I am absolutely in love with the idea of gardening. I even have a little plot in the backyard along with a couple of garden boxes. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love organic produce, so it makes sense I’d be a great gardener. Well, I’m not. Every year I start out well, and every year I fizzle out shortly before harvest comes around. Why? Because I’ve done all the digging and weeding I can stomach for the season.
So, this year I found a solution. My family bought into an organic garden farm, where we were to get 100 lbs. of vegetables for $300.00. OK, maybe a little steep, but I thought we’d give it a try. Bad move.
Not only did we not acquire the 100 lbs of produce, it turns out the growers weren’t that interested in customer concerns. Our last pick-up included potatoes. I love fresh potatoes with butter and dill. What a treat. Alas, the potatoes came in a gunnysack that had clearly been snuggled up near petroleum products resulting in a contaminated bag.
Naively, we thought we’d give those potatoes a whirl anyway, but it turned out they tasted like gas. When I contacted the growers, they didn’t give me so much as a, “sorry, we’ll do better next year—thanks for the useful information about our sacks.” Nope, not a word. I guess they won’t be getting my business next year.
The Food4Weatlh process has really gotten me curious. Especially because it reports requiring as few as eight hours a year. I’m trying to wrap my head around that one, but even if it’s only 28 hours a year, I might be in.
Mr. Jonathon White is an environmental scientist and horticulturalist concentrating his techniques on ecological practices that produce results. He claims, “The study of natural ecosystems reveals everything we need to know about growing food”. Jonathan White’s system is explained as much simpler than current gardening methods used in Western cultures. In fact, for those who embrace this counter-garden-culture, food production will become a natural and almost intrinsic way of gaining food.
One of the limitations of this process is the mental mountain that requires scaling. It’s hard to believe that all this time I could really have been producing good quality, organic food with minimal amounts of effort. My entire life I have watched my parents garden the Western way, and it’s a whole heck of a lot of work. I’ve tried to follow their example, but I just poop out by the end.
Learning a system to produce an organic crop, rather than a few veggies from a garden plot is a 180-degree shift for me. The possibility of saving money on produce from the grocery store sounds absolutely marvellous.
For those who want to go whole steps farther than I do, diving into this system in order to sell your produce is an exciting option. Just be more ethical than my little friends down the road who sold me tainted potatoes.
The Final Word…
In a world where chemicals pretend to be food, and grocery produce sections hawk “fresh”, when the apples have been sitting for 6 months, personal organic gardening could be a satisfying, wholesome panacea. Imagine showing off your “farm” to your friends and family, nourishing yourself and those near you.