People Find Solution To High Food Prices In Their Own Back Yard

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

We've all seen food prices skyrocket with the price of gas and more people are literally turning to their own back yards for a solution.

We talked to a lifelong gardener in Perry County who says for him, rising food prices aren't a problem.

82-year-old Leonard Callahan scaled back on his gardening some years ago, but says he still grows most of what he eats.

“I was raised back in Hoover's Day. Back then if you didn't raise it, you didn't eat then,” Callahan said.

Callahan says he goes to the grocery store just once a month, and spends 50 dollars tops.

It's a big advantage over those who don't have food aisles in their own back yards or chickens for their own eggs.

Local agriculture agents say more and more people are trying to follow in Callahan's footsteps, asking about how to plant their own gardens and snatching up seeds from farm stores.

“I didn't figure they would. I thought they all got too lazy for it,” Callahan said.

Now some people are asking Callahan for tips.

“Some of them don't even know how to do it. I've had them ask me 'how do you plant that stuff?' I say, 'dig a hole, put it in the ground.” Callahan said.

Whether he's fighting to keep his animals from stealing food in the garden or locking up after a hard day's work, Callahan says he isn't giving up his home-grown food or livestock any time soon.

“Had them all my life, ain't gonna quit now,” Callahan said.

It's a good thing, because hikes in food prices aren't expected to quit either.

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