The Independence Days Challenge

by Angela aka Farmer Jane on February 8, 2012 · 5 comments

I was inspired to join the Independence Challenge after reading reading that Bee Girl over at Sky Minded and Ever Growing decided to join in. Its not the first time I’ve been inspired by Bee Girl! ;)

Anyway, the reason I’m doing this challenge is to give myself a few weekly goals to keep me on track to my larger more difficult goals.

I’m not sure if I’ll fulfill each part of the list each week, but I can sure as hell try! The day to report back are on Fridays.

Bee Girl got her inspiration from another blogger over at The Chatelaine’s Keys and here is what the Independence Challenge is all about:

“The whole idea is to get the positive sense of your accomplishments – it is easy to think we haven’t done anything to move forward, but in fact, we all do, almost every day.  We just think of accomplishment as a big thing – a whole day spent putting up applesauce or a hundred tomato plants.  The Independence Day project makes us count our little accomplishments and see that we are moving forward.  So for each week, tell us what you have done in the following categories:

Plant something: A lot of us were trained to think of planting as done once a year, but if you start seeds, do season extension and succession plant, you’ll get much, much more out of your garden, so I try and plant something every day from February into September.

Harvest something: Everything counts – from the milk and eggs you get from your animals to the first dandelions from your yard to 50 bushels of tomatoes – it all counts.

Preserve something: Again, I find preserving is most productive if I try and do a little every day that there is anything, from the first dried raspberry leaves and jarred rhubarb to the last squashes at the end of the season.

Waste not: Reducing food waste, composting everything or feeding it to animals, reducing your use of disposables and creation of garbage, reusing things that would otherwise go to waste, making sure your preserved and stored foods are kept in good shape – all of these count.

Want Not: Adding to your food storage or stash of goods for emergencies, building up resources that will be useful in the long term.

Eat the Food: Making full and good use of what you have, making sure that you are getting everything you can from your food, trying new recipes and new cooking ideas, eating out of your storage!

Build community food systems: What have you done to help other people have better food access or to make your local food system more resilient?

And a new one: Skill up:  What did you learn this week that will help you in the future – could be as simple as fixing the faucet or as hard as building a shed, as simple as a new way of keeping records or as complicated as making shoes.  Whatever you are learning, you get a merit badge for it – this is important stuff.

Ok, you can sign up in comments, publicize on your blog and tell the world – let’s see what we can get done!

Happy Independence Days!”

I’d like to add one more category to this list:

Organization: Staying organized and uncluttered can help move us towards greater independence by keeping us on task. Organization can include putting things back where they belong, cleaning the house, doing laundry, clearing clutter mentally and even organizing thoughts. It may include preparing a shopping list, meal planning, organizing seeds, and making garden plans. Whatever was done to stay organized counts.

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Ashley Winters February 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I think what you are doing is a great way of being proactive. Having a little farming plot is great for the environment, saves you money, and is something anyone can do on their free time. You are no longer dependent on the grocery store for your food either. I think we should all try to do this. Thanks for the encouragement.


Angela aka Farmer Jane February 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Hi Ashley,
I’m pretty excited to take part in this challenge as well. I headed over to check out your blog right now. :)


Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) February 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Thanks for the shout out, Angela! I’m so glad you’ve jumped in! I look forward to seeing more of what you’re up to!


Angela aka Farmer Jane February 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I’ll be sure to link back to you tomorrow morning when I post! :) BTW, I was just on your site and I must say your new chicks are just precious! It makes me want to get new chicks right now! LOL You know what?! I think I forgot to link back to you for the January Photography Challenge as well.


Amy Jane (Serendipity Scrapbook) February 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

Oh. my.
I think this is a fabulous idea, but I am so. not touching it. ;)

I am just beginning to fall in and out of productivity, and don’t dare add anything to the swinging mobile.

But Oh it is enticing.


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