One Year of Growing and Foraging 100% of Your Food
Rob Greenfield, activist and adventurer, started one of the most challenging adventures yet.
For one year, he’s going to grow and forage one hundred percent of his food.
Now, what does that mean? No grocery stores. No restaurants. No eating food at a party. No drinks at a bar.
For an entire year:
- no bread,
- no pasta,
- nothing processed or packaged
- no chocolate
- no coffee, no soda or sports drinks
- no medicine from the pharmacy
How would this list affect your daily menu?
Now, to grow and forage 100% of your own food, you might imagine him in the countryside living on a farm. Nope, Rob lives in the City of Orlando, in a hundred square foot tiny house that he built out of re-purposed materials.
With no land of his own, he turned his neighbors’ front yards into gardens and growing food on them, and sharing the bounty with them.
He also is urban foraging, finding food that’s growing freely all around us, whether it be fruit trees with a bounty falling to the ground, or weeds that are highly delicious, and nutritious, and medicinal.
Frequently he take trips outside of the city to forests, where giant wild yams, mushrooms and dozens of other foods are harvested, Then to the ocean, where he catches fish and harvests his own sea salt.
Rob finds food all over the city where people walk by every single day without ever noticing the abundance around them.
His extreme adventures and activism campaigns wake people up to the important issues of our time and educate them.
He wore all of his trash for 30 days to create a visual of how much garbage just one American creates, and also cycled across the United States three times on a bamboo bicycle, raising awareness about sustainability.
As he dives into thousands of dumpsters, he blows the lid off of how much perfectly good food goes to waste in our food system.
The good news is you don’t have to go that far.
This adventure is about showing the problems, but more importantly, learning the solutions.
Eating local, knowing our farmers, growing some of our own food, and understanding where our food comes from and connecting with it will keep food freedom a reality.
Through this project, Rob is out to wake people up to the issues with our globalized, industrialized food system and inspire and help them to start growing just a little bit of their own food.
This isn’t about being self sufficient. It is about creating community with food sovereignty.
Food freedom is important from another aspect. Emergency preparedness.
In the wake of a major natural disaster where major transportation routes, power grids, and food crops are damaged or destroyed, having your own garden and being even a little self sufficient could ensure survival of your friends and family.
While preparing for the project, he launched Gardens for Single Moms, Free Seed Project and Community Fruit Trees.
His team and volunteers built five gardens for single moms in his neighborhood, sent out 2,000 free organic garden starter kits and planted over 100 community fruit trees in Orlando.
Food Freedom, the book, will be released by New Society Publishers in summer or fall 2020.
Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, activist, and humanitarian for a sustainable and just world. He donates 100% of his media income to grassroots nonprofits.
His YouTube channel is a source for all things sustainable living, off the grid, simple living, zero waste, tiny house, grow your own food, cycling, and green.