Garden Rebels: 10 Ways to Sow Revolution in Your Back Yard

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Sometimes I think that the next Revolutionary War will take place in a vegetable garden.

Instead of bullets, there will be seeds.  Instead of chemical warfare, there will be rainwater, carefully collected from the gutters of the house. Instead of soldiers in body armor and helmets, there will be back yard rebels, with bare feet, cut-off jean shorts, and wide-brimmed hats.  Instead of death, there will be life, sustained by a harvest of home-grown produce.  Children will be witness to these battles, but instead of being traumatized, they will be happy, grimy, and healthy, as they learn about the miracles that take place in a little plot of land or pot of dirt.

Every day, the United Nations and the Powers That Be take steps towards food totalitarianism.  They do so flying a standard of “sustainability” but what they are actually trying to sustain is NOT our natural resources, but their control.

This morning I came across one of the most inspiring, beautifully written articles that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time.  Julian Rose, a farmer, actor, activist, and writer, wrote an article called Civil Disobedience or Death by Design and it is a “must read” for anyone who believes in the importance of natural food sources:

“From now on, unless we cut free of obeisance to the centralised, totalitarian regimes whose takeover of our planet is almost complete, we will have only ourselves to blame. For we are complicit in allowing ourselves to become slaves of the Corporate State and its cyborg enforcement army. That is, if we continue to remain hypnotized by their antics instead of taking our destinies into our own hands and blocking or refusing to comply with their death warrants. This ‘refusal’ is possible. But it will only have the desired effect when, and if, it is contemporaneous with the birthing of the Divine warrior who sleeps in us all. The warrior who sleeps-on, like the besotted Rip Van Winkle in the Catskill mountains.”

Does it sound dramatic to state that if things continue on their current path of “sustainability” that we are all going to die?  If you think I’m overstating this, read on.  The case is clear that we are going to soon be “sustained” right into starvation via Agenda 21.

  • The European Union is in the process of criminalizing all seeds that are not “registered”.  This means that the centuries-old practice of saving seeds from one year to the next may soon be illegal.
  • Collecting rainwater is illegal in many states, and regulated in other states.  The United Nations, waving their overworked banner of “sustainability” is scheming to take over control of every drop of water on the globe.  In some countries people who own wells are now being taxed and billed on the water coming from those sources.  Nestle has admitted that they believe all water should be privatized so that everyone has to pay for the life-giving liquid.
  •  Codex Alimentarius (Latin for “food code”) is a global set of standards created by the CA Commission, a body established by a branch or the United Nations back in 1963. As with all globally stated agendas, however, CA’s darker purpose is shielded by the feel-good words.  As the US begins to fall in line with the “standards” laid out by CA, healthful, nutritious food will be something that can only be purchased via some kind of black market of organically produced food.
  • Regulations abound in the 1200 page Food Safety Modernization Act that will put many small farmers out of business, while leaving us reliant on irradiated, chemically treated, genetically-modified “food”.

In the face of this attack on the agrarian way of life, the single, most meaningful act of resistance that any individual can perform is to use the old methods and grow his or her own food.

Growing your own food wields many weapons.

  • You are preserving your intelligence by refusing to ingest toxic ingredients.  Many of these ingredients (and the pesticides sprayed on them) have been proven to lop off IQ points.
  • You are nourishing your body by feeding yourself real food.  Real food, unpasteurized, un-irradiated, with all of the nutrients intact, will provide you with a strong immune system and lower your risk of many chronic diseases.  As well, you won’t be eating the toxic additives that affect your body detrimentally.
  • You are not participating in funding Big Food, Big Agri, and Big Pharma when you grow your own food.  Every bite of food that is NOT purchased via the grocery store is representative of money that does NOT go into the pockets of these companies who are interested only in their bottom lines.  Those industries would be delighted if everyone was completely reliant on them.
  • You are not susceptible to the control mechanisms and threats.  If you are able to provide for yourself, you need give no quarter to those who would hold the specter of hunger over your head.  You don’t have to rely on anyone else to feed your family.

Consider every bite of food that you grow for your family to be an act of rebellion.

  1. If you live in the suburbs, plant every square inch of your yard.  Grow things vertically.  Use square foot gardening methods.  Make lovely beds of vegetables in the front yard.  Extend your growing seasons by using greenhouses and coldframes.  This way you can grow more than one crop per year in a limited amount of space.   Use raised bed gardening techniques like lasagna gardening to create rich soil.  If you have problems with your local government or HOA, go to the alternative media and plead your case in front of millions of readers.  We’ve got your back!
  2. If you live in the city or in an apartment, look into ways to adapt to your situation.  Grow a container garden on a sunny balcony, and don’t forget hanging baskets.  Grow herbs and lettuce in a bright window.  Set up a hydroponics system in a spare room (but look out for the SWAT team – they like to come after indoor tomato growers!)  Go even further and look into aquaponics. Create a little greenhouse with a grow light for year round veggies.  Sprout seeds and legumes for a healthy addition to salads.
  3. If you live in the country, go crazy.  Don’t just plant a garden – plant fields!  Grow vegetables and grains.  Grow herbs, both culinary and medicinal.  Learn to forage if you have forests nearby.  Learn to use old-fashioned methods of composting, cover crops and natural amendments to create a thriving system.
  4. Raise micro-livestock.  This option may not work for everyone, but if you can, provide for some of your protein needs this way.  Raise chickens, small goats, and rabbits, for meat, eggs and dairy.  If you are not a vegetarian, this is one of the most humane and ethical ways to provide these things for your family.  Be sure to care well for your animals and allow them freedom and natural food sources – this is far better than the horrible, nightmare-inducing lives that they live on factory farms.
  5. Save your seeds.  Learn the art of saving seeds from one season to the next.  Different seeds have different harvesting and storage requirements.
  6. Go organic.  Learn to use natural soil enhancers and non-toxic methods of getting rid of pests.  Plan it so that your garden is inviting to natural pollinators like bees and butterflies.  If you wouldn’t apply poison to your food while cooking it, don’t apply it to your food while growing it.
  7. Be prepared for backlash.  The day may come when you face some issues from your municipal government.  Be prepared for this by understanding your local laws and doing your best to work within that framework. If you cannot work within the framework, know what your rights are and refuse to be bullied.  Call up on those in the alternative media who will sound the alarm.  Every single garden that comes under siege is worth defending.
  8. Learn about permaculture.  Instead of buying pretty flowering plants for your yard, landscape with fruit trees (espalliering is a technique that works will in small spaces), berry bushes, and nut trees.  These can provide long-term food sources for your family.
  9. For the things you can’t grow yourself, buy local.  Especially if space is limited, you may not be able to grow every bite you eat by yourself.  For everything else, buy local!  Buy shares in a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Visit your farmer’s market.  Shop at roadside stands.  Join a farming co-op.  Support the agriculture in your region to help keep local farms in business.  (One note about farmer’s markets:  Some farmers markets allow people to sell produce that originates at the same wholesalers from which the grocery stores buy their produce.  I always try to develop a relationship with the farmers from whom I buy, and I like to know that what I’m buying actually came from their fields and not a warehouse.)  Find a local market or farm HERE.
  10. Learn to preserve your food.  Again, go back to the old ways and learn to save your harvest for the winter.  Water bath canningpressure canning, dehydrating, and root cellaring are all low-tech methods of feeding your family year round. Not only can you preserve your own harvest, but you can buy bushels of produce at the farmer’s market for a reduced price and preserve that too.

There is a food revolution brewing.  People who are educating themselves about Big Food, Big Agri, and the food safety sell-outs at the FDA are disgusted by what is going on. We are refusing to tolerate these attacks on our health and our lifestyles. We are refusing to be held subect to Agenda 21′s version of “sustainability”.

Firing a volley in this war doesn’t have to be bloody.  Resistance can begin as easily a planting one seed in a pot.

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16 Comments  to  Garden Rebels: 10 Ways to Sow Revolution in Your Back Yard

  1. Osh says:

    Outstanding. I have sent the link to this to my email list today…

  2. Dear Daisy,
    I cant tell you how soothing it was to find you.especially after this seed registration and control issue!
    Your blog is just what I have been looking for. the work you do is important.The way your write is perfect. to the point, yet full of imagery.
    I shared your post with my students and it felt great.
    Knowledge is power, and it is also hope.

    Thank you again.
    Catherine Johnson
    Developer of A Yogis Garden.com

  3. Rachel says:

    Thank you! I am VERY awake and interested in doing anything I can to keep my babies & family safe. I am going to do my best at a garden this summer and have my grandmother teach me to can. I just wish there was a way to wake others up – they seem content in their ignorance!

  4. Perry Keene says:

    Micro livestock—interesting. Another option is not to go so small. Check into miniature cattle. A small cow or even two could fit nicely on a small lot.
    Still get beef or milk, depending on breed.

  5. Dave Knapp says:

    Thanks Daisy…Timely article and thoughts…’Preciate the “print”
    button…Would you have time for something on bug sprays/repellents
    we can make at home ?

    • Kim J says:

      Dave, I’ve come across a few options for natural bug sprays/repellents. One of them is diatomaceous earth (make sure it’s OMRI certified) which takes care of the crawling bugs with the hard exoskeleton. You have to make sure it doesn’t get wet right away. It works within 24 hrs for most bugs. After the 24 hrs, you can water again. The one to apply to the leaves of the plants can be made with water, dish soap and hot pepper, blended and strained through cheese cloth and put into a spray bottle. This seems to work well on the flying pests like fruit flies. Make sure to use the hotter peppers. Jalapeno isn’t hot enough. Hope this helps.

  6. yental says:

    Rather than get “lost” in the well deserved praise received at SHTF PLAN, I came to the “source”. The concept, and contribution are TOP-NOTCH. Those that truly understand your premise will benefit greatly from your contribution. But only if THEY actually apply the well outlined “you-can-do-it” message of your article.

    Same as everything else…you can read till the “last sunset”, but TAKING ACTION TODAY is the beautiful take away message and advice.

    You can, and are, leading “sheep” to water. It is up to ALL of them to drink(Work it). I think I will plant “Daisies” today in recognition of your ever growing contribution to the “awake” component of humanity you will reach. :)!

  7. Great post! I saw it on Survival Sherpa’s website: http://survivalsherpa.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/10-ways-to-sow-revolution-in-your-back-yard/
    But I wanted to pop on over here to the source and say thanks! I’ve been documenting my gardening endeavors this year since I have an awesome new phone that makes it easy to film and shoot and upload. Anyway, I try to recycle as much as I can to use in my garden in practical ways: milk jugs, food bags (like shredded cheese comes in), mesh onion bags, etc. Here is a video that showcases some of my recycling endeavors:
    http://youtu.be/HvvEeETOPvs

  8. Love it. Thanks for mentioning rainwater.
    Trying to push this stuff, even in San Diego where we have 100% imported water is an uphill battle. Education is the key to freedom.
    Keep it up.

  9. Lance says:

    QUOTE

    Scott London: A reviewer once described your teachings as “seditious.”

    Bill Mollison: Yes, it was very perceptive. I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.

    London: When did you begin teaching permaculture?

    Mollison: In the early 1970s, it dawned on me that no one had ever applied design to agriculture. When I realized it, the hairs went up on the back of my neck. It was so strange. We’d had agriculture for 7,000 years, and we’d been losing for 7,000 years — everything was turning into desert. So I wondered, can we build systems that obey ecological principles? We know what they are, we just never apply them. Ecologists never apply good ecology to their gardens. Architects never understand the transmission of heat in buildings. And physicists live in houses with demented energy systems. It’s curious that we never apply what we know to how we actually live.

    END QUOTE

    http://www.scottlondon.com/interviews/mollison.html

    Awesome article…

  10. Christopher says:

    Don’t forget lacto-fermentation for preserving veggies. They not only taste amazing, they have long shelf lives and even give you healthy doses of probiotics.

  11. Mr. Skungeous says:

    “The United Nations, waving their overworked banner of “sustainability” is scheming to take over control of every drop of water on the globe.”

    Aaaaaand… you lost me; I like to keep my cartoon villainy confined to Saturday mornings.

  12. pisces says:

    I live in a mobile home and travel around since i can no longer afford to live in a house. What do you suggest as I a) don’t have room to have plants and b) there are restrictions on fruit/veggies/plants/soil going over state borders.

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