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Surviving the 70s – guest posters?

November 14, 2012

I had an interesting idea the other day – from everything I’ve read, we’re either economically speaking entering

  1. the 1970s
  2. the mid 1930’s – halfway through FDR’s 4 terms
  3. European style slow decline (2000–>today)

Given those possibilities, since those of us reading and writing the blog are old enough to remember #1, and others are old enough to have lived with parents who survived #2, why not swap “what we did to survive the days of rationing and stagflation”

If you have a blog, we can also just post a link to your story here.

Lynn’s start:

My mom grew up on a farm – my grandparents who owned the farm would always say “we might not have a lot of $, but we never starve”. As a consequence, we gardened in the 1970’s. And canned (hands up for everyone who burned the tar out of themselves moving canning jars around a boiling pot of water). Mason jars have a special meaning beyond ice tea glasses at a kitchy restaurant.

Favorite crops: beans, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet peas

things that you planted & wondered later “why did I do that again!?” : zucchini

This year, I’m planting a non-hybridized seed garden with the boys. I assume that knowing how to grow their own food has shifted from a matter of nostalgia to a matter of necessity – thankfully we live in one of those mostly year round gardening climates. Add a rainwater collection barrel over the winter and we’ll minimally have a learning experience.

Other suggestions on good crops that you would recommend?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2012 10:53 pm

    Keita – fascinating – great tips. (I do wonder if it was Canadian and you followed commodities whether it would have turned out well, but – hey – that’s why we diversify, right?)

  2. November 15, 2012 4:01 pm

    I came of age in the Reagan era, but I understand your gloom since I felt the same pessimism after W was re-elected (turns out I was right – hehehe). So, here’s what I did:

    1) Started investing in multiple currencies, using online banks like Everbank and including opening bank accounts overseas. Not to dodge taxes, but to diversify against a dollar fall. Mostly worked out, but we lost alot with a Euro CD account (ouch!).

    2) Started a business overseas. Some colleagues and I who recognized that alot of growth is in emerging nations decided to travel to scope out opportunities. We’ve since founded a start-up that is active in 3 countries in Africa.

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