WHAT’S NEW IN THE NEW YEAR: PROJECT #2
The Urban Homestead is kicking off the new year with another project – challenge. Interested in participating? Okie dokie, here’s the challenge….
In our society, growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can – and will – overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world – we change ourselves. ~ Jules Dervaes ~
100 Foot Diet – Growing Closer to Home: A Lifelong Challenge
It wasn’t that long ago (1940s) that people planted Victory Gardens when it became necessary for them, due to wartime shortages, to grow their own food. Check your local library and pick up some rent books about gardening. There are also a lot of great resources on the web. Now, it’s our turn.
If you want to fight against peak oil, climate change and our consumerist culture, then join us and start a living protest right in your own back (front) yards. Be the change, live the solution! Use your yard (or balcony or porch steps) not only to grow food but also to cultivate a healthier and more fulfilling life.
There have been 100 mile diet and other eat local challenges. The Urban Homestead’s homegrown revolutionaries are upping the ante by reducing the mileage to a few steps – to right outside your back or front door.
The challenge is simple. Beginning as soon as you can, prepare a meal at least once a week with only homegrown vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs, dairy products or meat, using as few store bought ingredients as possible.
The purpose is plain – the waging of an all-out fight against the forces that keep you dependent on the system of petroleum fueled food. The degree to which you rely on today’s artificial corporate structure determines the extent of your vulnerability. Resolve to lessen your dependence on outside food sources.
The result is revolutionary. As you take back responsibility for your food supply, you’ll experience the empowerment and fulfillment that comes from learning the basic skills of providing for yourself and your family.
Let’s sow the seeds of victory and get our hands dirty to fill our plates. Plant a VICTORY GARDEN today!
:: Guidelines ::
A meal must be comprised of food grown on your property or garden plot (literally or figuratively within – 100 feet – of your front or back door). If non-homegrown ingredients are needed, then we suggest following these modified locavore guidelines
If not from BACKYARD, then Locally produced (PTF’s addition)
If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then Organic.If not ORGANIC, then Family farm.If not FAMILY FARM, then Local business.If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then Fair Trade.
:: Getting Started ::
Plan what food you can grow. Your first meal might only have a few herbs from small pots growing in your window or sprouts sprouted in a jar. In northern climates, January is a good time to plan for spring gardening (think seed catalogues!). Look around where you live and locate a space to plant a small garden. If you sow a variety of vegetables and fruit, soon you will have enough ingredients to prepare a full meal!
:: Moving Forward ::
Once you have planted your garden and have prepared a weekly homegrown meal, consider how you can expand your “farm,” increase your garden’s productivity, and, thereby, cook more homegrown meals per week. Then take a further step on the path to independence and victory by learning to preserve your garden harvest.
:: Keeping Track ::
Keep track of your progress. If you wish, once a week you are invited to leave a comment with a link to your website or, if you don’t have a website, to describe your meal in the comment box and let others know of your progress.
:: Participating ::
If you like to take part in this challenge, post in comment box below. Participating on the internet? Feel free to use the ‘100 foot’ icon if you are a taking part (remember to “save as” to not use our bandwidth ) and link to this challenge here Spread the homegrown movement: share, email, post this challenge – the more people participating the better.
By planting a Victory Garden means:
– More nutritious food & better health
– Food security
– Improving quality of life
– Saving money
– Reducing food miles, fuel & energy dependence
– Reducing excessive packaging and effects of climate change
HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION – Radical change taking root
Declare victory against climate change and corporate powers that be. Take control over the quality of your food and improve your health and immediate environment.
Join this Victory Garden Challenge, create and inspire new organic gardens.
Spread the seeds and sow the word – let’s grow the future.
Let’s start right here, right now and remember this growing challenge should fun!