In a disaster situation, food is one of the key things that you have to get taken care of. To put it simply, if you don’t eat, you won’t survive long-term. But how do you become self-sufficient for food in an urban environment where space is limited?
A writer going by Savannah H says that a community garden may be the way to go. Savannah H writes,
Community gardens are […] simply gardens on private or public land that are open to the public or to a specific neighborhood. Typically, these gardens rely solely on volunteer efforts, and the community involved shares what the garden produces.
There are a couple of different advantages to starting a community garden:
- It’s a great way to get to know like-minded community members and neighbors.
- It’s an excellent learning opportunity if you have veteran gardeners helping.
- You have some flexibility on tending to the garden (i.e. going on vacation).
- Expenses are shared by community members and/or by the city.
Unfortunately, there are some disadvantages as well. You may clash with community members or have a difficult time finding people who want to be involved. If you are trying to run the project on private land, it may cost you more out of pocket than growing the food yourself. Another possible problem could be thieves or community members who take too much food.
If you are a determined individual with a need for social setting and helping others, starting a community garden is often well worth the effort.
Of course, as Savannah says, you’ll have to be careful with who you allow to be involved in the community garden, and someone will need to manage the operation to prevent and handle conflict between people involved in the operation.
Also, especially in a survival situation, defending your survival garden may be key to preventing looters from taking the fruits of your hard work. One option, if you want to avoid violence, is to find a way to disguise your garden and find a way to grow in small areas hidden from prying eyes.
Still, even with its potential challenges, if you live and plan on staying in an urban area, you may want to consider starting and running a community garden to survive when times are hard.