Sondra Martin Hicks and longtime farmer Fred Billings discussed food independence and how to survive the food crisis by means of “victory gardens” on “America Unhinged.”
Hicks, filling in for regular host Dr. John Diamond, said on the Sept. 19 episode of the Brighteon.TV program that the food shortage is not only affecting Africa but the entire world. She also warned that this food shortage will worsen in 2023 due to the high prices of fertilizer, low fertilizer supply and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The Houston-based Billings shared his work with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes at Montana’s Flathead Valley. He taught the tribespeople different techniques to use in gardening, alongside tips on how to expand these techniques to their communities.
In response to Hicks’ question about how Americans can grow food in their own garden, part of a bigger trend of the people taking matters into their own hands, Billings urged people to do something.
“Don’t sit back, wish and think that you might or should do something. Do something, get out there,” Billings said. “Strip off an area of grass, put down some compost, buy some compost, work into the soil, get a mulch down and plant, start, you’re not going to learn how to do it overnight.” (Related: Marjory Wildcraft tells Mike Adams: People must start growing food now to survive the food crisis.)
The farmer added that a person can even grow vegetables they can eat in a 40 x 40 foot plot of land – and still give away some to spare.
Billings’ concept is not new. In fact, it had been practiced decades ago when the U.S. was involved in World War I and World War II, albeit under a different name: victory garden.
The Morning Chores blog defined a victory garden as “a household garden that could ease the cost of feeding a family while also ensuring more food reached the men and women at war.”
It added: “Not only were the families at home able to meet their production needs, but extra food was available to be processed and sent to the men and women fighting in the war.”
Citing the Popular Mechanics magazine, the blog pointed out that there were 18 million victory gardens in the U.S. – with 12 million of them in the cities and six million in rural areas.
Billings pointed out that gardeners can mix their crops together by looking at how God designed things to work and knowing how things are supposed to work together.
“If we would just look at what He does and do it his way it would be easy. And it would and we would be helping, doing what we were designed to do which was to manage the garden in a healthy way, but you can’t manage the garden that God designed according to your convenience. You actually have to manage it according to His design and then it is very fruitful, very productive,” Billings explained.
He added that when people get into the garden, they start learning at the pace that God designed them to learn at and start being productive at a way that they can’t imagine.
Billings pointed out that aside from growing things in accordance with God’s design, people should also understand that there is a subsoil relationship between the plants and the living organisms in the ground.
The longtime farmer also said that aside from growing things and mixing crops based on maturity, he was also creating an environment seen all over nature where these plants are working together to support a higher level of micro-organic life.
“The relationship between the life that is in the soil and the plants is a symbiotic relationship. The microbes are feeding the plants, but the plants are also providing simple sugars to the microbes in the process,” Billings said.
The farmer also advised against putting urea, ammonia, nitrate and synthetic chemicals to fertilize the soil as they burn the living organisms in it.
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