Corn, wheat, soybeans, and rice feed the world. You can find them in almost every processed food. Meat and dairy products are made of them. For decades supply outstripped demand as production increased much faster than population. But things are changing. We are running out of land, water, oil, and other inputs. Yields are not increasing as fast as in years past. The population continues to grow and we are constantly finding new uses such as biofuels for these crops. Demand is now outstripping supply and prices for these commodities are skyrocketing. Soon these prices will be reflected in skyrocketing grocery bills. Is there a solution to this problem? Yes! Backyard Farm! In the past gardening has been more of a hobby. It made little economic sense to garden when produce in the grocery store was much cheaper that growing it yourself, especially when you considered your labor. But in the future, many people will find it economically essential to grow their own food. Anyone who has any size plot of land should consider starting now. A small back yard can produce fruits and vegetables from early spring to late fall. A few laying hens will utilize the refuse and produce fertilizer and eggs. A little more land can feed a dairy goat and some broiler chickens. A small farm can support bees and beeves. Set a goal now on how much of your own food you will produce this year. Increase that goal next year. You will feel the relief in your pocketbook and your physical, emotional, and spiritual outlook on life will soar.