Approximately a 6 minute read | Originally published July 1st, 2018, at PermacultureNews.Org
I imagine that when our grandchildren and great grandchildren read in history books about the supermarkets we relied on for food, they’ll wonder what we were thinking.
My goal is to get to where our family can live without the supermarket entirely. There are many things we have yet to learn on this path; one of our major areas of focus right now is learning to grow more of our own vegies.
Recently, we ate our first ever homegrown cauliflower. This post shares how I got from "I don't think I could grow brassicas," to "Ooh look – a cauliflower!" By the end of the article you’ll appreciate that if we can do it, anyone can.
Approximately an 8 to 10 minute read
The choice to shop at the supermarket really seems to be a no-brainer. You can get everything you need at one location, including a pre-packaged dinner. You're back in the car before the kids get to melt-down stage, and it’s cheaper there than anywhere else. It seems too good to be true.
In this article we’ll sniff out the real story behind the cheap convenience on the supermarket shelves.
We’ll look at the complex web of connections and consequences that attend our supermarket choices.
And we’ll uncover the reasons why reducing your dependence on supermarkets could be one of the most powerful things you’ll ever do to make a difference – for your own family’s health and for the health and resilience of your local community and the ecosystems you rely on.
(This post is approximately a 7 to 9 minute read.)
We eat only happy meat – meat from our own animals that lived happy lives as part of a complete ecosystem, not in pens or cages, and without stress and tension caused by crowding, rushing, or inappropriate feeds or medications.
Could you produce some of your own animal foods even if you don't live on acreage?
What if you can't, or don't want, to raise your own animals? Can you still eat happy meat?
What if you've chosen a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle to care for animals and protect them from exploitation?
(Approximately a 7 minute read)
Universally, in traditional cultures, organ meats were eaten first, with reverence, and often raw.
A family or community gathered around a carcass, gave thanks and honored the life of the animal, then ate the precious organs before processing the rest of the meat. Organ meats were the animals’ most nutritious, most powerful, gift to humanity.
In modern society, we tend to be repelled by the idea of eating organ meats. What happened?
(This post is just a 2 to 3 minute read)
Regenerative gardening and farming has an intention not just to feed people, but to leave the entire web of life stronger, richer, more complex and more resilient after our growing systems are in place, than it was before.
Growing food regeneratively means growing food in ecosystems, not mono-cultures. Biologically diverse, stable ecosystems that grow more vigorous and more bountiful with each passing season.
(Approximately a 3 minute read)
What we eat illuminates the relationship, the interdependence—or lack of it—between us and our natural world. It also directly influences the way our living planet is used.
Real Food has the power to bring real health to our communities and ecosystems, one forkful at a time.
(Approximately an 8 minute read)
There's something so peaceful about hand milking, about being in the presence of a calm cow, who is calm, in part, because her calf is with her. And there's something so "right" about bringing that billy full of warm, frothy, just-out-of-the-cow milk into my kitchen.