I want to say this spring.
It’s been so sunshiney this year in Cali. I’ve been wearing tshirts and having daily guilt trips when I listen to national weather reports. Maybe that’s what’s gotten into us.
Or maybe it’s that we have many many talented friends and family who are amazing at growing and raising and preparing and preserving their own food (like my friend & running buddy, who is my hero and has butchered and cleaned a chicken. What a woman.)
Whatever it is, we’ve got the bug.
Brent especially has the bug.
It started last summer, when we decided to give up on our dog-house–turned chicken coop and Brent built our new coop (from these online plans).
And now Brent is always looking out for the flock, and showing up with more birds to add to the party every now and then. And it’s only escalated from there.
This is his new favorite book. It’s kinda fun, take a look.
The book has some very cool pointers. And some pretty thought-provoking arguments. And while we are not yet digging our own outdoor latrines yet—yes, you can find pointers for that in the book—we’re kind of getting excited about taking some new steps towards self sufficiency.
We’ve got the coop, and this winter Brent planted a whole orchard.
Thanks to a friend who knows all about that. Since we don’t.
Not bad for a former townhouse couple.
And the kids are now chicken chasing pros.
I’m liking where this is going.
And I am gathering up courage to expand my garden a bit (more on that tomorrow). I am trying to decide if I can pull that off with a new baby this summer. And new chocolate recipes to tweak for the shop. But even more of a concern is whether I can pull it off with my totally black thumb.
And I would really like to get better at composting. Any tips?
In fact, any self-sufficiency tips in general, or favorite sites? I’d love to hear a few. This is so not my area of talent, but I don’t know, I’m kinda getting excited.