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Self-Sufficientish
Anyone who has tasted a home – I.e. Pubs, Gigs, Deli Counters, own. On top of that I was getting
grown tomato, cooked a stew with Internet, Mobile phones, TV and increasingly concerned with what
fresh herbs grown on the kitchen Cinema. we are doing to the environment,
windowsill or eaten freshly dug new In a nutshell it is looking at each if we were all Self-Sufficientish we
potatoes, will tell you that growing aspect of your life and asking would not be talking about global
your own produce can’t be beaten. can I do this myself. Although, warming.
Being thrifty is very topical right I do understand that it means
now and there’s no better way to get something different for everyone The demand for allotments
some exercise and save money than and I now hear people saying has soared in recent years.
to start growing your own herbs and things like, “oh you would like According to the National
vegetables. UK Handmade spoke them they are very ish”. It is Society of Allotment and Leisure
to Andy Hamilton, one half of the strange (in a nice way) that the Gardeners (NSALG) over 12,000
duo behind the Self-sufficientish term has struck a cord with so people are on waiting lists, do
website, about what it means to many, (over 5000 books sold and you think local councils could
live the ‘Good Life’ in 2009. 3000 website members) and I do more to meet this demand?
even saw the Gardeners World Well, to be fair, some are but others
What does a Self-Sufficientish team stating that they were Self- could be doing more. The demand
lifestyle mean to you? Sufficientish. can only grow considering that
Well we have turned it into a food prices look like they will
dictionary definition: What got you started down steadily increase. When there
Selfsufficientish adj - (sĕlf’s-fĭsh’nt the road to being Self- has been previous high demand
ish) Sufficientish? such as during and after the war,
A person who is self-sufficient To be honest, at first it was money. food costs were roughly a third of
to a degree (especially in food) I was a poor student and wanted our expenditure. Food costs have
but recognises they may need to eat just organic vegetables, decreased so dramatically over the
outside help or they still need/ this was not cheap and so the years and there does seem to be a
want aspects of a modern lifestyle logical option was to grow my direct correlation with allotment
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