'I can't say when the sight of my pantry full of food started to make me feel richer than money in the bank. It was a process of unlearning all the things that my society told me. Money is wealth, I was told, because it will always enable me to buy whatever I need. But as I learned more about the complex connections required to transform oil, seed, natural gas, a farmer's time and a corporation's packaging into a bag of baby carrots on the store shelf, I was struck by both how wondrous, and how unlikely those connections were.'
Independence Days by Sharon Astyk pg 45
Week Four already? Time flies!
Still mainly in the planning and waiting for slightly warmer weather stage here.
The house garden has been coming along - a little more achieved this week.
The intersecting path is on its way!
This is the garden outside the kitchen window, which used to be my daffodil bed. Although it still needs weeding, I am really pleased to have removed those ugly grasses. They took a LOT of work - massive root ball on them.
On to the challenge! This week, I have:
1. Plant something
A row of spring onions, a row of baby beets and 20 strawberry runners.
The new strawberries already have little leaves popping up.
2. Harvest something
OK, you know what I am going to say here - lemons and eggs! We have passed the shortest day of the year and the chooks must already know it - up to 6 eggs a day now.
3. Preserve something
I have let the ball drop a bit with this one as I haven't done any canning this week. I made some taco meat for the freezer.
4. Minimise waste
I am trying to make the property a closed unit, and one of my major purchases is chicken food. So I am researching various homegrown chicken feed ideas. If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate it. When you Google this, there are lots of recipes for home mixed chicken feed, but these still involve purchasing the various components.
5. Want not
My bulk order arrived so I am happily stocked up on nuts and dried fruit.
6. Cook something new
As last week I bought all the quinoa on super special, I tried this recipe - Sweet Potato and Quinoa Patties. Sweet potatoes were marked down this week, so it was a double save! The patties were yum - even the boys ate them. The recipe comes from The Happy Cookbook (here is a review of the book by The Whimsical Wife, who also has some great recipes!)
7. Manage your reserves
Still cannot work out where to have an appropriate storage area. I am even considering buying a shipping container for this purpose! Plus all my books that don't fit in the house. I think it could work, just not sure about temperature control. I can imagine they get pretty hot in summer.
This is a pretty nifty idea! Turns two shipping containers into a shed/carport area and looks way better than a container sitting in the paddock.
And the shed made on Better Homes and Gardens - this would make a great farmstand shed!
8. Work on local food systems
I am hoping to get to a food swap held in our region. Not exactly local as it is 70kms away, but the closest we have. I would love to organise one for our area - one day.
I have been watching River Cottage Australia and he attended an amazing food swap. Whether more people came on that day, knowing they would be on TV, I don't know. But there was a fantastic variety of produce.
Some places to visit for this week:
This is the recipe section of Honest To Goodness, where I purchase my bulk food.
Geoff Lawton's video on feeding chickens without grain. I would watch all Geoff's videos. There is an astonishing array of information here.
How to grow quinoa
See you in the garden!