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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Guest Post: acquiring preparedness skills - #1 gardening

MooMama over at is graciously sharing a series of articles with us beginning with this one. 

Thank you, MooMama!


photo credit - Library of Congress

This post is part 1 of our series on acquiring preparedness skills. What I did was adapt handouts I had created for our ward (congregation) preparedness fair last year and re-write them into blog posts. I've tried to make the information more general than our local community, but international readers will still find that it's probably localized to the US.

These posts won't be comprehensive as that isn't the intent. I hope, though, that you are able to begin your journeys toward acquiring skills that allow you and your families to be more prepared and self-reliant.

Where to Learn about Gardening:

Print Resources

1. University of Wisconsin Extension Service Publications (free PDF downloads or you can purchase printed materials)

Person-to-Person Resources

1. Your local land grant university extension service - most have master gardeners available teaching workshops and answering gardening questions

2. Work with other experienced gardeners

3. Seek out an internship opportunities with a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm

1 comment:

  1. The interesting thing about the materials offered (and they ARE good resources) is that the Square Foot Gardening book and the Gardening When It Counts book are at odds with each other. The first calls for very intensive gardening - which works if you do it the right way. But what if, as the latter points out, you can't afford or cannot obtain the necessary items? Then you can't garden intensively, and you're sunk. Yes, of course, anything growing in your garden is better than nothing - but Solomon's book aims at true sustainability over the long run...and, as a downside, it does require more land. Once again, unless you're very wealthy, no choice is perfect.