Hi! Jumping on!
I bought this book for my mother's birthday and then I read it before I gave it to her. Wasn't that bratty?
I was already aware of most of the information in the book, but I think I read it at just the right moment in my life that it crystallized many of my abstract ideas and got me to put them into action.
Here are some of my local food activities this summer:
Using a CSA share.
Finding local sources for chicken, beef, milk and honey.
Making my own yogurt, ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
Volunteering at the farmer's market (I put up the market signs around the neighborhood).
Buying a chest freezer and freezing local produce.
Planning to expand my garden. (This year it just has tomatoes, zuccs, peas, and chard. Well, I also have two pepper plants. Apparently they're purely ornamental
And...best of all! My mom gave me two Bard Rock layers. They are really fun and provide 1-2 eggs a day. My dh built the cutest coop for them.
We live in town (though we have a pretty big yard), so there's a limit to what I can grow on my own...
Originally Posted by madskye
I was surprized at how easily she was able to justify killing the turkeys and chickens...gross simplification, but they stopped being cute and she felt like it was time for them to go! I'm not veg, but I'm on the fence enough that I think if someone handed me a chicken or turkey and told me to kill it or just eat veggies, I'd probably just eat veggies.
I see what you mean, but she bought the poultry to eat - it wasn't a spontaneous decision. I think that she was relieved to find that she could keep that psychic distance from the animals. My mom doesn't slaughter her own chickens, but she does take them to be slaughtered, and I think part of being a meat-eater is acknowledging our role in the death of the animal.
I have a lot more to say about this book, but I think this post is long enough!