Food Security for the Faint of Heart: Keeping Your Larder Full in Lean Times
by Robin Wheeler

New Society, 2008. ISBN 978-0-865-71624-7.
Reviewed by Susan Wittig Albert
Posted on 04/05/2009

Nonfiction: Nature/Place/Environment; Nonfiction: Food/Cooking/Kitchen

Food security is a big issue, and growing bigger and more challenging by the minute—not just for people in the developing world, but for those of us lucky enough to live where food is abundant. If you're wondering where you would find food in an emergency—a natural disaster, an extended power outage, a labor strike—this book is for you. And if you're planning to grow some of your own groceries (who isn't, in these lean times?), you'll find plenty of help in this smart, funny and easy-to-read book.

Wheeler includes information based on personal hands-on experience about dealing with food supplies in sudden emergencies, stockpiling, buying organic, managing a garden (from seedtime to harvest and points in between), and wild foraging (for those hungry souls caught in the lurch without a pantry or a garden). She also offers suggestions for finding and preparing plant medicines, harvesting rainwater, and building a food community in your neighborhood. Very helpful: ten techniques for storing food and "compromise" gardens for people who lack the time, space, money, and energy for large-scale gardening.

While you may be able to find more detailed information elsewhere, Food Security for the Faint of Heart is a great place to begin. It will help you start thinking, planning, and preparing for the day when food may be suddenly scarce and you still have the urge to go on eating.

Robin Wheeler teaches traditional skills, sustenance gardening, and growing/using medicinals at Edible Landscapes in Roberts Creek, British Columbia.

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