Operation Food 2017 Update

So… it’s been awhile.  Operation Food is still underway, and has made much progress.  Since I last wrote we have tilled, manured, planted, and set up a watering system for the gardens.  Although, not automatic (yet), the system we have in place requires little effort and ZERO hose maneuvering, which I’m ecstatic about! We’ve also acquired four pigs, and twenty-six chickens.  We’ve built a chicken tractor, gotten our property line guarded by barbed wire and electric strands, and created a pig training area.   Did I mention I also raised a litter of Great Pyrenees puppies?

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Operation Food for the 2017 Growing Season is Underway…

We’re embarking upon, what I hope, will be a big step to becoming responsible for our own food supply.  We’ve been learning all we can about different food preservation methods. With the hopes to be able to store much, if not all, of our yearly supply without the use of freezing or refrigeration, and with minimal canning.  Fermentation, drying/dehydrating, and curing are methods that were used long before the convenience of HVAC technology.  And at least in the case of fermentation, they preserve and even enhance the nutritional quality.

We’ve also spent much time studying exactly how we’re going to grow enough food to feed a family of four for a year.  Looking to others for wisdom through books such as Gaia’s Garden, Restoration Agriculture, Edible Forest Gardens, etc.., and watching homesteader upon homesteader on YouTube, we want to try it all! After taking the information into consideration, and putting in much thought, we’ve decided to incorporate various ideas from multiple sources. Continue reading “Operation Food for the 2017 Growing Season is Underway…”