Sunday, February 17, 2008

Eating for Victory!

Have been rediscovering the Path to Freedom site, and probably because I liked the graphics so much, will happily join the:

100 Foot Diet - Growing Closer to Home: A Lifelong Challenge

This from the Path to Freedom folks:

It wasn’t that long ago (1940s) that people planted Victory Gardens when it became necessary for them, due to wartime shortages, to grow their own food. Now, it’s our turn.

If you want to fight against peak oil, climate change and our consumerist culture, then join us and start a living protest right in your own back (front) yards. Be the change, live the solution! Use your yard (or balcony or porch steps) not only to grow food but also to cultivate a healthier and more fulfilling life.

There have been 100 mile diet and other eat local challenges. PTF’s homegrown revolutionaries are upping the ante by reducing the mileage to a few steps - to right outside your back or front door.

The challenge is simple. Beginning as soon as you can, prepare a meal at least once a week with only homegrown vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs, dairy products or meat, using as few store bought ingredients as possible.

The purpose is plain - the waging of an all-out fight against the forces that keep you dependent on the system of petroleum fueled food. The degree to which you rely on today’s artificial corporate structure determines the extent of your vulnerability. Resolve to lessen your dependence on outside food sources.

The result is revolutionary. As you take back responsibility for your food supply, you’ll experience the empowerment and fulfillment that comes from learning the basic skills of providing for yourself and your family.

Let’s sow the seeds of victory and get our hands dirty to fill our plates. Plant a VICTORY GARDEN today!

:: Guidelines ::

A meal must be comprised of food grown on your property or garden plot (literally or figuratively within - 100 feet - of your front or back door). If non-homegrown ingredients are needed, then we suggest following these modified locavore guidelines

If not from BACKYARD, then Locally produced (PTF’s addition)

If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then Organic.

If not ORGANIC, then Family farm.

If not FAMILY FARM, then Local business.

If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then Fair Trade.

If not any of the above, you are obviously eating McDonnalds or have gone into a supermarket for something other than toilet paper or white vinegar and should STOP NOW - JUST PUT IT DOWN! (duckherder's addition)

Anyhoo, in honour of the abundance of the duckherder garden, and my committement to what Ailleen calls "extreeme gardening" when it is done in the ONC*, I am happy to make the 100 foot challenge a daily rather than weekly effort. What do we think about that? And how many meters is that anyway? I might need to adjust the specs a little to 1500 meters, because that is how far the community garden is from the princess castle......

*Our Nation's Capital

PS - I am really sorry about the spelling mistakes in these past blogs - for some reason the blogger spell check is not working on my 'puter - and lets be frank - I suck at spelling.


Sherd said...

It's about 30 metres, right?

There's like two corner shops, three pubs and a bottle-shop within 30 metres of my house.

That's not quite what you're going for though, is it?

(heh heh)

The Duck Herder said...

eeeerm. yeah.


well, like, you've just gotta start where you are I reckon ;-)

......."drinking" for victory?