Family’s story; vegetarian diet

Q. Thank you for the website and all the free information.
It is a blessing to those of us who are currently suffering
from under/unemployment.

Also, thank you for being vegetarian!

I have two questions.

1. Why did you leave Florida and do you plan on ever
returning? A north-central location on a high ridge
far inland from either coast would offer good, cheap
land. The water is probably not so great though due to
high nitrate levels from local dairies.

I ask because I am currently living in Florida  (Gainesville).
I am in town, biking distance to everything, but my 1/3 acre
is deeply shaded and the only food I can grow well is winter
greens and herbs in pots. I choose this house precisely for
the shade, knowing it would mean less reliance on the air
conditioner but it is no good for food.

I have been offered some free property in the northern part of
Columbia County near the Suwannee County border but this
would mean increased use of the evil automobile and decreased
use of the public and med school libraries, which are currently
among the only pleasures in my life.

2. I see that you 6000 lb annual harvest comes out
to about 3.29 lbs per person per day. And yet you
are selling a part of it. It seems to me that a more healthy
aim would be to consume 4-6 lbs of produce per person per
day or 14-22 servings per person per day, with raw vegetables
providing the most protection from cancers and all nonstarchy
vegetables providing more protection from CHD than starchy
vegetables and grains.  Also this would greatly increase vitamin,
mineral, fiber, and protective phytochemical intakes.

By my calcs this would mean consumption of around 9125 lbs
per year for your family of 5 which is over 50% more than your
current harvest and leaves nothing for sales.

A. Thank you for your e-mail message and your kind words of appreciation for our website.

The story of our family’s journey from Florida and the founding of Path to Freedom can be read on the website at

Thank you also for the nutrition references.  We strive to produce as much of our own food as possible and eat as healthily as we can, while recognizing we haven’t reached our ultimate goal yet.  Our journey, and our encouragement to others, is to be “Doing what we can, where we are, with what we have – right now.”

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