Peak Oil vs. Global Warming vs. The Long Emergency and about a half dozen other scary phrases… As the newly declared King, I intend to lead a war on fear itself by crafting a long term policy dedicated to the principle of self-sufficiency. With the price of a gallon of gasoline or a loaf of bread […]
As the newly declared King, I intend to lead a war on fear itself by crafting a long term policy dedicated to the principle of self-sufficiency. With the price of a gallon of gasoline or a loaf of bread soaring, now is the time for Oregon Hill to start thinking about how to provide its own energy and food. This neighborhood is no stranger to faring for itself. Done properly, this strategy will only strengthen the neighborhood.
And it is important to recognize that this sort of thinking is already prevalent in many existing initiatives. The Grace Arents Community Garden, started by the Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association and now administered by Tricycle Gardens, is just one of them. Obviously, even with the addition of outside produce sellers brought in by the Byrd Market, this one community garden will not be able feed all Oregon Hill residents. Community gardens should still be supported and grown, but they will most likely be stripped very quickly if crisis emerges, so private gardens are also necessary. Even if emergencies do not present themselves, residents will benefit from an abundance of fresh, less expensive food and an improved environment resulting from a determined ‘greening’.
Its not just fresh produce. While Fine Foods has a decent selection of beer, candy, and other materials, it is lacking in other categories. The Earthlings Organic Food Coop is a valuable enterprise for the neighborhood, but I am reluctant to count on the monthly truck delivery to meet all packaged food needs. Mama Zu’s, 821 Bakery Cafe, Mojo’s, and a soon-to-be-reopened Hollywood Grill offer options, yet it is clear that the neighborhood could use more. Stockpiling and emergency pantries are a must.
With these factors in mind, I give my second royal edict: GROW MORE FOOD. Start vegetable and victory gardens now. Using square foot gardening and sustainable farming methods, I am confident that my subjects can find many public and private places to fulfill this command. Residents do need to be careful to avoid contaminated soil, and more crabgrass and vermiculture is desired to help de-contaminate. Irrigation from rain barrels and beekeeping are encouraged. At this time, until tribute is demanded, citizens should feel free to sell and trade their crops without royal interference.
Again, this is the first of many coming decrees that will form my overall policy of self-sufficiency.