Friday, January 1, 2010

Food Goals 2010

My goals for the new year:

  • Expand the intensive garden from 500 to 800 square feet.
  • Get the soil tested and amended.
  • Grow 100 square feet of oats.
  • Get 3 or 4 hens.
  • Get meat rabbits.
  • Eat only home-cooked meals--no restaurants or convenience foods at all.
  • Start ordering bulk grains and beans.
  • Get a pressure canner, oat roller, and grain mill.
  • Build a multi-purpose warming box for: food dehydrating, seed starting, yogurt incubating, and bread rising.
  • Finally clean out the storm cellar to use as a root cellar.
  • Get more experience fermenting foods.
  • Make sure to pass along my new skills to Collin.
  • Get better acquainted with the other gardeners in town.
  • Sell excess produce at the farmer's market.
  • Expand the herb garden.
  • Finally build a cold frame and create some hoop tunnels.

What I accomplished in 2009:

  • Expanded the garden from 100 to 500 square feet.
  • Grew 241 pounds of tomatoes.
  • Got a tomato strainer.
  • Canned 3 kinds of pickles, 2 kinds of ketchup, 2 kinds of tomato sauce, tomato juice, tomato paste, beet preserves, salsa, and hot sauce.
  • Fermented beet juice, salsa, chard stalks, and a tiny batch of sauerkraut.
  • Froze green beans, zucchini, chard, butternut squash soup, and tons of pesto.
  • Sun-dried a batch of tomatoes.
  • Went into the winter with plenty of garlic, winter squash, and beets, plus a few potatoes and some (pathetically small) onions.
  • Grew 34 different kinds of fruits, veggies and herbs.

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