Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Growing My Own Food!!!
Wow, I find it hard to find time to cook! In this book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, the family moves back to the Virginia farmlands and make every effort possible to grow their own produce, trade with neighbors, and buy locally. I was so impressed with this concentrated effort to save energy, use wholesome foods, and support our local farmers that I have bought copies of this book for several friends. Barbara Kingsolver shares her experiences during a year of restructuring eating habits for the entire family. As they make heavy decisions about giving up "junk food" the family recreates what I remember as the "family meal." As a child, my mom cooked everything from scratch and we ate only "in season" foods during spring, summer and fall. We canned vegetables, made jams, and ate from the freezer or cupboard during winter months. Today, I don't even have a freezer and my cupboard is bare - due to long hours at school. This was a real eye opener about how our health has been affected by our "lazy" eating habits and workaholic behaviors. Thank you Barbara! After reading this book, I've set some new, healthier goals for myself and my family. Great book!