Those trucks, of course, are the big rigs that constantly replenish our local store shelves with the sustanence we require. "Oh crap," I thought to myself, "we're totally screwed!" Thus was sparked my interest in sustainable agriculture. This was only a few months ago, sometime around early February, and, at that time, I knew little to nothing about gardening or agriculture on a large scale. I started out reading anything I could find on the Web about gardening. After eventually stumbling upon some literature on permaculture, I decided to focus on gardening techniques that would take only the inputs that I had readily available. After all, the trucks aren't running, right?
So all of this is getting ahead of my first foray into the world of gardening. I started out just ripping up some grass, putting some seeds under the dirt, adding some water and waiting. This, I decided later, wasn't probably the best way to start a garden, but it was an exeriment after all. I had terrible problems with powdery mildew and most of my plants failed to produce much, with the exception of tomatoes, which produced abundantly.
I eventually stumbled upon these Usenet groups. I learned more than I could have ever imagined about composting and was able to turn my dried out ant hill of a compost pile into an organic matter decaying machine. I also learned of the terrible plight of our honey bee friends and much about the numerous native bees and how to make a more favorable habitat for them.
Perhaps the most important thing that I learned from these groups is that all my plants needs can be provided for by the flora and fauna living in the soil, so long as I treat them properly and try to make my garden into a place where these tiny creatures can thrive.
Out of time now, so I will finish this later.