Is growing an allotment at all practical? Could someone make a business off selling the product, or is a purely a labour of love?
Let me put it this way. To those of you that have an allotment, imagine someone offered to buy all the stuff you grow, how much would it take? For say an amount of veg that you get for say $20 in the supermarket, what would someone have to offer to pay you to get you to sell the same amount of veg you've worked for yourself?
How many hours of work does it take to get $20 of veg (by supermarket pricing, based on weight of food, ignoring quality)? If you wanted to grow almost all your own food (for 1 person) in an allotment, would that be a full time job, or just a few hours a week?
I'm kind of wondering whether you could cut your carbon footprint and other environmental impact by finding someone with an allotment willing to sell their food, or does it not work that way.
Also, if we got rid of all the industrial farming, and put allotments everywhere to feed everyone, would it use a lot more land, or would it be similar?
OK, there are a lot of questions there, but not expecting people to answer all of them. Just anything you can think of, thanks.