Food needs

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Information about Food needs

Published on January 13, 2018

Author: srhalland

Source: slideshare.net

1.  There are two of us in our family to support now. I really enjoyed the outline of the article in that it talked about 1. establishing your goals 2. choose your garden methods 3. plan how much to grow (I enjoyed the information on how to determine how much to grow)4. keep good records 5. preserve your harvest. I thought back to when I was a young kid and both sets of my grandparents were farmers and I can tell you they would not have starved. Both of my Grandmothers preserved a lot of food and they shelved it in their basements and it did not go to waste. I thought today that canning is a lost art…

2.  “But for many modern people, food comes from the grocery store, not from farm fields, forest, streams and meadows”. Peter Bane I find it interesting that in 1862 the department of agriculture was created and approximately 90 out of 100 Americans were Farmers. Today approximately 2 out of every 100 are farmers. We have a majority that depends on others to provide food for them in the U.S. and they do not have the skills or desire to raise their own food.  “Indeed, not only do people need the land, but the land, in order to flourish, needs people”. Peter Bane Being a good steward of the land we have is in our best interest, not just for the current time that we are using it but for the future. So if we are addressing the needs of the land we use it will yield well for us, however if we do not take care of it properly it will not take care of us.  “Even much farmland is poorly used and could produce more for people if it were cultivated differently”. Peter Bane  I took from this if we manage our land well it will yield well…

3. CROP SERVINGS/YEAR POUNDS/YEAR NUMBER OF 100 SQUARE FEET BEDS PEACHES 104 30.5 ½ BED BEANS 104 23.6 FULL BED SQUASH 156 45.8 FULL BED CORN 156 91.7 2 FULL BEDS ONIONS 260 12.6 ½ BED POTATOES 156 50.3 FULL BED CARROTS 104 37.1 2 ½ BEDS RICE 104 4.3 ½ BED CORN 104 4.3 ½ BED BEANS BLACK 104 6.8 1 ½ BEDS BEANS WHITE 104 8.8 2 BEDS KIDNEY 104 8.0 2 BEDS STRAWBERRIES 52 8.6 ½ BED GRAPES 52 27.3 FULL BED CANTALOUPE 52 20 ½ BED

4.  Based off the Foods that we will grow we will need a total 18 beds.  I found it interesting that during the season while growing vegetables our meals consist of what we grow, raise and hunt. The area we need to work on is during the winter as we still have what we raise and hunt but not as much of what we grow in the garden. This is an area that we need to work on better, we do the canning but we need to have more storage for potatoes and onions etc…

5.  For the area that I garden by the house it is full sun except in the evening by the garage. I will be able to plant most of my crops in full sun and then for the area that has somewhat shade in the early morning and late evening we normally plant greens in those areas as they are already raised beds. We get plenty of sun and sometimes maybe too much. Our greenhouse which also faces the east is another source we have available to start plants early on and will provide produce throughout the year as well.

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