Originally Posted by notdku
If you were planning for a possible SHTF situation and had a good acre of land to grow crops on .. What would you plant?
This is an easy one...
Everything I like to eat, and what ever would sell/trade to the locals even if I didn't like it!
I get a HUGE head start on this since I was mostly raised by my grandparents and they were farm & depression era people...
We canned everything from wild mushrooms to hog fat!
Nothing got by them!
They canned blackberries, goose berries, apples, pears, and anything else that was in season!
They canned meat of all kinds, including venison, ground hogs, coons, fish, and domestic animals, which were often preserved in other ways too (drying, smoking, salt and sugar curing)....
Gardens included everything from something as simple as two or three different kinds of corn to abstract plants like Spearmint, Dill, Rhubarb, and medicinal plants like Lavender and Doc Weed...
We always had at least two different kinds of potatoes, one was drought tolerant, one was flood tolerant, and in 'Good' years, both came in with good yields.
Don't forget nuts and nut trees!
Green Walnuts Husks will provide a preservative for wood (like garden tool handles) and insect repellant for live stock and barns/shops.
It is also a good leather tanning agent, and will kill skin fungus like Ring Worm and athletes foot.
Green Walnut Husks thrown in dog houses or chicken coops will help keep the parasites like fleas, ticks and lice down.
Pine Cones will reveal pine nuts when you open them with warm water. Some people really like pine nuts.
An acre garden will feed a dozen people many times over!
I'd probably stick with the old standbys that are easy to preserve by drying or canning or 'Root Cellar' storage,
Corn, different kinds of beans, peas, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, ect.
Climbing beans and peas can be a pain, but they do produce more 'Food' per square foot since they go vertical.
If I was able to can food, I'd do things that had high sugar content,
Fruits, Apples, Pears, Strawberries, Black berries, Beets, stuff like that.
Fruit trees are a luxury and the take up a lot of space, but the high sugar food they produce is worth it's weight in gold!
Apples & Pears can be dried with the beans, peas, tomatoes & peppers, but they just aren't as good when re-hydrated!
An acre isn't large enough to provide enough of a staple like Wheat, and Wheat is a high 'Investment' crop for the amount of yield you get back (Corn or Soy beans are high yield compared to wheat)
In the early days, if the farmers didn't have a LARGE use for the stems/stalks/chaff, they probably wouldn't have grown wheat much...
When you are talking about "Gardens" don't forget the PROTEIN side of things!
Rabbits will survive quite well on what you prune and cultivate & weed out of the garden and provide good protein.
If you have a little larger animal in mind, maybe one that will provide some fat, then pigs, sheep or goats would be a good idea.