Here is another installment of our Independence Days Challenge. The Challenge was originally written about in Carla Emery's wonderful book, The Country Living Encyclopedia. Writer Sharon Astyk expounded on the idea and encouraged us all to do what we can to be more self sufficient and to enjoy good, real food. Click here to read Sharon's description of the 7 categories presented in the challenge.
Would you like to join us? You can begin anytime, and don't worry if you haven't accomplished every category. There will certainly be weeks when I only complete a few! Post weekly, or whenever you find the time, and add a link back to here.
Here are the 7 categories for you to copy and paste to your blog (or to the comments section below this post):
1. Plant something:
2. Harvest something:
3. Preserve something:
4. Waste not (what have you reused, recycled, or repurposed instead of throwing it away or buying new?):
5. Want not (besides what you reported under "preserve something", what else have you done to prepare for the future or become more self sufficient? What new skills are you learning?):
6. Build community food systems:
7. Eat the food:
Here is what we did this week:
1. Plant something:
Husband brought home several young apple trees he'd found on clearance for $14! They're 6-7 feet tall. What a bargain! Our baby orchard is sure growing. One day, we'll have more fruit than we can shake a stick at. And I'm not sure why I'd want to shake a stick at my fruit anyway.
He also planted these Goji berries in the garden:
2. Harvest something:
The first salad greens of the season!! Yum. Here Artist trims and washes them (with my help):
Spinach is next on the list for harvesting.
Elsie is now giving 2 whole gallons per day! And the eggs come like crazy. It must be spring!
3. Preserve something: Nothing this week...
4. Waste not (what have you reused, recycled, or repurposed instead of throwing it away or buying new?): The plastic container from the store bought salad that I reused for our salad greens? ;) That's about all I can think of for this week...
5. Want not (besides what you reported under "preserve something", what else have you done to prepare for the future or become more self sufficient? What new skills are you learning?): Well, we did have 10 young turkeys out there. Ones that we incubated, cared for under brooder lights then released into our farm yard to free range during the day and go to bed in a barn stall at night. And guess what, the other morning there were only three. Seven of them disappeared at some point since the day before! Soo disheartening. Since we found no feathers and no chickens were missing, we think that possibly they simply wandered off together and couldn't figure out with their pea sized turkey brains that they ought to come home. And then got eaten.
I found one huge patch of feathers over by the sheep days before, where a chicken apparently had been eaten. We're never positive whether it's coyotes or neighboring dogs that pick off our poultry. At least we haven't had trouble with the owls lately! They fly in from above so no fencing helps, and just eat the necks off our birds! What a waste.
The very last of our adult turkeys got carted off by coyotes (we believe, since there was an enormous patch of turkey feathers right on the path the coyotes use) a couple months ago. So, we've been hoping to get the eggs they left behind to grow up into our next turkey flock. Well, now that there's only 3 of them left, it's good that a friend of ours gave us her turkey pair! They're fun because the female (the darker colored one on the right) is quite tame. She lets us pet her and everything.
6. Build community food systems: We're selling eggs this afternoon. And, I get to start selling at the local farmers market next week!
7. Eat the food: Lots and lots of eggs, milk, and salad greens. I've been utilizing Pinterest for egg recipes. I made yogurt in the new slow cooker and it turned out great! I made a whole gallon and the kids gobbled it up in one day. This week I opened up canned jars of broth, potatoes, jams and dilly beans.
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