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9/30/11 10:03 A

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Very cool!

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9/28/11 3:26 P

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I also keep a blog about ours however ours is pretty small since we live in military housing. I've been keeping it up since about February. Later when hubby gets out of the military our goal is to first and foremost, move back to Alaska. There we will get settled into temp jobs all the while scouring for 5 to 10 acres to start a farm there. Then get people to join our CSA and go farming full scale. We want to do organic veggies and fruits, eggs, and possibly milk.
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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved." ~Helen Keller

"That which does not kill me, makes me stronger" ~
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7/12/11 5:29 P

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My students stash snacks in their lockers and think of it as a good thing that cheetos, lunchables, etc. don't spoil. I tell them that if no self-respecting bacterium will eat it, I don't want it either.
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Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
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We drew a circle that took him in!
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7/11/11 10:39 P

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"Extra protein" ha ha. I always say why would you want to eat something not even bugs will eat? LOL

We got incredibly lucky that a spice merchant opened a shop up near us. We go to Whole Spice. I believe they have a website that you can order from as well.

`Rachel`


When you do what you've always done, you get what you've always got.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

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7/11/11 7:17 P

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that's so impressive! there is a family near me that opened a CSA on their city lot. I think they have about half an acre that provides the bulk of their food, then they sold a dozen full-sized CSA shares off of it, too. totally organic (their peaches came with a lot of what I call "extra protein" and I'm so accustomed to supermarket fruit that I cut out all the trails and ended up feeding more of the peaches to my compost pile than to myself) I have to get a lot better and coaxing a healthy harvest out of my yard before I'm ready for anything like this.

Hey, one question - where do you find these spice merchants you buy from?

Rebecca

He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
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7/11/11 4:55 P

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Awesome! Following now!



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7/11/11 4:25 P

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We do! Our twitter account is @dogislandfarm and our FB page is: www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Do
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`Rachel`


When you do what you've always done, you get what you've always got.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

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7/11/11 4:19 P

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Wow, amazing.

Do you guys have twitter/fb accounts for your blog/farm? I'd totally follow you there! I'm always following inspiring urban farms b/c I hope to have one myself someday.

Keep us updated here, too!

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7/11/11 4:15 P

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We both work full time jobs. The no-grocery part really doesn't require all that much extra time. Running an urban farm, however, takes quite a bit more, but less than one would expect.

`Rachel`


When you do what you've always done, you get what you've always got.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

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Wow, this is awesome. Love the idea. May I ask if you and your spouse both work? I often dream about scenarios like this, but feel like it's impossible while I work outside of the home. Maybe in the future though. Thanks for the inspiration. I will definitely check out your blog.

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7/6/11 8:53 A

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Definitely something to aspire to. I have a 2-1/2 lot with lots of chickens, 2 sheep and a llama. Lots of dung for my garden and compost there but my job sometimes gets the better part of me. I already buy from the local butcher who buys only meat from local farmers. I process my own birds but I need a primer in growing food and fruit trees. Thanks for an inspiring blog.

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7/6/11 12:13 A

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Wow!!!! I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, where the author's (Barbara Kingsolver) family did that. It was absolutely inspiring to me and I did change my shopping and eating habits, etc. But you REALLY took it to heart! I'm going to add your blog to my regular rotation and be sure to keep apprised on how this is going for you. Best of luck to you and your family. I'm rooting for you.

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7/5/11 4:57 P

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I had been thinking about posting this here for awhile but never seemed to get around to it.

Last October 1st my husband, stepson, and I gave up buying food from grocery stores, box stores, convenience stores and restaurants for one year. We've only been buying food from farmers' markets, direct from the farmer, through real butchers that only sell local, sustainably and humanely raised meat, real fish mongers, spice merchants, produce stands, a CSA that delivers locally produced, organic dairy, and a buying club/co-op for our dry goods. Besides that, we've been subsisting off of our quarter acre urban farm.

When we reached our 6 month mark we were cruisin'. It was pretty easy so we decided two things. The first thing was that we were going to continue with our project indefinitely with one caveat - we get one restaurant visit per month. I just don't want to give up sushi for the rest of my life and homemade sushi just isn't the same.

The second thing we decided was that we were going to attempt to go without buying food for the final three months - July 1st through October 1st. We wanted to force ourselves to try and live off of what we produce and raise. We also wanted to see how successfully prepared we are in terms of emergencies. How much food do we really need in case of an emergency? We live in earthquake territory, and while it's unlikely we'll ever need to go 3 months without any services if there is an earthquake, we do face uncertain economic times. If one of us loses our jobs, can we reduce our spending on food?

Our garden isn't as far along as we'd like, but it's starting to ramp up. We'll have to limit our fresh produce for a bit. However, I expect to get zucchinithis coming week and our cucumbers and beans just started producing enough to harvest.

Fruit is going to be the hardest thing for us. The weather really didn't cooperate this year. While our stone fruit trees were blooming it rained and rained and rained. The bees couldn't get to them. We got a very small amount of fruit only to be ruined by very late rains (completely abnormal here) causing all of it to split before it ripened. We'll have to salvage what we can, but I fear it won't be much.

We will be bartering - trading eggs, bread, labor and knowledge - for food we need. Unfortunately, most of our friends in the area have the same problem with their fruit trees. We'll have to figure something out, but for now we'll just have to go with the flow.

We find that we're spending about the same amount of money on food but we're able to purchase much higher quality food and more of our money goes directly to the farmer rather than to middlemen.

I've got a blog that you can follow if you're so inclined: ayearwithoutgroceries.blogspot.com

`Rachel`


When you do what you've always done, you get what you've always got.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

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