Eating Well, After the Supermarket Runs out of Food

Do you have a relationship with the farmer that grows your food?

Currently, for most people, the answer to that question is no.

They get their food from a supermarket.  Food produced by some nameless, faceless farmer, producing food on an industrial scale (and getting paid an hourly wage competitive with an employee at China’s Foxconn).

Within a decade, the answer to this question will be yes.

If pressed for details on the type of relationship they have, people will say they…

  • Grow it themselves (all, if you are an ambitious homesteader, or partly if you are an avid gardener).
  • Own a share in a local organic farm (or multiple farms) and get weekly deliveries.
  • Have a subscription to a multi-farm distribution service that provides weekly deliveries (on the rise!).

In all three cases, you will know where your food is grown.  How it is grown.

You’ll know and contribute to the reputation of the farmer.  They, in turn, will know and contribute to yours as a supporter, partner, and customer.  Trust forms.

You’ll get higher quality food you can trust and your farmer will get a steady income that can support the farm.

In some cases, you’ll travel to the farm you support, to participate in doing the work: a harvest, planting or ongoing maintenance.  In others, you’ll participate in annual celebrations of a successful year’s harvest (dinner picture from Oak Grove Plantation, Pittstown, NJ).


Why will this occur?

There will be two big drivers of the switch.   One is that it’s just a better way of life.

The second is that it will become a necessity as the global economy continues its plunge into a deep and dark depression.

As that occurs, the lucky people who have a relationship with local farmers will be able to quickly bounce back from disruptions to the food supply.

Transportation disruptions that can empty supermarkets in a few short days.   Currency disruptions that can make remotely produced food too pricey to buy or unavailable as it is diverted to wealthier portions of the globe (we saw that recently with rice and other commodities and historically in Ireland during the potato famine).   Famines caused by blights and droughts that ravage the mono-cultures of industrial farms.

In short, it’s important to have a relationship with the person the person that grows your food.

To both live your life to its fullest and to provide you with the food security you and the people that depend on you need.


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  • Charles Yaker

    Check out Booker T Whatley and the 100 acre farm. he invented that wheel years ago but maybe now it will get implemented n a grand scale

  • kesi

    john, my family resides in a nyc commuter suburb in northeast new jersey. we have been considering a move out of the area because most people in our locale wont begin to ponder the idea of societal erosion/collapse. this area has been well sheltered from the storm since the downturn in 2008 due to its close proximity to manhattan, which relatively speaking, is still vibrant and healthy as a whole. while we took the initial knee jerk reaction of stocking up on the necessities (beans, bullets, bandaids, etc), we now realize that to gain long term security as per your vision, we need to be involved with others in close proximity well ahead of an actual breakdown. we just dont see that in our area.

    questions for you: what do you envision for our geographic area 10-20 years down the line? are you working on a resiliency map, or community board, where like minded individuals can locate each other and begin to work towards self sufficiency?

  • David Luebbert

    Just saw this on guerrilla grafting:

    Folks are grafting fruit growing branches onto the solely ornamental, non-fruit growing cultivars (cherries, plums, and pears) that San Francisco will allow to grow on public streets. The city has rules against growing fruit in public areas because of worries over mess, vermin, and lawsuits that might result if someone slipped on fruit that was left laying.

    • John Robb

      Thanks David. JR

  • RAN58

    Unfortunately when food disruption occurs at such a magnitude to necessitate this shift, the potential of things going feudal will be high. Such symbiotic relationships between growers and consumers need to be developed now while the ground rules can be negotiated, or they will be developed later by force.

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