At the same time, the urge to jump all in and see what I could repair/amend/reform as a visitor to our Earth, was overwhelming. We have been hearing the warnings, seeing the ominous clouds, learning the harm that’s been done. How to fix it? Where to start? WHAT CAN I DO?
I decided to start small. Very small. Small enough to fit in your pocket. That was the idea behind The Pocket Farmer. Find a little bit of success and build on it. Experiment. Ask questions. Learn from others. Share results. Keep trying.
And a year later…WOW! This community has given me so much more than I have been able to repay. I have been inspired, energized, informed and motivated beyond my own ability to sustain that momentum. Each time I take a step in a new direction, you’ve all been there for me. Cheering me on, encouraging me to venture out again and again! I would not be as far along this path that I have traveled, if I had been walking alone. Instead, I am in the company of 1700+ like minded, generous hearted individuals, who have graciously joined me on this mission, and we have rocked it!
Looking back, it was a year of discovery. Like a baby, I've been trying a lot of things for the 1st time. Canning, for example. This year found me canning on my own and I loved it! Ended up canning 14 different projects for a total of 75 jars! I’ve also been learning to grow and cook. We are eating better. We are buying less. We are changing our lifestyle, one step at a time. It is progress, and it's wonderful!
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you! Thank you for showing up every day to “like” and comment and share ideas. For your suggestions and words of advice. The Pocket Farmer has thrived in this nurturing environment and so have I. Hopefully, along the way, this community has offered back something to each one of you. If not, let me know what you’d like to see added or subtracted from the mix. We have another big year ahead and now is the time to plan and organize for our future success stories! We have a lot of work to do! I hope you’ll continue to share this time and space with me. I have been blessed to know you all!
With so much ground to cover, I have managed to narrow down the top 10 Pocket Farmer events of 2011. Listed in brief below, chronologically, with links for more information, I have posted 5 this week, to be followed by 5 next week. Help me celebrate our Pocket Farmer birthday by revisiting our amazing journey! Here we go...
The Pocket Farmer is born!
After a FB chat with some friends about our projects slated for 2011 and upon receiving some cool links to research, I lamented my ability to keep all
this info in one spot to reference later. Someone (Toni?) suggested a webpage be created to handle the flow of
information, and thus, The Pocket Farmer was born! www.facebook.com/thepocketfarmer
I was thrilled to get the phone call from the postmaster announcing the arrival of our chicks on St. Patty’s Day! (She actually told me they were green lol) Farmer Tom ran right over and picked them up and this began our life as Chicken People. http://blog.poultrykeeper.com/pocket-farmer-blog/chicken-people/
First canning project! Dandelion jelly!
After a seemingly endless Winter, I was restless to start the Spring gardening activities.
Too much rain and cold delayed our garden, but the dandelions were thriving! A quick post on TPF turned up LOTS of suggestions for dandelions as edible material. I was game to try it and ended up with my first canned good of the season! http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=164824343576591
Built our 1st chicken tractor!
Our growing brood of chicks needed new digs!
We did some research, got to work and made our own version of the chicken tractor.
New garden completed!
Tilled and fenced a new main garden space, where the 2011 garden thrived!