I have been MIA from the garden for a few months as I am at work more than I am at home lately, but now that the summer garden is beginning to produce on a regular basis and my backyard velociraptors are producing 4-7 eggs a day, I wanted to challenge myself to ”live off the land” per say and eat what we grow. When I look at this challenge I see paleo, hunter/gatherer style of living, no processed foods, dairy, legumes or grains. I used to follow a paleo lifestyle for a really long time and it provoided many benefits to my health, mental clarity and so much more. This challenge will put me back there and will hopefully help me physically and mentally get back to a place where I feel good again, less inflammation, mental clarity, and just being able to provide for myself with the food I worked so hard to grow from seeds! Blood, sweat and more sweat with learning about soil, starting seeds and caring for seedlings, transplanting plants, pruning, pest control, and eventually food production. There is a lot of work, time and knowledge that goes into having a successful garden in my opinion and I want to truly be able to experience that pay off of that hard work.
While I won’t be able to 100% live off of what I grow, I am hoping to do the best I can with what I have. I will be using our butcher box subscription to provide me with protein including beef, fish, turkey, chicken and pork, I have plenty of eggs from my chickens so they have me covered on that. Other things I will be outsourcing/buying is: sweet potatoes so I have a carb source, protein powder, lettuce and spinach for salad and extra fiber, paleo dressing and other condiments from thrive market. Everything else will be from our own backyard, I will post recipes as I go so I can share and of course if you have any good garden recipes please share!
Food we grow / have:
Lemon drop squash
Red onions / green onions / garlic
5 different varieties of tomatoes
Herbs: basil, rosemary, 2 different types of sage, thyme, oregano, mint, lemon balm
4 different varieties of peppers
Things I preserved from last years haul and winter garden:
There are a lot of recipes out there that will easily keep me going for 30 days, plenty of fruit and veggies from the garden to provide me with a healty diet for so many health benefits plus the pure satisfaction of truly living off the land. Eventually in the future we would love to expand our fruit and veggie garden as well as sources of protein but that will come with time and more land for my animal hoarding adventures.