Jul 19
2017

The Why…….oh why

 

 

To have thought I would ever be in the middle of North West Oklahoma starting a Christmas tree farm and building my own house, all with my three kids, toto, and a personal wizard, would have been a dream beyond measure ten years ago.  I was a prosthetic practitioner in an earlier life, known as my twenties.  Young, ambitious, and single I spent my days working at my job and hanging out with friends.   How quickly life can change.  Although I do miss helping patients learn to walk again and seeing their lives change, I know the Lord has led me down this road, and I’m holding on.

My husband was raised on a large farm and learned from an early age about work ethic, and the ability to fix things.  I mean ANYTHING!  This was mind blowing to me, and I quickly realized how lacking my skill set is in the “fix it” department.  The more I thought about it, I realized how vastly different not only my life was, but most everyone’s is from 50 years ago.  (Unless you were raised on a farm apparently.)

Gone are the days of most any of us knowing how to fix anything.  How about knowing how to feed our own faces?  Sewing anyone?  Providing shelter if needed?  Not me!  The basic human skill sets that have been around since ol’ Adam and Eve, are  becoming extinct at an increasing rate in OUR generation.

I chewed on all this for a long time and upon sharing the growing uneasiness of my revelations to my husband, I quickly learned he was of the same mind set.  Whew!  I’m not a total weirdo…….besides the red shoes, but whatevs.  Not only are we quickly losing our basic human skill sets, but there is alarming news to think about!  FACT:  the world population is growing.  The space on the surface of the world is not.  Wowzers!  I know!

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the world food production will need to increase by a staggering 70% to keep up with the human population projected by the year 2050.  WHAT?!  Just being logical here, but think about the rising energy prices to get this food distributed.  The government regulations of green house emissions (apparently the production and distribution of food is a major contributor), AND the increasing losses of farmland to urbanization!  Sorry, I’m shouting aren’t I?  Its pretty easy to see that in the near future there might be some kinks in the road, and coincidentally at the same time that we will have almost assuredly lost our skill sets to know how to ever do anything on our own.  I don’t know about you guys, but suddenly watching TV didn’t hold such a strong appeal.  I gotz work to do y’all!

 

  1. Learn how to grow our own food
  2. Learn how to be more resourceful with what we already have (land, money, TIME)
  3. Know what it takes to get our own water.
  4. Get the kids working (muey importante!)

 

If you need anymore convincing this is headed our way, just look no further than your favorite billionaire, Bill Gates.  He has invested in Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, both plant based meat replacement companies founded on the fact that demand for meat is through the roof and it is one that can not be satisfied using animals.  No, we are not all becoming Vegans.  The reason: there is simply not enough water or land to satisfy the need.  Yikes.  Even Google has invested in the future of food production!  PEOPLE!  We all have work to do unless we want to be at the mercy of astronomical prices for feeding our families.  God has given us seeds.  God has given us dirt.  God has given us the sun and water.  All the ingredients needed to grow our own.  Along with that comes the need to be able to fix things, and a hefty dose of work ethic.

So, we have said our prayers and jumped in……..er….over the rainbow.   I hope you will see the importance of why you need too as well.  We can do it.  We were born to.  Let’s get to work!

 

Read more on Google and Mr. Gates’ investments into the food world here:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/06/21/482322571/silicon-valley-s-bloody-plant-burger-smells-tastes-and-sizzles-like-meat

 

May God give you of heaven’s dew and of earth’s richness- An abundance of grain and new wine.  Genesis 27:28