In addition (fresh and dried)... Almonds , Figs , Apricots,Apples,Grapes, Dried Olives
these are the trees/vines for the complete diet garden
Olives were picked when fully ripe (dropping or birds eating)
dried in the sun
we are drying some this year also in a greenhouse with solar fan ...
Brenda Groth wrote:
also I am not able to raise domesticated animals (but do have wild on the property)..but I would love to be able to work out a way to have chickens for eggs as we eat several dozen eggs a week now, and I would also like to have meat..but am thinking if I do it might have to be wild meat such as wild turkey, deer, rabbits and such..if I can convince someone here to do the hunting..if not I plan to work my pond up ito a larger fresher water pond and plant it to proteins..to make up for the protein that is lacking on our property.
Wild foods are new to our menu - dandelion. lambs quarter and sunchoke so far. I found a good online source for identification of wild edibles in Texas, and although I'm in Kansas, I have a lot of the same weeds on my small acreage. I'm looking forward to spring!
"West illustrates the problem by translating human life into watts. “A human being at rest runs on 90 watts,” he says. “That’s how much power you need just to lie down. And if you’re a hunter-gatherer and you live in the Amazon, you’ll need about 250 watts. That’s how much energy it takes to run about and find food. So how much energy does our lifestyle [in America] require? Well, when you add up all our calories and then you add up the energy needed to run the computer and the air-conditioner, you get an incredibly large number, somewhere around 11,000 watts. Now you can ask yourself: What kind of animal requires 11,000 watts to live? And what you find is that we have created a lifestyle where we need more watts than a blue whale. We require more energy than the biggest animal that has ever existed. That is why our lifestyle is unsustainable. We can’t have seven billion blue whales on this planet. It’s not even clear that we can afford to have 300 million blue whales.”
jmy McCoy wrote:Amongst his many findings were that a meat eater needed up to 10 acres to provide their annual food needs (depending on the types of meat they ate)
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations wrote:At the back, there's a pig, and there are fowls and rabbits; then I knock together my own little frame, you see, and grow cucumbers; and you'll judge at supper what sort of salad I can raise. So, sir...if you can suppose the little place besieged, it would hold out a devil of a time in point of provisions.
Verlyn Klinkenborg, Rural Life wrote: I have no illusions of attaining self-sufficiency. The only sufficiency I want is a sufficiency of connectedness, the feeling that horses, pigs, bees, pasture, garden and woods intertwine.
travis laduke wrote:Don't make me thing about how much land my beer supply uses.
Vidad MaGoodn wrote: I'm relatively certain we'll be able to eat completely off our land within a couple of years.
Dan alan wrote:I think its funny when people argue of missing nutrition as if the food we buy has much left and as if vitamins are even bio-available to us. I dont *think* you could get any worse growing your own food than any mass produced food.
Vidad MaGoodn wrote:Duck/chicken fat, olive oil and sugarcane.
My main obstacle right now, however, is keeping my chickens fed well off the land. The tractors help right now, but I'm still bringing in feed. I'm starting a lot of amaranth, buckwheat, sorghum and other grains this year, scattered in profusion across my former lawn - and when my fruit trees come in completely, that will help as well.
In this zone, you can grow food year-round. In TN, this would have been much more difficult. There I relied on Jerusalem Artichokes as my winter forage. The pain... oh the pain...