I think it's wise with the recession and uncertainty of future, to take steps towards becoming sustainable. It's my dream and goal to one day have my own wee solar and wind powered homestead with a pet goat, egg laying chickens and an awesome vegetable and herb garden.
But for now, in our wee cramped up ex base housing 3 bedroom rented, where we're not allowed to plant in the ground, we're planning to start with a container vegetable garden this year. We've bought (too many) seeds and started some seedlings. We don't really know what we're doing, and I already think I ruined some pepper seedlings by not having the soil warm enough. But we're giving it a go, and whether it all turns out well or not, we're enjoying the process.
We're having a go at strawberries, loofas (for sponges, not sure if it will turn out as they need 120 day growing season but it's worth a try), tomatoes, peppers, hot peppers, salad greens, summer squash peas and beans. Oh and some flowers (some edible, others just to attract beneficial insects) and some herbs. And the girls are having a go at a venus fly trap. Seeldings don't look so happy just now though, for the venus fly trap. We'll see how it goes.