Best Staple Crops for Building Food Self-Sufficiency

Fill your pantry and boost your food security by growing these 10 space-efficient, calorie-rich staple crops that return high yields and store easily sans fossil fuels.

Staple Crops
You’ll find that growing staple crops for your table adds a new, satisfying dimension to your gardening and your diet.
Photo By Matthew T. Stallbaumer
Region Map
In some regions tomatoes must cope with high heat and humidity and in other areas short growing seasons and cold temperatures offer the biggest challenges.
Illustration By Matthew T. Stallbaumer
Potatoes Corn And Wheat
Potatoes, grain corn and wheat store for months and can be easily grown in all regions of the United States.
From left to right: Photo By Leon Wedinger; iStockphoto/TEOS55; Cindy Corner
Dried Beans And Winter Squash
Think staple-crop versatility: Dry beans, peanuts and winter squash become soup, snacks and the star of a roasted veggie dish.
From left to right: Photo By Fotolia/Zigzagmtart; iStockphoto/Modesigns58; Superstock
Cabbage Harvest
Cabbage bounty: time for a crock of kraut!
Photo By Jason Houston
Pantry Staple Crops
Become less reliant on grocery store goods by lining your pantry shelves with homegrown staples.
Photo By Matthew T. Stallbaumer

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