The major disruption in how we feed ourselves ignited by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the worries about the on-going impact this will have on America’s food supply chain, has spurred more people to look into growing their own food. But “growing your own food” has been on a long-term upward trend since the financial crisis in 2008.
According to the National Gardening Association, at least 35% of Americans say they do some amount of food gardening, and the appeal is growing across a broad swath of the population. Millennials, in particular, are driving this trend. While the median garden size is 75 sq. ft, the average size is 550 sq. ft. That’s a fair amount of the most popular things we grow; tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, carrots, and summer squash.
This podcast explores a range of approaches to growing and foraging your own food. Marjory Wildcraft, founder of the GROW network talks about her 3-part system, which relies on animals, for growing up to half of your food needs in your backyard. I tap into the wisdom of Wild Abundance, a permaculture and homesteading school, to learn what vegetables to grow, and look at some examples of a forest garden; a valuable but undervalued source of perennial edibles. I also talk with Roman Gonzalez, founder of Gardenio, a company that’s all about initiating Millennials into successfully growing edible plants, one herb at a time.
Sound clip courtesy of dersuperanton at Freesound.org
05/01/20 • 28 min
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From container gardening to foraging to raising chickens, more of us are exploring more ways to feed ourselves.
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