Time to put in a plug for the conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. The Farming for the Future conference will meet on Friday and Saturday, February 4th and 5th, next year in State College, smack in the center of the state. This is the 20th annual conference for PASA, and the fifth consecutive year I'll be attending. You can register additionally for a wide selection of pre-conference mini-courses that allow you to explore a single subject in depth. If you're in the vicinity of Pennsylvania and you eat, I would urge you to check out the conference schedule and consider attending. I always learna ton at the conference and come away with a stupendous dose of motivation - very timely for a gardener in early February. It's wonderful to spend just a couple of days surrounded by people who are passionately committed to ethical, sustainable, healthy food for everyone. Farming for the Future is a bargain as conferences go. Register by December 31st for the early bird discount. I'd love to see you there!
I live on a 2/3 acre homestead in a residential neighborhood. A major goal is to demonstrate how much food a non-expert can produce in my particular climate and hardiness zone, with the soils native to my immediate area. We have gardens of annual and perennial plants, keep laying hens and honey bees, and regularly bite off more than we can chew. Another major goal is to pay off our mortgage as fast as possible. Here I blog about frugality, self-reliance, gardening, cooking and baking, food preservation, practical skills, half-baked experiments, and preparing to thrive in a lower-energy future.