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Grow Your Own Food in the Six Rivers Region?

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Introduction and Foreword
Locally Delicious foreword
Digging In, Northern California
Why and How to Eat a More Plant-Based Diet
Chapter 1: What is local food and
why is eating locally important?
What is Local Food in the Six Rivers Region?
Constraints to Becoming a Locavore
Confessions of a Reformed Big-Box Shopper
Why is Eating Locally Important?
Why I Changed The Way I Eat
The Problems With CAFOs
Industrial Agriculture Adds to Food Insecurity
The Industrial Food System Contributes to Obesity
Chapter 2: Where to find local food
Where to Buy Local Food in the Six Rivers Region
Grow Your Own Food in the Six Rivers Region?
Foraging, Fishing, and Hunting in the Six Rivers Region
Chapter 3: Eating Locally on a Budget
in the Six Rivers Region
Eating Locally on a Budget in the Six Rivers Region
Chapter 4: History, Present and Future
of the Six Rivers Region
Food is Sacred
Six Rivers Region food history from 1850
Current State of Agriculture in the Six Rivers Region

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In The Yard[edit]

Growing your own food can be economically rewarding as well as provide the absolutely freshest food. The convenience can’t be beat—just walk into your garden for today’s salad and vegetables. Go to the chicken coop for eggs. Children will find this all fascinating (adults, too).

During World War II, the government encouraged citizens to plant “Victory Gardens.” Resources for transportation of all sorts were becoming scarce, so local production became more important. (History may be repeating itself, with the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel rising.) Nearly 20 million people started gardens. Judge Marvin Jones, acting as War Food Administrator, stated that

these gardens produced 8 million tons of food supplies, which added up to an astounding 40 percent of all vegetables grown for consumption in the United States in 1942.[1] Eleanor Roosevelt started a Victory Garden on the White House grounds. And today, for the first time since World War II, we have an organic garden on the lawn of the White House, tended by our First Lady, Michelle Obama.

 Appendix H provides more information on growing your own food.

Garden-share[edit]

You may have a yard or some land that would make a wonderful garden, but can’t grow the food yourself. You may be able to find someone who would love to grow food on your land. You provide the land, someone else provides the labor, and you both share in the produce.

Urban Garden Share is a web-based service located in Seattle, Washington, that matches gardeners to gardens. See their site at www.urbangardenshare.org. They describe themselves: “Urban Garden Share pairs together eager gardeners with eager gardens. When neighbors come together and cooperatively grow food, dirt flies and good things happen.” The possibility exists locally for such a service.

Or simply hire someone to put the garden in for you. We have a new category of businesses focused on creating food gardens. We listed them in Appendix H, but you can also ask your local garden store or landscaping service if they can help. Check with a local farmer—some might like the opportunity to “foodscape” your yard.

Community Gardens[edit]

Lacking land, you can grow food in a community garden. Working with other people can be fun. Check local zoning laws to see where gardens are permitted. Consult the agricultural extension office to see if there is an existing community garden near your. Appendix H lists all the community farms we could find. We hope more will be created.

References[edit]

  1. Renee, American Victory Gardens in World War II, January 2009; http://www.hipchickdigs.com/wordpress/we-content/uploads/2009/01/american-victory-gradens-in-wwii.pdf