I’ve been thinking about this a lot ever since our flock of egg-layers was decimated last week by a rampaging raccoon. That very day I went to the feed store and bought new chicks. But now, with over a foot of snow on the ground – in April!, and having hauled all the chicks, both egg-layers and meat, to safety in the garage, I’ve smacked myself in the head and asked, “What am I doing this for? Why can’t I just buy eggs like everybody else I know? Is the money I make and the food I grow really worth it?!”
The reality is that we don’t make money at all from my chickens. We just cover costs plus a little of what all our grandmothers called “Egg Money” – that small fund they spent on little things to delight themselves or friends and family. I sell eggs to friends, and give plenty away just for the joy it brings me. Friends who help with the meat chicken harvest take home several birds as thanks for their participation, and the rest we freeze and eat over the course of the winter. The whole roast chickens I take to potlucks in town … Read More »
Ron Finley is a guerilla gardener in South Central Los Angeles, California. In his recent TED talk he talks about how he realized that food was both the problem and the solution for what he saw happening in his neighborhood. Because they live in a “Food Desert” (a place where there are no grocery stores or sales of fresh produce) he saw that more people were dying from the effects of drive through eating than from drive by shootings.
Watch his video to see how the smallest patches of soil can grow corn, kale and more. Hear great things like:
“Planting a garden is like printing your own money.”
“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus you get strawberries.”
“Let the shovel be your weapon of choice.”
Go, Ron! You’re amazing!
Welcome to Zombie Victory Gardens where we’re helping saving the world one garden at a time!
Just like a WWII Victory Garden, a Zombie Victory Garden is a way to be healthy and happy while you survive the apocalypse, in this case, the Zombie Apocalypse. We’ve put together Gardening Guides in comic book format showing how survivors plant their own gardens in yards, or on patios, decks, and fire escapes. We’ve got videos to show you how to make meals out of ingredients that never expire, and t-shirts, posters and accessories to brighten your post apocalyptic world. Oh -and no, we haven’t heard that the zombies are really on their way, but it never hurts to be prepared!
What has this got to do with real farmers and ranchers? Well, we spend a lot of time with you in our regular lives and you often tell us that city-folk don’t know where their food comes from, and we think they don’t appreciate you like they should. That’s why we’ve made these great t-shirts. When we wear them to town, lots of people come up and tell us, “That’s exactly right! We SHOULD save the farmers first!” It makes us feel good, and … Read More »