- Plant Something
- Harvest Something
- Preserve Something
- Prep Something
- Cook Something
- Manage Your Reserves
- Work on Local Food Systems
How often to do it? Some do it weekly, others do some parts daily and other monthly.
I know myself well enough to know that I won't be able to stick to a schedule - life around here happens and some days it's full tilt. I just like the idea of adding structure so that I can see results of my efforts.
Here's an idea of what I've been doing so far this week:
1. Planted: started hundreds of seeds as our frost date is April 15th. I plan on gardening in several locations this year plus having extra plants to sell.
2. Harvest: I've had tubs of lettuce and spinach growing all winter long in my living room and I do harvest from them weekly.
3. Preserve: I found organic veggies marked on clearance that I chopped up and either popped in the freezer or dehydrated.
4. Prep: Jerry has been bringing home various pots for our market plants so I've been busy prepping them (removing labels and cleaning them.)
5. Cook: See my last few posts - I've definitely been in cook mode. I'm so excited to have found a great recipe for homemade noodles ~ now I know how to make lasagne, ravioli, angel hair etc.
6. Manage: Cleaning the freezer and pantry this week to take inventory.
7. Food Systems: I registered myself at Urban Chickens and already had a fellow Wichitan contact me for info on establishing a flock. She and I both are trying to figure out all the ins and outs of the new restrictions our city council has recently imposed on animals including the fees to register your flock and where to place your coop.
Of course, this isn't all I'm doing. I still am decluttering like mad and we put our debt reduction plan into high gear. I'm doing research into alternative utilities like tankless water heaters and outdoor wood furnaces because I do not want another gas bill like the one I just got!!
What are you doing to be more Independent? I'd love to know.