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Food Security for the Faint of Heart

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Where would you find your groceries if your supermarket's shelves were suddenly empty? The threat of earthquakes, trucker strikes, power outages, or a global market collapse makes us vulnerable like never before. With spiraling fuel prices and unstable world economies, individuals and communities are demanding more control over their food supply.

Food Security for the Faint
ebook, 193 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by New Society Publishers
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After several years of intense armchair gardening (waiting for retaining walls, etc. to be built so I could landscape my yard!), then being inspired this month first by Square Foot Gardening and subsequently a lesson on emergency food supplies, I immediately reviewed my ultimate plans for landscaping my yard and decided that the yard had better be part of my emergency food supply. What does that mean? Basically, I decided that a few of the pretty bushes I was going to install should probably be ...more
Kelly Knapp
Nov 14, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone over the age of 8
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This is a terrific book for the everyday family. It is a simple look at the benefits of having a personal backstock of basic foods, not relying so heavily on your freezer, getting friends and neighbors to cooperate as a group, and how simple it can be to get started.

You don't need to contact a company with 25 year cans or military rations (although, these are great options for stocking a 2-5 year backstock or having a small stash away from your home). You can start at your regular store by pick
Emily Mellow
I'm really not sure I'll ever get into the whole canning thing, but there are probably some useful tricks I'll glean from this book. Definitely more inspired than ever to get some rain barrels so we always have a source of water.
There is a great list of helpful, easy to grow plants that will basically grow in every garden with minimal effort. I am determined to grow each of these and learn how to use them. I also like the idea that if we each grew our own herbs for tea, we could each effectively
This book was part manifesto, part how-to, and I get the sense that she's preaching to the choir here -- no one is going to read this who isn't already interested in gardening, buying local, etc. It does a pretty good job of cheering people on to find greater food security, but as a how-to, it's limited. The author is constantly referring to one thing or another about coastal British Columbia which might not translate so well to other areas. It's also limited by the fact that it's a sweeping ove ...more
Read/skimmed the book. This is a fairly basic book, but several good ideas included. Also a good list of further resources.
Jennifer Miera
This lady seems to know what she is talking about. I aspire to live up to not letting one berry or tomato go to waste, but for now, I'm just doing the best I can. She inspired me to incorporate a few basic medicinal herbs into my herb garden (a three year old culinary garden that I am just NOW learning to utilize). She also encourages setting goals in growing your own and preserving it - something I intend to do. Lists, lists and more lists.
Good book but poorly named - this book is definitely NOT for the faint of heart. It is well written for the planner types that are willing to put in hard work and time toward growing and preserving their own food. If you already garden, this would be a fabulous resource for learning to preserve the fruits (or vegetables?) of your labor. I'm not that person but I am interested in food preservation so it was still an informative read.
This book takes home storage to a new level - gardening, preserving, harvesting wild foods, collecting rain water, etc. It's written by a local author, so all the information is particularly relevant to the West Coast.
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