steak and fish. Restaurant guy in Key West said expect all meats to double in price this summer.

  11. Jim S., A chest freezer is an excellent investment! At least so long as the power is on. One of mine is loaded with beef from a time of less prices than today. Already paid for itself.

  12. Gonna plant a garden this year. Also want to buy a vacuum sealer and seal up store bought pastas and noodles etc. Does anyone know how long pastas will last once vacuum sealed? Thanks for any info, I’m new at this.

    1. JF62:
      Pasta is a fairly long term storage item, 5-6 years for the most part.
      Be careful when Vac Sealing as to not allow the pasta to poke a hole in the bag.
      Honestly I just drop the bags of Pasta into a 5 gallon food grade bucket, drop in a O2sorb and seal it.
      Have done this way for many years without a problem.
      Best of luck.
      And enjoy the Garden, make it fun, not a chore.

        1. JF 62:
          You’re welcome.
          FYI there are a lot and I do mean a LOT of good people here, and GREAT information.
          Please feel free to ask all you need.

          1. There sure are some great people here. I seldom comment but come here on a regular basis to read the articles and comments.

      1. I have a restaurant supply store in nevada that takes bulk buying to a new level, they have 50 lbs of rice called Fugi mau rice it’s a hybrid med grain white rice, for about 30 dollars a bag.. Buy 1 bag a year and store in used 1/2 gallon jugs (like ammonia or fruit juice come in) 12 takes about ten to twelve containers per 50 lb bag. Store most in my freezers (have two) and give some to neighbors and prepper friends always get a warm thank you. Purposely kept rice from 4 to 5 years ago to sample….after cooking the taste is still great. White rice keeps 5 times longer in storage brown rice has oils which really do go rancid after a few months in storage and does not freeze well either. Have used this method for over 30 years for rice, and IT WORKS, This is a budget bonanza for your long term preps. Also planned smaller containers to use as emergency handouts to people in need. Always pay it forward as the saying goes it will come back to you many times over.

    2. JF62
      Spaghetti noodles will do fine but have discovered that you must stop the sealing before the pressure turns them into spaghetti bites.
      Best way so far is pouring the specialty pastas into 5 or 7-ml Mylar bags with the ‘pleated bottom and zip lock top’. These bags come in a quart to 2-gallon size, possible larger as it has been a while since I have ordered those bags. I did not use 02 absorbers in those which will be consumed within a certain time frame around a year. Certain pastas will cut right through the Mylar so purchase the thickest you can for this process or be extra careful.
      If you are wondering about putting the pasta in canning jars and vacuum sealing the food. The jars it will require a place that is dark and does not get hot. My first attempts were in canning jars and vac sealed but the above 70 degrees and light changed the color of the pasta.
      I have also done pasta the way NRP has described in a bucket, but it was the spaghetti noodles and vacuum sealed… age unknown as they were in the bedroom closet for some time. Have not noticed a flavor difference, so must be alright.

  13. I’ve paid tens of thousands a year forever….and now your telling me the government ain’t gonna take care of me? Darn…that’s depressing……….

    1. Not only will they not take care of you but have saddled you with a 30 trillion debt. Pay up.

      Now if only that damn money tree would grow in the garden.

    2. Dennis, you’re lucky they let you stay above ground, your old and not productive anymore. Now, you’re a draw on the system.
      “I’ve paid tens of thousands a year forever….and now you’re telling me the government ain’t gonna take care of me?”
      This sounds like the Democrat in you is coming out. Sorry couldn’t resist.

      1. blackjack22,

        Pure sarcasm, but you know that. Destroyed all my guns and I love Joe too……….

        1. Dennis oohh CRAP! Tell US you’re going to say that BEFORE you say it, so WE have time to put on our waders or climb to higher ground.
          “Destroyed all my guns too” uumm, where you in Australia at the time, how will/are you going to protect yourself and your family?
          WAIT,WAIT! you have said in the past, that you go to the range for therapy/stress relief so, you still have some firearms right? Opps OPSEC, OPSEC! disregard last question.

          1. NRP & Blue, that hurts just thinking about it, wait, was it black tea or earl gray?

  14. Just finished harvesting 35 lbs of carrots. built 4 raised beds. Got cat fish and sun fish for my pond. Looking at rabbits or chickens next.

  15. I agree with you. Desperate people will do things that normally wouldn’t. As you said prices are going up and not just food. What kills me is our government will pay farmers NOT to grow certain things. They do that because the government knows more supply demand, more taxes that can be raised.
    Most people are just living day to day, struggling for food and money to pay these higher taxes. As you said revolt is a great concern to everyone. If it happens it won’t be the first time in our history as a country. Our governments leader’s are wealthy and really don’t care about taxes and increase of prices. They sit back in their multimillion dollar homes and look down on the lower class like Rome’s leaders done many years ago using their influence and laws that protect themselves and to keep the lower class subject to their laws. We all know what happened to Rome, the greatest state in that time.
    I believe that the American population, the majority that is, has patiently sat back and took whatever our government throws at us and has been silent. Will that change? Nobody really knows what will happen but indicators suggest that it is only a matter of time.
    For me the question isn’t when or if but why. Our government is doing all the price increases and the see that the average American population, the ” worker bees” are struggling to put food on the table and keep gas in their car so they CAN work. Again the rich just doesn’t care about the lower class and as long as they are living the life of Riley they will continue to look away.

  16. We live on a small city lot so we can not be food independent with so little ground. But we do have a garden in the front yard. We get a LOT of food from the garden. Our secret for getting more food from a small garden is to build good dirt with compost, wood ashes and manure. We plant corn in hills with 5 or 6 plants per hill. This gives us more food with fewer rows.

  17. I live in a small rented apartment in the city without a balcony, so a full garden isn’t possible. I’ve been growing a small amount of vegetables hydroponically for the past few years, and it has been working well. If you have a sunny window, you don’t even need grow lights to get started. I put my grow light setup in a windowless room to maximize the growing area.

    It’s nowhere near self sufficient, but something is better than nothing. Just a tip for anyone else in a similar situation.

  18. Drought-proof your gardens and orchards to the extent possible. How you do it depends on where you live, how much water you have, how the water flows, your soil composition, and many other variables. But it can be done.

    Last year I grew pumpkins and watermelons in a deep woodchip area with 0 water and sandy soil. In an area that gets slightly more runoff spring and fall, I planted tomatoes, zucchini and sorghum. They all thrived. We get between 12 and 15 inches of water per year, most of it in the winter and spring.

    If you get more than 18 inches of water in a year there is no reason to be using irrigation, provided your ground is set up to catch and hold the water you get.

    1. Lauren,
      a grey water system works great in a garden if it’s feasible. the stuff that comes from your kitchen sink is the best fertilizer you can have, soap and all. DW’s rose bushes love it.
      many people including myself use Dawn in a sprayer in the yard to break the surface tension on top of the soil in the bare spots so that water can get down to the roots when the ground gets compacted.
      it works great for me.

  19. We are hoping to better protect our garden this year so we can keep more of what we grow. It was supposed to happen last year but didn’t have the time with the extra needed to respond to state audit. Our soil is good but we are trying to add more hugels to extend growing time and manage water better. It is like a raised bed with logs, branches, leaves and grass cuttings, then soil. And I top with mulch too. The logs break down, along with the other stuff which feed the items growing on the hugel. Also the logs manage too much and too little water situations. Things grow like crazy on these.

    We will continue to plant potatoes, corn and beans. Beets are my favorite, then tomatoes and peppers. I tried onions last year and they did well so I will repeat. And always garlic. Depending on room, carrots and parsnips will be added. Delicata is our favorite squash.

    I like to interplant marigolds, calendula and nasturtium….helps with pollination and bad bugs.

    1. DAMedinNY
      Here we have marigolds in the garden to keep the voles away.
      Nasturtium — During WWII black pepper was in short supply. Folks would dehydrate nasturtium seed pods and unopened flower buds. Then grind them up as a substitute for black pepper. Can’t say they taste like pepper, but they’re not bad. They are okay in their own right.
      Have tried dehydrating the nasturtium flowers and leaves, but when dried, they loose their peppery flavor. Best used fresh.

      1. Far North, I was told the nasturtium would keep rabbits away and the flowers are good on fresh salads. Didn’t have a problem with bunnies, but We have tons of voles here….and they still came – another reason why I want to have several deep sided hugel beds which will be lined with hardware clothe. The marigolds flourished and worked well for insect balance.

  20. The libs cries about “no cattle” is just empty, mindless drivel. Pre 1800 buffalo numbers were nearly 60 million. Beef cattle numbers today are 30 million and 60 million dairy cattle. With the size and weight of a buffalo compared to cattle, the total methane production has to be nearly the same. Find some other, more reasonable, thing to complain about!

    1. I’ve said it before–if cow farts are a problem, we should be thanking the buffalo hunters!

    2. Speedy – good points, but there is a difference between pasture grazed and confinement when considering emissions. One is aerobic, other is anaerobic (pit based) and emission profile is quite different as well as quantities applied per acre. We pasture 8-9 Mo of the year and only confine in winter for feeding or calving.

  21. Martin Armstrong article

    He went to the bank for cash. He could only get $2,000 and had to “put in an order” for more. Interesting

    1. Yes, if they don’t have your cash in the bank, how can they turn it into their digital dollar when they want? Take it out now, just keep what is needed for bills. There was a reason our grand and great grand parents did not trust banks.

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