Friday, June 1, 2012

IDC: Week 17

By popular demand, the Independence Days Challenge is back! Every Friday from February - September we are challenged to work on our skill set. Anyone can join in!

I sort of skipped last week, oops!

The categories and my responses:

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:

-tomatoes, luffas, beans
-boneset, angelica, skullcap

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: 
Sour cherries
zucchini, summer squash, pattypan

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:

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: 
-Fed chickens, dog and cats scraps; composted unfeedable scraps
-free range grazing the sheep and tethering the goats
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:

-LED solar powered lights to string up

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: 
-eating lots of eggs and milk
-creating new ways to eat kale (gotta disguise it or nobody but Sage and I will eat it)
-Pizza on the bar-b-que using a white sauce instead of tomato sauce plus bacon, kale, zucchini and fresh tomatoes
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: 
-offering milk and eggs to my community
-offering herbal medicines to friends
And a new one: 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 studying up on common and uncommon, infectious and non-infectious diseases and what herbal medicines would best be suited for them

Not sure where to put this one so I'll just list it at the bottom. The older kids hosted a 3 day/night mock Hunger Games out in the woods. They spent the entire time out in the woods, building debris shelters, building fires, learning to evade and hide and forage for food. 


fullfreezer said...

Love that idea of the mock Hunger Games. I'm sure my children would love that.
And I've just gotta say- every time I see that photo I smile.


Gina said...

Wow, also love the idea of the pretend hunger games. Very cool!

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