The monthly co-op pick up is today. I am hoping the olive oil order will be on that truck since I need to make some soap soon. The herbs are drying well (thanks to the nice warm weather) and will be using them to make some secondary products for ourselves and possibly for other homegrown economy efforts.
Hopefully at co-op pick up, there won’t be any shortages on chicken feed or grains like the last time. People were left without organic grains and chicken feed. Not wanting to be caught short, Jordanne’s been calling organic feed suppliers to see if she can’t get some bulk organic feed delivered for us and the other co-op members who have backyard flocks.
The garden’s growing through a summer transition – out go the broccoli, cabbage and other spring crops. Replaced by eggplant, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and more.
On the fruit front: figs are almost ripe, clusters of grapes hang from the vines, peaches and apricots are nearly ready for pickin’.
The heat is on! Temperatures will soar into the triple digits today and stay that way for the entire week. It’s going to be a long hot summer that’s for sure.
Glad everyone liked the CNN piece – thanks for positive comments. For awhile there it was the third most emailed story! For most, we see this story just wet your appetite and want more and longer but with all such media stories they have been unsolicited so we really haven’t pitched ourselves. So if you want to see more than it’s really up to you.
News, as you know, is fleeting, but this urban homestead model and sustainable journey is worth keeping around for a lot longer than a few minutes don’t you think?
The journey that started back in late 60’s, early 70’s when Jules Dervaes asked a simple question “where does our food come from?” And the rest is …. well…. still happening.
Like the segment briefly touched on, long before this lifestyle was hip and people measured your color of green our family had/has been doing only what seemed practical – beekeeping, growing food, composting, learning back to basic skills, making do or doing without, living simply and trying to tread lightly. Nothing trendy about being practical – just common sense.
You’ve asked more from and of us, but first, we want to ask you if you can continue to keep this story of hope alive. If this video inspired you, take time to share this story with three or more and ask them to do the same.
CNN will be coming back this week (tomorrow actually) to do a story on our homebrewing biodiesel efforts. Having brewed our own biodiesel using free waste veggie oil since 2004 we are careful to say that biodiesel is only a “band-aid solution” to the worldwide fuel crisis. In fact, there are better and more sustainable transportation alternatives – drive less, use two feet or two wheels for that matter.
Our sustainable journey isn’t a static one and there’s no marked path to the future. Nobody and no situation is perfect. We do the best with what we have, where we are, right now – a journey that began with a single step…
and we are still walking.
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