The average American citizen has little time or interest in producing enough food to feed themselves or their family, and for many people (city dwellers and such) it’s simply not possible regardless of interest. This is unfortunate for our country’s preparedness during times of crisis. The just-in-time delivery of food resources is a recipe for disaster WTSHTF. The rate of inflation on groceries is astronomical. It costs a lot to produce, ship, and store. So what solutions are there for the urban/sub-urban survivalist with little time, land or interest in producing a continous supply of food?
Stockpiling several months’ worth is a given. We should all be doing that, but consider “Community Supported Agriculture” as another option. While this won’t likely help in a TEOTWAWKI situation, it’d certainly be a benefit in a Great Depression type scenario. This should also not be used in place of building the gardening/farming skills one will need WTSHTF (if you’re able to build these skills), but it is a great supplemental food source for people that are not self-sufficient. What is Community Supported Agriculture? Good question. Let’s ask the Department of Agriculture:
Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or “share-holders” of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.
Let me sum this up for your Ranger Man style: Yo! Find a local farmer dude that offers this service, sign up, toss him the necessary cash before the growing season begins (like now), and go pick up grub throughout the growing season.
The farmer gets a sweet injection of cash when he needs it most, and you support a local dude, get local grub, and build a relationship with the farmer. The relationship alone could be worth its weight in gold. WTSHTF, and you need a food source, EVERYONE will be bum-rushing the few local farms left around. Do you think you’ll have an edge over others if you’ve been supporting him through a partnership like this for the past 5 years? You bet! Many times it’s not what you know, but who you know.
Besides that, produce in the grocery store is shipped from all over the globe (supporting oil rich nations), and it’s largely genetically engineered to look fresh even when bounced around in a cart for 8k miles over 5 weeks. In other words, they’re NOT produced for their quality of TASTE. Anyone that grows fresh vegetables knows the difference is remarkable.
This country (or any country) would be wise to support LOCAL food production. People don’t realize how fragile the food supply system is, so . . . YOU! Go find a CSA farm near you now: http://www.biodynamics.com/csa.html
– Ranger Man