I talked to my mother about converting her garden from mostly flowers to vegetables. She didn't buy into the idea of a disaster looming on the horizon, and should there be a collapse, her efforts would be much appreciated by her neighbours and community.
With this little nudge from EVOKE, I will try again. Hopefully she will read this and understand that it is for us to make use of what we have. My sister is good in the garden, and I'd be happy to go up and visit for a week to do some of the major manual labour. I think we could convert the garden in a week.
If anyone is reading this, please leave a comment to encourage my mother to make this move. Like a lot of elders in our industrial world, my mother thinks it is just me since she doesn't see my voice on the TV and she does not go out of her way to find out. A few positive or even negative comments, would indicate to her that there is a "we" -- even if it is a distributed geographic one.
I'd be happy to engage your mothers in return :)