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01-21-2007, 07:14 PM
WHICH CLIMATE FOR RAW FOODISM? PLEASE HELP!!!!!!
I asked this question in the gardening forum and no one responded. I am really, really keen to have any and all feedback, please help!
I live in Brisbane, Australia (a subtropical climate) on a suburban block. I have planted the entire block with subtropical edible foods. We want to move to a large farm in Tasmania, a TEMPERATE climate, like what many of you northern North American may live in- cherries, stonefruit, apples, rather than mangoes, avocadoes, and bananas.
Since reading all the posts about durians, etc, I am worried we are taking a backward-raw-foodist step! Is it still possible to live sustainably i.e. grow a lot of your own stuff, in a temperate climate, or are we meant to be living in the tropics? Is it OK to live on pears, blueberries, and apples, instead of mangoes and pineapples?
There are still shops which stock bananas and mangoes (for a price) in season, of course. Wouldn't it just mean I had to shop a bit more often?
Thank you so much, please let me know how you go as a raw foodist in colder climates (note. the area of Tasmania we are planning to move to only has about 3 days of snow a year, so it's not exactly Arctic).
Blythe- (Harpstruck- www.harpstruck.com)
01-21-2007, 07:38 PM
That's what my family pretty much lives off of here in the southern US; apples, pears, bananas, and greens. Don't know how the weather compare to where your going. Here we have 2 seasons. Sauna and Cold Soggy Slush. :D During the winter sometimes we have them both in the same week.
I rarely buy tropical fruits since I'm the only person who eats them and I have to be in the mood. My dad had good luck growing tropical fruit he brought home from Florida in a green house he rigged up when he was living in Louisiana. Took a lot of work though.
My thoughts are man has lived off of what ever vegitation that grew in his natural environment from the begining, what ever that may be, and thrived. As long as your getting some variety in your diet, you should be OK. Good luck with it!
01-21-2007, 08:07 PM
Whatever you can grow you can eat...climates definately vary but it sounds like you are off to a great start. The list of all your fruits listed are what I eat too and I'm in Southern California of the U.S. Durian is exotic...we can get them in the states but only at the Asian markets....not a frequent thing. I understand bananas are expensive down under due to import law but you have all that sunshine...you can eat all kinds of goodies that grow in Tasmania...Bakersfield is similar here and it is where much produce comes from. "Food grows where water flows". If you have a good well and your irrigation set up you are certainly able...
Here is a link to an Aussie raw food forum...it may help!
01-21-2007, 08:22 PM
Thank you so much, both of you. I already spoke to Sheryl from RawPleasure here in Australia, and one of the people she knows in Tasmania has MOVED to Queensland specifically because of what can be grown here! Fruitcake, thanks for the info about growing tropical fruit in a greenhouse. I had been wondering...I am sure it is very expensive, but it would be great to grow avocadoes.
Anyway, thanks. I think maybe we are spoilt here in Queensland. The climate is balmy, the growing season is long, there are gorgeous beaches all along the coastline...still I love a bit of snow occasionally, and surely a cold cellar and dehydrator will extend the eating time of the produce. I just bought some organic apples from last season, so they must have been in cold storage for months! Most of us who purchase from grocery stores are buying produce out of season.
Lady Green Jeans
01-21-2007, 11:51 PM
Wow, what a great way of life either location. I have been in Southern CA for 25+ years and grew up back east in Ohio. Lots of good to be said for each area. Eating seasonally is, to me, the best. With produce being shipped all over, sadly so many people don't even know what is "seasonal" anymore.
Wishing you the best in wherever you choose to live.
01-22-2007, 10:33 AM
You are very fortunate to be living in a tropical climate!! It seems that most raw foodists that eat a fruit based diet dream about living in the tropics. Tropical fruit is much easier to build a diet around I think, being sweeter and more calorie dense in general. I am planning on moving somewhere tropical as soon as I can. If I were you, I would stay there! :-)
All the best,
01-22-2007, 12:47 PM
-You'll certainly have a lot more 'outside' time and be able to maximize growing your own food (and have access to year-round, local-grown produce) in a sub-tropical or tropical environment. Just my opinion (I live in Central Florida, USA).
-David Z. Mason
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