1 week ago
Today is day 24 of growing and foraging 100% of my food. All is well here, and I am on track for a successful year. I harvested about 75 pounds of honey last week from my bees, plenty for a year and for gifting to others. This process took the better part of two days, since it was my first time doing it. We are in the dry season now, but last night we got a heavy rain that topped off all of my rain barrels. This was quite a blessing as that is my supply of fresh drinking water. Last week, a cold front came through Orlando, dropping the night time lows down to the upper 30’s and lower 40’s for a few nights. That was a struggle in my uninsulated tiny house. I have subsisted largely off sweet potato and yuca for my staple crops from my gardens and wild yams that I harvest in a small patch of forest nearby. Currently, I eat large quantities of greens at most meals, fruits and coconuts every day and fish every other day. Eating has been quite simple for the last 24 days, but quite time consuming. I spend as much as three in the kitchen on many days. Plus, many hours in the garden, foraging and fishing. It is time well spent, but it does limit my ability to do other things that I’d like to do. I have been a little too busy to write as much as I’d like to or be as active online as I’d like to. Over the next few weeks I hope to do a lot of food preparation to free up my days from the kitchen. I must streamline my food if I want to make it through this year without struggling. This weekend I attended the Florida Permaculture Convergence and managed to cook all of my meals and fish in the river, while presenting both days, attending many classes, and socializing. I did lose about a pound over the weekend though, as I forgot my sweet potatoes at home and was a bit short on calories. I have lost a few pounds since beginning and hope that levels off and to gain the weight back as I settle more into this way of life. As I was leaving the event I came across a mother bobcat and her two kittens. I was able to observe them for about five minutes. This was one of my greatest moments in 2018. Overall, I am in great health and am looking forward to the weeks to come.