If you’ve been reading the news recently, then you know that there is a food crisis gone global.
At the time of writing, the price of rice in the U.S. has increased more than 3 times that of early 2007. Moreover, oil is approaching $160 a barrel, meaning that food delivery cost is out of control.
All the signs are headed for an apocalyptic future where only hippies, cockroaches and people with frugal gardening skills will survive. The reality of the matter is that things are going to get worse before they get better. The relationship between the price of oil and the integration of our society to clean energy resources will probably results in a terrible slump where one of the best possibilities of frugal living will be growing some of your own food, while avoiding the need to mix with processes that require oil usage.
Learning to grow food is not that hard. The principles are amazingly basic: Get some dirt, add a seed, add water and find sunlight. But it will take a little practice and experimentation before you find your flair and start producing a worthwhile amount of your own food. However, just think of the savings! Also having a hobby may stop you from spending money in other areas of your life.