Creating Your War Gardens

March 19, 2008 at 10:44 am 2 comments

Peak Oil Victory Canning

Don’t look now, but we are at war!

No, I’m not talking about the War in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other politically driven war. I am talking about the war within ourselves. The war to cling and hang onto what is unsustainable. Seriously, did we really think we could Burger King and McDonald’s our way into the future?

It’s just not healthy, folks. The way we have been living, that is.

So, we are certainly headed for a lot of boo-hooing as reality renegotiates our lives for us. But hey, living is awesome! It sure beats dying. And our former behaviors have to die a quick death so we can reinvent America again. The great news is that it is a whole lot of fun!

There are plenty of leaders in this country that can teach people how to sustainably grow, prepare, and preserve local foods. No matter if you haven’t ever picked up a shovel… even lazy TV zombies can help in our transformation as we turn open land into productive soil.

If you haven’t seen the episodes of the Lawns To Gardens videos I have posted, let me assure you as a card carrying Nintendo geek – YOU CAN GROW FOOD! As things get more and more expensive and more people are laid off from the information economy, we will need to do physical work. And that’s okay, we need the exercise anyway.

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There are plenty of gardening How-To sites on the internet, so I suppose Lawns to Gardens is meant to be more of a motivator. The cheerleader and “We Can Do It!” website meant to help people get over themselves. Especially since it looks like with so many people on planet earth, we had better sign peace terms with our own souls first.

Only then will we be ready as a society to high-five one another and put together local coordinated teams for gardening, exercise, community activities, and other sustainable behaviors. I very much look forward to our rebirth.

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  • 1. blackpacker  |  March 19, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Great post! I really like your blog, have you done any reading into permaculture or wild foraging? I wonder if our Earths ag land can even handle our massive population and all of their nutritional needs once the age of oil-based ag is behind us…

  • 2. peakoilboy  |  March 19, 2008 at 11:25 am

    You bet we can.

    I often help my friend David Blume, who actually owns He is an amazing farmer, ecologist, and all around genius.

    In his book “Alcohol Can Be A Gas”, he outlines how we can sustainably grow enough food and still fuel ourselves. For instance, imagine planting cat tail marshes along road medians and ditches. Not only would it help clean up the waste, trash, and environmental damage from cars – but it could be a source harvested to make fuel used for electricity, automobiles, cooking, you name it!

    Permaculture is what mother nature intended, so let’s work with her rules, eh? The rules we have been operating by with the industrial revolution have been rejected by the planet, and if we are smart, we will live by what works.

    If we are stupid, well, then we will nuke ourselves off of earth. It’s one way or the other. I vote for permaculture & foraging!


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