One thing and urban homesteader learns early one – it’s all about records. Keeping records helps motivated you to better yourself each year, outline successes and failures, not to mention, tally up all those baby steps taken along the way.
Although we’ve always had a pretty productive garden since I can remember our growing efforts turned serious with the looming threat to our food supply back in early 2000.
Since then, it’s been all about growing food closer to home, keeping track of results and encouraging other to do the same.
Here’s the food count so far for 2008
2008 Food Count
518 chicken eggs
640 duck eggs
1,614 lbs produce (fruits, veggies, herbs)
.. oh and HONEY (3 lbs)
Drying herbs (for tea, medicinal and home craft projects)
Freezing strawberries, blueberries, loquats, elderberries
Getting ready for peach and apricot jam session and winemaking!
Still have a pretty decent pantry cache of homegrown, preserved peach, fig and guava jams, marmalade, fermented grape leaves and tomatillo “green” salsa.
Eggs, jams, herbs, knowledge and more
If you like to join along in our food security efforts. We have two nifty challenges going on ‘The 100 Foot Diet’ and ‘Harvest Keeper’ over at our sister site FreedomGardens.org ( nearly 300 recruits and growing )
Are you recording keeping this year, setting goals? How is it helping you with your urban homesteading and growing efforts?
Proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. Care to show/share your numbers!