During the blogathon a new reader asked me why homesteading seems to revolve around food. I answered short and sweet because it was late. But now that I have a little more time, maybe we should go a little more in depth about the subject.
We do seem a little obsessed with the food thing, don't we. You have us talking about baking in the winter time, seed ordering and planting in early spring, harvesting and planting in late spring, Harvest and canning in the summer, harvesting and canning in the fall. And always, always talk of local foods, and local food hook-ups. And recipes galore. We just can't stop!
Eating is a necessity. You have to do it to live.
Growing and raising your own food stuff, is one of the easiest cheapest things that a person can do to be self-sufficient. Not to mention the pride, and knowing what is in your food, that comes along with it.
We go through the first expense of buying the seeds, after that you get into seed saving and the price to grow your own food is reduce. Of course you have some people out there that will tell you that the price of growing your own will run more than buying it because of the labor involved. But we do the labor because we want to, and love doing it. The food that comes at the end, is just one of our payments.
There are a few companies out there, that are creating things that makes it seem like they want to control the food supply. Even if you are not the paranoid sort, it still comes across this way. And this would be another reason that some of us homestead. We have our own control issues.
As long as you need food items to survive, homesteaders will make this a central part of our lives, no matter what our reasons.
So love it, hug it, and call it George. Food will always come up in a homesteaders blog.