The Gang

The Gang
October 2008 Sweet Potatoe Harvest

About Me

I am a busy mommy of 6, seeking to be a loving, godly helpmeet to my husband and a biblical discipler to my children. God has blessed us with a child with Autism. May the lessons that the Lord is teaching me and our family be a blessing to you and yours!

My Favorite Books

  • Bible
  • Created to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl
  • Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
  • Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
  • Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll
  • Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
  • Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
  • The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
Thursday, May 1, 2008
There may be some of you who read my blog that think I'm crazy for trying to grow my own food, purchasing organic, and changing our family's dependency on the commercial food supply. Today I watched a lengthly documentary done by a woman in Canada I believe, that is very troubling. It is a long documentary but very worth the time it takes to watch it. If you care about you and your families future food supply and health you will want to watch it.

This documentary and the article Dr. Mercola wrote about it make me so thankful for friends who shared with me books on health and nutrition along with sources for heirloom vegetables. All our vegetables this year are NOT GMO but they are instead heirloom vegetables which will give me the ability to save the seeds and use them next year. I probably won't be able to save and reuse the corn because I believe some of the land that butts up to ours has corn on it planted by a local farmer. If the only veggie I have to buy next year is corn seed, it will make for a very cheap harvest for next season. This year I plan to track my yields so that I will be able to total up the amount of organic food that we will have grown and preserved. I buy organic now so I will be able to figure out what the value of my home grown organic foods are and how much money will be saved.

Many people think, "Oh but all the WORK!" My thoughts are, I'd rather get off my tail and get moving while teaching my kids a time honored tradition, self sustainable living, then sit around eating food that is essentially poisoning us.

So off I go to pick up Philip from school, then water my plants!


Ryan said...

Oh, what you are doing will be sooo worth it!

I have also purchased all heirloom seeds this year (except for my onion sets- I forgot and needed to get them planted). After doing more reading on GMO's and some of the dangers, I realized that this was the only way to go for me.

I am interested to hear about your yield and your cost calculations and savings at the end of the gardening season. I am also trying to track what I plant and what I yield, to have a better idea of how much I will save.

I think my garden must be much smaller than yours, but nonetheless, I think I will get a lot out of it. It's 12 x 28, and I have already planted my first runs of carrots, greens, turnips,peas, and zucchini as well as my onions and strawberries. Next up are 3 kinds of winter squash, watermelons, huckleberries, corn, cucumbers, radishes, and tons of peppers and tomatoes.

I really believe all the hard work will be worth it, too!

Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home