The one thing that all fans of self sufficiency share in common is a desire to reduce reliance on goods and services supplied by others.

In reality, we will never be totally independent for one reason: It is in our nature to be social, and we all need to interact with other humans in order to be psychologically fulfilled.

We can however take far more control of our own destiny by doing two simple things:

- Increase our capacity to independently provide the goods and services we desire

- Change our attitude and lifestyle so as to reduce the demands we place upon ourselves to provide as many goods and services.


Growing vegetables for consumption can be a valuable tool in increasing your self sufficiency, whether it is at a personal scale or at the scale of a family or a small community. A kitchen garden is one way that the individual or small community can provide themselves with a steady supply of fresh vegetables throughout the year. Not only does this food source reduce dependency on society at large, but it can also increase personal health, because fresher vegetables frequently have a greater nutritional value.

But in order to be successful, a kitchen garden must be well planned. This planning must take into account what can be grown in the area (this is influenced by the soil, climate, and other local factors), as well as what vegetable products are required. It can be difficult to produce consistent volumes and variety of produce, and management of the vegetable garden needs to aim to provide this consistency and variety.

Even in today’s complex and technology driven society the hunter-gatherer instinct is strongly present within most of us. Growing edible plants and creating beautiful garden spaces is a way that we can keep in touch with nature and the simpler joys of life.


Watching plants grow from seed to harvest and knowing that the armful of veggies and herbs you have just gathered for the evening meal will be on the table within an hour or two of harvest, can be an exciting and satisfying experience. 

Other reasons to grow veggies:

- Save money

- Satisfaction of being self sufficient

- Knowing what you are using (you can never be sure that purchased products are pure and uncontaminated)

- Reliable supply of preferred varieties

- Fresher food

- Just for fun

Become increasingly Self Sufficient with Food by studying Self Sufficiency II with ACS!

(Note: You do not need to do Self Sufficiency I before studying this).

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