Tale of environmental sustainabilty

The Potatoes farm

Food rationing by means of a Potatoes Farm

The story of the potato farm started a few months ago when my mother came across the Facebook post that told the tale of how to grow her own food.


Facebook post

(access the collective knowledge of a growing community)



Potatoes planted


Method 1 

Planted in Flowerpot

(See image flowerpot)



Watering potatoes

(See image Tap water)


Method 2

Planted in the Outside field

(See image crop field)



Quality Check

Potatoes grown

(See image potatoes)


Benjamin Smidt:


“The potatoes lack nutrients from the growth process”

Grannies tale of growing plants (Click audio)





“People didn’t watch for calories they just eat what they grew, it was back when I lived on the farm where we grew the food from scratch that was before they put all this crap and chemicals in the food”


Farming tips


“Naturally grown fruit have more flavour”

“The fruit hear receive more water from the rain than in south africa”

“Rain water dilutes the taste of the fruit and so you need to keep the fruit sheltered from the water and control how much water they receive”


Local neighbours cooperation




“Naturally grown fruit can be used for a lot of home made recipes that gives flavour that you wont get from the food in shops like Tesco”

“I grow my own fruit and I use it to make my own sauce for my home made meals”



Improved method of food sustainability influenced by Tales from Cape Town


Benjamin Smidt examined the potatoes and found that it lacked nutrients and in his professional opinion is that to avoid this issues nutrients needs to be given throughout the growth process.


We later heard from the stories of my Grandmother that food given nutrients fills the fruit with too much unhealthy chemicals that dilute the taste.


She confirmed from her past experience with life on the farms that the amount of water was a key part of the growth of fruit.


She spoke of “water dilutes the taste” just as Bennie had said in the quality check, however rather than adding nutrients “you need to keep the potatoes sheltered from the rain” so that that the water process can be controlled to prevent the flavour from diluting.


While my grandmother had experience in growing in Cape Town, the climate was different in the UK and I was reminded of the cooperative liberal approach that UK citizens took in the past World War 2 as neighbours cooperated in what would be called “dig for victory. Recalling that my neighbour is an expert in farming I sought to


Tim confirmed the more natural method of farming without chemicals provided “naturally grown fruit have more flavour” and that a plastic cover needs to be used to keep out the moisture. Tim commented that he himself uses this method to make his own sauces for homemade meals rather than purchase from Tesco.


Demonstrating a self-reliant method of sustaining the users need for food by growing and rationing self-grown crops that have a positive effect on the environment.


Application of knowledge to sustain environment


Stories from grandmothers past influenced with mothers experience from posts on face book accessed using data later leads to cooperation of neighbor that further leads to an improved collective knowledge of food rationing in uk that meets the needs for food with the positive growth of vegetation that sustains the environment


Tale of sustainability

Follow the sustainable journey about rationing, where through stories past online a woman learns of a method to grow potatoes by simple taking one of the left over potatoes bought from a shop and placing it in fertile soil


Lacking knowledge of farming she learns from the tale that flowerpots can be used and moves forward to try the method.


A few days later she finds that the pot has roots growing and that more potatoes have grown from the single potatoes she first planted


Curious to what effect home grown food can have over meals she gets the advice of the neighbor who shares his knowledge on planting as he has his own crop regularly tended to. The neighbor shares his stories of how to make a small crop in the yard and the meals and home grown sauces that can be made without the high costs seen in shops with more authentic taste


And so a story that began with a story l ad to a method that through cooperation with neighbors allowed for a more engaging and easy method of producing their own food, similar to the liberal approach to rationing taken during the war where net bouts helped each other to grow food in their gardens





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