8.31.2009

Independence Days Challenge: August 31, 2009

Independence Days Challenge is an ongoing experiment in learning to live in a less wasteful, more self-sufficient manner. Here's last week's progress:

Plant something: Spouse doesn't want to haul soil by hand cart for the raised Fall beds, so unless I want to do it all by myself, looks like I'll be renting a Bobcat for a day from one of the local hardware stores. One rental unit has a front loader in the front and a digger in the back, so maybe we can quickly load up the beds with soil and then get to work on digging more holes for Spring tree planting...

Harvest something: Eggs from our girls. Also foraged pears from an abandoned pear tree next to the nursery where I work. The pears, although ripe, are of the firm/crisp variety - perfect for canning. Thinking about using a Spiced Pears recipe.

Preserve something: not this week.

Reduce waste: Used old railroad ties (that a previous owner left on the property) to create a goose pool that butts against the side of the hill. Lined with a pond liner, so no worries about creosote tainting the water. One more goose pond to make, then no more plastic kiddie pools!
EDIT: completely forgot - the nursery is letting me take home any grass I weed for the geese, and any trimmings from their plants for my compost pile. YES!

Preparation and Storage: kinda sorta - reading Extreme Gardening - How to Grow Organic in the Hostile Deserts by Dave Owens. I don't live in the desert, but I do live in a semi-arid region where water conservation is a necessity. I've also contacted a local permaculturist to discuss a consultation for our property.

Build Community Food Systems: ordered local, humanely-raised beef products through the co-op. Also have enough eggs to sell through the co-op this week as well.

Eat the Food: I set aside the medium-sized eggs from our Cubalaya chickens for personal use, and they are very tasty :-). Munched on some of the foraged pears as well.

You can play too! See Sharon Astyk's Independence Days Challenge.

[pic: the free pears]

4 comments:

  1. Ummm -- work? Thought you would slip that in without me noticing -- not. Sounds like you got a dream job at a nursery. Awesome! And about the dirt and renting a bobcat -- ??. What's up with that, girl? Hee -- just kidding. I guess anything to make it all work cohesively. I need some more details on the job thingy, though. When you have time. :)

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  2. You work at a nursery? Cool! King Feed, or something out of town? I worked at Buchanan's Native Plants in Houston for six years, and only quit so I could start living up here full-time. There are things about it I really miss, but I was supremely happy not to have been there during this killer summer!

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  3. @S_Vandemore: email sent :-)

    @Hill Country Hippie: yep, working at King Feed now, and giving thanks every day for those big shady oaks they have!

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  4. Leafing through PERFECT PRESERVES by Nora Carey thinking about your pears. It's an English book, but I've made some noteworthy preserves for top drawer gifts from it. Give me a call if you want to explore recipes, I'll type out the ones you want.

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