I'm participating again this year in Sharon Astyk's Independence Day Challenge. This is her third year of hosting this challenge. I joined in quite late the first year but participated fully the second, although I have been pretty lax about posting updates this winter.The challenge is fairly simple. You report on your progress toward Independence using 7 categories:
1. Plant something- this is pretty self explanatory.
2. Harvest something- again- pretty obvious.
3. Preserve something
4. Waste not- reducing food waste and waste of other resources
5. Want not- non-food preparations. I was pleased to find that you can even count those really good craigslist deals that you score or repurposing items.
6. Build community food systems- getting involved!
7. Eat the food- YUMMY.
I've also been meaning to post about my participation in another challenge hosted by Melinda at One Green Generation.
1. Grow at least 3 crops from seed- No problem here!
2. Plant the seeds in 3 other people- here for me is the real challenge. The goal is to inspire three other people to grow food from seeds. Unfortunately, most of the other people I know already garden- at least a little. I'm going to have to work at this one.
3. Share your progress in challenge check-ins.
and for the extreme edition:
4. Make it 'seed to seed'.
I was thinking about the Real Food Challenge. But that is something I already work on and I've got a lot on my plate right now so I may give it a pass this year.
Now, to just remember to report in on both of these challenges on a regular basis.