"There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace."
Simply put, the time is now.
I'm not for the "doom and gloom" of being a prepper, but I am all about empowering those I love with the tools they need to thrive when "it all goes down."
Our farm is in Southern Nevada, in a super rural area. We are about an hour from the entrance to Death Valley, and last week temperatures reached 135F. Ladies and gentlemen, when you pair that with the steady decline of the water levels at Lake Mead, Lake Powell, and a "megadrought" around most of the Western US- you have a recipe for disaster where food grows. The water restrictions that will follow the anticipated Federal Water Shortage will impact millions of Americans. The Western US will feel it- starting at the grocery store.
You've undoubtedly seen it when looking at the ever-rising prices at the grocery store, and when you're filling up your car. Now, with a looming rubber shortage, the world is starting to wake up to the fact that those who prepare will prevail. So what can you do to prepare those you love for such things? Get back to the dirt! It's time to roll up your sleeves, and get some dirt under your fingernails! At RW Bait Co. and Poof Dirt Farms, our Ethos is "Each One Teach One. Planting Seeds For A Better Tomorrow." Now more than ever- we are here for you! As we develop our plan for the Winter season, (yes- right now) I am talking with "The Boss" about filming content that will help first-time farmers feel more comfortable with the basics. We will discuss everything from choosing where your plots should fall in your yard, to identifying pests, and issues in your rows! We are developing content to get you and your family prepared. Right now. For the road ahead.
We are in year 3.5 of a 5 year Research and Development period on our homestead, where we evaluate which crops produce best in our climate, and what it took to make it happen. A lot of that information is available at www.poofdirtfarming.com if you'd like to check it out. Bookmark the page, because you can also order microgreens, farm-fresh veggies, and baked goods on the site! This Spring/Summer crop was by far the harshest reminder that we must strive to do our part. Crops like our peppers which produce well in heat, are barren. We re-seeded our plots "direct sow" after losing all of the plants (over 250) that we started over the winter. Our corn was fried. A few of our R&D crops are doing well, but we have experienced enough inconsistency to write this year off, and begin to plan for next year. If that is happening on my 2.5 acre farm, imagine what's happening in meetings across millions of acres of farmland in these areas. There are already acres of fallow ground across the region, and as that becomes the "new normal" I urge you to take this journey with us! Empower your family for the road ahead. Get chickens! Build raised beds! Thank a farmer!
Stay tuned for the video series, and if you'd like to learn more about how you can get back to the dirt, contact us at: www.poofdirtfarming.com
Stay true! In a world full of fake- DO YOU! No one does you like YOU!
- Captain Wiggler aka Captain Planet
Check out this article from NPR on the subject: