March 27, 2009

Revolution in the Garden!

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:58 pm by yjohn

This year, in my garden, I will be growing 72 broccoli plants in two separate plantings. As these are harvested they will be cleaned, blanched, vacuum-sealed and placed in my freezer. This will amount to about 100 pounds of organic broccoli that, if purchased at the grocery store, would cost about $600 at today’s prices.

99% of the broccoli crop in the United States is grown in California and Arizona. The overwhelming preponderance of the planting and harvesting of that broccoli is performed by Mexicans.

When I grow my $600 worth of broccoli, I am pulling $600 out of a system supporting Mexican immigration.

And that’s just ONE vegetable!

Naturally, my cost for the broccoli is a lot less than the $600 I’d pay at the supermarket. But, when you add it all up, I pay less than $1/pound. when the cost of packaging is included, plus I get some exercise. Not a bad deal at all: I get to save money and eat well while supporting my Folk.

The same economic equation applies with practically everything I grow.

So — what is stopping you?



  1. Len said,

    We have one peach tree which fills three small freezers each season with organic sweet peaches packed in jars.
    The raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are consumed as they appear.
    The cost of picking handling and shipping is all eliminated. No essential illegals required. We are branching into cherries and plums.
    Little work is needed.

  2. Louise said,

    $6 a pound for (organically-grown) broccoli??? Where – on the moon?

    John Young Responds:

    Yes, Louise — in the northeast, organic broccoli (when it is available at all) is $5.99 – $6.99/lb. Also, frozen organic broccoli (Cascadian Farms brand) sells for $3.99 for a 12 ounce bag. A little math shows that, even frozen, organic broccoli sells for over $5.25/lb. AND — those prices will only go *higher* due to the inflation cycle we are about to enter.

    I should add that organic free-range eggs (not just free range but certified organic as well) sell for $5/dozen in my supermarket. My organically-raised and fed free-range hens lay 4-dozen eggs per week. I eat one of those dozens, and the other three are sold at $3/dozen — which my customers consider to be a *great deal*, because it IS a great deal. For an egg of comparable quality at the store, they’d have to pay $5/dozen instead of the $3/dozen they pay me.

    So, rather than being skeptical, if you plan to eat healthy food that hasn’t been irradiated, covered with pesticides and shipped 1,000 miles (on average) on trucks — you need to go over our recommended gardening methods, roll up your shirt sleeves, and get growing!

  3. Eman said,

    WOW! This is incredible stuff – you are really on the right track with your preference for local agriculture…America was founded as an agrarian republic, and we have sadly lost touch with those roots which kept us free and independent. Read Lytle’s essay “The Small Farm Secures the State” in

    I love this blog – please keep writing!

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