Today is the start of a challenge that could change the way we live! Are you fed up with spending so much money at the grocery store? Are you yearning to be more self sufficient, but don't know where to start or are just overwhelmed by the thought of it all? We are all in this together, you and me, so let's get started!
This challenge is about forgoing the grocery store as much as possible, not illuminating it all together. This challenge will get us thinking about what we can do without, and what we can grow or make ourselves. We will be challenged to do things we might not have done before. And, most importantly, we will change our mindset about becoming self sufficient by holding each other accountable to this challenge.
To accommodate everyone, we will be starting from the very beginning. No matter what size yard you have, you can become more self sufficient than you realize. Everyone's specific goals will be different, but our ultimate goal is the same. Not only will we learn food self sufficiency, but we will also learn how to bypass the health and beauty section of the grocery store as well.
Our very first assignment is simple yet thought provoking. First of all, you will need a notebook or journal of some sort to keep all of your thoughts, goals, plans, etc. in one spot.
Title your assignment as this;
Day One - Foods I Consume and Foods I Wish to Consume
Think about what vegetables and fruits you buy at the grocery store. This includes fresh, canned, dried or frozen. If you have to, the next time or two you go shopping, write down what you are buying.
Some items that come to my mind are tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, broccoli, carrots and apples to name a few.
Now that you have written down what you normally buy, write down what you would like to eat more of but don't necessarily buy very often. Say you like eggplant, but hardly ever buy it, write it down in a second column. Part of being self sufficient and eating healthier is consuming a larger variety of foods and foods that are in season.
You are creating your sustainable garden list. How exciting! Stay focused on what you and your family will eat. This is not a year of trying new and different vegetables. This is a year of utilizing everything you grow so every little space in your garden counts towards cutting back on your groceries.
If you don't eat corn, but everybody and their brother go crazy over corn, who cares! Don't write it down. Here is my weakness, winter squash. I love the different varieties and would love to grow as many as I can, but this year, I must stay focused and grow one or two varieties that hold up well in storage.
Remember, be honest with yourself about what you and your family will eat. Don't throw away precious space in your garden.
Let's do this!
Our next step will require a brush up on our math skills!
Day Two Challenge
Day 3 Challenge