I'm off to PASA's Farming for the Future conference in a few hours. I have two hopes. Firstly, that winter will give us just enough of a break to make it there and back again safely. Secondly, that I learn plenty of interesting tidbits to share with all of you, and come home with the fuel-injected sense of motivation and excitement that the conference has provided for the past four years. Honestly, I don't know how I'd get through the impending spring busy season without this incredible boost. It's worth every penny of the registration fee. I'm really looking forward to the fun!
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.