If you had to live off of what you grow?
We are seriously considering a project where we will eat only those things we can grow ourselves and things we can trade for. A couple of families will be involved and only one family at a time will be living-off-the-land. Then, another family will do the same while we go back to the "modern" lifestyle. So, at any given time, one of our families will be off-the-grid so to speak.
This will make it possible for the gardens to be kept smaller and, still have the benefit of more people taking care of the gardens.
For many years I grew a vegetable garden but, I have not gardened for the past few years.
Most of what I grew was to provide myself with vegetables that I could grow cheaper or, those that were much better-tasting when grown at home. Here, with this project we are more concerned with the most nutrition for the buck.
If you had to grow EVERYTHING YOU ATE, what would you have growing in order to feed a group in ages from babies to the elderly? I am not so much concerned with "Heirloom", as I am with "open pollinated". Of course, saving seed is gonna be important.
Here in SE Louisiana we can have a crop growing the entire year. Very rarely do we even get a hard freeze. I have had excellent success growing many vegetables through winter without any extra steps being taken. So, with a little extra effort, we should be able to produce an impressive winter-crop.
We are hoping to be able to share these growing techniques with folks in Mexico, Central America and, South America. The growing seasons in the areas we will be working have long growing seasons also.
Please give the "variety" of the particular vegetable you reccomend.