Grow Food Not Fuel

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Getting ready to grow, step 1.
On to the fence to grow, step 2.
Fast forward, planted and growing, step 3.
Note the clock, almost time to harvest, step 4.
Harvest, step 5!
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Getting ready to grow, step 1.

Photo: Rhonda Bellamy Hodge

Last Spring, I was so proud of my newly expanded flower garden area planted in a narrow strip along my driveway.  So much so that I decided to expand it all the way to the fence.   In the midst of my expansion plans, I took a few trips to the grocery store and became increasingly aware of the rising cost of food in just a few short months.  At the same time I noticed that gas prices at my local stations were steadily creeping up – sometimes at a pace of twice in the same day!   I began to wonder, “What’s up with this – is there a connection between the rising cost of food and the rising cost of gasoline?”  After further investigation, I discovered that so much of our food crops and other products are connected in some way with corn production.  In response to the increasing demand for ethanol, which is made primarily from corn, a large quantity of corn production was being diverted to ethanol production rather than for food production.  Therefore as markets would dictate, supply and demand caused the overall cost of corn and corn related products to increase.  http://auto.howstuffworks.com/fuel-efficiency/alternative-fuels/ethanol-facts.htm Screech, I had an epiphany – I may not be able to change the world but I can change the plans for my own little strip of land.  I decided to plant food instead of flowers.  It took me the better part of a couple of weeks to weed, level and move wheel barrels of richly composted soil from one area to my established garden to the new strip.  In the end, I was rewarded with a beautiful and productive mini-garden filled with several varieties of tomatoes, basil and peppers.  I even painted a sign to express my sentiment and installed a brightly outfitted Scarecrow to watch over the garden and greet guests.  I christened the new area as the Community Basil Garden since it grew so prolifically and invited the neighbors to stop by at any time to take what they wanted.  Several did and made delicious Pesto, Tomato Basil Soup and Tossed Salads.  All in all this change in plans for the tiny strip along the driveway turned out to be “A Very Good Thing”!


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