May 30, 2010

Independence Days Challenge: May 23 - 29

Here's what I did last week:

1. Plant Something -

  • calendula
  • cosmos
  • sunflowers
  • amaranth
  • okra
2. Harvest something -
  • lettuce
  • Swiss chard
  • garlic
  • broccoli
  • cabbage leaves
  • comfrey leaves for chickens, goats, & compresses
3. Preserve something -
  • drying the garlic for storage
4. Waste Not
  • the usual: feeding scraps to chickens; line drying clothes; using cooking water to water plants; using "used" chicken & goat drinking to water plants; veggie washing or yogurt making water dumped in washing machines; weeds in the compost; leaves, newspaper, & cardboard for mulch, etc.
  • researching graywater systems
5. Want Not
  • stocked up on unsweetened canned pears and Annie's Bunny Mac & Cheese from the discount grocery store (I Y bunnies)
  • gathered broccoli seeds from fall garden
  • got two new future mousers
6. Build Community Food Systems
  • blogging about it
  • gave away my last jar of fig jam as a gift
  • I'm realizing folks are watching us. Saw my neighbor in town and he commented on all the hard work we're doing. Folks tend to follow what they see others doing, so hopefully we're inspiring some to grow at least a few things this year
7. Eat the Food
  • homestead garden salads
  • homestead chicken
  • steamed Swiss chard
I think that's it.

To see what others are doing for Independence Days, click here.

Independence Days Challenge: May 23 - 29 copyright May 2010 by Leigh at


Mama Pea said...

Sure do admire your organization. Have hopes of someday being able to keep such records. Possible? Well . . . ya gotta have a dream! Keep it up, you are an inspiration.

Leigh said...

I can't take credit for the record keeping system. It's part of the Independence Days Challenge over at Sharon Astyk's blog. I'm finding it very helpful though. Some weeks I feel like I've gotten little accomplished. With a list like this though, I can see my accomplishments and realize I am getting something done after all!