Join us in adding a few Food growing activities to your life this year.
How many of these will you do in 2017? Let us know…..
- Start a Garden!…
- Expand your garden…
- Convert your lawn, patio or balcony to grow food…
- Plant a fruit tree or two, or fruit bushes…
- Create a culinary or medicinal herb garden
- Start a worm bin or compost
- Get chickens or ducks to turn food scraps into eggs or meat
- Grow the staples — beans, squash, potatoes, corn, eggs
- Learn to cook fresh, local, in-season meals — they taste better!
- Plant in containers if you’re renting or have limited space—take advantage of windowsills
- Plant a row for a local food bank
- Plant to attract bees, butterflies, birds, other beneficial insects and wildlife
- Plant fruit-bearing summer time shade
- Plant native varieties such as Evergreen Huckleberry…
- Grow hops for home-brew or apples for hard cider
- Plant a tea garden
- Plant all the ingredients to make salsa or spaghetti sauce
- Push your limits—grow a new crop or try a new gardening technique
Going Deeper (Food)
- Challenge yourself — how might you do what you’re doing, better? Set a personal goal to grow more or use less and see if you can meet it!
- Stretch your harvest by preserving — can, dry, ferment, pickle
- Grow the foundation of your diet by focusing on staples—beans, squash, potatoes, corn, eggs
- Make your own — yogurt, bread, sauerkraut, juice, kombucha, beer or mead
- Grow or make enough to share or trade
- Think food forest — mimic the dynamics of a forest ecology by stacking additional layers into your food production systems
- Companion plant for higher, tastier, more diverse yields
- Go vertical — fill unused space and create shade with vining plants like beans, peas, cucumbers, grapes, hardy kiwi, maypop or hops
- Start a beehive for honey and increased pollination
- Commit to eating local — join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
- Buy organic, open-pollinated, and non-hybrid plants and SAVE SEEDS
- Increase your garden’s food-bearing perennials — they don’t have to be re-planted each year!
- Propagate perennial plants and share them with others
- Integrate pest management — add plants and garden features that attract beneficial insects, lizards, frogs, owls
- Enrich your soil — plant nitrogen fixers and dynamic accumulators for nutrient dense compost or chop-n-drop material
- Create a backyard oasis with all the ingredients — shade, water, beauty, food, wildlife and tranquility
Additional Resources (Food)