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.

View our inspiring video on YOUTUBE – HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION >>

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!


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  1. craig junkins says:

    Hey Gals and Guys,
    Just letting you know that I’m on board for the 100 ft. challenge! I’ve been preparing for this for a couple of years, now I’m ready to go full force. My goal is 4-5 meals per week with an attempt at continuing through the winter. That’s the challenge here in Indiana. I’m still using the Solar oven I bought from you. 2 days ago it reached 300 degrees very easily!! Thanks for all you do, and for giving us a great challenge!! Talk to you soon.

  2. Emily says:

    I’ll happily join in, though my garden is just getting started. I do know where to find locally grown items until we have enough produce to make complete meals, however. This will be inspiring and FUN. What a great idea!

  3. lavonne says:

    What a great challenge — sign me up. I recently invited my son and his girlfriend to a “from scratch” dinner with me every Tuesday, with the idea of getting them used to eating foods that don’t come out of cans and packages. Yes, I know I’m to blame for this state of affairs — I’m a recent convert to fresh, organic food myself, and my son has been less than impressed so far. My goal is to grow and cook foods that he will like so much, he’ll be asking for them. Thanks for the nudge!

  4. PhoenixJen says:

    Fantastic challenge. Like Craig in Indiana, I’ve been prepping for this for a couple of years – building gardens and trying to get my soil just right. This evening in Phoenix, I’m eating veggie soup prepared with homegrown herbs and greens – oregano, garlic chives, parsley, dill, chard, arugula – (the rest is from the farmer’s market).

    I would add to your challenge that you share that meal with as many people as is feasible to “spread the word”. I know my soup was enjoyed by my parents and a neighbor.

    You guys are inspirational – thank you for all your hard work.

    Jennifer in Phoenix, AZ

  5. lavonne says:

    Btw — I just nominated Path to Freedom for the Bloggies’ Best Topical Blog award [since there wasn’t an environmental or gardening topic available]. I hope other readers will go do the same because the Bloggies are a great way to spread the word to people who might not find PTF otherwise. Here’s where to go:

  6. Meg says:

    Excellent idea! I’ll be signing on as well…I live in a housing co-op in Michigan and have very little space available to me (last year I planted in containers in a 100 square foot deck and planted in 100 square foot of back garden area), but I had pretty amazing results in 2007 given how shady and small the plot is. This has long been a goal of mine (I can usually manage a 100% home grown salad and partially home grown main meals), and as I am getting a little more gardening space this year I am looking forward to this challenge!

  7. Carol says:

    I will try this challenge. I have been growing vegetables in my Ohio yard for the last couple of years. It seems my garden improves a little each year. Getting the soil just right is the trick and I plan on putting in at least a couple of new beds this year. I do not like the thought of herbicides, pesticides, or hormones in my food. This is the perfect way to avoid this – just grow it yourself. Your website has inspired me for the last 1 1/2 years. I have faithfully followed your journal and your site is my home page. I accept this challenge with enthusiasm.

    Carol – Southern Ohio

  8. katecontinued says:

    I want to take on this challenge. I have been searching today for locally grown bulk food items; that is, grains, seeds, legumes and nuts. I live around San Diego. Do you or other commenters know where I might try to order bulk?

  9. Wildside says:

    Hmm… What a great idea for you to promote this!

    Was thinking I wouldn’t join in at first, because we can’t make each and every morsel eaten a homegrown one (like I think we should), and I don’t like the idea of people watching me eat at all — but you aren’t asking for all that much, so sign me up! Just one meal per week (which we already try to do) plus you are giving some additional leeway for purchasing to make it easier too!

    And I’d like to encourage everyone out there reading this to go ahead and sign up! What a great way to create better habits!

  10. Jill says:

    LOVE the poster! Can you blow that up into a full page .pdf for use in possible community challenge??

    Also LOVE the power-to-the-people fist with shovel.

    SUPERB graphics!!!

  11. Devin Quince says:

    We are in! We have been planning on launching our own victory garden in protest of the Iraq war and over consumption anyway, so this is awesome.

    We are going to be using the Square foot gardening method on our homestead. We are currently designing the blocks in which to grow our bounty and should be starting our tomato seeds in the next couple of weeks.

  12. Susan says:

    I’ll give it a try. My fruit trees are starting to produce, and I am hoping for my asparagus to take off, so I will have some early spring stuff, not just waiting til full summer for my veggies to take off.

  13. Claire says:

    I’m up for the challenge and I’m going to start today. I’ll be blogging about it at my garden blog: http://www.alamedagarden.blogspot.com.

    Can you post or otherwise make available the HTML for the two icons? I was able to get the HTML for the movie, but when I view source code for the icons, it appears to be the source code for the movie, not the icons.

  14. Mia says:

    Sign me up!!! I think this is wonderfully, if for no other reason to make us more aware of where our food comes from. I’m planning on growing more this year so this will fit right in. Come on seed catalogues! I hope to plant fruit trees this year as well. Even tho those won’t produce for some time, I’ve got to get them going. Thank you all for all of your wonderful inspiration. Good luck to us all!!
    Mia – Eastern Shore of Maryland

  15. karin says:

    Sign us up. Here is Maine we are still eating this years potatoes, home canned tomatoes and frozen veggies. Our plans for our garden include growing amaranth, dry beans,and buckwheat.. now if our little hens would lay some eggs…

  16. RedStateGreen says:

    I’m in, and I put a link on my site with the banner. This sounds like fun.

  17. The Purloined Letter says:

    I love this idea! Weve been very very slowly working toward producing some of our own food. Were really at the very beginning and have a tiny yard–but count us in!

  18. Kim says:

    Hello there, we are in western Colorado and are up for the challenge! I have a large garden space and will be putting in berry bushes and incorporating some of my front lawn this year. We will be building a chicken arc and getting our own eggs on board as well. Thanks for the motivation.

  19. Val in Austin says:

    Good timing – my seed order just arrived, and I have vowed to make my garden plot productive this year. I’m in\!

  20. Molly says:

    I’m in, provided I can do it as 100 yard challenge! I don’t want to have to move my poultry coop. πŸ™‚

  21. Harriet Fasenfest says:

    Groovy, groovy, groovy. I can’t tell you enough how spirited and cool your site, efforts and call to action is. As an aspiring urban homesteader, there are moments when you feel decidedly out of sync with the world around you. So to learn of your efforts, and see this burgeoning community unfold, is very soul gratifying. I’ll take the challenge, join in the movement and cheer it’s march forward\!

  22. Kandi says:

    Ok, sounds interesting! Will give it my best shot. We may have some interesting meals at first! I will give the seed catalogs the twice over\!

  23. Jana says:

    I’ll be joining in! My garden plot is a bit more than 100 ft away (it’s in a community garden that’s more like 2 blocks away), but that still counts, right? :)I just wish, wish, wish I could raise my own chickens, too. That adventure will come some day when I’m not living in an apt on a suburban college campus!

  24. Shirley says:

    I’m joining in on this challenge. I have a small raised bed garden and plan on adding 2-3 more beds this year. There’s nothing better than sitting down to a meal of foods fresh from the garden.

  25. Janet Abramson says:

    I’m in! You can see my pics here: http://s189.photobucket.com/albums/z310/growsomethinwild/Garden 2007/I just started 140 tomato plants and about 200 peppers. Will wait for night time temps to stabilize to plant the rest. I miss my hens. No
    t allowed although no one really complains and I might get more soon. :)I just harvested yesterdays lunch from my Greens patch. Thanks for being here. J

  26. Green Beam says:

    I’m in. We grew just a few things summer and have some winter stuff in the garden right now. Not much but it’s somewhere to start. Gotta run and plant my cane berries. πŸ™‚

  27. Christina says:

    Great idea! I am starting with seeds very soon, and this is a great goal to keep in mind for my urban, container garden.

  28. Andrew Lacasse says:

    I’m starting a new blog while in the “winter garden.” A better time to begin thinking about the 100 foot diet doesn’t exist

  29. Laurie says:

    Greetings from Wisconsin! My family will gladly join you – this will be fun. OK, here’s our first 100% homegrown meal (in January, no less): scrambled eggs, sauted sweet potatoes, and herbal tea. Yum!

    I plan to keep track of “food miles”, and if I grew it (either in our backyard or at our community plot a mile away) I’ll count zero miles. Much of our food comes from a CSA that is about 20 miles from our home, easily within the 100 mile diet, but not homegrown. I can already see that there will be a hungry period sometime in March when the stored food will be gone and local isn’t growing yet, but I’ll plan better for March of ’09. Thanks for all you do, PTF! Keep up the good work!

  30. Nancy says:

    I’m in! My challenge is in remembering to do succession planting so that not everything come ready at once.

    Where do we report back? I’m not very computer oriented.


  31. Molly says:

    What a wonderful idea! I won’t be able to do it with the frozen ground, but this summer, I plan on implementing this at home.

  32. Thistle says:

    But of course I’ll take the challenge! The poster and link back is on my Xanga site already. You folks are such an inspiration, thanks for all the hard work and putting yourselves out there for us to learn from. Eating from my little garden tubs is one of my life’s great pleasures…

  33. Andy says:

    I’m in – this is inspiring that so many people are up to the challenge and want to take control of where & how their food is grown.

  34. Maggie says:

    Great idea! We’re in. As a family we’ve just started composting. We’re preparing beds and searching for seeds. My husband grew up on farm in rural Illinois so we’re preparing for urban chickens this year too.

  35. Cathy says:

    We’re in! Our goal for the past 3 years has been to “do for ouselves”. Slowly and steadily we’re building our land. This year we’ve added ducks and a new garden bed! Very happy to take prt in the challenge!

  36. Valerie says:

    Love this challenge!!!
    Yes, count us in. I’m getting my soil just right to start our vegie garden in Sierra Madre and the herbs are in full swing.

  37. sarah says:

    We are lucky here in Nz as we have all our summer crops growing…makes this challenge easier to start πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to find out what the next challenge is!

  38. Sue says:

    I’ve got my seeds, my sons built me the chicken house, we’re converting more of our backyard to garden. i’m SO ready to go πŸ™‚

  39. P~ says:

    I’m in for sure! I’ve been so inspired by your family and all you are able to accomplish on your small space. I say be the revolution! I look forward to sharing trials and experiences with all the others on the bandwagon. What a great way to build community, even accross the globe! I’ll be blogging about it throughout the year at http://apaetoday.blogspot.com, hope to here from you all!

  40. Abby says:

    Wonderfull challenge! I’m in!

  41. Tres' B says:

    Been working on locally obtained veggies/fruits for quite some time.

    Growing a fruit garden on a mere 18 x 8 foot “piece of dirt”. Two hydroponic hand-fed units supply our favorite Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers. Herbs are grown in pots everywhere on our no-mow yard. πŸ™‚

    A generous neighbor has donated a 5 x 30 “piece of dirt” that neighbors have gathered to add their eggshells/coffee grounds/veggie-fruit scraps. Picking lettuces/onions/potatoes most every other day. πŸ™‚

    You are such an inspiration!


  42. Oldnovice says:

    Not sure it’s something I can do personally with my garden in the early stages and no CSAs nearby, but I’ll include the icon and link it to your challenge.

  43. Lee says:

    I’m in! I am not sure how I am going to manage to get a whole meal out of my 100sqft garden. I guess I should increase the garden size! I can say that I have about mastered the art of the 100 mile diet, though it’s much easier to do if you eat vegetarian.

  44. Robbyn says:

    No garden yet, as we’re trying this year to move to land! But we have things in pots and I LOVE the idea of the 100 ft eating challenge!!! So excited about it that we’ll join the challenge and do what we can while in limbo…even small efforts can be delicious πŸ™‚

  45. Frugal in Mexico says:

    I’m in too. Right now,ready to use, I have lettuce,radishes N.Z.Spinach,herbs & dried garden greenbeans from 07. Lots more plants coming up,even tomatoes. I grow Bananas & have a Papaya tree & a Lemon tree, all producing. I have heard that green Papaya can be prepared as a vegetable so I am going to try that.
    Frugal in Mexico

  46. marcie says:

    Love this challenge. This is only the beginning as I will pass this on to friends and family. We started with organic gardens about 8 years ago; then the chickens joined us. Now we are looking at goats. Isn’t this fun?

  47. Anne says:

    Great start to a new year. We are starting from scratch in our new garden, small but will be 90% edible. The last 3 years in Berry Cottage have proven that you do not need acreage to make this happen so we moved to our village shop which has a small garden behind it. Sign us up….we will share how we get on.

  48. Beth says:

    I am so in! So far we are talking a pile of seeds and dreams and what was canned from last summer.

  49. Molly says:

    I’m in!

  50. jayedee says:

    i am sooooo on board here! i’ll be linking to the challenge as well!

  51. Karl says:

    we are luckily able to chisel our little garden plot out of our corner of the ozarks.

  52. jayedee says:

    i’ve linked to the challenge on my blog. also, i’m hosting a giveaway for garden seeds from heirloom acres seeds. signups end on the 15th of january. might help some folks get started on their spring plantings!

  53. debra says:

    I would like to participate but will probably have to wait until this summer as all I have left from the 2007 is a freezer full of zucchini and tomatoes

  54. Kim says:

    After much discussion, our family is in.

  55. Isabelle says:

    Our family would like to take on the 100 foot diet challenge. We are from Canada and are under about 5 feet of snow. It has been a mild winter and I went into my greenhouse yesterday and found that the lettuce, the celery and the leeks from last fall are starting to sprout… I plan to take advantage of this and add on to some of the things that we stored away for the winter. Congratulations on starting this wonderful challenge and on all your work inspiring others to take control of their lives…


  56. Emily says:

    The first week’s meal is posted here:

  57. cherilyn says:

    Count me in! I’m already on the way with a freezer and root cellar full of food we raised over the summer! I can’t start planting until late spring, since I’m in Montana, though. Guess this will give me inspiration to get that greenhouse up and running!

    Great idea to post your menus from the week. I think this really helps everyone trying to eat to local food to find their way.

  58. Meg says:

    Hi, I just wanted to let you guys know that I posted my week two 100 foot-ish meal on my site. I can’t wait until winter is over so I can start making these meals less “100 Mile” and more “100 Foot” in content. All we have growing currently here in Michigan is lemon thyme and parsley, and there’s not a whole lot you can make out of just those two ingredients.

    We’ve finalized and ordered half of our 2008 seeds, and are still discussing and deciding on the other half, with as many close to 100% home grown meals as possible being our aim. We’ve had some very interesting discussions as a result. Thanks again for this excellent idea!

  59. Green Bean says:

    I’m diggin’ this challenge. I just posted my first 100 foot diet meal (mostly back yard).
    Plant on!

  60. iemagic says:

    Count us in – we were already planning to try growing all our own veggies this year! Great idea!

  61. Wildside says:


    This week’s update…

  62. Chris Luers says:

    We’re in!
    My wife is very involved in the local farmer’s market and we have been thinking of this for awhile.

  63. Christine says:

    We’re still eating last years veggie. This afternoon for lunch we had vegetable soup with green & yellow beans, tomatoes, onions and corn.

    We are excited about sketching out this years garden. We are starting to receive the seed catalogs in the letterbox.

  64. Donna says:

    It’s our Wet Season here which is a real challenge for this first time tropical gardener. We had a Category 2 cyclone the week before last, a storm front that dumped 25 cm of rain on us in a few hours at the weekend. but my eggplants are doing well at the moment, basil always grows at this time of the year, the lemons are almost ready…so I can definitely do something πŸ™‚

  65. Vickie says:

    I’m in, but want to make a suggestion. You say check out the seed catalogs, and I do but if you can buy your seeds or plants locally for what you want do that instead the next time you’re out anyway. Don’t make a special trip. Farmer’s markets are a good place to find vegtable and herb plants. So you are suporting local farmers.

  66. Tammy says:

    Our family is in……for so many reasons, plus, will be a very wonderful way to walk the walk a little more with our nonschooling family. Glad to have found you on the web! Our chicken coop is ready and waiting, and garden plans are being made, tho’ we’ll have to wait a bit longer here in NE Wisconsin. I would also like to grow more mushrooms, am going to try some in the basement as well as increasing the number of shitake logs out back.

  67. Emily says:

    Here is our menu for week 2:


  68. Rose says:

    Sign me up too. I was planning to resurect my apartment patio herb box and add another box this spring to supplement our wonderful CSA and local farmers market intake.

  69. Reading Dirt says:

    I’ll be coming on board as soon as gardening and U-pick season begins. I didn’t get much canning and preserving done last year, but this year I intend to put my new steam canner through its paces, and the freezer has been cleaned out so there’s room for the next summer’s harvest.

  70. debra says:

    I will definitely participate but will have very little to use until the spring and summer when our climate allows my garden to produce as well as the local farmers. Right now all I have from last summer is frozen zucchini and frozen tomatoes.

  71. GreenBB says:

    Count us in…all the way from Barbados, W.I. Love your site.

  72. Sun says:

    I’m all for the 100 foot diet! After finding the PTF website a couple of years ago, it crytalized a germ of an idea that we had to be more self-sufficiant on our city lot in the middle of a million+ city. Last year was our first, we produced about 300 pounds of produce. This year we’ve branched out to more varieties, and the chicks that I received for a birthday present last year are old enough to start producing eggs any day now.

  73. Sarah says:

    I can’t wait to start the 100 foot diet challenge this week. I don’t have much growing right now. I will be eating winter squash for a few weeks until things get going again in the garden. I have big plans for growing enough to eat 3 or 4 100 foot meals each week, maybe even more. I’ve been getting my seed orders in the mail and can’t wait for a short break in the rain so I can get some planting done. My back yard is Β½ acre and I am really trying to make the most of it. Your website is a continual source of inspiration for me.

  74. Deb says:

    I am going to give this a shot. We have plenty of cabbage and broccoli. I have lettuce, spinach, mustard, etc. I trade eggs for plants. Very cool. We can do this

  75. Becca says:

    I wrote about our second partly-homegrown meal tonight:
    Fresh Spring Rolls with peanut sauce.

  76. Beth says:

    Sign me up! We still have last years strawberries left and some canned pears. Can wait to get going on this!

  77. Wildside says:

    The latest 100’update from here:


  78. Lori says:

    I just found this! I live in Southern California. I have several purposes in this project: 1 science project for kids on sustainable living. 2. raw food lifestyle. I am VERY new to gardening. I may not hit 100, but I can try. I think this should all compliment well. I started seeds indoors: peppers, tomatoes, also kale, mustard, cilantro, arugula,lettuce, dill, cucumbers. I am not too sure if I started things too soon or too late. I’ll find out. I will be blogging on the site posted as well.

  79. Ruthie says:

    I’m just starting and have posted my first, pitiful! attempt at 100 foot diet. Things can only improve from here!!!!

  80. Sarah says:

    Please add me, too. I’ve got seeds started for lettuces, lentil sprouts in the cabinet, and my own Meyer lemons and Key limes have been delighting us with breakfast marmalade, syrup, and Moroccan preserved lemon. I’ve been reading more on Permaculture, and have added Russian olive, Greek myrtle, several more blueberries and raspberry/blackberries, cardoon, tangerine, comfrey, yarrow and lavender to my edible landscaping on the Florida Gulf Coast. Coming in March are pomegranate, persimmon, highbush cranberry, artichoke, quince, and black currant.

  81. Claire says:

    Here’s my latest post:

  82. Simply.Belinda says:

    This is a great idea so please add us in.

    We probably won’t be able to do 100% off the property but the guidelines you have set should make it all reasonably attainable.

    Be back with the meal shortly.

    Kind Regards

  83. P~ says:

    Here in Northern Utah we aren’t growing a whole lot out in the garden, but I’ve been regularly sprouting in the house and this week went to my city counsel meeting with another neighbor of mine and voiced our support for a change in the city ordinance that would allow us to keep up to 5 urban chickens on our property. The support seems to be there, and I hope to be able to begin my clutch of hens very soon and be eating 100ft diet eggs by summertime.
    Love reading all of your posts.

  84. Kristina says:

    Please add me! I’m in East Tennessee and I’d love to be a part of this!

  85. Julie says:

    I’d like to join too, although I am just a beginner at vegetable gardening. Surely even I can manage lettuce and sprouts though, if nothing else πŸ™‚

  86. Idaho Locavore says:

    Sign me up, too! *waves hand frantically* We’re going to see just how much of our own stuff we can grow in our backyard this year.

  87. Simply.belinda says:

    Here is my first meal… not perfect but aiming in the right direction at least.


  88. Becca says:

    Another week, another meal with some home-grown veggies.


  89. Idaho Locavore says:

    We’re in, too! Posted your button on my site and we’re making plans to grow as much of our own food here as we can this year.

  90. Jo says:

    What a great idea! We’re in. I just posted our first week’s menu at: http://agrarianjourney.blogspot.com/2008/01/100-foot-diet-challenge.html

  91. Jo says:

    Our second 100-foot diet meal is posted here: http://agrarianjourney.blogspot.com/2008/02/100-foot-diet-meal-2.html.

  92. Meg says:

    I have to say it again, I’m soooo loving the new design! It looks realy fabulous, I especially like the harvest tally graphic.

    I also wanted to let you know that this week’s 100 Foot Diet Challenge meal is up at:


    Not mentioned in this entry, but totally without trying, we went all week last week eating only local and home grown ingredient dinners! I would definitely say this challenge is affecting our meal decisions for the better. πŸ™‚

  93. lilymarlene says:

    I will accept this challenge if I am allowed to include my Allotment within the 100 foot! It is actually about 1/4 mile away from home…!
    Tonight we are eating broccoli, beans, potatoes and courgettes grown on my plot. The beans and courgettes are from the freezer as it is winter here and we have very few fresh veg at the moment.
    I think I can commiot to more than one day a week right from the start.
    A good challenge……!

  94. Ann says:

    I am in! I cant wait until spring so we can get started! We have our seed catalogs and were almost ready for our first order from Johnnies!!

  95. Simply.belinda says:

    Here is my second attempt, still didn’t quite make it but almost.

  96. Reading Dirt says:

    My attempts at this challenge will be a bit sporadic until the garden gets going. But since the weather was balmy today and there are wild greens popping up, I put a 100-foot meal together today for lunch:


  97. RedStateGreen says:

    Well, here’s my post for this week:


  98. Sarah says:

    I made my first 100 foot meal… It was yummy!!


    I’m worked in the garden all weekend and I can’t wait to have more home grown veggies to choose from!

  99. margaret says:

    Count me in!

  100. Becca says:

    Another 100-foot meal for us here:


    This’ll be the last one for a little while, until our summer garden gets to a harvestable state.

  101. Toni Ann says:

    This will be my first time gardening in NW Pennsylvania. Garadened in CA in the 70’s and 80’s. We have retired here and am researching planting times. We do have a farmer’s market twice a week in season. My husband hunts in season so we always have venison throughout the year.

    Am excited at finding this site and know that I can do it. Have been thinking about a raised garden since I am in my 60’s and bending over isn’t as easy on my body as it used to be.

  102. Meg says:

    Hi guys,

    Another 100 foot diet challenge meal post (complete with homegrown tomatoes!) is available at:


  103. nika says:

    Great stuff … you should see incoming links from my food blog soon http://nikas-culinaria.com where we talk about all things food and also some of the meals that come from our organic garden which has its own blog at http://humblegarden.com .. that will have the 100 ft diet logo soon.

    We live in the snowy north so we do not have much besides some frozen tomatillos from last year’s garden so its not possible right now to show new meals from our garden .. there are plenty from last year’s

  104. Carolyn says:

    We’ve been trying to do this for the last few years but didn’t know there was a movement devoted to the effort till now. Some meals are 100% but not all. We’ll keep trying.

  105. ruthie says:

    I have posted my second homegrown meal!!!

    More sprouts, woo hoo!

  106. Rachel says:

    I think this is fantastic. I’m glad to see so many people signing up. I started doing something similar about 2 years ago, it’s always exciting to eat things that you (or your chickens) grew– there’s a lot of quiche at our house. I will start posting some homegrown meals onto my blog http://rachelstinyfarm.blogspot.com

  107. Simply.Belinda says:

    Well I made it… an entire meal actually meeting challenge guidelines.


  108. Jennifer says:

    I’m on board…and spreading the word along with my seeds to see what takes root.

    In fact, we raise our own lamb, chicken and eggs, buy pork from an organic producer and frequent the farm market outside of town. Fruit trees planted 2 years ago don’t produce enough, but we are sooo looking forward to the day.

    Year-long veggies and preserving is my 2008 venture.

    Great challenge! especially with the economy going the way it is.

  109. Sun says:

    Sounds like things are going well for all involved! We’ve got a few updates on the webpage, still waiting for the chicken women to lay their first eggs. My 11 yr old son has adapted better than I thought he would, he’s actually eating green salad from the garden that he helped raise, (w/o dressing even!) and has taken over care of the chicken women when he’s home. He tells anyone who will listen that we now raise our own organic food. πŸ˜‰

  110. Andy R says:

    This is a great idea!
    We’ve been “eating from within 100 ft” for years, but never gave much thought to how much as compared to buying (other than me griping about why do we bother getting mushy pink tomatoes in winter!)

    As it stands, most of our meat was raised locally, eggs are bought privately from a neighbor with chickens, and even though we are now five months removed from the last growing season, we still manage about five to seven servings a week from our garden (just finished lunch – some leftover brussels sprouts and butternut squash from last night’s dinner)
    I plan on picking up seed potatoes, onion sets and all my seeds when we go to visit the in-laws.
    Potatoes go in around St Patty’s day, onoins and greens by end of March.
    I like the way you present this challenge. Realizing that not everyone can go the whole route, it is best to encourage people to do even a little, lest they be discouraged because they can’t do a lot.

  111. Michael says:

    I am sorry, I want to read these important things, but your dark type on dark background is too much for me.

    Good web design is one of the keys to getting these important words out.

  112. Urban Homesteader says:

    Hi Michael, are you on firefox? We had a youtube video embedded in the post that if viewed on an outdated firefox brower without the right plugin installed can “break” the template. You might want to update your browser. In the meantime, we have removed the video.

  113. P~ says:

    This weeks 100 ft diet update was on Monday.
    Homegrown sprouts and homegrown and pickled beans and pickles were the foods of the week. This week I hope to start building a small greenhouse on our patio to allow starting of early season crops… Yeah spring is near!

  114. Michael says:

    I’ve been helping a friend, and he supplies all my seed needs. He has a small company and is a friend of many in the original seed savers association. If you grow his seeds, with the necessary isolation for some of them, you will be able to save them and use them year after year. I love the melons, and the squash, which I eat year around, and the greens, which I grow in my green house year around. Check into the site, http://www.synergyseeds.com and help the open pollinated movement by buying seeds from George !

  115. craig junkins says:

    Hey there everybody!!
    I haven’t posted anything since I accepted the 100 ft. challenge, however I wanted to let you know that I’ve been doing very well with it so far. I’m actually surprised how much dried, frozen, and canned produce I had from last years garden!!
    I’m going to have to start considering getting my own blog to keep eveyone informed on my own path!!
    Still think the world of everything you do…thanks so much!!

  116. ladyhawk says:

    As I read your intro to 100ft diet, I thought I will do this, I can slide (lots of snow) out to the barn pick up a few Heritage Duck Eggs and make scrambled eggs with salsa.
    Ground still frozen but I will order from our new resource Idaho Bounty, it is a great way to stay local. Thanks for making this a start for me and others.

  117. mary says:

    I am reading a really good cookbook that would be a great boost to the 100 foot diet quest. I wanted to share the title with you: FRESH FOOD FAST by Peter Berley. [sub title says delicious, seasonal vegetarian meals in under an hour.] I like the authors writing style and the way the book is organized by season…not to mention the beautiful photography. The books lists for $39.95 but I found this title on the shelf at the library – what a lucky find. READ AND ENJOY.

    I should also now take time to commit to the 100 foot diet challenge. I have spinach and lettuces ready to begin harvesting. As well as a few green onions. We have started our seeds indoors for herbs, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, broccoli and others. My family is so excited to be challenging ourselves to an even higher goal of produce this year. Thank you for kicking this off!

  118. mary says:

    p.s. I forgot to mention that we are a family of six in Tulsa, Oklahoma. πŸ™‚

  119. Jo says:

    I just posted about my 100-foot egg salad sandwich at: http://agrarianjourney.blogspot.com/2008/03/this-weeks-100-foot-diet-meal.html. We’re swimming in homegrown eggs and milk right now so lots of our meals revolve around those. Amazingly, I found some greens still growing in our cold frame so one of these days, when the ice melts, we’ll pick a salad. Looking forward to spring, though, and more fresh produce!

  120. Simply.Belinda says:

    More Zucchini but hey thats Autumn

  121. Cynthia says:

    I’d love to join this, what a great idea! Keep me posted.

  122. LizKnits says:

    I’m going to commit to this too. We may start out small, but hey, you have to start somewhere right? This week at least we could have home grown chives with a meal.

  123. Joy says:

    I would also love to commit to your challenge. The ground here in SE Alberta is just starting to thaw, so I won’t have any veggies for quite a few months yet. We still have a bit of snow on the ground!
    I am a self-described picky eater, so I am going to use this challenge to try and broaden my horizons a bit. Thanks for such an inspiring website. Sometimes I can’t understand why everyone isn’t doing this…it makes so much sense! πŸ™‚

  124. Ivywood says:

    We would love to commit to this challenge as well. We live in the mountains at 6200 ft and gardening can be difficult but we are trying. We can’t plant until the end of May, but we do have some things left from last year and we have 6 goats adn chickens for milk and eggs. So we will be able to do something at least. We are also shopping at our local organic store that buys from local farmers and I have a friend with a large garden and he graciously shares his bounty with us. This is a great challenge and I hope we are up to it.

  125. Amy says:

    Ok I am in! This is going to be great and help me focus more on where our food is coming from (hopefully most from the backyard). It is also something to look forward to doing in that with gas prices and grocery prices so high it’s depressing. Focusing on something like this is just the cure! Thanks again for doing this and all the inspiration.


  126. amy says:

    Ok I am in! This is going to be great to help me focus on what we are eating in each meal (hopefully most will be from our backyard or the farmer’s market when it opens). With gas and grocery prices too high this is something positive I can focus on instead of getting depressed about the state of the country. Thanks again!

  127. Simply.Belinda says:


  128. Woody says:

    I’m in when we start growing in Ohio, looks like our meal in June will be strawberries, followed by raspberries in July(the birds planted these), then our veggies will start coming, ’til then we’ll make omelettes from our chickens, smothered in maple syrup from our maple trees. We made four gallons of syrup in March that we may be able to trade for local stuff. Thanks for what you do Dervaes family, Woody

  129. Woody says:

    I’m in when we start getting strawberries in June, until then we can live on eggs from our chickens smothered in maple syrup from our maple trees. Thank you Dervaes family you have inspired our family. Peace be with you!

  130. robin says:

    I’m in!


  131. robin says:

    I’ve posted our first week’s meal here:


  132. Sarah Livingston says:

    My two daughters, husband-to-be & myself just moved from Eugene, OR to Cave Spring, GA. The entirely edible landscape we left behind in the city of Eugene will be missed but, our new homestead in Georgia has beautiful soil – not the red clay I was fearing. We have already planted many types of veggies & berries (even blue pumpkins from Italy). We have been planning this year’s victory garden since last summer and living outside of a town with not one fast food restaurant makes eating healthy homegrown meals an easy-to-do reality. We love the path to freedom site. My girls even keep egg-tallys and want to weigh all our produce this year. Happy Eating!

  133. esp says:

    A little late, but I would like to join in. Our first meal was simple — tea and zucchini bread. We should have enough of last summer’s garden in the freezer to last us until this year’s garden starts producing!

  134. Simply.Belinda says:

    Its starting to get a little cooler and beans have made it back onto the menu.


  135. Kirsten says:

    OK! I’m in! I was thinking about making some cinder block raised beds in my back yard (I rent an apartment) and the next day stumbled across your challeng. Fate! I’ll chronicle the adventure on my blog…

  136. Rebecca says:

    We are joining in, as well, and will get started when our garden is up and going in a few weeks.

  137. Beth says:

    i’m in! currently working on a website to keep track of it all…..will pass it along once it’s up. keep up the great, great work!

  138. Anne Pifer says:

    Here in KY we are just getting started with our growing season and are getting down to the last of the jars in our pantry, but there is still enough for a few more homegrown meals! πŸ™‚ Here’s what we had for dinner tonight:

    “Homestead Stew” made with foraged wild garlic, homegrown tomatoes, homegrown pinto beans, homegrown green peppers, homegrown sweet potatoes, homegrown pumpkin, homegrown basil, a homegrown hot pepper, and a touch of homegrown maple syrup.

    “Foraged Salad” made with foraged chickweed, foraged yellow dock, foraged shepherd’s purse, fresh homegrown cilantro, and garnished with dandelion blossoms and violets. Served with a vinaigrette made with organic raw apple cider vinegar, organic honey, and oil.

    Cornbread made with homegrown eggs and sweetened with homegrown maple syrup.

    I love this challenge! Thanks so much!!

    BTW, there is a site with wonderfully clear pictures of wild edibles, for anyone interested in learning foraging. http://www.foragingpictures.com/ Happy growing (and foraging)!! Anne πŸ™‚

  139. Jo says:

    I just posted about this week’s meal at: http://agrarianjourney.blogspot.com/2008/03/100-foot-diet-meal-of-week.html. It’s pretty slim pickings in the Midwest in late March, but we’ve got eggs coming out our ears…

  140. RedStateGreen says:

    I posted a bit here:


  141. Nina says:

    I’m in! Tomorrow I get started putting in my “Victory Garden”.

  142. robin says:

    I’ve posted about our second week’s meal here:



  143. Simply.Belinda says:

    Week 6 here and fridge cleanup was on the menu.

  144. RedStateGreen says:

    Here’s another one:


    This is fun.

  145. Nature Deva says:

    I’d like to join in, too. We always have a garden and herbs and lots of flowers each year and this year we are starting grape vines, raspberry and boysenberry bushes to add to our edible landscaping. I’ve started on a raw, living foods diet earlier this year so we are tailoring the garden to more greens and other veggies that produce alot so I can eat from my garden as much as possible. My husband and son are omnivores but we buy from local farms for that, too.

    They have been eating veggie soups and pesto and canned veggies from last year’s garden a lot as well as berry purees that we froze in different recipes. I have been eating lots of different sprouts we are growing in our kitchen. It’s so nutritious and cheap! and fast to grow them. Love it and this challenge!

  146. carcs says:

    I’m joining this party. Only my second season gardening so what a goal to shoot for.

    In ~60 sq ft and some pots I’ve got:

    16 spinach
    36 greens
    18 snap pea
    32 onion
    4 cucumber
    5 tomato
    4 broccoli
    1 bush zuccini
    6 spicy pepper
    3 sweet pepper
    garlic, cilantro, parsley, thyme, basil

  147. Anne says:

    Here is our week #2 meal:

    Pizza with homemade whole wheat crust, sauce made with homegrown (canned) tomatoes, homegrown (frozen) green peppers, and homegrown (dried) basil, and locally raised/produced organic cheese.

  148. Celt says:

    I am increasing my garden size from a 10’X10′ herb and tomato garden last year to my new one 120’x50′ this year! So ya count me in! Lovin’ the site and I’m trying to read it all as fast as I can!

    Thank you for your contributions.

  149. Ariella says:

    I’m so impressed with how many people are joining in…amazing! I’m in the process of converting a large part of my yard into an edible landscape, even though this is my first real garden in an arctic Canadian climate. It will be a lot of trial and error to see what will grow here.

    I’m planting:
    peas, french green beans, beets, 3 types of tomatoes, peppers, chilis, zucchini, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, lettuces, carrots, eggplant, potatoes, garlic, onions, swiss chard, and a plethora of herbs and edible flowers.

    I linked my blog to your site and videos! Thanks again for sharing with all of us our here in blog land.

  150. Inder says:

    I love this challenge! I live in Oakland, California, where we’re blessed by an incredible climate, where you can grow things year ’round. The 100 Mile Diet is a piece of cake here – that’s probably why Alice Waters herself lives in this corner of the planet – a third of the country’s produce comes from within 200 miles of our house, if not a 100. So my story won’t be nearly as interesting as Ariella’s. Now that’s a challenge!

    Still, I’m planning an especially large garden this year for our small household – 7 tomato plants, squash, peas, beans, onions, potatoes, and of course, our loquat, persimmon, peach, and lemon trees. By late summer, we’re going to feel guilty eating a single tomato or zucchini free meal, much less just one a week.

    As others have commented, the hard part is going to be the next month or so! Can anyone suggest any recipes for Kale, Swiss Chard, and Meyers Lemons? Because that’s what I have right now.

    Coming soon: Progress reports on my blog!

  151. Anne says:

    Inder, you have the makings for a wonderful salad! Cut up the chard and kale, and dress them with a dressing made from ex.vir. olive oil, honey, and lemon juice. πŸ™‚

  152. Michael says:

    I will jump into this challenge! I discovered this site one day and I must say it is truly inspirational. Being in Southern Ontario, we are just now getting out of a very long winter (I still have a 4 foot snow bank in my front yard) but the raised garden bed is in. Plantings will commence next week. Broccoli, lettuce, spinach, onions (hopefully), carrots, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, squash, peas, beans, and cauliflower. I’m sure that my first meal won’t be for some time, but after that I’m sure the challenge will be fairly easy for us (of course, there before the grace of Mother Nature go I).

    I will update soon!

    Thanks again for the inspiration.

  153. Anne says:

    Here’s our week #3 homegrown meal:

    Scrambled eggs (home-raised) with homemade wholewheat tortillas, wild onions and homegrown cilantro.

    Homegrown green beans (frozen)

    Foraged salad of dandelion (leaves and blossoms), violets (leaves and blossoms), yellow dock, chickweed, and thistle (mid-rib only!).

  154. Alex says:

    Sounds great, won’t make it this year though. We only recently bought a house and I need to finish the plans of what trees(fruit) and shrubs(fruit and rhubarb) we will have, and then I can work on vegetables etc. Of course I am going to plant the herb garden this year, and several varieties of tomatoes.

    If fact the indoor cherry tomato plant I started after Christmas in a planter is nearly my height and beginning to produce. I am really excited about fresh garden tomatoes.

    Good luck to everyone with this challenge, and I hope to have my veggie beds ready for next year.

  155. Aracely Sustaita says:

    Hello old (but not old :)) friends…

    It’s time, and I’m excited to take this challenge. Every time I visit your cyber home, I get more and more inspired…you are truly what this world is lacking…thank you for the vision.

    Be well,

  156. Meg says:

    I thought I posted this a long time ago… My husband and I are totally in! We bought our seeds and sowed them, we live in a big valley that frosts into early May, but we have a wonderful southern exposure! I can’t tell you how wonderful your site is, I’ve been telling my family and friends all about it!

  157. RedStateGreen says:

    Here’s a new post:


    I’m sure glad it’s finally spring here. πŸ™‚

  158. Anne says:

    Here’s an additional week #3 homegrown meal:

    Chili made with homegrown pinto beans (canned), homegrown tomatoes (canned), homegrown green peppers (frozen), homegrown hot peppers (dried), and wild onions. Topped with homegrown cilantro.

    Cornbread made with organic cornmeal and homeraised eggs.

    Salad made from wild greens.

    My children know that I am taking part in this challenge. When we sit down to eat dinner, they want to know how much of it we grew, and they get excited when it is a “challenge” meal and most of it is homegrown. πŸ™‚

  159. Leslie-La Mama Naturale says:

    Count me in!! I’ve already blogged about the challenge. I’ll post our first recipe soon!! What a great idea. Thanks.

  160. Mary says:

    Hello all! We’re in, though still anticipating some frosts until mid-May. We’ve had a wonderful wet winter (lots of snow). The spinach, snow peas, onions, garlic, and rhubarb are all up, so things are coming back to life. Tomato seeds (from 2007 heirlooms) are sprouted and taking in the sun in the window of an upstairs bedroom. I look forward to incorporating tender dandelion leaves into our first 100′ menu….will report back later. It’s almost 70 today, and feels so good to be outside.

  161. Simply.Belinda says:

    True change of season lunch this week.

  162. esp says:

    We don’t have any fresh garden items yet, but here is our latest meal with the last bits of homegrown ingredients from last years garden: http://bigadventureswithlittlebuddies.blogspot.com/2008/04/100-foot-diet-week-three-and-four.html

  163. Simply.Belinda says:


  164. Wendy VonBargen says:

    I love this challenge! We don’t have anything fresh yet but we do have the things that were canned from last year…does that count?? Glad to know that there are other people out there that enjoy providing for their families. Great way to keep the family together too!!!
    Thanks for the web site really enjoy it.

  165. Juanita says:

    Hello, I have recently hooked up with a group called Food not Lawns and we just ripped out the back lawn and put in a food garden. I was inspired by Path to Freedom a few years ago and I can’t believe we finally did it. We planted squash, tomatoes, melon, herbs fruit trees,and a few other veggies. I can already see a couple of artichokes, but my asparagus from last year is still pencil thin. What am I doing wrong. Feel free to email me. I live in Azusa, CA. Take care, Juanita

  166. Dayna says:

    I am so excited to have come across this site and this challenge. My family and I are tearing up a large piece of our lawn and making a food garden this spring. We have many things growing indoors right now waiting to head out to the cold frames my husband is creating.

    Can’t wait to be able to post a first meal.

  167. CGordon says:

    I moved here in Oct. and it has been winter ever since. However, spring is showing up, and I’ve planted vegies in pots.

    I did this on my own – putting raised beds on top of the lawn at our last place. I am so committed to this but I seem to have to start over every few years as we move.

  168. Steve and Paula Runyan says:

    Hello, I stumbled across your website yesterday, and we are thrilled to bits!
    This is what has been slowly forming in the back of my mind for some time now.
    We live in Alaska, so at this time the only non bought stuff we eat is all our wild game.
    But, we bought a house with a large greenhouse last year, and I have many trays of seedlings started already.
    We will spend the summer preparing our raised beds, (best way to garden in Alaska, plus we live on one acre),
    and next year, if the Lord tarries, we will be flush with produce.
    We will be able to fully integrate to the WAPF style of eating that we ae dabbling in right now :o)
    Paula in Alaska

  169. Lucy says:

    Being the somewhat perfectionist I am, I wanted to wait until I had one entirely homegrown meal before I joined up. As I type, I have on my lap my lunch – which is fresh-picked kale cooked with eggs from my own chickens, with green garlic and a green onion. The garden is at my workplace, and it’s slightly more than a hundred feet from my desk, and my chickens are at my house, so it’s a double hundred foot challenge meal – hope it counts!

  170. Dody says:

    Joining. We already do the one meal a week thing. Usually breakfast, scrambled eggs. Our chickens free range and eat scraps. I am trying to get it to be 2 meals a week. This year I am hoping, (fingers crossed) I can plant almost an acer of corn, beans, and squash. We really need to to feed our selves. Anyway, let you know how I do.

  171. Casey says:

    What a great idea! We’re about 2 years into developing our little urban food forest, and are having a great time as we find our way into more sustainable ways. We have a few spoiled rotten chickens who contribute nicely. We got our fruit trees planted last year and are waiting, waiting. Winter gardening is new for us, and so far we’ve done well with sunchokes. I’ve never had much of a talent for cooking, so learning to cook with what’s on hand rather than following a recipe strictly has been something of a challenge. I haven’t poisoned my family yet πŸ™‚ . Anyway, at this point we rarely have a meal that doesn’t include something homegrown, so having one a week that is *all* homegrown is a nice next challenge.

    Thanks for coming up with this wonderful idea! It’s so inspiring to see what you’re doing at PTF, as well as reading all the comments from the challenge-takers. You all give me hope for the world!

  172. Lisandrea says:

    I am intrigued–we just cleared a very large space behind our townhouse where old rotting wood has sat for years–it is rich with worms, grubs, and other good-dirt-makers, so I think I can at the very least plant some peppers & potatoes. We often eat vegetarian stirfry meals, so I think we could gradually make this commitment. Count us in as trying our hardest. Thanks!

  173. kimberly says:

    I have just planted a garden! It’s my very first one. I planted watermelon, cantaloupe, corn, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and an orange tree. I plan to plant green beans and zucchini later this week! I also have an herb garden in the kitchen. I LOVE GARDENING. I hope and pray over my garden a lot and just love taking care of it. I want to give away fruits and veggies to friends and family as well as eat them for our meals. I think gardening is a wonderful stress reducer and a way for families to spend time together.

  174. Jarrod J. Williamson, Ph.D. says:

    I have some land to work with and have been growing some food on it. But I need help finding material than will help me organize my planting to achieve independance. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to look? (I can be contact through my website if need be.)

  175. Anne says:

    I’m really excited about our home grown meal for this week!

    We had our first homegrown asparagus, sauteed in extra virgin olive oil; our year’s first homegrown salad made from homegrown: young romaine, young mustard, young lettuce, sorrel, arugula, radishes, cilantro, and lemon balm; and burritos made from homemade whole wheat tortillas with a filling of homegrown canned pinto beans and homegrown canned sweet potatoes, topped with homegrown cilantro and wild onion. (The burritos were great – it was an amazing flavor combination!)

  176. Tammy Wolfgram says:

    Count me in! This is the first year I will be planting vegetables in my yard, so I am also buying a weekly share of a local farmer’s garden produce to help me get through the summer and fall. I should be able to get one meal out of my own garden a week, even if it’s all one kind of food:)

  177. Ellen says:

    We’re game to try this! Our garden is planned out and about half tilled. I will be planting our cold weather crops in about 2 weeks and the rest of our garden toward the end of May. We already have ducks/chickens/geese for eggs to incorporate into our meals. I can’t wait to get started!

  178. Anne says:

    Here’s another homegrown meal for this week…..

    For breakfast we had homemade pancakes with homegrown blackberries (frozen), homegrown maple syrup (canned), home-raised eggs, and home-raised goat’s milk. πŸ™‚

  179. Christine says:

    No chance as in flat with no garden but given that I have an allotment just under half a mile away, we’ll have to use that then.

  180. Yarrow says:

    I am preparing to plant my first garden in six years. Very excited. I live in an urban environment also, though a much smaller city in TN. Can’t wait to make the first meal from our organic garden.

  181. Jen says:

    Have been, will be on board. πŸ™‚

  182. Margo says:

    Count me in, even if I’m a little late. I only got my plot in the local community garden a few weekends ago, but now that I’m in, I’ll be able to plan my meals locally. I’ll get my eggs from a friend who raises chickens; I already belong to my local co-op grocery. Count me in!

  183. JoyceAnn says:

    WOW ~ Love your website ~ I’m up for this challenge. I have potatoes , onions , cabbage , broccoli and cauliflower growing. Planted garlic for the first time last fall. I’m really excited about the garlic , it looks wonderful and should be ready to harvest in a couple of months.
    I will be planting corn , beans , squash , cucumbers and tomatoes this week.
    I had a homegrown meal today for lunch , except for the chicken.

    Leaf Lettuce ( my first harvest from the garden )
    Wild Violette Leaves (backyard)
    Chickweed (backyard)
    Dandelion Leaves (backyard)
    Red Clover Bud ~ First of the season (backyard)
    Chicken and Ranch Dressing (store bought )

    Water / Lemon slice

    Great tasting salad . I’m trying to add more herbs and wild foods to our diet.

    Look forward to this challenge ~ Green Blessings

  184. Simply.Belinda says:

    Been a bit slack but we are trying to get on the train again.


    Kind Regards

  185. Loretta T says:

    Sounds great! But I need help–gardening in the high desert of New Mexico is a water challenge! If there’s anyone out there who can give me some suggestions about how to conserve water and still grow lettuce, I’d love to hear it!

  186. Laurie says:

    Loretta, you should check out the book “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands” by Brad Lancaster. He has a very informative website also. Both are Highly Recommended!

  187. Jacqui says:

    I’m excited to jump aboard…through I’m just ordering my seeds and laying out the stones to line my garden today. Lucky for me, veggies grow year round in the Yucatan and the rainy season will be starting soon. Thanks for the inspiration and the incredible resources on your website. I’ll be tuning in!~Jacqui in Bacalar, Q.Roo, Mexico

  188. Marci says:

    Just found your site today! Will keep on it! Have a 50×100 city lot/house. It’s May now – Just took the last of the carrots out of the ground last weekend, and finishing up last years potatoes this week. I DRY, Freeze, and Can. Always pointed out to my children when we had a totally homegrown meal on the farm – usually Thanksgiving and Christmas especially. Without the dairy farm, the meat/eggs become a problem as no livestock can be kept in my city. So grassfed beef from my son, and local deer/elk/fish, and eggs from a friend traded for veggies.
    Here we tend to trade a lot – someone does lots of potatoes, another lots of corn, another excess of carrots, one has lots of apples…. and we trade around for what we don’t have excess of ourselves. Works well.
    On my little city lot I have multi variety dwarf cherries, apples, pear trees. Edible landscape bushes are raspberry, blueberry, huckleberry, currents, grapes, rhubarb, strawberry, chives, swiss chard and herb bed. Then I have the usual summer veggie garden, and overwinter what will take it.
    Luckily local cheese is no problem as I live in Tillamook Oregon πŸ™‚
    Glad I found your site!

  189. Kolfinnas Korner says:

    I’m game! We are trying again this year for a good garden. We haven’t been too successful in the past. We’re using the square foot gardening idea. I’m blogging about our gardening adventure at my blog.

  190. Simply.Belinda says:


  191. carol says:

    I too stumbled onto your site while at work. i live in an apartment complex in the heart of Baton Rouge, LA. I got several of the neighbors together and we started a vegetable garden – mostly tomatoes. It has really been a positive force. Now in the evenings everyone comes out and oohs and aahs over the tomatoes and wonders when the peppers and squash and cucumbers will produce. It has got people who ordinarily wouldn’t have spoken to each other speaking to each other. Gardening does that.

  192. gfid says:

    well, this is not an easy task in a small town in northern Canada, with a less than 90 day growing season and bylaws against doing anything sensible, but i like a challenge, so you’re on!

  193. Pilar says:

    My family started our first garden project just a few weeks ago. I was online looking for a solar powered food dehydrator and found your site. I am climbing on board this train! I have been so frustrated looking for locally grown foods in the grocery stores here. We do have a variety of local urban farms now, but I truly wanted for control over what I serve myself and my family. I need a challenge and tilling the soil around my house wasn’t enough (we have more red clay than dirt!) to keep me from joining forces with you all. Thanks so much.

  194. Jo says:

    Just posted about making homemade ice cream at http://agrarianjourney.blogspot.com/2008/05/first-homemade-ice-cream-of-season.html!

  195. Skip Hankins says:

    Count me in.

  196. Janie Stein says:

    Thanks for the challenge, count us in! We have a few vegies up in the garden & will continue until we are self-sufficient with our community.

  197. Mississippi Garden Girl says:

    I am so happy I found this site! Being Southern, gardening is supposed to be second nature. However, the gardening gene was lost between my grandparents’ and my generation. I am working on getting back. I hope to have 50% of our meals from the garden by mid-summer. Good luck to everyone. And thanks for being an inspiration.

  198. Ann says:

    Our latest 100 foot diet meal was spinach salad with spring onions from our garden and eggs from our chickens with a homemade dressing, it was so good and now that the spinach has reached harvest size, we will be having more dishes consisting of spinach!

  199. Laurie says:

    We are finally getting spinach too – what a blessing! Our 100 foot meal last night included a lovely spinach salad with radishes, sprouts, and asparagus (I used a store-bought dressing though.) The main part of the meal was a modest venison roast with a side dish of dandelion greens. The greens were chopped and boiled in a couple changes of water (to decrease bitterness) and then mixed with sautee’d ramps (a kind of wild onion), dried cranberries, and nuts. All but the nuts and salad dressing were local. Yum!

  200. Auset says:

    I so want to do this. I was a vegan when my second oldest was in his early years. I am on my way back to vegetarianism with my two youngest (2 and 6 mos) and my second oldest has developed some poor food choice habits, but many better food choice habits remain. I want my two youngest and my family as a whole to be educated and understand the impact on themself and the world in general. My dillema, just beginning to remove the junk from the cabinets and not to sure about the gardening piece. I have started with a few herbs, but want to make progress and not be stressed. anybody have any suggestions for a newbie? Thanks in advance

  201. Deb says:

    I am going through a life transformation that will take another year. But, the shackles will be removed and I will be on my way.

    My goal is self sustainability. First I must get out of the HOA run community I’m living in. That will be next year. Until then I do have some spaghetti squash plants growing in the backyard. It’s a start and I want to do so much more.

  202. MotherLodeBeth says:

    Have been growing a vegetable garden for decades and hope that with higher gas prices that more people will see that growing vegetables and other foods at home not only saves gas, but also provides much needed physical activity, healthier food and a sense of well being, which then results in lower health care costs.

  203. Carol says:

    Hi everyone,
    I signed on the first day, but because I live in Southern Ohio, I am just now starting to get things growing. My strawberries are getting big, the blueberries are starting to show up and I can finally say I can eat a salad out of my yard. The potatoes are to the point that I need to add more dirt and straw on the. The turnips, daikon radishes, rutabagoes?, beets, spinach, peas, garlic, leeks, kale, swiss chard, and onions are doing well. The broccoli, cauliflower, and bok choy are all flowering just after I planted them. I don’t know what is going on here with that – something must be out of wack in the soil they are growing in. I have also planted tomatoes and peppers. I hope to get in my zuchini, pickles, squash, and corn in in the next week or so. It has been a cold and rainy spring here. Last year we went from winter straight into summer and this year – so different. I can’t wait to start eating from the garden. I have also planted nasturtiums, calendula, chamomile, sage, basil, chives, lemon balm and pansies (I hope pansies are edible- please let me know) I plan on putting in more blueberry bushes and a dwarf pear tree. I have about the same acreage as Path To Freedom and am slowly transforming my yard and my husband. Good luck to everyone!!!

  204. Paul Smith says:

    I’m in for the 100 foot garden.
    I am somewhat handicapped by the fact that I live on Firwood road in Lake Oswego, Oregon. That’s right I have 100 foot fir trees all around. I get only 5 to 6 hours of sun per day. Hence I am limited on what I can grow.

    I have cut some sides out of truck tires, yes I know that some of you think these are not good. I have been using these for 5 to 6 years and have had no problems with the food produced.
    I have found some plastic umbrella cloches from Charlies Greenhouse Supply, that just cover the truck tire and are about 50 inches tall. These will extend my season to year around so I can grow cool season crops in the winter.
    I have planted 5 straw bales with tomatoes, summer squash, peppers, lettuce, squash and pumpkins. The straw bales are enclosed by minigreenhouses from, Charlies Greenhouse Supply. These greenhouses will allow me to extend my straw bale gardens through the winter months. It very seldom freezes in the Lake Oswego, Oregon area.
    I use a drip irrigation system that drips from 12:00 midnight to 1:00 AM. I use 1/4″ soaker hose to water my straw bales and truck tire gardens.
    I will see if I can attach photos to this site so I can show you my garden.
    God Bless, Paul.
    P.S. I suggest that you buy the book, “Solar Gardening,”
    by, Leandre and Gretchen Poisson.
    Chelesea Green Paubliishing Company
    P.O. Box 428
    Whate River Junction, Vermont 05001

  205. Laura says:

    Great site! I’ve been dreaming of doing this and I guess on some level, preparing by getting more info and support resources lined up. I recently spent time on the Big Island in Hawaii with sustainable communities that were eating right from the land and cultivating sustainable practices. I know this is my future and trust that as soon as get through my housing transition,(or before!) I will have at least a container of home grown lettuce – Yum! – while I remain a committed local/family farm/organic/fair trade consumer! Thanks for the work you all are doing toward our global transformation and healing! 100 Feet to Victory!

  206. Bobbie says:

    I am so pleased to have found this site. I am constantly encouraging my friends to do things like this. I have a garden in the ground and things are growing well. Also, I now have 6 chickens, our pond is stocked, and we are increasing our grapes, strawberries, blueberries, plums, apples and hazelnuts. We collect rainwater in various locations on our property for use with our vegetables and fruits. I have learned to make bread, butter and some cheeses. Add to that I have taught myself to knit and want to learn to weave. It makes me very happy to see all of you working on these worthwhile efforts. Our country needs this kind of dedication and return to basic skills.

  207. Justin says:

    I planted a few vegetables this season and just got our first little tomatoes on the vine last weekend. The small amounts of beans, cukes etc that we’re getting right now aren’t much but I’m looking to expand the garden significantly pretty soon so count me in on the challenge!

  208. Bill Buron says:

    We are in it won’t require much for us as almost all our meals have some of what we grow in them. We have been gardening for 30 plus years but just recently went ot raised beds which makes it much better for weed control. We also can some beans, carots tomatoes in several different ways. and pickles and sourkraut. We are looking forwaerd to seeing some recepies

  209. Carolyn says:

    I planted my garden today. It is little but it is mine.

    I can’t wait to eat something that I grew!


  210. Eileen Lunardi says:

    I’ve just started a blog to chronicle this very same thing, my first organic vegetable and perennial garden. It’s been percolating in the background of my mind for years as I planted “regular” gardens.
    In addition to ecology and liberating our food from corporate control, I’m also interested in helping to make gardening easier for people with physical limitations. We can all grow something!

  211. cynthia says:

    Just want you to know I’m in! Love your work, your inspiration, your challenge… I will bloom where I am planted:) I also like Sharon Astyk’s “Independence Days” challenge… Do something, if only one thing everyday that brings you closer to food (and lifestyle indepedence) Thanks again. Cynthia- Central Valley, Ca.

  212. Charlene says:

    I recently found your website and then your YouTube clips by a divine accident about a month ago! Since then I’ve decided to follow my dreams of someday living on a farm by converting my backyard into my urban homestead which I always thought could be done. You have all given me the encouragement to do it! Living on a suburban ΒΌ acre lot in Atlanta, I’ve built a chicken coop, a raised garden bed, planted a fig tree and have never been more in touch with my inner spirit! I accept your 100 Foot Challenge and am growing enough tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and squash and herbs for all my friends and family to do the same; and, by this time next year our chicks will be blessing us with eggs! Thanks to you all for sharing your wonderful journey and lighting the way to self-empowerment!

  213. Kolfinnas Korner says:

    We had a first harvest from our garden. It was small, but I can’t wait to eat the homegrown produce! Details are on my blog!

  214. Duane Rife says:

    Today I installed another bed for more of my plants.
    I will transplant in the morning.

    I also built a compost area and started putting scraps from my compost pail in the kitchen.

    We have already canned tomatoes and greenbeans from the plants that we put out in December.

    Watermelon and cantalope are up and running.
    Peppers,lettace,tomatoes and caulflower are up and running for the second season.

    Thank you for your site.

    Live Free

  215. Shibaguyz says:

    We’re in! We’ve had the button and link on our site since this challenge first started but I guess we forgot to list ourselves on here! LOL

    Anyway… we’re the Shibaguyz and you can find our posts labeled “Victory Garden” by clicking on the link along the right side of our blog. Stop by and check it out!

    Also, thanks for hosting this challenge. It’s really put a fire under us to go above and beyond what we have ever done before.

    talk to you soon…
    The Shibaguyz

  216. Kim says:

    We’re in! We already try to live this as much as we can. Been getting our garden in over the weekend, so it will be a while before we start harvesting much. But we are still eating some from last years garden.

  217. Sasha says:

    We’re in!

  218. JoyceAnn says:

    ~ Sunday Brunch ~

    06 ~ 01 ~ 08

    Sausage ~ Local Made ( Very Lean )

    Eggs ~ Local Store Bought ( Working on Chicken Coop ) Fresh Eggs Soon , Hopefully

    100 % Whole Wheat Toast ~ Store Bought

    Strawberry Jam ~ Homemade with Local bought berries

    Water & Coffee

  219. Shannon Curtis says:

    We are ready to sign up and join in, we grow as much as our food organically as possible here in our little corner of IL; vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, grains (new this year), chickens, dairy cow, goats, pigs and beef. I also have a blog at http://www.homesteadblogger.com/Nurseforlife/

    Tonight’s supper is
    Salad consisting of leaf lettuce, spinach, radishes, onions, small carrots all from the garden.
    Baked potatoes from the garden with homemade sour cream, butter and chives
    Spinach cooked with garlic and onions all from the garden.
    And for those who still eat meat chicken breasts from those we raised ourselves.

  220. marci357 says:

    I am so glad that I decided to put in mostly raised beds while I am totally redoing the yard in my 50×100 lot. Everything new going in is edible landscaping. As it still has not stopped raining here in NW Oregon Coast, the ground is still extremely muddy. But seeds and plants went in my raised beds two months ago (then got snowed and hailed on the end of April- not normal at all) and what survived the hailstorms is all going well. I’ve got green tomatoes and green blueberries, raspberries,strawberries – and enough of lots of other stuff for salads every day!

    The greatest thing about gardening is that my little grandchildren are helping – and getting excited about growing their own food, just like their families before them have done πŸ™‚ Tradition – a good thing to pass on!

  221. scrappikathy says:

    Oh, we are SO in! We have a small city lot, but somehow managed to put in 22 different types of veggies and herbs. I have been giving away many perrenials in the past few years so we can have an edible landscape. It is hard work, wears me out, but it is so rewarding! Today for lunch we had a salad of mixed spinache and lettuce greens, along with an onion & balsamic vinegar dressing topped with fresh dill. That tasted better than any $10 salad at a restaurant! Best of luck to everyone…I am very much looking forward to this challenge.

  222. Phyrefly says:

    Hey all!

    I’m new to the site but I have to say that this is awesome! We’re having our house built and I already have my 10×10 main garden bed plotted out as well as a 4×15 rose and berry bed. It may be a bit late for this year (unless we can get the approval for our greenhouse from the HOA!), but next year will be great!

  223. lavonne says:

    Finally, my first 100-foot diet meal from my little apartment balcony:

    * homegrown, organic salad greens
    * local, organic cilantro
    * organic, homecooked chickpeas
    * local, organic lemon juice
    * organic olive oil
    * toasted, organic sesame seeds


  224. Patrice Farmer says:

    My garden is just starting to grow tomatoes and green peppers. We’ve already eaten some lettuce out of it, but everything else had a late start due to the weather so the green beans etc. are just starting to grow baby veggies and my chickens are only a month old but I am planning on growing things year round despite being in Michigan and I plan on eating as much of our food and storing as much as possible through canning and freezing. So, I will do the best I can to participate.

  225. Tonybear says:

    A friend just told me about this site. I just started a small
    garden 2X5 and have lima beans, tomato, eggplant, basil,
    and thyme. We just had a salad of a slice of mozzarella topped with slice of tomato, chopped basil and olive oil.
    I am looking forward to recovering from vascular surgery in my right knee. so I will be able to enlarge my


  226. Libby says:

    I’m in! I live in Santa Fe, NM and this is my first year growing my own food. Last night we had a stir fry with home-grown kohlrabi, cabbage, peas, and spinach. We have salad greens coming out our ears! I’ll be blogging about my garden and other steps I’m taking towards self-sustainability at whittleddown.blogspot.com.

  227. Cindy Bodie says:

    I’m in. I’m SO in. Thanks for bringing attention to eating very locally. I admire all you do.

  228. bethany canfield says:

    I am in for this one too!! I will be doing it anyway….and it is nice to have a place to talk about it and find others with the same interests!! Great Challenge!!!!!

  229. Beth says:

    I’m in! Although I am late in reading this. We have a modest garden with a few things. We wanted to start small to see if we could do it. But plans on expansion are in the process and we are looking forward to harvest!!

  230. kim says:

    sign me up! we have been working on it for the last year but just found your website, although I had heard of your efforts before. We have a small garden, we subscribe to a csa and have a chest freezer for all our local grass fed free range meat from the sustainable ag program at a local college. plans for the chicken coop are in the works (while we get involved with a group who is working on changing our muni code to make backyard chickens easier to have).

  231. Sara says:

    I have been wanting to do this for years! I have one big problem, however: our property is deep in the woods and heavily shaded. All day. I don’t know what I can grow here besides a few bramble berries! Any advice anyone? I really want to produce food here if I can.

  232. Jennifer says:

    I might be a little late getting in on this, but I will try my best to follow the 100 food diet challenge.

  233. eve says:

    I have been doing this anyway so I might as well join. Today I still have peppers, beans, tomatoes, peas, cantaloupe, watermelon and strawberries in my garden. The squash and eggplant are gone,,I know, but they didn’t do that well this year. I still have a few cukes and have replented squash, tomatoes and peppers.

  234. Christy says:

    Great idea!! I, too, am a little late in beginning…but our garden is full of vegetables and fruit right now!! Most of what we eat is from scratch, no processed foods (just a little, maybe)…but each year we try to make our garden bigger and bigger, we learn more each year. We love this site!!

  235. Vicky says:

    Might as well me in. I already have a garden started this year and plan to have an even bigger one next year. I’m all for it. My father was from a farming family and instilled that love of gardening/farming in me.

  236. Nancy R. says:

    I love you site. I am a master gardener & have been an organic gardener for 20 years. I live in the upper TX coast area & have only a very small area to garden (less than 40′ x 50′, but I produce most of the vegetables I eat. I can garden year round here & my winter garden is more productive than the summer. In spring/summer I grow mainly tomatoes, beans, cukes, okra, squash, peppers, eggplant & summer herbs. In winter I grow cabbage, kale, onions, lettuce, spinach, brocolli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, pole sugar snap peas. I freeze a lot that I can’t eat when it’s ready to harvest. I also have blueberries, a Meyer improved lemon tree, a Mexican thornless lime, a mini nectarine & a fig. I am an avid composter & have many rain barrels. I am so grateful that I can grow as much as I can in my small space. I am hopeful that more people will start vegetable gardens now that the price of food is getting higher & higher. The new homes seem to have no space for gardening at all, but we can all grow something somewhere. When I lived in an apartment I grew tomatoes & herbs on the the small balcony. Muni code make it illegal to raise rabbits or chickens, but I just found out that I might be able to sponsor a FFA child & then the the small livestock is OK. Plan to look into that in Sept. I would love some chickens & fresh eggs. Keep up the good work, this is a wonderful site.

  237. Don Pratt says:

    Count us in!
    The 3 of us are on board, and getting stronger.
    We will start this week.

  238. leslie says:

    I’m working on my first ever food garden. Count me in!

  239. Connie says:

    Still harvesting peppers, okra, and cowpeas from our garden. Waiting for pears and figs to ripen. Plan to double the size of our garden next year. Planning a simple green house to protect strawberry plants for next year. Getting our milk from a friend’s cow. so much better than powdered milk. Even started making my own bread. Count us in also.

  240. Sherilyn says:

    This is a wonderful opportunity for us all. We have been eating our veges and fruits most the summer and I try to buy LOCALLY as little as possible. Have planted my first fall veges this year and looking forward to the fuyu persimmons & satsumas this fall and winter. Looking forward to having our own eggs. We’re cutting back on meats but being a true carnomnivore I don’t think we can get totally away from it (anyone want to start a catfish pond???)

  241. Sherilyn says:

    In writing, ‘I try to buy LOCALLY as little as possible’ I MEANT I buy locally as much as possible, but try to BUY only what I don’t produce at home.

  242. daniel L says:

    About five years ago I got really agoraphobic. Tough times of course but i got to really appreciate my home and backyard. I got to grow my own bird food, helping my family member tend her tomatoes, and the good times sun bathing with my iguana. i am at PCC now and i am really pro active for the environment now because of your lecture at UCLA. I have been on this challenge already and tend to keep on it!! I started my war garden in june and its coming along nicely.

  243. Sharon in Mississippi says:

    Hi y’all:

    We in a small town in east central Mississippi. Our little freedom garden is about to give us some lovely fall broccoli. It will be expanded considerably next year. Thanks for setting up this website and issuing the challenge. Count us in.

    Oh…by the way: we’re also enjoying lots of lovely fresh eggs (and free fertilizer) from our little flock of Rhode Island Reds that we raised this year from day-old chicks.

    Love More. Fear Less!

  244. Jamie Sue says:

    I’m in. I have been working for 9 months to get all the beds ready for this. Made compost all summer long. I have 8 12×4 raised beds and 4 12×24 plots. Get ready to plant the peas in march! I am so excited. This is going to be great!

  245. Lisa from Australia says:

    What a great idea! Its spring here in australia and the best time for growing our own. I am picking snow peas, beans,zuchini,tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries(when I beat the birds lol) at the moment but joining the challenge is enough to give me the push to plant some more! Looking forward to the challenge!

  246. Zohra says:

    As the new seed catalogs arrive, I have decided to accept this challenge. I’m quite excited!

  247. jena says:

    Looking forward to the challenge of starting with 1-2 meals per week to start summer 2009.

  248. Vivian Sophia says:

    Please don’t attack me for saying this. I was converted to this way of thinking before I read this article. My problem is, I hate food and the necessity for eating. The idea of devoting my entire life to getting food is horrifying. Do you have any concrete suggestions (not just arguments) for turning this into fun for me?

    Problem 2: I don’t have possession of any land. Since I have high resistance to gardening, it’s highly unlikely I will be successful if gardening requires me to drive to a community garden regularly (And it’s petroleum based). So getting space to garden is a major challenge. I believe I may be able to meet the challenge sometime in the next few months, so I am not asking for advice about that.

    Anybody else in the same boat, I would love to hear from you. paculino@gmail.com

  249. Bo says:

    Count us in… My husband and I put in a 40′ x 40′ garden space last spring, and I only planted 1/2 of it last season… what a great “launch” for the other 1/2 this will be… a Victory Garden of my own. Back when I was in college, I “tutored” a downs-syndrome gentleman, who often reminisced about his family’s WWII Victory Garden, and so I will dedicate this garden in memory of Donald, the gentle soul who blessed my life so many years ago!

  250. Marie says:

    Hi everybody!
    This is a great idea, and we grow as much as we can for ourselves, in our own yard. There is an apple tree, raspberries, plums, strawberries, and a vegetable garden, where we grow beans, peas, beets, squash, corn, onions, and all kinds of tomatoes. I have a very busy fall, preserving a lot of these foods. Up here in Edmonton, Canada, the winters can last up to 5 or 6 months so to grow everything we need to live would require a great deal of global warming! Herbs too! And lots of beautiful flowers…food for the soul! My lot is 45 feet wide by 150 feet long. Just so you can see how intensively it is gardened! Peace and light! Marie

  251. Peggy says:

    Count me IN!! I have been using the 100 foot diet for the last 58 years. I am pleased to see the ideas put forth on this blog catching on. Just look at the number of comments. For dinner tonight we had Roast Venison ( from the deer that frequent our farm) green beans from the freezer ( from our garden last summer and a stored potato from our garden. . We had fresh greens from our winter greenhouse. We also had French bread that I had made and for dessert we had Blueberry crisp (made with the blueberries I had picked in the garden and frozen. )

  252. Julia says:

    I was reading this over and thinking, “Oh, I don’t think I could do this all year” and THEN remembered that I just fixed a soup from frozen butternut squash and frozen tomatoes from our own garden. And this afternoon I shelled the last small batch of black turtle beans we grew. So I think this is close to doable, even for a haphazard gardener like me. (Certainly helped by a mild climate here in Virginia.) Consider me signed up!

  253. Kathy says:

    I’m in on the challenge. I live on a downtown lot and have a spring/summer garden that I’ve been working on turning into a year round garden, with more fruit trees to add. I also want to pull up the grass in the front yard and replant with edibles. Also, we are preparing for chickens this spring.

  254. Melissa says:

    I’m going to try to do the 100ft challenge this year! We have some chickens for eggs, and I have a large backyard. I am planning on what to grow and how much. I have some veggies already out there now, some lettuce (only 2 heads left) onions, garlic, broccoli and cabbage. I have also been trying to get some compost going for over a year now…not much luck there though.
    I’m excited for the upcoming growing season, and hope to make lots of meals with home grown food!

  255. leslilli says:

    i’m up for the challenge!! we’ll be looking throught he seed catalogs and planning for spring. it’s chilly in michigan this time of year!!

  256. Ann Duncan says:

    Rank beginner here. Totally wired about getting started! Gathering materials for a Square Foot Garden. And this evening bought a garbage can to turn into a composting bin, will drill holes in it and start composting tomorrow. Cannot believe how excited I am about all this!

    Will be extra challenging due to so little garden area. None, actually :/ Will have to be very resourceful as to where we put the Sq Ft Garden boxes.

    Looking forward to a great time with the challenge and to turning as many others onto it as possible.


  257. Jules says:

    Hi, Ihave just found this challenge and think its a great idea. I’ve been growing vegies for a while now, and we have 100 foot meals quite often, so it will be good to actually record how we go. I watched your utube article – what a place! Very inspiring – I’m going to put a lot more effort into my place this year and see how close we can get to creating a similar paradise!

  258. summer says:

    im on board, can’t wait to get the family out there working the land, well i mean the lot. great challenge!

  259. Shalara Ang says:

    I’m Shalara.I’m from Malaysia.Although I’m not residing in US,but I know how wonderful these activities will be.I’m an organic gardener and I’m planting lots of brassica species which is daily meals for almost 100% of peoples in my country.I would like to take this opportunity to test my skills in these 100 Foot Diet activity.It is true peoples lost touch with the nature,and it is good to teach people about organic food that will ensuring healthy life. Thanks all,especially PTF and this website. It do lots of good to people unconditionally.

  260. joanna says:

    Just transplanted a blueberry bush.
    We have been on the path to this way of living…and will just keep going.

    One idea. Keep a bucket in the shower to catch extra water (it is hard to have a year round outdoor shower where I live…unless you are in the polar bear club). This water can be used to flush the toilet or water plants-as well as the dishwash water.

  261. Dave Quinn says:

    Just getting started with our little patch. Had our first home laid egg for breakfast this morning.

    Heavy day digging tomorrow, tiring but rewarding!

  262. nan says:

    Using plastic recycle containers and peat to start the garden indoors, new to northern New Jersey, wonder when it’s safe to harden off and plant out?

  263. Catherine F Clark says:

    I don’t have the physical energy to dig up my yard, but I am eating organically and have reduced my meat intake and am embarking on container gardening this year and hope to grow much of what I consume this year. I have gardened successfully in the past, so feel pretty confident I can do this. Am excited at the possibilities!

  264. Nannaneen says:

    How lovely to have all of this companionship. We are currently living in a 30′ 5th-wheel on a concrete pad in southern California. Last year we amazed the neighbors by growing heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and chard in plastic buckets out in front of the rig. The chard is still producing nicely now that I have the recipe for spraying away powdery mildew. One tomato plant is still going and I picked the last tomato today. SoCal is a fun and crazy place to grow veggies! I have added 3 artichoke plants (each in a big container). Three new types of heirloom tomatoes are in new hanging containers. I can bike to the natural food store and farmers market for other goodies. At least 3 dinners this week will be 50% locally grown. Fun and yummy. Thank you for the encouragement.

  265. MSEH says:

    Love your site! We’re new to gardening – starting off with square foot gardening and two 4x4s. We can’t wait! Of course, we still have snow here in Atlantic Canada. LOL! I’ll be coming back for inspiration! Thanks!

  266. Carli says:

    This is really cool because I am restarting my old garden from last year but it was a total failure so this year I want to make it better.

  267. Jenny says:

    Count me in! I’m planning this year’s garden and can’t wait to go grocery shopping in our front yard!

  268. Karin says:

    What a fantastic idea! I have been working at building and expanding my garden each year but this season will be the first in the 5 yrs we’ve been here that I haven’t had either a wedding or pregnancy hindering my efforts in the garden! I am pumped to get started but spring way up here in Canada is taking its sweet time arriving!

    I’m going to take the challenge – miht even be able to get some meals done with the remains of last years canned stuff before this years garden starts producing.

  269. Ryan "Mountain Fox" Hobbs says:

    I just heard about you guys in this months issue of Mother Earth News. I was already going to plant a garden this year which is twice the size of yours. I’m already double-digging my plots, but had to stop to nurse a glass snake(leg-less lizzard) back to health. My shovel cut his(?) rear end off on accident. I’ll plant the first week of April. We call the lizzard “Pooky” after Garfield’s teddy-bear.

  270. Gypsy says:

    Sounds great! Count me in. I have only been gardening for a couple of years now. I learned how to can last summer. (Water bath) I made jam with the pears from our pear tree. I am looking forward to trying new things. Thanks for the inspiration.

  271. Andrea says:

    We are up for the challege! Cant wait to start planting. We have 7 Flats started in the house already. Looking forward!

  272. Sunny Foreman says:

    I’m taking up the challenge. And challenge it will be; I live in a 55+ manufactured home community with loads of deed restrictions. I plan to start in back yard area (going covert!) and will expand soon to front lawn “planter”. Also, here in TampaBay Florida we are in a drought so I am investigating hydroponics as an alternative. Anyone have experience with growing in drought climates with water restrictions? I don’t have a blog as yet, another thing to learn! Thanks for the incentive. Also, I haven’t grown anything since “hippy” days of growing carrots, tomatoes and beans.

  273. Sue says:

    I’m in too. But I just planted some early crops last week (plus some I started in flats in the house to transplant in May). I won’t be able to eat anything from my garden before May or June.

    I started one plot that is a “Lasagna Garden”. I think that is one method that is not only easy to work with, but probably doesn’t use as much water as a conventional plot. I don’t know how much room I’d need to grow all my own food. But this is the year to try — and hopefully to learn how to can.

    I will grow all my food veganically (without fertilizers that contain animal byproducts).

  274. Jordan says:

    Sign me up! What a great idea. I new to all of this, but every journey starts with one small step right? I’m documenting everything on my blog (http://sixinchesdeep.wordpress.com), and I’ll put a link to this project on it.

  275. Cher B says:

    I just love this! I have 1/8th acre and if I didnt live on a busy main street, I would have more of my front yard made into gardening. They won’t allow me to plant a tree in my front yard without paying a permit..So I allow volunteers to grow! Lol..
    I have two pawpaw trees, a pear tree that bears beautiful pears, a bush cherry, wild raspberries in a shaded corner, strawberries in the top section of my herb bed and then raised beds with various herbs, walking onions, garlic, parsley and sometimes winter sowing seeds or over wintered veggies. I love growing potatoes from my own seed potatoes, beans, peas, and butternut squash are some of my favorites. This is great!

  276. Cher B says:

    I’m looking for some people who like to swap seeds they have saved from their gardens. I still have some I would love to trade. Leeks, bush cherry, flowering crabapple, german giant radish seed. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cnyplantcycle

  277. Dan says:

    This year I plan to *try to produce 400 meals here on my land. One think I need to find out is how can I get truckloads of mulch/compost?

  278. Kat says:

    You guys are an inspiration. I’m young, but I already know I want to be self-sufficient, and what a windfall that I found your website the same year I started my garden! I have a lot of obstacles to overcome, such as the neighborhood rules against livestock and clotheslines, no pantry space (but I’m going to put shelves up in the garage, with the enlisted help of my father), a mother who’s more concerned with the yard looking good than being healthy or saving us money, and this odd microclimate that puts plants in our yard weeks or months behind everyone else (even others on our street!)… But I have 108 square feet of garden space, my mother’s permission to use grapevines and strawberry bushes as a living hedge in the backyard, an unused (ever) deck that I’m covering in planters and hanging baskets, and a small area full of trees that I’m putting blackberries and raspberries all through. I doubt I can do a whole meal a week, as no one in my family would be happy with JUST vegetables, but I’m pretty sure I can provide my family with healthy, homegrown food all year ’round, using what I’m planting. Thank you so much for putting your efforts up on the web for us all to learn from!

  279. Millie Barnes says:

    Sign me up! I started last July bringing home large amounts of produce from prep at a health food store deli. I built raised beds, square garden style. I have sweet potatoes, flowering kale, beets, nasturtiums, Swiss chard, red potatoes, cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, basil and onions.

    I began teaching myself hydroponics at that time and now inside growing I have; cherry tomatoes, beets, Swiss chard, strawberries, purple basil, purple Cherokee tomatoes, purple bell peppers, red leaf lettuce, dill and chives. I grow in a Waterfarm that I re-designed into a bubbler and aeroponics unit, and the rest are in sub-irrigated 3 and 5 gallon buckets.

    I keep moving more and more stuff indoors because the I grow everything organically and pest problems are (almost) non-existant. It takes aless than 1/10 of the water inside, they grow 3 times faster and I LOVE having all the beautiful plants in my living room…and garage.. I have 9 tomato plants about a foot high out there, in bubblers.

    Check it out on my blog…lots of pictures.

  280. Rhonda says:

    I am a late joiner, but excited about the idea. I have a container garden on my deck around the pool. Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, sage and gourds for crafts. Now I intend to see what else I can add to it! Thanks for the challenge. I’ll update the garden on my blog.

  281. Sue says:

    I’ve already signed up for the challenge. I live in northern Illinois, but have already planted most of what I’m going to try to grow as early as March. Right now, the only things that are ready to pick are the various “salad greens”. So for the past two days I’ve made homegrown salads, not only from what I’ve planted, but from edible weeds.


    My yard isn’t really a garden as I had envisioned last winter, may be only the equivalent of 1/6 of the lot. But other than grain and fruit, I think that’s big enough to grow everything I’d need to eat. But virtually all my yard weeds are edible, so I guess that makes the growing area much bigger with no effort on my part. I’m trying various gardening methods as a “science experiment”, including a Lasagna Garden for my melon & squash bed, a Square Foot Garden, and a container garden specifically for edible weeds.

    But my biggest “problem” is that some of last year’s tomatoes and squashes re-seeded themselves. So I still currently have about 60 “bonus” tomato seedlings after giving away more than 12 dozen to people I know, along with over a dozen extra squash plants. I’m happy they wanted them, and hope the seedlings will be enough to sow a few seeds of interest in maybe 37 other people I know who might not have thought to have a garden at all this year. I’m going to give them some alfalfa pellets next weekend, so they can make their own veganic fertilizer as a start for those who didn’t plan to grow anything this year.

    I also joined Veggie Trader http://www.veggietrader.com/ in case I grow too much of anything. But I don’t think that’s well-known enough around the country yet. I was also interested in this post’s links: http://breadforthecity.blogspot.com/2009/05/helping-other-people-helpus.html

    (I’m in an optimistic mood, since I have no idea how much food I’ll actually get.)

    Other ideas I’m interested in for the coming seasons might be to see about making a cold frame, and/or a hoop house. I’m also interested in the idea of winter crops and/or winter sowing. Something needs to be done to extend the growing season here, because it’s been a cold and rainy spring. It’s in the mid-50’s today. And the things I started in the house didn’t do well.

  282. Hannah says:

    Wow. Fabulous idea! We probably do this severalt imes a week because it is more cost effective feeding our family of seven. We just finished our potatoes from last year and have been enjoying the first vegetables from this year’s garden.

  283. Sarah Sanders says:

    After being inspired by several sources (PTF, Mother Earth News, and “Made From Scratch” by Jenna Woginrich), we put in 3 raised bed gardens this Spring and have already harvested SO much spinach and salad greens! For the first time ever, my very picky-eater boys are eating (and loving!) salad greens that we’ve grown! It’s so fun to see them enjoy the growing process and then happily eating what we’ve grown. Everything in the garden is blossoming and beginning to set fruit!!! I can’t wait to begin harvesting all the veggies and fruits! as a first time gardener, I’m encouraged by what I’m seeing happening in our gardens. So excited to see how much produce we will get out of our small-space gardening! Thanks for putting the 100 foot challenge out there for those of us who are earnestly trying to eat more homegrown, more local, etc. Gotta love the homegrown movement! :o)

  284. Sarah Sanders says:

    My family and I have been enjoying a prolific harvest of some of our cool-weather crops – spinach and salad greens! Lots of salads and wonderful green smoothies! Our favorite green smoothie has been named “Green Monster” by my kids. We make it using homemade plain yogurt, banana, Peanut butter, vanilla, stevia and TONS of spinach or other salad greens – packed in so full til you can’t fit anymore in the blender (we really prefer the spinach)! :o) whir it up and…Mmmmmmm….healthy and delicious!

  285. Matushka says:

    I would like to be included in the 100 Foot Challenge.

  286. Rebecca says:

    July 21, 2009

    with volunteer tomato plants, that was the beginning of a few things to grow.
    then…………I found your website.
    I have not been able to leave it, till I read everything I can, on how you started out.
    now, those volunteer tomatoes have added company, in the three raised beds, with home started tomatoes, from my cousin.
    they’re waist high and have sooo many blossoms.
    the next step is to add as many other things that can be planted in time for a full season, in my zone 8.

    you have introduced me to a completely new way of thinking. I used to dream of being independent of the utility companies.
    now, with your plan, I will do all I can, to make it all happen. One son is getting information to set up solar panels on the roof, for me, this up and coming spring.
    thank you, thank you and I’ll be keeping notes on all of this.

  287. Jimmy says:

    I have grown my total diet

  288. Jimmy says:

    Total diet from garden every day for over 12 years

    all calories came from garden

    each year ..we each raised dry yellow corn … dry beans , squash , seasonal vegetables

    Trees … olive , almond,figs, apples , apricots , and grapes

    no importing … no fertilizer .. fallow and crop rotation

    approx 2.5 acres / adult for calories

    some tree crops were sold

    Northern California

  289. Maxkw says:

    I at one time turned my parents’ small backyard into a wildflower sanctuary of sorts. It was much prettier than the lawn had been and it didn’t require mowing. My wife and I have since moved into our own home. One of the first things we did was to convert better than half of our lawn into a vegetable garden. We often eat meals made entirely of foods produced within 100 feet of our kitchen, and we try always to buy from local farmers those items we can’t or don’t grow. We became interested in self-sufficient living as a means to save money; but, as we learned more about homesteading, we became more and more aware of the ridiculousness of agribusiness and the futility of maintaining this country’s economic status quo.

    Currently, we’re getting into native North American foods as well as permaculture and water harvesting.

  290. Fred says:

    My son recently enjoyed his first carrot right out of the ground! Knocked off the dirt and cruched away. We live in a zone 9(b) climate. Put in our first winter garden this past Nov. and are enjoying the benefits! Also planted 3 fruit trees in the past month. Really getting into learning the micro climates of our yard. All the flower beds have been converted to food production. Considering converting most of the backyard lawn to raised beds. Even the frontyard is under consideration. The 100 foot diet challege is alive and well in our home.

  291. Jim says:

    I’ve been onboard with the 100 foot diet idea for years with my high altitude garden here in Colorado. Last year I also started a micro-farm and CSA with some friends outside of Boulder and it was a great success! I use the Fantastic Farm & Garden Calculator http://www.landshareco.org/ to plan both my Square Foot Garden at home, and for planning our biointensive micro-farm & CSA. For me, it is a very hand online garden & farm planning tool, plus the subscription fee supports a good cause.

  292. Diane says:

    I am going to try it again this year, lost the battle to the deer las t year, any suggestions?

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