Food production ideas

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This exercise took place with the Advisory Council on 3 June 2006.

First, we took a few minutes for everyone to write on a piece of paper things that they would like to grow for personal or community use, as opposed to commercial use. We then brainstormed these ideas, recording the items on a flip chart. Next, we did a similar list, but limited to things we thought would be useful as a commercial product for sale to wholesalers, value-adding resellers, or the general public, and also brainstormed and recorded those on a flip chart.

After recording the two lists, we then put tick marks next to items we wanted the most: five per person on the first list, three per person on the second list.

The following is in order of the number of votes each item got on each list. Items with equal votes are listed alphabetically.

Grow for our own use

  1. (5) almonds/hazelnuts/walnuts/piñon
  2. (4) berries: salmon/elder/blue/huckle/rasp/black/cran/marion
  3. (4) cherries
  4. (4) herbs: stevia/dill/chives/oregano/echanacia/sage/basil/sweet grass/peppermint/spearmint/roibos/hops/tea tree
  5. (3) beans: soy/bush/yellow/purple/green/pole/lentil/chick/kidney/black/lima
  6. (3) carrots
  7. (3) salad greens/kale
  8. (3) yams
  9. (2) beets
  10. (2) gourds/squash
  11. (2) grains: rice/oats/wheat/buckwheat/millet/quinoa
  12. (2) kumquats
  13. (2) olives
  14. (2) onions/garlic/ginger
  15. (2) stinging nettle/fiddle heads
  16. (1) apples
  17. (1) artichokes
  18. (1) asparagus
  19. (1) coppice wood
  20. (1) corn
  21. (1) fennel
  22. (1) flax
  23. (1) green house exotics: avocado/lime/mango/papaya/lemmon/banana
  24. (1) kiwis
  25. (1) plums/nectarines/apricots
  26. (1) rapeseed
  27. (1) tomatoes
  28. bees
  29. celery
  30. cucumbers
  31. eggplant
  32. figs
  33. flowers: aster/edible/honeysuckle
  34. grapes/oregon grape
  35. ground cherries
  36. hemp
  37. hot/green peppers
  38. leeks
  39. maple wood
  40. peaches
  41. poppies
  42. potatoes
  43. radishes/turnips
  44. rhubarb
  45. salal
  46. sprouts: alphalfa/mung bean
  47. sunflowers
  48. sweet potatoes

Ca$h crops

  1. (5) berries: raspberries/blueberries/etc
  2. (5) herbs: cooking/medicinal
  3. (4) cut flowers
  4. (4) salad greens: kale, long-lasting
  5. (3) all beans
  6. (2) hazelnut trees
  7. (1) asparagus
  8. (1) broccoli
  9. (1) grapes
  10. (1) honey
  11. (1) hops
  12. (1) peaches
  13. (1) soaps
  14. apples
  15. beets
  16. corn
  17. dandelion --> wine
  18. garlic/onion
  19. plums
  20. soy beans
  21. sprouts
  22. tomatoes
  23. walnuts

Observations

  • Because some items were grouped together, some people found it difficult to vote for their favorite. For example, someone who really wanted apricots, but didn't at all want nectarines, tended to not vote for the single line that contained them both.
  • A fair number of things got high votes; many got no votes

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