Thanks to the fun crew for the the Native Plant Hike last weekend!
Finding the Edges
I know you expect me to write about sustainability. I understand.
But after exploring sustainable living on this one piece of land for 11 years, sometimes I think a lot more about the limits to sustainability.
We can do a lot with self-sufficiency here; we build with our earth, create shelter that heats with the sun, get energy from the sun, we can provide nearly all of our water heating and cooking needs with the sun too. We live off harvested rainwater most years. But when it comes to the ever present need to fill our body with calories, we fall short in the sustainability department.
I love the rhythm I have developed here with the cycles of the seasons. Spring means a big harvest of Egyption Walking Onions. I chop them and fill my fermenting crocks, adding some garlic and ginger. I love how my garden is so tightly packed with a variety of tender greens that eating large salads daily has become a necessary practice. That season will be over by the time I can glean local fruit from forgotten trees and use my solar dehydrator to render them store-able for the rest of the year, and longer.
But to be honest, sometimes it feels these delicacies are more the exception than the rule. While I feel so lucky to have created my nest in a beautiful and comfortable landscape, I realize it's quite a challenging environment for food production. We have no running stream...(read more of this blog post)