Comments on: Independence Days and Other Updates http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/ Sharon Astyk's Ruminations on an Ambiguous Future Mon, 17 Aug 2009 05:15:45 +0000 #?v=2.3.2 By: New Mama http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10315 New Mama Sat, 13 Sep 2008 02:05:26 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10315 Glad to hear about an upcoming AIP class. My birthday is in February -- it will be a gift to myself! Glad to hear about an upcoming AIP class. My birthday is in February — it will be a gift to myself!

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By: risa stephanie bear http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10141 risa stephanie bear Wed, 10 Sep 2008 07:02:58 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10141 I have to leave for a week, and Sharon's book <i>still</i> hasn't arrived! [whine, whine]. Plant something: I think the most recent stuff is some kale for winter and also leeks. Harvest Something: Come the deluge! Have begun feeding zuke zeppelins and chard to the poultry, who have really run out of grass. They also get anything that bolts, though they don't care so much for the radishes. Umm, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, apples, blackberries, cucumbers, beans, peas (spring peas still yielding in September! A record!!), red cabbage, lettuce. Beloved has lifted her Walla Walla onions and they are drying in the big Western Window. Preserve Something: applesauce, apple butter, blackberries. Not much else happening as we aren't very available to get it done. I envy Meadowlark's recent achievements in this category! Store Something: I've stocked up ahead on some home maintenance supplies such as insulation, pipe wrap, trim paint, screws, bits, and a hammer tacker. Leftovers from the roofing will go into other projects, and I plan to double the R-value in the crawl spaces this winter. Cooked Something New: Beloved tried a Raspberry Cheesecake which was a hit at our Library Ladies picnic. Worked on Local Food Systems: laid out the rest of the orchard for putting in new fruit trees in the winter, when they're dormant. Reduced Waste: finished converting all the flashlights and the electric lantern to LED, to save on batteries and charging. Learned a Skill: Never used a hammer tacker before. Now I feel like a pro. Never too old to add to one's carpentry tricks, I'm thinking! I have to leave for a week, and Sharon’s book still hasn’t arrived! [whine, whine].

Plant something: I think the most recent stuff is some kale for winter and also leeks.

Harvest Something: Come the deluge! Have begun feeding zuke zeppelins and chard to the poultry, who have really run out of grass. They also get anything that bolts, though they don’t care so much for the radishes. Umm, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, apples, blackberries, cucumbers, beans, peas (spring peas still yielding in September! A record!!), red cabbage, lettuce. Beloved has lifted her Walla Walla onions and they are drying in the big Western Window.

Preserve Something: applesauce, apple butter, blackberries. Not much else happening as we aren’t very available to get it done. I envy Meadowlark’s recent achievements in this category!

Store Something: I’ve stocked up ahead on some home maintenance supplies such as insulation, pipe wrap, trim paint, screws, bits, and a hammer tacker. Leftovers from the roofing will go into other projects, and I plan to double the R-value in the crawl spaces this winter.

Cooked Something New: Beloved tried a Raspberry Cheesecake which was a hit at our Library Ladies picnic.

Worked on Local Food Systems: laid out the rest of the orchard for putting in new fruit trees in the winter, when they’re dormant.

Reduced Waste: finished converting all the flashlights and the electric lantern to LED, to save on batteries and charging.

Learned a Skill: Never used a hammer tacker before. Now I feel like a pro. Never too old to add to one’s carpentry tricks, I’m thinking!

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By: jenn http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10126 jenn Tue, 09 Sep 2008 20:05:43 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10126 You know, this particular challenge reminds me of historical records of "household diaries" that women used to keep. My notebook is full of lists with checked off items that serves a similar purpose. I didn't take part in the challenge because this is already my life! Except for planting stuff every week because I have limited space and the landlord already introduced me to his parents last weekend as "the person who ruined my back yard." :( Just wait and see if he gets any tomatoes. You know, this particular challenge reminds me of historical records of “household diaries” that women used to keep. My notebook is full of lists with checked off items that serves a similar purpose.

I didn’t take part in the challenge because this is already my life! Except for planting stuff every week because I have limited space and the landlord already introduced me to his parents last weekend as “the person who ruined my back yard.” :(

Just wait and see if he gets any tomatoes.

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By: Sharon http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10094 Sharon Tue, 09 Sep 2008 12:26:51 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10094 New Mama - There will indeed be another AIP class - Aaron and I are hoping to offer one jointly, using his design skills and knowledge too. We're guessing February. Sharon New Mama - There will indeed be another AIP class - Aaron and I are hoping to offer one jointly, using his design skills and knowledge too. We’re guessing February.

Sharon

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By: robj98168 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10088 robj98168 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 09:44:58 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10088 Plant something: Garlic, Beets, icicle radishes Prep something: currently installing a window on the south wall of my kitchen- it should let in more light and help warm the kitchen Harvest something: Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers Manage something:not this week Cook Something New:Blackberry fritters Work on Local Food Systems: Participated in <a href="http://robj98168.blogspot.com/2008/09/nw-bloggers-meet.html" rel="nofollow">NW Bloggers picnic</a> Reuse, reduce, recycle or repair or Compost something: reusing 6 X 4’S for my window project, MAde a <a href="http://diyrobj98168.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-earthtainer.html" rel="nofollow">"Earthtainer"</a> out of two5gallon buckets to plant garlic in. Reused a tin plant pot in earthtianer instead of the fancy screen thing he uses for wicking the water. Learn a skill: nope- Although I can say I have learned many useful skills all summer long that come in handy now that my Union is striking at work they should come in handy Plant something: Garlic, Beets, icicle radishes

Prep something: currently installing a window on the south wall of my kitchen- it should let in more light and help warm the kitchen

Harvest something: Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers

Manage something:not this week

Cook Something New:Blackberry fritters

Work on Local Food Systems: Participated in NW Bloggers picnic

Reuse, reduce, recycle or repair or Compost something: reusing 6 X 4’S for my window project, MAde a “Earthtainer” out of two5gallon buckets to plant garlic in. Reused a tin plant pot in earthtianer instead of the fancy screen thing he uses for wicking the water.

Learn a skill: nope- Although I can say I have learned many useful skills all summer long that come in handy now that my Union is striking at work they should come in handy

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By: homebrewlibrarian http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10085 homebrewlibrarian Tue, 09 Sep 2008 05:25:23 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10085 It's been up and down busy but I just wanted to report that I FINALLY used the pressure canner I bought two months ago. I canned five quarts of turkey stock and six pints of very mature snow peas. Everything worked like a charm. One of the snow peas didn't quite seal properly so I'll be eating that one. I'm thinking that canning snow peas isn't something I'm going to do frequently (in this case, I got an end-of-market deal - 4 lbs for $2) since what with blanching and canning, the pods end up with the consistency of butter. Hey, it was an experiment. I'm now totally jazzed with my canner! Next up, greens! Kerri in AK It’s been up and down busy but I just wanted to report that I FINALLY used the pressure canner I bought two months ago. I canned five quarts of turkey stock and six pints of very mature snow peas. Everything worked like a charm. One of the snow peas didn’t quite seal properly so I’ll be eating that one. I’m thinking that canning snow peas isn’t something I’m going to do frequently (in this case, I got an end-of-market deal - 4 lbs for $2) since what with blanching and canning, the pods end up with the consistency of butter. Hey, it was an experiment.

I’m now totally jazzed with my canner! Next up, greens!

Kerri in AK

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By: Mia http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10082 Mia Tue, 09 Sep 2008 03:00:11 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10082 This is my first Independene Day post. Hard to live up to what Sharon and some of you are doing, but , on the other hand seeing what I've done over the last couple of weeks written down feels good-- it doesn't look too bad. planted: spinach, lettuce, arugula, radishes. transplanted kale to the winter garden-- every year I try-- but its hard up here the winters are really cold. I meant to plant carrots and beets, but its probably too late... harvested: apples, apples, apples and more apples! Elderberries, camomile, potatoes, tomatoes, cukes, zukes, plums, herbs, onions, garlic and more apples. And slaughtered chickens-- does that count as harvesting? Yes! preserved: froze: chickens, dog food (chicken feet, chicken heads, gizzards and oatmeal cooked for a really long time), blueberries, sliced apples, green beans. canned: blueberry jam, dilly beans root cellared: some potatoes. dried: camomile, mint. prepped: stacked wood. managed: Moved sheep. Made lots of plans with dh about all the things we are going to do next year.. (reinsulate house, get geese, plant blueberries, etc) Organized baby's clothes. stored: no, I have not yet taken the leap. Partly because we have zero money right now, really living off the garden and no extra money to buy big bags of stuff. Partly because, well, it feels like a real leap, like all the other stuff I do anyway, but buying bulk stuff to store just in case would feel like I was really commiting to something. Also, I really want to buy storage stuff locally-- I really want to get my grains and dried beans from someone nearby -- not just because local is good, but also so that, if needed, the grains and beans could be used as seeds that would actually grow in this climate. Think I found someone but its probably another few weeks until harvest. reduced waste: set up offal composting system! Usually we just throw butchering waste in the woods ( although I'm working on getting better at using so called waste for dog food or broth). Used it for the chicken offal, and will use it for the lamb offal next month. learned new skill: hmm?? community/ local food systems: had a big feast, a great way to build community! Had neighbors over for apple cider pressing. Would like to figure out if I can trade apples for milk or meat. cooked something new: apple tart. Fried chicken hearts. This is my first Independene Day post. Hard to live up to what Sharon and some of you are doing, but , on the other hand seeing what I’ve done over the last couple of weeks written down feels good– it doesn’t look too bad.

planted: spinach, lettuce, arugula, radishes. transplanted kale to the winter garden– every year I try– but its hard up here the winters are really cold. I meant to plant carrots and beets, but its probably too late…

harvested: apples, apples, apples and more apples! Elderberries, camomile, potatoes, tomatoes, cukes, zukes, plums, herbs, onions, garlic and more apples. And slaughtered chickens– does that count as harvesting? Yes!

preserved: froze: chickens, dog food (chicken feet, chicken heads, gizzards and oatmeal cooked for a really long time), blueberries, sliced apples, green beans. canned: blueberry jam, dilly beans root cellared: some potatoes. dried: camomile, mint.

prepped: stacked wood.

managed: Moved sheep. Made lots of plans with dh about all the things we are going to do next year.. (reinsulate house, get geese, plant blueberries, etc) Organized baby’s clothes.

stored: no, I have not yet taken the leap. Partly because we have zero money right now, really living off the garden and no extra money to buy big bags of stuff. Partly because, well, it feels like a real leap, like all the other stuff I do anyway, but buying bulk stuff to store just in case would feel like I was really commiting to something. Also, I really want to buy storage stuff locally– I really want to get my grains and dried beans from someone nearby — not just because local is good, but also so that, if needed, the grains and beans could be used as seeds that would actually grow in this climate. Think I found someone but its probably another few weeks until harvest.

reduced waste: set up offal composting system! Usually we just throw butchering waste in the woods ( although I’m working on getting better at using so called waste for dog food or broth). Used it for the chicken offal, and will use it for the lamb offal next month.

learned new skill: hmm??

community/ local food systems: had a big feast, a great way to build community! Had neighbors over for apple cider pressing. Would like to figure out if I can trade apples for milk or meat.

cooked something new: apple tart. Fried chicken hearts.

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By: Deb G http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10081 Deb G Tue, 09 Sep 2008 02:50:29 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10081 I bought tomatoes at the farmer's market (when I met up with Shira) and then went home and made yummy tomato sauce and canned a few half pints of whole tomatoes. My tomatoes are still green, green, green. I've also been canning peaches and pickled green beans. The green beans were new for me. I really liked them. Might do more. Also made and froze more broccoli pesto. I've started working on a pillow quilt. I'm using scraps for the squares and stuffing with down that I've reclaimed from a comforter a friend gave me. I bought tomatoes at the farmer’s market (when I met up with Shira) and then went home and made yummy tomato sauce and canned a few half pints of whole tomatoes. My tomatoes are still green, green, green. I’ve also been canning peaches and pickled green beans. The green beans were new for me. I really liked them. Might do more. Also made and froze more broccoli pesto.

I’ve started working on a pillow quilt. I’m using scraps for the squares and stuffing with down that I’ve reclaimed from a comforter a friend gave me.

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By: New Mama http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10078 New Mama Tue, 09 Sep 2008 01:43:06 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10078 Okay, probably a very bad time to ask this, but will there be another AIP class in the near (or far) future? Pretty please? Okay, probably a very bad time to ask this, but will there be another AIP class in the near (or far) future? Pretty please?

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By: Shira http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10070 Shira Mon, 08 Sep 2008 21:21:50 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/08/independence-days-and-other-updates/#comment-10070 Oh yes, and the seed harvest is just bursting. Anyone who would like seeds (free!), I have bull's blood beets, china choy, chives, and a lovely happy mix of broccoli, kale, mustard and bok choi. I am particularly proud of the broccoli, as I planted a tight block of four varieties of heirloom broccoli, aiming for good side sprout production and tolerance of backyard gardening. For information about where to send a SASE, contact me at plant (underscore) poet at yahoo dot com. While supplies last. Shira in Bellingham, WA Oh yes, and the seed harvest is just bursting. Anyone who would like seeds (free!), I have bull’s blood beets, china choy, chives, and a lovely happy mix of broccoli, kale, mustard and bok choi. I am particularly proud of the broccoli, as I planted a tight block of four varieties of heirloom broccoli, aiming for good side sprout production and tolerance of backyard gardening.

For information about where to send a SASE, contact me at plant (underscore) poet at yahoo dot com. While supplies last.

Shira in Bellingham, WA

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