So, here’s a little bit about the Independence Days Challenge. Go forth, read about it, and see if you want to challenge yourself!
Plant something: A lot of us were trained to think of planting as done once a year, but if you start seeds, do season extension and succession plant, you’ll get much, much more out of your garden, so I try and plant something every day from February into September.
Plant something: Peas and tomatoes!
Harvest something: Everything counts – from the milk and eggs you get from your animals to the first dandelions from your yard to 50 bushels of tomatoes – it all counts.
Harvest something: Dandelion and other spring greens
Preserve something: Again, I find preserving is most productive if I try and do a little every day that there is anything, from the first dried raspberry leaves and jarred rhubarb to the last squashes at the end of the season.
Preserve something: Nothing
Waste not: Reducing food waste, composting everything or feeding it to animals, reducing your use of disposables and creation of garbage, reusing things that would otherwise go to waste, making sure your preserved and stored foods are kept in good shape – all of these count.
Waste Not: Composting food scraps.
Want Not: Adding to your food storage or stash of goods for emergencies, building up resources that will be useful in the long term.
Want Not: Saved bottles and filled them with water into the basement for emergencies. Acquired free jars for storage.
Eat the Food: Making full and good use of what you have, making sure that you are getting everything you can from your food, trying new recipes and new cooking ideas, eating out of your storage!
Eat the Food: Ate harvested greens, lemon balm tips. Eating old food out of pantry.
Build community food systems: What have you done to help other people have better food access or to make your local food system more resilient?
Build Community Food Systems: Offered to trade food for lumber for garden beds.
Skill up: What did you learn this week that will help you in the future – could be as simple as fixing the faucet or as hard as building a shed, as simple as a new way of keeping records or as complicated as making shoes. Whatever you are learning, you get a merit badge for it – this is important stuff.
Skill Up: Still taking preservation class, reading book on canning, learning to organize kitchen