Wow, everyone, I have missed a LOT since Friday! Let's see, we went from milk, to prepping, to gardening, all in the course of two days!! I'll share my two cents on each, and try not to take us backwards too much
Milk-- Yup, I can see the US being the biggest milk drinkers of all. I have slowed down significantly, to about one glass a day. I used to drink about a gallon every two to three days. Sometimes more during college softball season. It was something my body craved and I would find myself raiding the fridge in the middle of the night for a nice cold glass of milk.
Goats, Milk, leads to this whole prepping thing. It's difficult to say where I stand on all this. I think no amount of prepping will prepare you for what people can become in a situation like that. I guess keeping faith in humanity and backing yourself with the right community of people would be priceless IMO.
So prepping to gardening to what we need to last us a year. Our goal at our homestead is to make a motion toward becoming more self sufficient. We are trying to find what was lost a few generations back. Life has become too disposable. In planning my garden for this year, I will pretty much need a dinosaur proof fence, since we have a hefty deer population here. Hopefully we can at least get some of the important stuff to grow, along with some pumpkins to feed the chickens as a treat throughout winter. Hopefully we can get the neglected apple and peach trees in shape so we can do some canning. The grapes that are already established here need more work than anything else. Giant mounds of vines with a base twice as thick as a soda can. I think the most important thing about all of this is teaching our boys how rewarding it can be to do things yourself. At 3 and 5, they already enjoy stacking wood with Daddy.
Besides the goats, Oz, what sort of plant eating animals do you have to protect your garden from?