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Teaching The Future Generation: Pt 2 - Gardening

| 2/12/2015 4:18:00 PM

Traci N SmithThere have been multiple disasters in the last decade that have hit this country, as well as others. Some of those include the snowstorm that hit Buffalo, New York, last year; Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the Eastern U.S. in 2012; the Joplin, Missouri, tornado in 2011; the California wildfires in 2007. The one thing all of these have in common is that there were people who survived. Some lost their homes, their cars, their jobs, etc. People made it through with help from FEMA, American Red Cross and many other agencies. But what if those agencies weren’t there? Or if they couldn’t reach you for days?

Would you survive if a disaster happened to you? Would you be able to provide for your family if the power grid went down indefinitely? What if you were snowed in and you had no electric or heat? What would happen if you lost your home and literally had nowhere else to go? Could you build a new life with nothing? Could your kids survive something like that?

If you remember from my last article, the top skills that folks thought children should know were:

Top survival skills kids should know 

Do your children know any of those skills? I am ashamed to say that not only do my children not know, but I don’t know most of them either. So this series will be a learning process for both you (the reader) and me, together.

So the way to learn things that you don’t know is to research, research, research. And that’s exactly what I did. I turned to those who know more than I do, as well as to the Internet. And I found a WHOLE LOT that I didn’t know!

2/24/2015 10:13:26 PM

Thanks so much Dave!!! That means an awful lot to me! And you can always go back to the beginning and start over. Try new ways and methods. :) Maybe even re-learn things that you've forgotten. I know that I had to do that a few times myself. It is VERY important to teach the younger generations. One day, the stores are going to fail. What then? And the food there may be cheaper. But are you really getting FOOD? A good majority of "food" anymore is processed fake ingredients mixed with a lot of chemicals. This gives us a lot of empty calories, the sense of not being full and leads to obesity as well as many other health problems. :( ************** I am currently working on Part 3: Foraging. It's just a little delayed due to personal things going on. I will definitely get it up ASAP!!!

2/15/2015 8:23:21 AM

Traci, wow, what an awesome post. So much information for the beginner gardener. All is very well explained and links to more information for those that want it. It almost makes me wish I was a beginner gardener. Ha, sometimes I think I should go back to the beginning and start over. ***** It is important, in my humble opinion, to teach the younger generation about gardening. It's really becoming a lost skill that even 30 year olds don't see the need to know. It's true the big box grocery stores have any thing through out the year that a person could desire to buy and eat; most likely cheaper than if raised in a garden; and definitely much less work. I'm kind of the opinion that our food system based on petroleum transportation thousands of miles away can't be sustained long term. I believe water will become more of an issue in the future as well. ***** Great post. I'm looking forward to reading the following ones. Have a great learning skills day in the garden.

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