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15 August 2017
From farm land to a reliable food source...
Recently many people from developed western countries started buying large parcels of land or farms in places like New Zealand, Chile, Argentina or even their own country because they think that one day they might need a getaway place. They think that in a case of war, social collapse, or great disaster they will be able to escape from trouble and feed themselves off the land.
Buying farmland is an excellent idea. And those people who are quietly buying up land around the world in so called safe areas are doing the right thing.
Anything that is done to become independent of the system is very smart, including growing your own food. The truth is that one day many of those people will fail miserably at feeding themselves off the land.
Let's think critically and look objectively at the realities of life. Most of us have no idea how to grow our own food. Some have an idea but don't have any experience, and everyone underestimates how much effort it takes to actually get it done.
There is a reason why these days organic fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the most expensive items in a grocery store. There is a reason why prices on high-quality grass-fed meat, eggs, and dairy products are skyrocketing. And just a few generations back things were completely different...
Wealthy people who have the means to buy currently operating farms and keep it running will be just fine.
What about those who are not so fortunate? Even if they invested in the land, will they be able to go there and have their food needs covered?
On top of effort, it takes time to establish a farm. In most cases, it is easy to pay someone to do the job, but it's not as easy with the time requirement... When it comes to food, people don't like to wait, plus they want to have their meal tree times a day. It seems like someone may have a problem.
Then why do all of those people who buy farm land for the sake of food security for their families fail to see this? Partially it is because many have this widely adopted stereotype about life on the farm that does not accurately reflect reality.
What do we know about life on the farm? Those of us, who ever visited a farm that may have belonged to grandparents or relatives, have in most cases seen that life just from one side.
That view mainly consists of food abundance. Raw milk and honey that tastes incredibly good, delicious eggs that are so different from those that are sold in stores, all kinds of herbs, fruits, and vegetables that taste like... real! And you don't need to look into a refrigerator to get the greens to make a salad. When you need something - just go to the backyard of the farm house and pick what you like.
In my case, during my childhood, those visits were made during the summer. Even just several days spent on the farm, filled with exploration, fun and good food would always have an amazing effect on my sibling's and my health.
Right now, so many years later, I still have this memory of an excellent time that we had back then. Today I understand much better that behind all of that food abundance was a lot of work and sweat.
These days, I don't mind to have all of those benefits of a farm for my family, but I am not looking forward to becoming a farmer. It is fun to plant something with my kids and watch it grow on a very small scale, just for the benefit of spending more time with my children. But my primary goal is to create a resilient way of life.
Many people want the same thing. Recently we started witnessing a trend towards a healthy lifestyle, and many are becoming more and more aware of benefits of non-GMO, organically grown food.
Some decide to buy a farm and live off the land. Only a few of those succeed, the rest are failing miserably... The main reason - people underestimate how much time and effort it takes to take care of a farm.
The Resilient Plan B must have an organic farm in its design that is currently working and profitable. The main keywords here are "currently working." Not just "have the potential to become" when needed. It must be there before you need it. It will always require time to establish it. Then, the best time to start is NOW!
Another important keyword is "profitable." A farm that is not profitable and must continue to be supported financially can not be called resilient.
It is not easy to find a farm that would be available at a reasonable price and have those qualities. If you already have a farm land that you are planning to keep as a backup option, start transforming it into a resilient farm as soon as possible because it requires payment in the most valuable commodity we have – time.