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Yes, You Can Survive The Coming Economic Nightmare – One Family In California Grows 6,000 Pounds Of Produce On Just 1/10th Of An Acre

If you work hard and get prepared, you can survive the economic nightmare that is coming.  All over the United States and around the world there are millions of people that are learning how to become more self-sufficient.  For example, there is one family that is actually producing 6000 pounds of produce on just 1/10th of an acre right in the middle of Pasadena, California.  In fact, they grow so much food that they are able to sell much of it to restaurants in the area.  Video of this incredible “urban homestead” is posted below.  The key is to start with what you have.  The family in the video below would like to have a large acreage, but for now they have turned what they do have into an absolute miracle.  Yes, a horrific economic nightmare is coming to this country, but you don’t have to be afraid.  One of the main reasons why so many of us are trying to warn people about what is coming is so that they will wake up and take massive action to become self-sufficient like the people in the video below have.

If you are not already growing your own food, now is a great time to get started.  According to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the global price of food rose 2.2% during the month of February to a new all-time record high.  In fact, this was the third month in a row that the global price of food has set a new record.

2.2% may not sound like a lot, but if the global price of food were to increase by that amount every single month during 2011 by the end of the year the global price of food will have gone up by 26.4%.

26.4% food inflation is something that is very, very serious – especially in those areas of the world where millions are already teetering on the brink of starvation.

As I have written about previously, the world is on the verge of a major food crisis.  The price of corn has increased by 33 percent just since December, and according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. corn reserves will drop to a 15 year low by the end of 2011.  Many other agricultural commodities are also in short supply and are experiencing significant increases in price.

So now is a great time to try to become more self-sufficient.

After all, do you really want to eat the garbage they sell you in the stores anyway?  Today, virtually all corn and virtually all soy has been genetically-modified, and more “frankenfoods” are being approved by the government all the time.

But it isn’t just genetic modification that we need to be concerned about.  The reality of the situation is that most of the food that we buy is complete and total garbage.  The next time you go to the grocery store just take a few moments and read some of the labels of the products that you are buying.  The truth is that our foods are absolutely loaded with chemicals, poisons and toxins.

Those that learn to grow their own food will end up a lot more healthy in the long run.

But food is not the only area where we should be striving for self-sufficiency.  Water is being called “the oil of the 21st century” and already some very significant shortages are being reported in many areas of the United States.

In fact, some cities have already started to turn toilet water into tap water.  Fortunately this is not a widespread thing in the United States yet, but a number of localities are now seriously considering going to such a system.

Would you want to drink your own recycled toilet water in the future?

If not, perhaps now would be a great time to learn how to become more self-sufficient when it comes to water.

Even now, most localities are dumping massive amounts of fluoride and other toxic chemicals into our drinking water.  The tap water in most cities is so absolutely disgusting that it is a wonder that anyone is still willing to drink it.

In any event, the key is not to focus on the problems once you realize the truth.  Instead, the key is to focus on the solutions.

That is what one family in Pasadena, California is doing.  As mentioned above, they are producing a whopping 6,000 pounds of produce each year on just 1/10th of an acre….

Isn’t what that family is doing absolutely amazing?

Well, you can do it too.

For most Americans, the coming financial apocalypse is going to absolutely blindside them.

But that does not have to happen to you.  You know what is coming.  You have time to get prepared.

As I have written about previously, there are many other ways that you can start becoming more self-sufficient.

If you are currently dependent on a job, you can start developing alternate sources of income on the side.

If you are enslaved to the banks, you can reduce your expenses and start paying down debt.

If you have never had any self-defense training, now is a great time to get started.

There are hundreds of practical ways that you can begin preparing for the coming economic nightmare right now.  Just putting up some solar panels or starting a “victory garden” would be a great first step for many people.

The key is to stop fretting about things so much and to start taking action.

We have now entered a time in human history that is going to be extremely unstable, but that doesn’t mean that we have to live in fear.

If you are new to all this and have no idea how to start becoming more self-sufficient, there are a lot of great websites out there that can help you out.  Some of the most popular ones are Prepper.Org, American Preppers Network and The Suburban Prepper.

But it doesn’t have to be complicated.  Just start to take action.  Your family is going to need food, water, energy and shelter when the economy collapses.  Begin preparing now so that you will have those things when you need them.

  • Nexus

    That’s good for people that have some spare land and the commitment but it would be a challenge for someone living in an apartment block.

  • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

    In the near future, it will be illegal to grow your own food in the USA!

    http://www.planorperish.com/?p=3061

    http://www.planorperish.com/?p=3447

  • miner_tom

    I would love to know how the folks pictured in the film actually worked the soil in order to grow what they did. I have a 1200 square foot garden (and chickens and bees) in Northern California and the native soil is so bad that it is poisonous to anything but blackberry bushes and poison oak. As hard as I have tried, with methods like “no dig” gardening and “square foot” gardening, if we had to depend upon our garden for sustenance we would have starved long ago.

    • Auggie

      Hi miner_Tom,

      There are plenty of viable solutions. Doing a soil analysis would be one of the first steps to take if you are serious about farming, given that is the condition of your soil . Unless you had some sort of chemical runoff or spillage I don’t think that your soil is “poisonous” since blackberry bushes and poison oak grow there; NO plant would grow on a chemically poisoned soil. From your description, first, I would recommend that you turn over the soil at least one foot in depth so you can bury all these unwanted plants so they decompose and even if new ones sprout, make sure you also bury them (this process can take some time, 4-6 months and be labour intensive the first time around, but it lessens with each time you do it). Secondly, I would recommend a good quality soil conditioner ( check out http://healthygreengarden.com/soiltreatment ) to revive dormant nutrients in your soil. Other points to consider: if there are any adjacent farms/land where these plants that you speak of are prevalent, then your problem might be bigger than just your 1200 sq feet, but if you are true to your name “miner” digging deep should not be a problem; persistence, patience and perseverance will pay off in the end. Keep us posted! :)

      Happy farming!!
      Auggie

  • Pogue

    Plus, when you grow your own food, you get in touch with your food and the cycle of life in a way that you never would just purchasing it from the store. You learn so many little things when you take some responsibility for feeding yourself. Like how fascinating broccoli is. (Did you know it’s not naturally that emerald green?) And how large vegetables are when they’re not mass produced and harvested too soon for quick turnaround profits. (You wouldn’t believe how big Lima beans can get when you let them.) Plus, the store-bought food is inherently poorer in quality than what you can grow. Try a fresh strawberry and one from a store. The color, taste, and odor is completely different.

  • Cedric Weehunt

    I bet their property tax exceeds the value of the produce. Do they have a license to grow food? Shouldn’t the produce be taxed also? Who regulates
    these people? Are they properly inspected by city, state and federal officials? Do their methods affect the soil and any creatures large, small or
    micobial? How much water do they use? Is it fair that they use so much?
    These people need to be shut down until the above and many other questions are asked. They can use food stamps in the meantime.

    • Kevin Keel the Deal-Sealing Heart Stealer

      I hope what you just said was satire…

    • k thurston

      Are you crazy? What these people are doing is great!!!! who are you to tell them that they need to stop! It is people like you that ruin our country!!

    • Fed up with laws

      I got about 30 different types of plants growing in my garden right now, and I bought most of those plants with food stamps so suck on it troll.

  • Tim

    Wow, what those folks in California are doing is wonderful and so inspiring. A tenth of an acre is even less than what we have. I’ve been looking for some property in the country, but now I realize that a self-sufficient homestead doesn’t require a lot of land. Thanks for this post.

  • mondobeyondo

    “Be Prepared” – Boy Scouts motto

  • mondobeyondo

    @ Pogue

    Yes, I’ve discovered a lot of fascinating things just from growing my own home garden. Broccoli are actually the young flower buds of the broccoli plant – if you let it grow long enough, it’ll bloom with bright yellow flowers (which bees love, by the way). Of course, by this time, it’s way beyond edible. And yes, there’s a vast difference between strawberries and tomatoes that you grow yourself, vs. those you buy at the store.

  • http://markvisuals.com wanderwithme

    There should be so much more people in the world doing this but sadly most people are to lazy and would sooner spend money on produce that had to be flown half way around the world just to fill their needs. but i have to say its comments like that of Cedric Weehunt that is the problem these days get a grip their only growing food not making guns or bombs. WAKE UP

  • Tatiana Covington

    So it’s illegal… so what? Rule yourself.

  • http://www.pure-eau.co.uk/watercooler Jon Reeves

    Truly wonderful example of what a family with integrity and some “grey matter” can do with limited resources.

    Do you use rain water for watering your plants?

  • buggerlugz

    surely when food is scarce these are the first people that are gonna get looted???

  • http://mrslister.com James Lister

    It is a lot eaiser if you live where the climate is pretty good all year long. When we lived in Ft. Lauerdale, FLorida we could gtow all year long. When we moved to East Texas we would have summers that were too hot for some plants and trees and the winters for all but the heartiest. I would think where they live the climate is more like Southern Florida.

  • Angel

    Cedric weehunt…really hope that was a joke or otherwise go join a facist group you ignorant stupid twat

    • ignorant check

      Dude, read the rest of his post and see whom the twat is.

  • http://thenorthernsurvivalist.com TheNorthernSurvivalist

    They are a bunch of pricks who are trying to copyright the term “urban homestead”, like they are unique or something.

    All the land with good soil is expensive and only the wealthy can afford it, the rest of us have crap soil with high alkaline levels, but even those soils can grow potatoes, and other root plants and berries.

  • http://www.squarefootgardening.com/ mnb

    For those of you with less than perfect soil, read the square foot gardening book and it will tell you how to prepare dirtless growing mix….. no need to use your awful soil. http://www.squarefootgardening.com/

    Good luck!

  • lola

    Cedric, you HAVE to be joking, right? Your post is so ridiculous it must be satire.

  • Grover Lembeck

    I’m not sure how to tell you this, wanderwithme, but your sense of humor appears to have been misplaced. Cedric Weehunt is obviously not serious, since he believes they should be shut down until questions are asked.
    The serious don’t wait for questions to asked or answered, they just want the money. They’ll let you know how much.

  • black banana lips

    Cedric you are a real piece of ***** you are a socialist commy. You are jealous hat you can not have the ability to be smart enough to accomplish what they have. This is Freedom, you are recommending tyranny. You ******** Suck, Please keeping the fluoride and it al all be over real soon for you. Thank God for true independent Americans willing to due what they feel is right for themselves and there community, without the bitch ass federal government trying to tax this tax that the IRS is a privately owned corp. and so is the Fed reserve, this is illegal by constitution. End the Fed End the IRS there are illegall, wake up and Grow up Cedric

    Alex Jones will help your thinking disease
    infowars.com
    Prisonplanet.com

    Free Thinkers live here asshole

    • Jax

      Free thinkers without an ounce of a sense of humour…

  • Hahskda

    What about people who live in places where growing your own food is infeasible, like deserts?

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    It’s the survival instincts of human and the will to live. Cave mans and ancient humans rely on this, I just hope it was this easy to survive the current economic downfall…

    “Retire or work in Asia – we can help. http://www.pathtoasia.com/

  • GreggRiggs

    Wanderwith me, you are very correct in stating that “most people are too lazy and would sooner spend money on produce…” There’s an old, old story that warns us, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.” Mankind has fooled himself into thinking he can get around this basic tenet. It’s the modern snare: cheap food that somebody else sweats over. But it is a pit and a trap for it skirts the plain truth: That God knew man must toil, each and every one. It is the burden of disobedience, the price for rebellion against His holy plan. Funny how such an ancient book, written by “primitives,” can hold such truth after so many years.

  • Tal

    Cedric is the reason why you should NEVER tell anyone what you are doing.

  • http://www.SeedsNow.com Michael

    Great article!

    People don’t realize how easy it is to grow your own foods. This family is amazing.

    All I know i that my family and I just bought a stockpile of Heirloom seeds. These are the only types that you can save the seeds after each harvest. Check this company out … http://www.SeedsNow.com/

    We got over 60,000 seeds to last us a lifetime. :)

    Again, great article. More and more people should be doing this.

  • Wpdanny

    I think Cedric was being ironic…

  • anticedricweehunt

    Hey Cedricweewee,

    Get a life you government tsa worker.

  • Paul In Pittsburgh

    I hate to break it to these folks, while it’s great they’re learning to grow for themselves they’re going to be some of the first to perish in any catastrophic scenario as are just about all those in an urban setting.

    When the checks to the dependent classes stop and and significant food shortages start popping up gardens like these and the homes of the owners are going to be the first places targeted for looting by people who under the best of circumstances prefer violence, theft and handouts to work and self-reliance.

    We left the city several years ago when it became apparent things would go bad and realized that things like gardens in the city are like targets around the owner’s neck.

  • Bob

    Such utter bullshit! Half of the northern and southern hemisphere is frozen for half the year. Currently in Montreal Canada, where I live, it’s a blizzard, 12 inches of snow, on top of 3-4 ft. on the ground. Terra firma will start to expose itself by mid April, if we are lucky. We love wintersports…outdoors and indoor.

    Bob

  • Cathy

    Comments like Cedric are really scary! What slaves we are to the government and such thoughts if we cant be self sufficient and live off the land GOD has given us – not Obama!

  • Whuuut

    These folks (Dervaes family) trademarked the the phrase “urban homesteading” and are actively trying to prohibit people from using it.

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/urban-garden-solutions/will-urban-homesteading-be-the-downfall-of-the-dervaes-family/10150116968449841

  • LOL

    Lighten up and get a sense of humor. Of course Cedric was using satire to show how much govt is oppressing us. If we don’t stand up for our rights, what he said will be true one day.

  • keith

    Most folks are unaware how drastically food growing technology has changed even just recently. There is another way to grow even more organic food/area that is well suited for all kinds of climates: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9CCxdkOng&feature=related
    New alternative energy technology has been developed to make it practical and affordable even in extreme climates: http://www.citrusinthesnow.com
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9CCxdkOng&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWIY74R5gvE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1FzkY9qzCE

    Quality organic food can be grown even in salty deserts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gPvsl9ni-4

    Additionally, any food growing hurdle you may have has probably already been solved by permaculture.

    There’s probably never been a better time to grow food at home.

  • Jacobsprings

    The math is actually worse on food inflation –

    2.2% increase for 12 months is a 29.8% yearly increase, not 26.4% – so yeah. Watch out!

  • Jeff S

    black banana lips – obviously Cedric was being satirical, well, I thought it was, but many here apparently don’t. I hate to bag on such things, but you really need to use spell check. A word here, a word there, no big deal, but you lose all credibility when your post is barely readable.

    Bob – what’s bullshit? Are you saying you can’t grow your own food? Certainly the growing season is shorter in Canada. I live in Northern Illinois, US. Here we can start growing in about April thru September. You can can or dehydrate food for the winter if you want.

    I don’t have much of a garden yet, because there’s not a lot of space on our property, but planning to make the layout more efficient and build up in stacked rows eventually. Our land costs about $1M/acre, we’ve got about 1/8 of an acre, with the house and pool taking up about 2/3 of that. When we’re retired, or working independently (i.e. no longer making money for “the man”), we’re going to move to central wisconsin, and grab about 100 acres in exchange for our little patch o’ grass.

  • NotoriousGOP

    Black Banana Lips:

    a) Cedric makes an excellent point. There is potential for nedless government regulation should people become at least partially responsible for their own food security

    b) Growing things together with family/neighbors could be considered a profoundly “communal” (COMMUNIST! HA!) activity.

    c) Alex Jones knows nothing about growing things, except his gargantuan ego.

  • Rhonda

    You can do this type of gardening in a spare room in your home or apartment for those complaining about soil & space!! lol I’ve got cucumbers and tomatoes growing all yr round up here in Canada under florescent lighting in plastic milk jugs and old 5 gallon pails with potting soil I bought at Walmart. Just picked up a couple old 10 gallon fish tanks at the thrift shop that I’m gonna turn into a carrot garden! Use your imagination AND the internet!! :D

  • DpBluSea

    DO learn to grow.

    And learn to PRESERVE food. It’s going to be very important. Throughout the ages, people with bad winters didn’t die – THEY PLANNED.

    There is a lot of info about how to preserve food, and a lot of methods. But if, at some point, we do not have electricity to run coolers, freezers, dehydrators, vacuum pack machines – you can preserve food by canning. You can do it in a pot of water over a campfire, if you have to. Buy jars and lids and rings to set aside for this, NOW.

    And learn how to do it.

  • Solveig

    @ Jeff S: Northern IL is NOTHING if you can grow food from April through September. Try Flagstaff, AZ where it’s at 7000 ft elevation and the growing season is “Memorial Day to Labor Day” (end of May until end of August. It can snow any month of the year there. And don’t even think of growing tomatoes without a greenhouse.

  • Jay

    So people need to aggressively pay off their bank debt…then invest in solar panels…in order to avoid an economic meltdown…

    You’re an idiot.

  • SexyBeast

    Actually it might be beneficial to secure a food and water supply before paying debt in some cases. An excellent article.

    Big thanks to Keith for the links about growing food in different climates. Cheers mate.

  • harpinga

    Solar panels are not practical in every part of the state. Do your homework and make sure you have tons of sun before you take on a project like installing solar panels.

  • CelticBrewer

    I think the water points are a bit exaggerated. You are drinking someone’s toilet waste water already. It’s just recycled via the planet. Municipalities are using the same methods and just speeding it up. The exiting water is probably cleaner than what most Americans are drinking and far, far cleaner than other countries’ drinking water. There’s even household sized water treatment plants and I’ve seen the technician drink the final product. No, it’s not nice to think about, but there is zero health concern. I rather drink that than water that’s full of chlorides and fluorides.