Gardening and foraging: How they helped feed families during Covid-19

A new study conducted in rural New England has discovered an amazing secret to fighting hunger during tough times like the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change events. The research found that activities like gardening, hunting, fishing, and foraging played a crucial role in making sure people had enough food to eat.

The study was carried out by a team of clever researchers from the University of Vermont and the University of Maine. They talked to over 1,000 people living in the countryside of Vermont and Maine, which are known as the most rural states in the United States. They wanted to find out how these folks were getting their food and if they felt secure about having enough to eat.

The researchers were thrilled to discover that people who took part in activities like gardening, hunting, fishing, foraging, and even raising their own animals had better access to food, even 9 to 12 months after the pandemic started. This means that these activities can really make a difference in helping families stay fed and healthy.

The researchers hope that the people in charge of making important decisions, called policymakers, will pay attention to their findings. They want them to realise just how important it is to support activities like gardening and foraging, so that everyone can have enough food, even during tough times.

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They also found that these activities were especially helpful for people who were struggling to get enough food even before the pandemic. It’s like these activities gave them a special boost in getting the food they needed. The researchers are working hard to understand why some people had a harder time using these activities to improve their food security. They want to figure out how to help these folks overcome any challenges they might face.

During the pandemic, people all over the country were starting their own gardens and even had a hard time finding canning jars because so many people were preserving their own food. This study is exciting because it provides solid proof that when people grow their own food, go hunting or fishing, or even gather food from nature, it really makes a difference in making sure everyone has enough to eat.

One of the researchers involved in the study said, “This is the strongest evidence we have so far that producing your own food can really help.” It’s amazing to think that something as simple as growing your own vegetables or catching your own fish can have such a big impact on making sure no one goes hungry.

The researchers want to make sure that everyone has the chance to grow their own food and take care of their families. They believe that by creating programs and policies that make it easier for people to do these activities, we can all have a healthier and more secure food system.

So, if you ever have the chance to grow your own vegetables in a garden or go fishing with your family, remember that you’re not just having fun, you’re also making sure that everyone has enough to eat.