Touch the Soil News #221
For most American’s, the production of food is a process materially left to large farms. The Russian people, on the other hand, still materially participate in a number of basic foods.
The Russian government publishes statistics on the volume of food that households and peasant farmers (often 1 person market gardens) produce. Following are the Russian numbers of how much households and peasant farmers produce of the nation’s basic foods:
Grains such as wheat and barley 26.1 percent
Sugar beets 10.8 percent
Potatoes 87.8 percent
Vegetables 83.2 percent
Meat 29.8 percent
Milk 53.0 percent
Eggs 21.6 percent
Fruit & Berries 75.0 percent
Many Russians who live in the city have sprawling gardens in the country which the tend on weekends.
Hard to imagine that over 80 percent of the vegetables and 50 percent of the milk consumed in Russia comes from households and small peasant enterprises. Odd as it may seem, in the event of a food crisis, many Russians would fare better than the Western world.
Overall, Russian households and peasant farmers produce over 51 percent of all the food in the Russian Federation. Popularly called Dacha Gardening, Russian households are determined to continue the tradition. On average, during the growing season, Russians spend 2.5 hours a day gardening on 20 million acres of garden space.
Following is a short video on Russian Dacha Gardening