Food Security and Self-Sovereignty
Part of our message is speaking to the need for understanding how fragile the food system really is for being able to supply good quality food at a local level and have a sustainable ethos of production. This also includes the need to have a conscious consumerism mindset applied to your Food Security and Self-Sovereignty.
I fully understand the needs and time restraints of busy parents and people in the workplace. The lure of convenience shopping and time-saving is hard to ignore and “makes sense”
This, in turn, is part of the problem, these things that we believe we have to do to make a living, to get ahead, to plan for the future …… and I don’t disagree that these are things that have to occur….. but, unless you consciously think about the manner in which you’re doing them and the reasoning behind it, what you will find is that there will be a whole set of decision-making that you as a person are probably unaware of, due to marketing and societal conventions that had been in place and you just went along with.
I also recognize that some people have better skills in areas other than growing a garden and that is better for them to practice and use these skills in their lifestyle as a more efficient use of their time.
This is where the application of consciousness in your consumer choices can impact local food production and cause you to have a positive insight into the fragility of food systems and what impact they have on your own self-sovereignty and food security.
For those that have children still of the age to be impressionable , teaching a child where their food comes from and learning to have an appreciation of the importance and role of primary production is an important part of setting the expectations of how the adult the child grows into will have, for what constitutes healthy food choices which in turn impacts all other choices in regards to healthy lifestyles.
A fruit that is touted as healthy and delicious …….. and is if grown correctly………. is the strawberry, unfortunately, the marketing hype hides the truth.
Commercially grown strawberries are rated at the top of a list known as the dirty dozen, which is a list of the most 12 chemical residue and negatively impacted fruits and vegetables during their production and harvesting.
Apart from the fertilisers used to grow the plant and the fungicides that are used to spray the plant, there is also the fact that the production methods use huge amounts of plastic that end up in a landfill after each season.
Again I want to stress that I’m not trying to bag any commercial grower for their attempt to get a viable product to market. The free market is what it is, and I hope will always be a place for genuine consumer supported products.
This is where conscious consumerism plays such an important part in a healthy lifestyle as well as an appreciation of the sustainability of all agricultural activities. You as a consumer can decide whether you support agricultural practices that have a possible negative health impact and negative environmental effect.
When you’re able to make truly conscious decisions and not be dictated to by the societal norms and conventions, consumer choices and lifestyle practices can start to look very different.
Yes, Sonya and are free of the important role of raising children as an impost on time and are not subject to the pressure of juggling a “career” or many of the other excuses we give ourselves for not living a life based around our own self-sovereignty.
I recognise that everybody is on their own individual path and at different stages in their life but this understanding, or the realisation that you are being sold to at each and every aspect of your life by organisations and influences that really do not have your best interests at heart can start at any time.
We made a conscious lifestyle decision to downsize, live with a minimalist mindset, and to question every aspect of what typically constitutes expectations based on conventional societal mindsets.
Am I saying the only way to exert your self-sovereignty on your life is to drop out and live in the country….. emphatically NO I am not…….. you will have your own unique and individual set of circumstances and needs.
What I am pointing to is that it’s the waking up that’s important, with the recognition of the need for you as an individual to exert your self-sovereignty of your thoughts, actions and by result………. your consciously chosen lifestyle.
Here in Australia in south-east Queensland in a town called Killarney officially we are in a temperate climate yet we do not suffer from the humidity that is on the coast indeed at some times were almost close to a high lands zone with below freezing temperatures yet fortunate with warm daylight hours.
Another topic I have raised before in a previous video is the fact of changing climate conditions. No matter what side you are on whether you believe in the popular warming climate change theory or the polar opposite of the fact we are in a period of solar minimum and we are heading for cooler climate change it still is in your best interest to attend to your food security needs and take action before it becomes a necessary survival action.
When I first started growing strawberries I purchased runners from a commercial grower and planted 300 in the first year. I Practice a no dig method here and for growing strawberries in Australia no dig method tips are to tarp area do you want to start growing in and lay down a layer of cardboard and then put your compost on top of that this takes a lot of weed pressure off which is something you want to think about all the Strawberry beds have been started with an animal manure compost that I gathered from another source from the one that I’m using now but it was enough to get me started.
Due to the fact I hadn’t grown strawberries at this location before I selected three different types of Strawberry runner to see which planned grew the best Redlands joy, lowana and sugar baby As so happened that wasn’t a real clear winner so when it came to harvesting the runners for the next planting I did not choose one particular strain over another.
Strawberries are known to like a good rich compost and prefer to be watered from the roots as opposed to overhead sprinklers especially when the fruit is on and to help in humid conditions to stop fungus diseases.
I have tried different methods at different times and with different top mulches i.e. agricultural fabric, straw and this season I have added pine needles.
Strawberries prefer acidic soils with a pH between 5.8 and 6.2. Pine straw mulch is ideal for maintaining this soil acidity.
The first year I laid everything under agricultural fabric with drip irrigation. With the new beds, I am experimenting with the straw and pine needles and using more overhead watering as I think the drip irrigation wasn’t doing the best job of keeping the plant watered well.
I let all the plants go to runners so that I could use my own to transplant into the new beds. I wanted to get to 1000 plants for the new season I did not have the capacity to have 700 pots to be potted up so I cut half of the strawberry crop back in March and potted up 300 plants and the rest I harvested in June I gave them a presoak with a seaweed type solution and then planted them out directly into the beds.
The good thing about strawberries is they are quite a robust plant and will take quite a bit of abuse and still grow for you. I found that by manually getting rid of any old leaves keeping old fruit harvested I did not get any disease on the plants and apart from the initial animal manure compost I added a foliar spray of a seaweed type spray from nutri tech during their flowering and fruiting stage
The established plants I find do well under a fleece even though they will survive frost for me it’s worth putting a cover over them as it keeps a nice warm environment to promote growth. The set up I have with small low hooped tunnels means I can work the beds and have a fleece cover during winter and a netting cover during summer for pest control like birds.
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