When we share, either on the blog or in person, why we believe it’s so important to grow and preserve your own food, we get a mixed bag of reactions. Some react with awe and wonder, quizzing us on what it’s like and what’s involved. Others think it’s cool but not important. And still others think we’re crazy. While that may well be the case 🙂 , I’m here to share why we think it’s so very important to learn how to grow and preserve your own food.
Why You Should Know How to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food
It’s a Time-Honored Skill
Back in the days of the pioneer, you didn’t have much in the way of food unless you grew it and processed/preserved it yourself. During the years of and following the Great Depression, stores were more readily available, but many people simply couldn’t afford to go to the grocery store and buy food. With a 25% unemployment rate, money was sparse for nearly everyone, as you were likely either unemployed, or not making as much as you used to due to the decrease in consumerism. People ate largely with the help of backyard vegetable gardens and backyard chickens.
It’s a Valuable Skill
There are many things we in this country/world can do without, but food is not one of them. In this day and age of the availability of every modern convenience, people don’t think much about needing a skill such as growing and preserving food, but if you needed to, you’d be glad you knew how.
The Future is Not Certain
Any number of events, from weather catastrophes, to terrorist attacks, to civil disobedience, to wars to widespread poverty as we witnessed during the Great Depression could change things for our Western Civilization. It seems unrealistic to most of us, who have never wanted for much, but people such as myself and Shannon from Financially Blonde got our own little taste of simply minor catastrophes and the impact they had on our homes and on our ability to provide for ourselves. Hurricane Sandy and Katrina victims panicked, and understandably, as simple things like clean water were unavailable to thousands.
Knowing the art of growing and preserving your own food, along with practicing that art and having a supply of preserved food on hand, will keep your skills in shape and make food access, should it ever not be available at grocery stores, a possibility instead of an impossibility.
Call me an alarmist, but having had one too many close calls with unavailable necessary resources, I’ll take my chances, and fare on the side of being prepared.