Grow your own food (and stop throwing away America's #1 export)
Did you guess what the #1 US export is?
The #1 export of the US is....
get ready for it...
"In the United States alone, soil disappears 10 times faster than it is naturally replenished, according to this Cornell University study, at an estimated rate of nearly 1.7 billion tons of farmland alone per year."
As Theodore Roosevelt once said,
"A nation that destroys its soils, destroys itself."
And we return to the soil...
Why is soil so important?
There are other growing mediums (like water) that have proven successful.
Take hydroponics for instance, right?
If by chance you decided to skip the the first few videos that "dug deep" into soil, found HERE. Go ahead and watch 'em again.
"It takes an average of 20 years for less than a millimeter of soil to naturally replenish itself. "
If you look at the natural process of rock weathering over hundreds of years in order to create soil, then yes, it may take that long a time.
But in permaculture, humans intervene in a good way to speed things up, such as in the creation of good soil!
And that means adding compost to your current topsoil.
No matter what state it is currently in.
Make sure to cover that compost with some straw or leaf mulch or "work it in" a little so that it is not open to the eyes of "little critters" like rats and such...
It also helps retain the moisture of your soil in the ground.
This faciliates the breakdown of that compost.
Covering soil is definitely crucial in drylands where the carbon cycle is broken due to it being too dry!
Again, Elaine Ingham says:
"Generally, adding one-half inch to 1 inch of compost every spring will be plenty.
In hot climates, where decomposition is rapid, or in regions with heavy rainfall or sandy soil, make at least two 1-inch applications, one in early spring and the second in late summer or early fall."
- From Mother Earth News
"All the world's problems can be solved in a garden."
This is a quote totally deserving of pause. So stop and think on it a while.
All, as in all?
The world's problems?
While at first, we may have questioned this statement, after a few years of growing we've grown to truly believe this.
Watch the video below to see some inspiring terraforming occur.
What did you think about that video?
After watching this, Dave and I(Nicky) were stupefied.
We had to learn more about this "permaculture thing."
The following video really sold us to permaculture.
After learning about the "Greening the Desert Program" we felt that we really needed to learn about this way of farming and apply it to our lives.
We love Geoff Lawton!
Just as all the world's problems may have started in a garden.
All the world's problems can be solved in a garden.
What's next? Where do I begin?
We believe, the best way to start is to grow your own food.
Yes, we can avoid (as much as we can) purchasing pesticide-laden commercially grown produce.
But the best, most
- organic and
- best tasting tomatoes, will come from your backyard.
And Matt Powers is right. Money can't buy that kind of food.
Our goal is to help restore this beautiful earth that we've been given into the Paradise that it once was.
While we are definitely optimistic, we remain realists. We do not discount all the earth repair that this effort takes.
That is what we tried to show you in the last 3 preceding blogs.
The world as it is today is rough place in which to live in.
But if you watched the videos above, you will see a glimmer of real hope.
You and I can do something real about this by growing our own food.
Right in your backyard?
Click on the link below to get our permaculture gardening mini-lessons.
This is the free version of our "Grow-It-Yourself" program, where we help families across the country install and harvest more abundantly from their backyards.