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Solar Cycles and How They Affect the Food Supply

I’m watching this right now and thought this was relevant to this group. It’s a little shocking this isn’t more discussed! Something else to plan for.



  • Megan VenturellaMegan Venturella Posts: 254 ✭✭✭

    Just wanted to add- it's nearly an hour, so I know it's a long video, but it's worth watching. This isn't being discussed in the US but it may well affect us all whether we are prepared for it or not.

  • AngelaOstonAngelaOston Posts: 147 ✭✭✭

    So I hope there is a cooling trend with the sun the balances the rapid release of the deep carbon stores of the earth. But it just sounds like we’re in for a-lot of instability of usual patterns, which seems to happening whatever the source.

  • tuliv4tuliv4 Posts: 17 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for the video link😋 It addresses questions such as what are weather trends past, present and what is a likely future we’re heading toward with an emphasis on effects to gardening and food production.

  • toreytorey Posts: 1,857 admin

    @tuliv4 Welcome to TGN! Great group of people we have here on the forum. And now, lots of new people to learn from. Awesome!

  • EarlKellyEarlKelly Penn state master gardener Northeastern Pennsylvania zone 5bPosts: 236 ✭✭✭

    @Megan Venturella very interesting video. Have heard from it, just never did any research on it. Thank you for posting, a real eye opener.

  • Megan VenturellaMegan Venturella Posts: 254 ✭✭✭

    I think that for me personally, while there are many ways this will affect the world in the next fifteen years, the only thing I can do differently to protect my plants as much as possible is to get ready with row covers so that at any moment I can protect my plants from unexpected frosts, way too much rain, or hail. I also think it highlights the necessity of having some form of livestock that can free range. Obviously, each individual family has to do their best to prepare to be more self-sustaining. I'd love to hear other people's take on how we should handle it.

  • dipat2005dipat2005 Posts: 194 ✭✭✭

    @Megan Venturella thank you for posting the video. I haven't watched it yet but I am very interested. I remember back in 1972 that there was a frost in the middle of the growing season. That was in Oregon. We just never know what the weather will bring.

  • caitwithaspadecaitwithaspade Posts: 1 ✭✭✭

    I've heard whispers of an impending "mini ice age" for several years now, and I watched that full video when in came out. I'm going to try to find more information about the topic soon, and seriously consider it when I decide where I want to put down roots once I'm able to move in a year or so.

    Personally, I'm very interested in this "growing half" thing, but on top of that I'm looking into things I can grow indoors and things that grow in difficult conditions (cold is not the only possibility we have to worry about).

    Something many don't like to think about, but if the supply chain collapses and everyone's hungry and you have food.. you're going to need a way to protect that food. Dogs, guns, physical barriers, etc.

    If you haven't yet, check out the youtuber Ice Age Farmer from Curtis' video. His interview with Marjorie Wildcraft is actually where I found out about this site. He's probably done more work than anyone (anyone public) that I've found on strategies for catastrophic weather change and food chain collapse.

  • GardenGrubGardenGrub Posts: 10 ✭✭✭

    Yes, Christian (The Ice Age Farmer) is great. I also like David Dubyne who covers the same subject and Yanassa Ama Ranch who covers a LOT of subjects we should be aware of, including our right to farm our land. Thanks for posting!

  • Helen South AustraliaHelen South Australia Posts: 42 ✭✭✭

    Interesting. Thank you for posting.

  • Megan VenturellaMegan Venturella Posts: 254 ✭✭✭

    I watched a few other videos on this topic, including the one with Marjorie Wildcraft-- loved it!-- and my takeaways were a 1) grow a diverse group of crops and stagger plantings, 2) hoops over rows so I can protect plants from too much sun, frost, or hail, 3) include livestock because when your garden fails at least eggs, milk, and eat can be a sure thing, and 4) the closer to the equator the better. I'd love to hear other people's thoughts as they digest the information.

    Here's a link to Marjorie's interview with the Ice Age Farmer in case someone on here would like to watch that as well.

  • ieducate2008ieducate2008 Posts: 40 ✭✭✭

    Thank you for sharing! Very interesting.

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