We produce nearly all the food we need right here on our farm. We do buy some groceries (things such as coffee, tea, and bread), but we don’t have to.
We have potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and garlic stored in the basement. Our freezer is stuffed full of all sorts of delicious veggies from the farm, as well as venison, fish from our pond, a few chickens, and a rabbit. Our hens lay fresh eggs for us every day. Our gardens are still producing greens.
I know I sound like a broken record (or to update that metaphor–an ipod on repeat), but this kind of food self-reliance is easily attainable by almost everyone who is in good health and has just a little space. Not only is there great satisfaction in being free from dependency upon industrial food, but the food we produce and eat is far healthier and tastes far better than anything the corporations are creating and sending to the supermarkets.
If the idea of taking responsibility for the production of your own food sounds good to you, why not let 2012 be the year you started doing it?