|Swiss Chard Not Swiss Banks|
There is an awful lot of speculation about the economy and where the financial shape of the world (and our future) is going and proffered advice on how we can protect ourselves from hard times.
Jim Rogers, Well Known Investment Guru
Jim Rogers, an expert investor, has good advice for the wise (at least some feel it is wise), but gardeners and garden bloggers have been way ahead on one point of the recommendations given: “You should become a farmer – farming is going to be a great, great profession.” As he opines on the value of agricultural commodities and the good sense of investing in “real” assets, many of us on the grass roots level, far from the frenzy of Wall Street are quietly building our gardens and our knowledge of food gardening.
We Are Way Ahead
It isn’t something you do overnight, as many who are entering into their gardens in a whole new way are coming to find out (front yard food gardens, allotment gardening in cities-and all sorts of variations wherever a bit of soil and a green thumb can connect) . With the impetus of financial concerns there are many more people who are discovering the enjoyment of the outdoors, and fresh additions to their tables. Through making a patch of a kitchen garden in their yard to save money on the food bills, more are interested in gardening than I’ve seen in a long time. It might not save you money this year, or the next, but as you become more skilled in growing food, and adding to your toolsheds, it will eventually accumulate into what many know to be a satisfying lifetime passion. We might even save substantially on our grocery bill if we keep at it.
We are the future garden gurus…. and just might make a difference in the community, too, while learning to encourage the earth to give of her bounty.
But whether we have abundant crops, make a few mistakes, or suffer some of nature’s vagaries…. along the way we will enjoy some fruits of our labors, and share some with our neighbors. That is the golden rule worth investing in!
There are more farmers in the making… we are just marching to a different drummer, or hoeing a different row, and on a more local scale than the big farm business that engines the trades in commodities. We are certainly very real, nevertheless.
Want to start your own addition to the ground swell of green and growing gardening?
If you’d like to see a good example of how it is done… check out Marie Simon Gowan’s photos at the Facebook Page for Ilona’s Garden Journal
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