usetheland.jpgWelcome to all new participants who signed up this week – the challenge is growing by the week!

This week we have a collection of wonderful homegrown/local meals and while participants mull over this year’s victory gardens plans and preparations.

Reading Dirt while winter gardening and foraging efforts have been limited was able to concoct a tasty homegrown/local meal with spring-wild greens and homegrown herbs and local potatoes

Belinda had a bit of an oil crises and makes a list of ingredients in her diet She also posts a delicious bean and tomato recipe (which we Northern Hem gardeners will have to wait a couple months to try)

Red State Green says she eats local every day and posts pictures of her “purdy Famous Salad”

War Road Garden is transforming her 1/2 “weed patch” into an edible eden bakes up some gorgeous winter squash for her family. She also adds about how blessed she and her family are to be able to grow their own food while folks in other parts of the world are sadly forced to eat dirt – point aptly made!

P~ jumps starts his 100ft diet by raising baby chickens. Oh dear, those cute baby chick photos makes us wanna raise another batch again this year… and the next and the next. Since we don’t slaughter our hens for meat consumption we’ll have to make do by enjoying other folks cute baby chick photos instead.

Becca’s Life digs the last of the winter vegetables turns them into mouth watering roasted vegetables along with sautéed greens – yum.

Wildside Home once again show us those lovely homegrown eggs her chickens produce, combine with homegrown vegs, a very satisfying meal

Vintage Flapper eagerly awaits the growing season and is considering relocating her urban homestead — contemplating a move to Alaska (perhaps I’ll hitch a ride)! Her seventh meal (she’s on a roll!) of the challenge consists of homegrown tomatoes (kudos!) and other local ingredients

Recent Web-Nods Relating to the PTF 100 ft Diet – Victory Garden Challenge

Deborah at Riot 4 Austerity writes

Just finished reading Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. It’s convinced me even more that eating local, or even better growing my own, is the best option for feeding myself.

Also been looking at Path to Freedom’s challenge to eat what is home grown. It’s another call to plant a Victory Garden.

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Eat Food / Change Alley

Pollan’s core message is that we should return to eating “real food”, and offers some recommendations on how to find it and get the most out of it. It’s a long list, here’s a few to give you a flavour:

Don’t eat anything that your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food. Going back several generations enables us to avoid the confusion of lengthy ingredient lists, most of which have dubious nutritional value and are included more for the food industry’s benefit than for ours.

Avoid food products that make health claims on the package. Anything with a package is more likely to be a processed than a whole food. And the whole issue of packaging and its environmental impact is another kettle of worms altogether.

Cook – and, if you can, plant a garden. Creating your own food chain, “from fork to fork” as Monty Don used to say, enables us to reclaim control from industry and science.

Pollan goes so far as to say that “cooking from scratch and growing our own food qualify as subversive acts”. This puts him firmly in the same camp as relocalisation groups such as Path To Freedom. It doesn’t matter how much or how little food you can grow yourself. If you can just grow some salad on a window-sill, that’s one less nitrogen-filled plastic bag of imported salad bought. After all, as Lao-Tzu said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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Thanks for the nods!

It’s good to see Jordanne finally posting [hiya little sis]. The others will join soon enough since I know each and everyone has their stories and tips to share – but right now they are busy in the garden. And hopefully she’ll get some responses to her plea/request. Oh and, she forgot to mention, you can also help by supporting this site either through donations or online purchases.

I’m off again to the English Tea Shop today – which I didn’t plan but they needed help today and we are like their family so one’s obligated to lend a helping hand. I hope to post the urban homestead’s weekly menu wrap up before I leave… but first the animals beckon and so do a few chores.

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