In early summer of 2012, I had the opportunity to spend a month working at an organic farm in Paonia, CO and it changed my perspective on a lot of things related to food and personal sustainability. Specifically, why wasn't I growing as much of my own food as possible? What about canning and preserving food for the winter? For years I'd been thinking of keeping chickens for eggs...why hadn't I done it yet?
When I returned home to Alaska it was with two goals in mind: build a chicken coop and start raising chickens; and prepare raised garden beds for next summer's garden. I feel these two relatively small steps will pay large dividends in the coming years. Less money will be spent at the grocery store and more time will be spent outside. Consumption of nutrient dense foods will increase, while dependence on the commercial agriculture industry will decrease. Plus, the acts of gardening and raising farm animals foster conversation, community, and sharing, which there can never be enough of.
In my work-life I'm a fisheries biologist and spend a good chunk of time each year working in the field. It's a challenge to stay on a healthy path while traveling off of the road system, where processed foods prevail. And while food is an important component, what else do we love to do to keep the heart fit and the mind healthy? It's with these things in mind that I look froward to writing this blog...and I hope to hear thoughts and tips from you too, so don't be shy!
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