Rufaro Makamure wrote:... From the few articles so far, there are periods centuries ago (l started with European history) that are a mirror reflection of what l see today. I believe one little privilege of lagging behind is, if we are willing to learn, we can avoid some of the mistakes that were done as people worked on improving their living conditions.
It's good to see that you're covered on at least the basics. I'm hoping that after the dust has settled again your community will see the literal fruits of your labour and also adapt their way of life.
Rufaro Makamure wrote:We now have the virus in our country and today the prices have started rising and basic commodities are starting to run out as borders around us are closing, all of the effort from the past years is paying off now. We might have other issues to deal with but we have enough food from the plot, for a couple months.
Su Ba wrote:Panic buying of food and supplies has been a real issue where I live, and we don't even have much of a problem with coronavirus here yet. So being able to grow some of your own food will put you into a better position than your neighbors, as long as you can control theft.
But if there is a staple you are short on, you may wish to buy some now before it becomes impossible to find or the price becomes unaffordable. Where I live, rice is a staple which I don't happen to grow. I don't use much rice myself, but most people here do and they rely upon it. Right now the stores have no rice and have not for a couple of weeks now. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky to be at a store that was unpacking a shipmemt of brown rice in 5 pound bags. I bought a bag for my farm wwoofer......there was a limit of one bag per customer. The few minutes I was in that store, I saw all the rice get purchased. There was none left. I'm sure not everyone buying that rice really needed it, but they are panicked and afraid that they will run out. As a result, there is none left for people who really need it. This same sort of thing is happening with toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectants.
I am lucky because I grow or trade for much of our own food. Most of my trading system has collapsed because, again, people are hoarding food. But I grow enough to last us many weeks, if not months. My wwoofer has foraging and hunting skills, so he will do ok too even if food is scarce in the stores.
I am seeing firsthand the benefits of producing food for oneself!
Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:[quote=Johan ... I'm in a comparable situation right now, also on an island that depends on tourism and on those same flights a lot of fresh shipments are also coming in. I'm happy that after the border with Venezuela closed a few years ago there was at least some realisation that there needed to be more local production so some old market gardens got a boost. At least the shelf stable and frozen staples can still come in via container ships, so even though the menu will be limited nobody should get hungry.
Rufaro Makamure wrote:One other benefit we might be getting from mixed planting is on pest control, there is a bed which had shallots, beetroots and cabbage, which seems to have been badly attacked by a pest I do not know yet, after we removed most of the shallots from it (the pest ate cabbage and beetroot leaves).