Grow: The Book (#12) I Don’t WANT To Grow All My Own Food. Here’s Why.


Would it surprise you to learn that I don’t grow all of my family’s food?

(Well, maybe if I could get my teenagers to work a little harder … then I would? 😉 )

But the truth is, I don’t even want to.

I’d rather live in a gift economy—a core community of like-minded people who are so interconnected that they support, help, and give to one another … without any expectation of getting something in return.

It’s a joyful, stable economy—and it’s ancient for some wonderful reasons.

In fact, really, the deep satisfaction it brings is what we’re all aiming for when we talk about growing a community.

But how do we get there?

How do you go from no or little community to living in a gift economy?

That’s the topic of my next video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground.

In it, I talk about:

  • One Of The BEST Ways To Start Producing Food As A Community
  • 5 Ways To Give — And Which Offer The Most True Wealth
  • What’s In It For You? The No. 1 Reason To Pursue A Gift Economy

Did you see last week’s video Chapter of GROW? Click here to watch Build Community In 9 Easy steps!

After you watch it, I’d love to hear your story.

What type of giving brings you the most satisfaction?

How has giving created community for you?

I can’t wait to read your comments!


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Marjory Wildcraft


Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of "homegrown food on every table." Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic. She is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs and a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is the author of several books, but is best-known for her "Grow Your Own Groceries" video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.

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  • Megan

    I want this so badly.

    But where do the other people come from? I’ve tried for a long time to find others and the message I keep getting back is that I AM alone. People don’t commit. People don’t take my seriously. I don’t know what the problem is but isolation and meaningless work is making me hopeless and crazy.

    • Linda

      Mother Earth News fair has a couple of women in ag gatherings this year for networking. If you have a fair in your area, check it out. You may be able to connect.

  • Beth Oquist

    WOW! Well done! This is a message we have so badly needed to hear and you spoke it so succinctly and with insight. I loved your questions and I loved your examples of what to expect of community – the ups and downs – and the fruitfulness. I so appreciate you’ve been willing to share your experimentation with us and the results. My hope and prayer is more will begin to see life through the lense of being a life giver as you do.

  • Lori Rupp-Reagle

    My neighbor and I are coming together to start growing more of our food and a community garden is high on our list of goals! Hoping to bring the Dale, TX community together. Praying we can make it happen. 🙂

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