So, I love being a part-time granola. I am really getting in to it. I get all of the benefits of being a full time granola; great food, better for me stuff, increasing self-reliance, etc. and none of the hard things that come from being a full-time granola (ie bearing children with no medication, making my own clothing, etc).
If you haven't checked it out already you really need to join www.backyardfarming.blogspot.com , they recently had an article talking about replacing one item that you normally buy with something homemade every week. I've been participating and it is very fun, and very fulfilling. I am now a whiz at making my own bread (pictures to come soon!), and I am getting the hang of making my own baby food, and I am scouring around looking for ideas of what to take over for next week. I've also recently realized how easy it is to make things like spaghetti sauce and enchilada sauce and taco seasoning from stuff I have on hand; whereas before I would have avoided making enchiladas, simply because I did not have enchilada sauce; or avoided making salad because we had no dressing. My own sauces and dressings are so much better than what can be purchased in a store, I LOVE IT!
Today the post on backyardfarming was about CSA (community supported agriculture). I went to the site www.localharvest.org and read all about it, I am in love with the idea. Seriously. The whole concept is that you can buy a share in a farm and reap a weekly harvest from the farm. You support local farmers and get the benefit of fresh, organic, delicious, home grown produce weekly. The coolest thing ever is that some farms near me have work-shares available, where instead of buying a share you can work off a share. So if I commit to going in every Saturday for four hours, I get a share of the crop. I LOVE IT! I could learn so much. I really want to get in and "get my hands dirty", and see if I can learn a thing or two about farming while I am at it.
I did the calculations and if I am able to get a work-share on the farm it would be the equivalent of making $10/hour. That is an excellent deal! You may not know this about me, but I used to be a professional cucumber and squash picker and for that I only made about $2.35 an hour. So $10 an hour, plus time away from the kids, plus fresh produce, is like mind boggling. I am very excited about this!
So, I encourage you to taking your own little steps to becoming a part time granola. Let me know how I can help, it's really made life more fun! It would be more fun, however, if Blaine would concede to let me get a backyard flock of chickens.
P.S. Minnesota friends, I checked and you have so many good options for a CSA. You lucky little devils. Oh, Utah friends, not looking so good for you. Texas is okay. And Oregonians, it makes me sick how many options you guys have.