A die-hard City Girl reconnects to the natural world… in the city.

Archive for February, 2011

City Girl Farmer

Sorry for leaving you in the lurch for a while! I promise to do better!

So I’m still over the moon about joining my CSA. I won’t receive my first box until mid-February though so once I do, I will let you know how it is! I’ll even upload a picture for you. Smile! 🙂

I went into the grocery store for the first time in a month the other day and I was instantly overwhelmed. All I wanted was honey. Why couldn’t I simply find the honey? I’ve never liked grocery stores. They’re too big and confusing. That experience just made me appreciate my efforts even more and think of new ways to expand on those efforts.

Up next. A garden. And not just any garden but the beginnings of an all out miniature farm. I’m both nervous and excited about it. Doing a garden the right way is a lot of work if you want it to be productive. I’m still researching a great many things like soil, compost and planting conditions. But I’ve decided on what I’m going to plant: carrots, broccoli, onions, snap peas, chard, collards, arugula, spinach, okra, and some herbs.

I’ve done herb gardens in the past because buying cooking herbs is expensive and it was nice to have them on hand always when I was making dishes. But to do vegetables and greens is going to be a challenge. But if all goes according to plan then my garden will compliment my CSA box and I won’t have to buy salad greens ever again! And it will be interesting to see what experimental recipes come out of both.  

This is a great start to truly unplugging and not seeing the inside of a grocery store again but I know that there will still be items I’ll have to go get. In the meantime, are you able to begin a garden of your own? Seattle Tilth has been a great starting resource for me in figuring out what to do to be more organic at home. Do some research and see if there is a local resource in your area to get you started. At the very least, your local home improvement store is a great start as well. Do you remember that thing called a newspaper? They have gardening sections that provide a great deal of information. Container gardens, greenhouse gardens, or digging up the backyard, it IS POSSIBLE. The only question is, how?

More to come on this topic as I build on it! Until then, healthy eating!