About a year ago, Vancouver, BC, resident Randy Shore determined that every day for one year, he and his family would eat at least one thing they’d grown themselves. Randy is an urbanite. His soil consisted of small rocks. He’d never grown any food before in his life.
Here’s his story, along with a short video that won’t upload to my site or I’d show it here.
Sometimes when I talk about getting food from our garden, farm, and other local sources, you all find it easy to dismiss me. “Easy for you to do,” you say, knowing that it’s our lifestyle and our parents’ before us. Knowing that we have forty acres and live in one of Canada’s best climates for food production.
Well, yes. That’s all true. But it doesn’t mean you can’t learn. You don’t have to sign up for the 100 Mile Diet Challenge to take your first step.
Your first step could be like Randy Shore’s, or even smaller. How about paying attention in the grocery store to where your food is grown? How about seeking out farmers’ markets? How about looking for a CSA (community supported agriculture) veggie box program in your area?
What have you already done? What more can you do?
Margaret Fisk says
I’ve already read the article, and it’s wonderful. One of the frustrations in moving to Reno has been learning the growing season. Back in Fremont, CA, we grew a lot of tomatoes, strawberries (until the local tame rabbit escapee started eating them faster than we could grow them), and other things. However, we have managed a successful pumpkin, the snow peas grow wonderfully, and once we get things set up, who knows what we can grow :). (I say we loosely because my hubby’s the grower. I’m the consumer.)