Country life proves fruitful during pandemic

Adrian Simmons

With a pandemic sweeping the world maybe it’s best to know other ways of getting food if people are panic buying the stores out of food. 

Farming, hunting and fishing will gain a larger following if grocery stores can’t keep food in stock.

We live in a society where people rely on someone else to do their work for them too much, and they take too many things for granted. Some people are in for a rude awakening if they get laid off. 

What are they going to do?

 I’m going to keep doing my thing on my 14 acres of land. I’m going to take care of my chickens and my pig, I’m going to hunt deer and turkey, I’m going to fish in ponds and rivers, and I’m going to grow my own vegetables. I’ve got the internet, Netflix, Disney+ and cable. I’ve got an Xbox full of games and nothing but time to kill.

Now, I’m fortunate enough to have land, space to have a garden, what about the people who live in the city limits and have small yards? What are they going to do if they can’t pay for groceries because they got laid off or the grocery store doesn’t have the produce they need that week?

All you need for a garden is soil, water and sunlight. Grow the basic vegetables — tomatoes, potatoes, carrots. Don’t grow anything with vines because the vines take up a lot of space. 

You could start a community garden; someone could turn their whole backyard into a garden for the block. Everyone chips in for plants and labor and the whole block has fresh vegetables for a while.

I don’t know if I’d recommend getting animals, they take up a lot of space, time and money. Plus they smell bad and they are noisy.

The grocery stores are not going to run out of food. They might run out of your favorite brand but not the whole product. We shouldn’t be scared of running out of food, but running out of money is a possibility with people losing their jobs and businesses having to close because they aren’t making enough money to stay open.

 Having a small garden could prove helpful if done correctly.