Monday, 28 February 2011

Sustainbility Mondays: the house full of guests edition

I've had a house full of family for the past week, which has made this week's sustainability Monday post late (I dropped my visitors off at the airport this morning). Considering we had a busy holidaying household this week, I think that some of the following isn't bad!

1. Plant Something -
  • Struck some rosemary cuttings.
2. Harvest something - (including buying local food)
  • As much local cool-climate fruit as we could find to buy from farmgates, much to the delight of the visiting Queenslanders
  • Veg from the farmers market and roadside stalls, particularly the last of the summer's broadbeans, some more garlic and local unheated honey
  • Wild apples and blackberries from the roadside near my place
3. Preserve something -
  • Blackberry jam and bottled blackberries. None of which made it into my pantry, preferring a life in the warmth of Queensland instead.
4. Waste Not (reducing wastage in all areas)
  • After having a house full of people we only had a single shopping's bag worth of rubbish for the week. Buying locally really reduces food packaging which is part of the challenge.
5. Want Not (preparing for shortage situations)
  • Nothing this week unless you count the absconding jam
6. Build Community Food Systems
  • Supporting local people who are growing food.
7. Eat the Food
  • Every meal we ate was made of locally bought or foraged food, which made us happy.
8. What I bought:
  • Nothing this week, aside from an awful lot of petrol. There was a lot of touring around!
  • My visitors bought local jams and honeys to take home.

1 comment:

Leigh said...

Well, good for you for starting this up again! It is an excellent way to track progress and even motivate. I've done some tinkering with my lists and have moved them to my garden journal blog. Your list this week is admirable and inspiring!