The hunger games

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist” 
Hélder Câmara

Throughout our history we have had to survive on locally grown and raised foods. This inevitably meant finding one’s way through the hungry season. Vegetables, fruit and herbs are all very seasonal and a mix grows well in Summer, Autumn and in early Winter Coming out of the winter the weather is improving and seedling growth will start to take off. But, in the weeks beforehand, those weeks from the dead of winter until peak spring growth there isn’t much on the menu.

We try to eat at least 60% from our vegepatch/mini orchard during the year. In the hungry period we’ve tended to drop that percentage to maintain variety in our diet with store bought vegetables.  This year we are going to do an experiment in reality. I’ve got a ton of stuff seeded. Our goal is to make it to Spring without increasing our bought food expenditure. It’s going to require some creative cooking to get over eating the same stuff everyday.The most fortunate thing about this reality check is that if worst turns to worst our family won’t starve to death like millions and millions of others have since the dawn of time. We live in a world of unbelievable abundance, variety and opportunity. Just 100 years ago the hunger games were for real

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