Most of my food I can, except for the winter garden which consists of collards, chard, cabbage, lettuce, garlic, onions, diakon radish, beets, turnips, kale, carrots, oregano, and parsley. Instead of going to the store, I go out to the garden daily and pick what I want to eat. I love this freedom! Summer garden, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, peppers, beans, peas, green melons, squash, pumpkins, raspberries, apples, and all of the above winter crop which continues to grow through the seasons. I save the seeds when they go to seed and grow my next years garden. Growing my own food and preserving it is a full time job the constant work have gotten me back into shape and also healed some chronic health problems. I love our chickens, we have two roosters! I eat my hen's eggs, hatch their babies in incubators in the spring, and also kill and eat my chickens. My husband is a meat eater and I refuse to buy meat from the industrial grid for ethical and health reasons. I buy the rest of our meat from a local butcher who only buys meat from local small organic ranches. I know most Buddhist frown on killing, but I'm not a monk or nun and I figure the killing part of sila has to do with murder/rituals done by the Brahmins for profit rather than killing animals for food (very hot topic which I don't want to debate, I came to this view after years of struggle) Where I live I would have a very rough time growing enough protein rich foods to live totally off the grid, which is my goal. If our industrial food grid fails for what ever reason, I will need to eat what grows in my area. Plus buying food in my area supports local farmers and cuts down on energy expenditure. This year we raised and sold 60 pullets and I butchered and canned 40 roosters. Our established flock consists of 2 roosters, Buff Brahmas, and 11 hens, 2 older hens and the remaining hens are this years pullets. All our left over food waste and garden produce go to feed the chickens and this cuts back on the feed costs. This year I am trying to grow enough food to feed my chickens and my husband plus a family of four...I donate some of my food to our local food bank. Cool thing with chickens, all their poop goes into our garden which produces pumper crops! It's a beautiful cycle, nothing goes to waste and an age old relationship between domesticated animals and humans is respected.
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Form is like a glob of foam; feeling, a bubble; perception, a mirage; fabrications, a banana tree; consciousness, a magic trick this has been taught by the Kinsman of the Sun. Phena Sutta: Foam