Shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration I started to panic, many of my homesteading and canning sites had already by then turned themselves into right-wing-high-alert- prepper-status-civil-war-preparedness sites warning me of the leftist liberals that were coming after them with pitch forks. Conspiracy theories and alt news sites were and are flourishing. I dove into some of those theories, but that’s another story.
After coming to terms with the world didn’t explode when 45 took office, and neither myself or any my Leftist friends had turned into Conservative eating zombies, I was relieved and took a deep breath. The dust settled and I looked around my office, and found in a minute of extreme prepper-ness – I had procured via online shopping a box of Heritage Harvest seeds big enough to plant a rather large urban garden. That was my solution – plant seeds!.
The idea of food security and seed sharing is something we should be doing even if 45 becomes 46. Climate change is real and is Bi-Partisan. Interruption of our food supply especially for Northern Climate countries like Canada is a real issue and I have found it is top of the mind for many humans, all races, all religions and socio economic standards. You can’t eat money.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations defines food security as: "A condition in which all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life".
I created a small Facebook event to try out the idea and invited my friends that I thought might be feeling the same way or those with big pieces of land to a seed sharing and garden planning party. I reached out to our local urban gardeners and green fingers for guidance and support. There was 6 of us on Wednesday night – all eager to start our own small plots in our yards and wanting to help on a larger scale of a possible urban garden.
It looks like these seeds will get planted and some seedlings will start this weekend.
I will be posting updates of our adventures of re-learning how to grow our own food!
Happy Spring – I’m digging this!