Friday, June 13, 2008

independence days - week 7

since i'm struggling to get the garden in again this year due to my rambunctious toddler, i thought taking the id challenge would be a good moral booster for me. i try to practice this idea anyway during the growing seasons so it's a great reminder of how much i really do even when it feels like i don't.

this week was all about weeding with a wee bit of harvesting tucked in. i still need to replant some things (okra, beets) and plant (pumpkins, hay). up next or harvest is our wheat crop and pie cherries! yum.
1. plant something:
sat: red rubin basil, rosemary
sun: none - all day festival
mon: none
tue: none
wed: none
thu: none
fri: 1 package zinnia seeds, 4 yellow scallop (replant), 7 cream of the crop acorn squash, chinese rose winter radish, other type of radish

2. harvest something:
^turnip seeds
^st. john's wort flowers
^shelling peas

3. preserve something:
^stored turnip seeds
^st. john's wort in oil and everclear (2 separate containers of course)
^jewelweed into olive oil
^drying thyme

4. prep something:
^worked on cleaning out the garage that is to be converted into a wwoofer/guest cabin
^made contact with another n-c owner who is looking to sell his existing herd
^started 12 more eggs in the incubator
^found 2 - 2gallon jars with bail wire lids to use for storage
^bought several items at salvation army
for guest/wwoofer cabin: sheets, blankets, pots, kitchen gear (spoons, spatulas, can opener, etc), baskets, games (checkers, yatzee), wooden folding peg rack
found a food grade 5 gallon bucket on side on road

5. cook something:
^smoothies using my kefir made from local raw milk, our strawberries and local honey, all local stuff!

6. manage your reserves:
^weeded carrots, tomatoes, basil, strawberries, onions, potatoes, basil
^uncovered brassicas (they were covered with floating row cover but it is ripped to shreds)
^5 lbs sea salt (was supposed to be 10 but the store screwed up)

7. work on local food systems:
^sold eggs and jellies at local farmer's market
^opened farm to guest or tour
^started selling kefir grains and kombucha scoby's
^sold herb plants at local horseradish festival
^taught a
friend to make mozzarella
^invited a woman i met at the market to come over and tour our
farm (they are wanting to start their own farm)
^took students on an herb walk around the property to show medicinal and edible plants

8. reduce waste:
^use canvas bags at grocery store
^re-use egg cartons for our nest run eggs

9. Learned a skill:
^learning more about navajo-churros
^practiced id-ing trees using an illinois tree book and discovered we have a roughleaf dogwood tree


Gina said...

Wow, you've been busy! The connections are great.

hillbilly2be said...
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Danielle said...

Ooooh, I want to come do an herb walk!

Are you allowed to sell the scobys at the market? I lost both mine to mold this winter. I think because I keep the house too cold. I'm hoping to get another one from the woman I originally got mine from. Soon, I hope!

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