Potatoes — Critical for Well-Being in Hard Times

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Instructor: Jim Phillips (view profile)
Guest: Carol Deppe

This underground tuber gets little respect…after all it’s just a potato. However, when it comes to survival gardening, the potato is a powerhouse.  Increase your respect for this oft overlooked underground wonder.  A survival garden needs to produce lots of calories.  In temperate regions, potatoes yield more calories per square foot than any other crop.  Only legumes yield more protein per unit of land than potatoes.  Potatoes also yield more calories and protein per hour of work than other crops.  When comparing dry weight, it has as much protein as your best grains.

Potatoes also have other important survival advantages.  They are drought-resistant and thrive and produce a crop even if there are unseasonable early or late freezes.  They pull through storms and other kinds of bad weather that would destroy many other crops.  It’s also easy to grow a large crop with only basic hand tools.  For your personal survivability you’ll need to grow several varieties of potatoes.

Instructor: Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips is a nationally known speaker and teacher who has professionally taught thousands of classes all across the United States for 40 years. For a number of years prior to this career, his hobby was teaching cold weather safety & survival.

Jim is a strong advocate of self-reliance living and family preparedness. He developed an entire preparedness curriculum by asking himself the question “What if?” and then setting out to discover what actually does and does not work.

The answers he seeks (and then teaches) must be based on true principles derived from first hand experience. Above all else, he believes that attitude and practical knowledge is more critical to survival than having a bunch of “stuff.”

Guest: Carol Deppe

Carol Deppe is the embodiment of The Resilient Gardener. She has a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University, has been experimenting with crops and gardening in Corvallis, Oregon since 1979.  She is a freelance plant breeder specializing in developing public-domain crops for Oregon growing conditions, sustainable agriculture, and human survival.

Her writing includes The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving, Tao Te Ching: A Window to the Tao through the Words of Lao Tzu, and The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity.


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Potatoes – Critical for Well-Being in Hard Times
Originally broadcast October 11, 2011

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