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After reading all the information about food security I was really interested in finding out how secure my community was. I live in Bedford Massachusetts and it turns out that my town and the surrounding areas are well fed. There are at least 5 local farms within a 10 mile radius around me. I was feeling pretty good about this until I read Amos Meeks' Learn2 post: http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/learn2-food-security-in. Amos lives a little over ten miles away so basically we live in the same community.

In his post he mentions that although we have a lot of local farms the farms that we have only grow vegetables and herbs. Since they do not grow grains and other high calorie produce, the farms wouldn't be that useful.

That's a problem. I was reading in the information provided by Alchemy that Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) systems help get communities more involved with farms. I think it would be interesting to try and influence local farms to begin to grow more cereals. I think this could be accomplished by setting up a CSA. I also really like Amos' idea of "Farm punk" as he calls it.

Although their isn't a food crisis in our area currently. I think that it is important to try and institute food security measures so that there never will be a problem. You know? Be pro-active rather then re-active.

Link to info about (CSAs) http://www.foodsecurity.org/CFS_projects.pdf

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Comment by Bongumusa on March 20, 2010 at 10:53pm
You are so deducated and hardworking. Keep up the pace and try to be more professional on your reports writtings.
Comment by Cian Gregory Accuardi Shelley on March 20, 2010 at 11:54pm
vegetables and herbs can go a long way
Comment by Michele Baron on March 21, 2010 at 2:25am
aramanth and spelt can be grown as "ornamentals" until harvest time--quinoa, too--the ancient grains can be a good "modern" garden alternative, maybe--and sunflowers, which can make nice shade-walls and shade-huts for children in very hot climates, in addition to enhancing beauty of garden, also produce high quality seeds (all of these are good for those little birds and bees, too...). Get out that vitamix blender and grind your own multigrain flours, etc, or get a group of "punk garden" providers together and produce/mill a more significant amount of produce/grains/seeds? Squash, gourds, herbs, (@Cian) can go a long way, too--gardens can provide more than might be thought, even if in small quantities.. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Bongumusa on March 21, 2010 at 12:22pm
Energy Efficiency and Power House in my blogpost now.
Comment by Jan Lampe on March 21, 2010 at 1:45pm
how is the situation with cattle farming in you area? i believe there might be a lot more/bigger?
with regards to that, you might enjoy this: Vegetarianism as means to help with hunger and climate change
Comment by Wintermute on March 21, 2010 at 3:18pm
Minimal to no cattle farming.
Comment by Kevin Carolan on March 21, 2010 at 3:24pm
But can't you get most of what you need by trade? We aren't preparing for the collapse of civilization or anything here, how stable is it on a larger scale, where does your grain come from?
Comment by Daniel LaLiberte on March 21, 2010 at 9:46pm
I just wrote Bamboo for food to hopefully address the need for grain and carbohydrates. Thanks for inspiring my learning.
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 22, 2010 at 4:11am
1+ sustainability

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