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28 generations have tended this abundant sustenance garden. Move along folks, no food crisis here. The Garden Earth Project believes the best strategy towards averting food crisis such as the one faced by Tokyo in 2020 is to re-establish gardens such as these throughout the world.

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Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 6, 2010 at 5:25pm
The purpose of The Garden Earth Project is to establish permanent sustenance gardens such as these throughout the world.

Do you have or know of a permanent sustenance garden? if you do, please tell us, or provide a link to information about it in the comments!
Comment by Deborah Cazden on March 6, 2010 at 7:51pm
Great find! I wonder how many people such a garden can feed on 2 acres. From the video, it sounds like only one family. If so, very few people in modern cities have 2 acres of land available for planting. I think this is a fabulous idea for small communities though, if not able to completely support the population, small plots like this could definitely supplement the food supply.
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 6, 2010 at 8:03pm
I grew up in a permanent food garden in central California. On 1/4 acre we had a 3 bedroom home, a large lawn for play and family gatherings, and still had plenty of room for 15 fruit trees. In addition we grew enough food to feed our family of 6 with plenty left over for potlucks and gifts to neighbors.
Comment by Deborah Cazden on March 6, 2010 at 8:07pm
Did it provide for all of your food needs? What did you have to bring in from outside?
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 6, 2010 at 8:14pm
Yes. It amply provided all our food needs and more. What we brought in from the outside, which was purely a matter of taste, not need, was 1/2 a side of beef we purchased locally every year and stored in our freezer. We also purchased milk. Wasn't necessary though. Could easily have lived without it. Until our city passed an ordinance forbidding livestock in our neighborhood, we kept chickens and a milk goat. We grew legumes. Oh, and my father fished. Coincidentally, the ordinance forbidding livestock coincided with the arrival of a large supermarket. By regulating our ability to produce our own food, the city forced us into purchasing from the grocery.
Comment by Jenn on March 6, 2010 at 8:20pm
Wow, that's really inspiring. Do you know of any resources for people interested in sustenance gardening in urban areas? Thanks for sharing!
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 6, 2010 at 9:19pm
@Jenn No, I don't off hand. That is why I have founded The Garden Earth Project - to become that. It is also why I have become an EVOKE agent - to connect with other people who are interested in establishing permanent sustenance gardens, who may already be doing so, or who know of resources. I am here to share and to gather that information.
Comment by Ken Walling on March 6, 2010 at 10:33pm
I am very interested in this idea. Last year, I purchased a home, and I have just under an acre of land. I planted my first garden last spring, and we had some success. I am in Upstate New York (1/2 an hour East of the city of Syracuse) - so we have cold snowy winters. My wife and I have been vegetarians for about 2 years now. I'd love to learn more about growing our own food. I suspect I will also need to learn about "canning", which actually uses mason jars to seal food for consumption during the winter.
Comment by Deborah Cazden on March 6, 2010 at 10:36pm
Here are some ideas for winter gardening.
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on March 6, 2010 at 10:48pm
@ Ken Walling Congratulations on your new home! How exciting! I would start by inventorying all the plants that are currently growing on your property as they emerge this spring - even if you think they are weeds! Begin to identify them, research them to discover their edible, medicinal and other uses. Also, look to your local area - what is growing around you that would grow well on your land.

Inventory your own diet. What are your favorite foods? What do you eat on a daily basis? How much of it do you eat over what stretch of time?

Answering these questions will help you to build a development plan for a sustenance garden.

In terms of food preservation, you might also look into dehydration. There are many advantages to dehydrating. One of the big ones is storage space. Also, because it can be done at lower temperatures than canning, more of your nutrients are kept in tact.


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