I Only Ate Food That I Grew Or Foraged For One Year

I Only Ate Food That I Grew Or Foraged For One Year

100 thoughts on “I Only Ate Food That I Grew Or Foraged For One Year

  1. Hi all!
    This is Rob Greenfield, the guy in this video.
    I'm glad to have produced this video with BuzzFeed and to share my story with you!
    I hope that you are inspired to plant some food and support local farmers and growers in your area! We definitely can't all do what I did, nor do we need to, but in the times we live in we all certainly do something to improve the world around us while increasing our own health and happiness.
    If you got inspiration from this join me on my channel for more great videos:
    And on Instagram @RobJGreenfield https://www.instagram.com/robjgreenfield/
    Health and happiness to you all!
    (P.S. Ask questions you have and I'll try to answer most of them! No question is off the table!)

  2. honeybees and dandelions are an invasive species in America. honeybees, in particular, take all the nectar/pollen from the flowers and use it for honey. this is why they make excess honey. this is killing America's native bumblebees. :(( cool video tho

  3. You should have borrowed a neighbor's cat to keep the squirrels away. I used to feed squirrels but then one of the area cats that I feed decided to eat all the dry cat food I used to give them, but i feed him and 2 other cats, but he doesn't like wet food, so he just gets treats and dry food and water.

    the only thing I can grow is green onion/scallions, You just leave the bottom part and put it in water and it grows and you can plat it and it grows in a pot too. I've grown sugarcane, it's easy, cut it into about 5 inch chunks, their is this thing that looks like a dark fingernail, point that up and it grows fast.

  4. How do you manage freeloaders and greedy people in a community garden? They'll be worse than the squirrels and you can't eat them.

  5. I 100% expected him to be like Zero Impact Man, who would like to give many paper cuts and dose in lemon juice, but he was the exact opposite.

  6. I’m pretty sure it’s for environmental reasons but I am cringing at the sight of bare feet in the ground. Please someone explain. Why is this man barefoot in public, in the garden, and on the bike.

    At least buy some rothys!!!

  7. I like that you ate the deer tho, There is a wolf sanctuary in my state and to feed their wolves they use “good” roadkill. People who hit a deer in the area call the place and they take it in. So they aren’t actively going out and hunting things for their wolves.
    I’d love to eat my own home grown food, when I was little I had a garden but unfortunately it became overgrown or we wouldn’t have a garden one year, now it’s just a mass of trees and weeds. The wild rabbits love it tho.

  8. I spill a good amount of coffee which i spray all over my laptop accidentally when he said he ate the squirrel

  9. Once we've stolen all the other animals' homes and foods – are we going to grow enough food for then, too? Ask yourself why the squirrels had to eat "your" food.

  10. I really wish that I could do gardening. Unfortunately, my body sees nature as a personal offence. The more natural something is, the worse my body responds.

  11. Y-you're supposed to plant peanuts inside
    And start sunflowers inside and then plant them outside when they start to grow so the squirrels can't eat them when they're seeds

  12. Great content. Nice to see that it can be done. I'm always afraid that I'll spend all that money to start and then everything dies on me. I live in northern Ireland and it's always raining and cold. 🥺

  13. Dude! Almost all the vegetables and fruits that you planted are tropical plants which by the way grows all over our backyard. It's amazing to see that it can grow and thrive in an area like that. Kudos to you!

    Btw I came from a country in Asia just so you know.

  14. Love that this wasn't about being vegan (no offense to vegans, but you guys have had a hold on Buzzfeed as of late), and was just about living as nature intended.

  15. I grew up on the coast of Florida and I grew up forging fruits and wild veg. Plus my family are big fishers. It was weird to me when I moved away and there wasn’t as much public food available and forging or sharing public produce was looked down upon. We should all try to grow some of our own food and share when we have plenty.

  16. He brought up a really good point that I don’t see any talk about. I’m not vegan but I do try to be conscious of what I eat and the impact it makes, I never once considered that even if you have a vegan diet the way it was grown might not be vegan.

  17. I’m so deep into easily accessible fruits and veggies from the grocery store that trying to revert back to our primitive ways would be damn near impossible. It’s like when people order stuff online with fast and “free” shipping, once you get a taste it’s hard to go back.

  18. i live in California and walk by neighbors who have fruit trees in their yards that they never eat! or maybe can't eat all of it. if the trees weren't behind fences, i'd go and pick them when i walk by. lol

  19. Store bought tomatoes don't have any seeds in them. They feel/taste like plastic. Home grown tomatoes are 100x better. Even if they have minor imperfections.

  20. Personally, I think home grown vegetable like cucumbers and serrano peppers or any pepper, squash, herbs, etc has this vibrant flavor that makes ones tastebuds awaken maybe for the first time. Store bought vegetable are just about flavorless to me. You have to taste test this. You'll be shocked.

  21. So not once not even briefly did he talk about finances. How in tf did you support yourself financially through it?

  22. I agree with all of this. Also agree with free food. But here’s my question. New York City. How would we do it there? It’s kinda really hard.

  23. It all came about after a project I worked on to design a green subdivision with many others. I thought I could do more and started gathering info. That was when G+ was still invite only. A village is a 50 million dollar undertaken. Then broke it down to a what I call Dartanyan's Restaurant & Farm but again that was 5 million dollar undertaken. So I decided trying a homeless shelter with my knowledge.

    1.9848 acre per person living in a sustainable village (234 people [35% are child under the age 12] and 464.4432 acres for the village)

    80% crafted, made and grown in said village And 20% are raw materials, food not grown, medical equipment/supplies, electronics and etc.

    – 0.6250 acre of farmland/person (146.2500ac)

    – 0.0892 acre of farmland products to be sold/person (20.8728ac)

    – 0.2321 acre of living area/person (54.3114ac)

    – 0.0214 acre of wine vineyards/person (5.0076ac)

    – 0.0714 acre of ponds/person (16.7076ac)

    – 0.1069 acre of coffee/person or 3,456 trees (25.0146ac) [555 trees/2.4711 acres or 1 Hectare]

    – 0.0071 acre of teas/person (1.6614ac)

    – 0.0142 acre of herbs/person (3.3228ac)

    – 0.1428 acre of schools/person (33.4152ac)

    – 0.2142 acre of park & wildlife/person (50.1228ac)

    – 0.1428 acre of village square/person (33.4152ac)

    – 0.1785 acre of livestock/person (41.7690ac)

    – 0.1392 acre of roads & etc/person (32.5728ac)

    Side Note: (avg. births worldwide is 8/1000 or 3.36/year of 420 people)

    Future people of 300 (avg. 15 people/year for 20yrs)

    An extra 595.44 acre needed or basically another Village would need to be formed with a max of 13 Villages/region

    A central Village as the capital and 12 outer Villages surrounding it


    By using a mix of permaculture and aquaponics which in turn use 90% less water to grow food and a minimum of twice as fast :

    * Reduces Labor by 75%

    * Reuses 95% of the water

    * Low Electricity Need (use solar to stay off the grid)

    * Faster Vegetable

    * Longer Shelf Life

    * Organic Mineral Rich

    * Produces Its own Fertilizer

    * Non-Contaminated Fish

    * Use of Tiger Shrimp &/or Crawfish to clean algae

    * Uses of the Bacteria and fecal matter are collected to make Methane in place of natural gas &/or Decomposed solids to worm bin which turn is used to make Compost Tea is brewed from worm casting and water. The tea can be used for Fruit Orchard to increase Microbial Content in the soil.


    The Helpful Garden

    The idea is to design a homeless shelter using Aquaponics and permaculture to feed them as well as make money for them. Each place will have 9 to 13 (12 x 18) 216 sq ft building for living in. So the "Helpful Garden" will be shelter to up to 13 people as well as a farmers market. The one thing about homeless shelters is that one can be built every 80 miles about or so. I can see a minimum of 3000 homeless shelters of the "Helpful Garden" being built worldwide. (Powered by solar & wind) To build said place is about $500,000 depending where it built. Though it won't need donation or government grants to run for all it's money comes from it farmers market.


    40% profit breakdown:

    Money needed for sheltered women: $15,000/each allotted to each tiny home each year. plus stables (Example: coffee, sugar, flour, salt and pepper)

    60% profit breakdown:

    10% to building new Helpful Gardens

    20% to maintenance

    15% to college grants

    15% to etc.

    Budget : $500,000

    1.) Land : 3+ acres (Budget $25,000.00 or less)

    2.) Tiny Homes: 9 to 13 (12 x 18) 216 sq ft [on ½ acre] (Budget $156,000.00 or less)

    3.) Intake Office: 600 Sq ft (Budget $25,000.00 or less)

    4.) Farmers Market: ½ acre (Budget $45,000.00 or less)

    5.) Parking Lot: ¼ acre (Budget $5,000.00)

    6.) Aquaponics and Permaculture Farm: 1 ¾ acres (Budget $109,000.00 or more)

    a.) Up to 3 different fish

    b.) Tiger shrimp

    c.) Crayfish

    d.) 3 different apple and pears trees so [to have them throughout the year]

    e.) Citrus trees like lemons, oranges and 2 two others.

    f.) Chickens (meat and eggs)

    g.) Goats (milk and cheese)

    h.) Honey Bees 4 to 6 hives

    i.) 2 fig trees (maybe)

    j.) Freshwater mussels (maybe)

    k.) Rabbits (maybe)

    Powered : [Total Budget $135,000.00]

    1.) Solar (Budget $90,000)

    a.) Tiny Homes 13 set of 4 – 250 watt cell with light sensors (52 solar cells) cost between $27,287.00 and $36,387.00

    b.) Aquaponics System – (?)

    c.) Intake Office – set of 6 – 250 watt cell with light sensors

    (cost between $3,148.50 and $4,198.50)

    d.) Farmers Market – (?)

    2.) Wind Power – (Budget $45,000)

    a.) Windmill electric generator 15 to 30 KW cost between $18,000 – $48,000


    Just some working notes:

    Payroll for security : $3,900/wk $16,900/mo $202,800/yr

    3 full time: ($24/hr) $2,880/wk $12,480/mo $149,760/yr

    4 part time: 17 hour work week ($15/hr) $1,020/wk $4,420/mo $53,040/yr

    Payroll for gardeners : same as security

    Volunteers : 36 (though it's like $6/hr to help pay for their gas and childcare if needed).

    $4,320/wk $18,720/mo $224,640/yr

    Total payroll : $427,440/yr

    Money needed for sheltered women: $144,000/yr or $12,000/each allotted to each tiny home (12)

    Money of the other 60% profit equals $270,000

    $450,000 plus payroll equals $958,769.04

    Needed $263.34/[email protected]/[email protected]/wk=$958,769.04

    235,000 lbs vegetables

    @$0.5/lb=$32.28/hr or 64.56 lbs/hr or 645.5 lbs/day

    30,000 lbs fish/crayfish/shrimp

    @ $3/lbs = $247.251/day or $90,000.00/yr

    These are all low ball figures

    $174,720 online sales per year

    $117,500 vegetable sale per year

    $90,000.00 meat sales per year

    $500 honey sales per year

    At point soda sales per year

    Snack & hot food sale per year

    Cloths & wares sales per year

    Frozen food sales per year

    Canning goods sales per year

    Dairy/cheese sales per year

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