Volume 13, Number 1                                                       March 5, 2010

The Farmer


 Gardening for Survival

By Dr. Ridgely Abdul Mu’min Muhammad

This is the year to dig up that backyard or build up some raised beds and plant you a survival garden. On February 28, 2010 the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan warned those of us who live in the cities that what we have seen in Haiti and Chile will soon be coming to America. He warned that there would be devastating earthquakes and the continuation of “unusual weather”. As a farmer I do not like “unusual weather” because I understand the thin line between making a crop and losing a crop just from a slight variance from the norm in terms of rain or temperature. One night of unusually cold weather can wipe out a crop. A few days of unusually wet weather at planting time can prevent whole sections of the country from planting a crop. A few days of unusually wet weather can prevent the harvesting of crops for a whole section of the country. A long stretch of unusually dry weather can bring a farmer’s crops to their knees and leave a whole section of the country scorched as if a bomb was dropped from the sky.

Although the backyard garden and a deep freezer in the basement were common fixtures at our parents‘ homes, the modern urban dweller disdains getting their hands dirty and acts like they do not understand what it means to pick up a shovel or spade and grow a few items for themselves. I do not have to go into detail about how to set up your garden because we have done so in detail at MuhammadFarms.com under the title http://muhammadfarms.com/Backyard_Gardening.htm. We do not have to go into detail about why we should put in a garden or explain the science behind gardening because we have already done so in a series of articles listed on the “Farmers Newsletter” (http://muhammadfarms.com/The%20Farmer%20Newsletter.htm). Below is a list of the articles we feel will best help you to understand why and how to get started:

Paradise is a Garden

The Sun in your Garden

Getting "Grounded"

The Faith of Seeds

Searching for that "Weed Fairy"

Farming for Life

Grow now or forever hold your peace

The Science and Business of Farming vs. the Art and Hobby of Gardening: Part I

After reading all of this information and you still need some one to help with your garden, go to MuhammadFarms.com and click on the “Ministry of Agriculture Resource List” (http://muhammadfarms.com/MOA%20FMC%20list.htm) and pick one of our experts on the “Farming and Gardening” committee to be your mentor in your quest to prepare yourself and family for what is to come. We also have a DVD of the workshop we hosted at Muhammad Farms in 2007 where we had experts to demonstrate how to set up your garden. We have also just completed a book or manual entitled “The Science and Business of Farming vs. the Art and Hobby of Gardening” which is a complete “how to” book on both gardening and farming. You may order this book and other works by yours truly, Dr. Ridgely A. Mu’min, by going to http://muhammadfarms.com/Works.htm and printing out an order form.

We would like to thank the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for the clear delivery of The Message over the years and most assuredly on February 28, 2010. It seems that some of us who have heard his warnings have responded ever so slowly as if we were still “dead”. Now we musk ask, are we the Nation of Islam or are we still the lost Tribes of Shabazz dominated by our “brown germ”? I hear the Bible misquoted so often when it comes to what Jesus reportedly said to the Jews of his time. Many speakers say that he said, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” My King James Version of the Bible reads for John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” This is how I interpret this “make” thing. The black people of America were once held in physical bondage from 1555 to 1865. Since 1865 black people have been in a type of mental bondage due to ignorance and fear. God can not remove “fear” from your heart. Your own faith must render you that service. However, God can provide us with the knowledge that will pull us out of ignorance if we choose to believe. Therefore God has fulfilled His promise to the human race when He has given that truth that should remove this spell of darkness from over our minds. So when we hear that “truth”, we are “made” free at that exact moment. You are now free to choose which direction you will travel. You are now “free” to act like a free and independent child of God or you can choose to remain a victim of your 400 year old oppressor. It is all up to you.

You are “free” and death is coming. What will you do? Prepare yourself for the “Time and what must be done”, as Minister Farrakhan is so eloquently expressing, or just run around like a wild hog and seek cover only after the drenching rain hits your back? It is a shame that after all these years of oppression we must suffer the consequences that were stored up for our oppressors, because we will not separate and heed the words of The Messenger of Allah.

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