Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.
A couple of days before Christmas I picked several bags of greens, lettuce and spinach. I was just going to share it with friends for a holiday treat. Little did I know how much I would actually gain from it!
After making all my stops, and having a few visits at home I had a dozen eggs, 2 buckets of sweet potatoes and winter squash, rum balls (so yum), some smoked meat and 2 quarts of fresh, local honey (well, I bought that). The added bonus was the joy of fellowshipping with some friends and neighbors.
This type of giving, trading, and bartering takes time. I think it is a great benefit to see the skillfulness of neighbors that we are surrounded with and be able to give and share in our own ways. It is always worthwhile to spend time doing that.
Try it out! It starts with sharing.
photo credit: Caleb Tucker. photo of me picking spinach in the hoophouse.