Food

When it comes to food, today’s news is constantly highlighting the hazards of being dependent upon the production of our foods by big corporate farming. We are being bombarded with foods that have been genetically modified in ways that scientists have no idea as to the long term effects are on human physical anatomy, with chemical applications so toxic safety equipment must be worn by the farmers, at such high rates above labels some are banned due to the run off into the public water systems. Heirloom seeds grown organically by ourselves provide the best nutrient source for our bodies helping our minds excel. We’ll go over the different type of gardening such as vertical gardening, hydroponics, aqua-ponics, greenhouse, raised, cold bed, hay bale are good examples.

Sustainable gardening:

Incorporates nature to assist in producing high quality organically grown food. Whether you decide to go with cold-bale, keyhole, vertical, greenhouse, container, window ledge planters the key point is the joy in having healthy foods for you and your family. Here is a great article at good.is giving 5 benefits on a living lawn.

Living lawns

Grown food, not lawns!

Seed/Plant sources:

Do you know where to find heirloom seeds? There are several resources available online such as Baker Creek, do you any other resources?

Here is the site Heirloom Seeds which claim to have over 1,400 varieties of non-hybrid seeds for you to choose from.Bountiful Gardens: www.bountifulgardens.org
Heirloom Tomatoes: www.heirloomtomatoes.net
Heritage Harvest Seed: www.heritageharvestseed.com
Johnny’s Selected Seeds: www.johnnyseeds.com
Kusa Seed Society: www.ancientcerealgrains.org
Landreth Seed Company: www.landrethseeds.com
Living Seed Company: www.livingseedcompany.com
Native Seeds/SEARCH: www.nativeseeds.org
Salt Spring Seeds: www.saltspringseeds.com (Note: this company cannot ship to the United States)
Seed Savers Exchange: www.seedsavers.org
Solana Seeds: www.solanaseeds.netfirms.com
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange: www.southernexposure.com
Sustainable Seed Company: www.sustainableseedco.com
Territorial Seed: www.territorialseed.com
Victory Seed Company: www.victoryseeds.com

Heirloom plants:

There are a huge variety of plants bred naturally through the centuries. During the early colonization days of the United States farmer families had a species of tomatoes for every family name. It is from these plants that the practice of pulling a trait from this one, a trait from that one and are genetically modified artificially today. The sources of original material should not be forgotten to be lost in the annals of time, for we will most likely find ourselves in need of them once again to pull us back to a healthy source of nutrition.

Heirloom Potatoes

Sectional view of different heirloom potatoes.

Heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom watermelons. A great summer treat.

Heirloom corn (maize)

More gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, Yummy!

Heirloom rainbow blend non-GMO carrots

Heirloom Rainbow Glass Gem Corn

Chard

Hanging baskets:

Salad Basket

Salad Basket

Ever wonder what vegetables can be grown upside down? Turns out that tomatoes aren’t the only ones. You can also grow cucumbers, eggplants, peppers and beans. You can also plant crops in the tops of these containers to make the use of the entire planter. Some plants to consider for this are lettuce, cabbage, radishes, herbs and cress. Look over this in more detail at the Hanging Vegetable Garden.

Upside Down Gardening with Companion Planting

Raised Gardening:

Keyhole Garden

Keyhole Garden

Growing right at the table

Vertical Gardening:

Vertical Gardening

Vertical Gardening

Find information on this hanging squash garden.

Aquaponics:  When thinking of sustainable food production, Aquaponics gives a nice closed system. Follow the link for more details.

More aquaponics, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Companion Gardening:

Companion gardening is the planting of different crops in proximity (in gardening and agriculture), on the theory that they assist each other in nutrient uptake, pest control, pollination, and other factors necessary to increasing crop productivity. Companion planting is a form of polyculture.

Companion planting is used by farmers and gardeners in both industrialized and developing countries for many reasons. Many of the modern principles of companion planting were present many centuries ago in cottage gardens in England and home gardens in Asia. (Definition from Wikipedia)

Food Storage:

Required Quantities – The ideal manner of securing these supplies is to grow them yourself, assuring the exact genetic history of the item and the quality of its production. Barring this, the most frugal method is to catch items on sale and stockpile them over time. How much food do you need to have stored? The most obvious demands on this are how many are to be serviced and how long the supply is to last. I have come across this LDS Church Food Storage Calculator. Note that the water amount they give you on the calculator is based on a two-week supply versus a year supply because for most people, while not impossible, is impractical to store a years worth of water.  Everything else is calculated at a minimum years supply only.  As always, only you can decide what is best for your family in the way of what you store.

The following calculator (http://www.thefoodguys.com/foodcalc.html) adds up your basic staples that you need such as grains, fats and oils, legumes, milk and dairy, sugars, fruits and vegetables and cooking essentials needed according to your family size.

You can follow this link (http://www.lds.org/topics/food-storage/longer-term-food-supply?lang=eng#3) to find out how the LDS Church recommends how food can be stored for longer periods.

You can use this link to find the closest LDS Church Home Storage Center Location to you.

Storage Containers – Just as important as how you grow your food, is what you put that food in to keep it fresh until you are ready to eat it. Ceramics, proper metals (such as stainless), and glass are much healthier alternatives to plastics. I stay away from means of long term frozen storage personally so prefer methods that allow for either dried, blanched, or preserved storage ideas as well as root storage and ventilated bins. Here are a few of them to hopefully give you some notions on what could work for you.

Going glass

Glass containers

Quick Jarred Meals – Prep makes meal time easier, especially when you are on the go later.

Photo: Mason Jar Salads! Take one of these to work instead of a sandwich. :) http://bit.ly/Hjqx3s

Quick salads.

How about just adding the contents of your jars and some water then heating them up? Find these jars descriptions and more at Knowledge Weighs Nothing.

Storage bins – 

Storage bin

Drawer storage bins

Refrigeration:

Evaporative Cooling – 

The Poor Man’s Refrigerator
The poor man’s refrigerator”A fridge for the common man that does not require electricity and keeps food fresh too. With this basic parameter in mind Mansukhbhai came up with Mitticool, a fridge made of clay.
It works on the principle of evaporation.  Water from the upper chambers drips down the side, and gets evaporated taking away heat from the inside , leaving the chambers cool.
The top upper chamber is used to store water. A small lid made from clay is provided on top. A small faucet tap is also provided at the front lower end of chamber to tap out the water for drinking use.
In the lower chamber, two shelves are provided to store the food material. The first shelf can be used for storing vegetables, fruits etc. and the second shelf can be used for storing milk etc.  Cool and affordable, this clay refrigerator is a very good option to keep food, vegetables and even milk naturally fresh for days.”  http://www.notechmagazine.com/2012/06/the-poor-mans-refrigerator.html

Evaporative Non-electric refrigerator

And yes, there are even those who have found the way to live without refrigeration entirely as seen here in the article “We Make do without a Refrigerator” , found at Mother Earth News.

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  1. Thank you very much!

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  2. incredible post! the sky’s the limit here! 🙂

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