The Backyard

The Backyard

Friday, October 14, 2011

Gearing up for Full-time Food Production

In two weeks, my daily two-hour round trip commute to Harrisburg City in Pennsylvania, to my full-time job as a government manager, will come to an end.  I retire on October 28.   Years ago when I first started reading about going green, homesteading, living off the grid, and using less resources, I dreamt of the day I wouldn’t have to commute to work.   The day is here.   My daily commute will be by foot to the backyard to prep the gardens to grow our food.  This is the part of retirement that gets me the most excited.  I’m the type that likes many activities and I don’t always ‘stick” with one.  Being a triathlete is a good example.  From 2004 to 2008, I swam, biked, and ran my little heart out all the way to a world competition.   A bike accident put a quick halt to that short-term endeavor.  Through the years I’ve picked up and put down probably 15 or so hobbies and interests.  But through all of them, one thing stuck:  gardening of some sort.  For twenty-two years, I’ve tossed together horse manure, straw, kitchen scraps, and grass clippings to feed my food. As a kid I helped my mom harvest and preserve which instilled the canning notion in my brain.  I’m a farmer at heart.  It’s in my blood and I can’t put it aside like other hobbies.  To know I will now be able to garden every single day for the rest of my life is an awe-inspiring feeling.  To know not only can I grow it, but I’ll now have the time to preserve it  and eat it in the middle of the winter, is equally awesome.  I’m excited to grow, preserve and eat my own food on a full-time basis.  Warm up the stove... let's get cooking! 

4 comments:

katlupe said...

Congrats on the retirement! Especially the part gardening! That is what I like to do, work in my garden and watch my food grow. Good luck on your homesteading efforts!

Janne said...

Wow, what an inspiring blog! I love to garden, but don't have much room for it at the time. We are planning for the day when we can have a small farm. I have been a vegetarian for about 22 years now and like to jog and walk and commune with nature. Congratulations on your retirement. I hope your Mom is doing well. I will be back to read more of your wonderful blog.

DailySAHM said...

Happy Retirement!

Debbie said...

I know what you mean. I was laid off from my job in May and it was great to spend time in my garden and canning during the week! I also have several hobbies that change with the seasons, but gardening and canning are a constant.