article today on SFGate.com, food prices, which have been rising, are expected to rise even higher in the coming months. The main reason they cite is the harsh winter that the country has experienced, but fast-rising gas prices are certainly a contributing factor as well. Add it all up and the situation is not looking bright for an already troubled economy.
Although there are many things we can't control in our personal economies, food is usually one category we can take more control over, and one of the best ways to do that is to grow some of your own food. Even a newbie gardener can grow a lot of food--the best and biggest crop of tomatoes I've grown was the first six-pack of tomatoes I ever planted.
Now is the perfect time to start planning your vegetable garden. If you want to plant seeds (which is certainly the most cost-effective method), you can start them indoors right now. Check out the new seed-exchange library at the Alameda Free Library for seeds that you can take and use (and hopefully collect your own seeds to bring back after you harvest). If you need growing advice, you can check in with Alameda Backyard Growers, a network of new and experienced growers dedicated to encouraging people to grow food and donate their excess bounty to the local food bank.
You can also visit the "Grow and Eat Local" Resource Fair for the Backyard Farmer and Urban Consumer this Saturday (3/19) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main branch of the Alameda Library. You'll find tips and advice for growing an edible garden and meet local folks who raise chickens and keep bees.
The veggies you plant now should mean more money in your pocket later (not to mention tastier, healthier food to eat)!