Survival foods….are you prepared?

Here’s a very good article by Isabell Shipard at the Permaculture Research Institute website.

Isabell runs a herb farm in Queensland and has written books and runs courses on growing herbs and survival foods. I have her three books and can thoroughly recommend them. I also get regular newsletters from her website.

In the article which I’ve linked to, she lists plants that have survival food potential. I bet most average gardeners would know very few of them.

Interesting that she notes, amongst her recommendations for what to grow:

Plants that are little known as a food source and are unusual. If times get tough, and jobs and food are scarce, then food will be a high price in the shops and our gardens may be raided and food stolen… so… grow some obscure food supply.

Now, when I talk about gardens in the future being raided for food and that’s why I want to grow unusual, not-recognisable-as-food plants, I get funny looks from people! Nice to see others with the same thoughts!


2 Responses to “Survival foods….are you prepared?”

  1. Darren (Green Change) Says:

    I’ve thought the same thing – unusual foods, and also foods that can be left growing and don’t need to be harvested and stockpiled all at once, would be the best things in a breakdown/survival situation.

    I read somewhere that that was why the Irish became so dependent on potatoes. Not only are they a high-yielding calorie crop, but when the baron and his cronies come to raid your stockpile, they aren’t going to go digging around in your fields harvesting all your potatoes. Too time-consuming, too dirty, and too much like work. They don’t even want to wait around while they make you do it. They’re just going to grab the boxes and sacks of stuff you’ve already harvested, and be off.

    So if you’ve got little pockets of potatoes, carrots, beetroots, turnips, burdock, Jerusalem artichokes, oca, yakon, sweet potato, taro, etc all over the place, you’ll always have some food on hand. Combine that with other unconventional food like ceylon spinach, collards, amaranth, and unusual fruits like loquat, tamarillo, jaboticaba, cape gooseberry, etc, and you should have a garden that’s fairly resilient to two-legged pests. Nuts like macadamia, acorn, almond, pecan are also good, as most people don’t recognise the trees.

    Combine the above with prolific and fast-growing stuff like asian greens, cherry tomatoes, chokoes, etc and you’ll be able to recover from theft, animal raids, storms, and other setbacks fairly quickly as well.


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