In this video, pictures of our experience at the Home & Yard Show 2019 provide the backdrop to my summarization of the 500-1000 rich conversations we had over the 4 day event!
* Sustainable food production
* Transforming our homes into productive homesteads
* Re-localization of our economy
* Our work on the 25% shift
* REAL wealth creation (primary vs. secondary vs. tertiary wealth sectors)
* Neighborhood community building
The best way to ensure your place in the new economy is increasing the productivity of your home.
How do you increase your home’s productivity?
True productivity is the creation of products of the 3 economic sectors.
Primary Sector (raw material resources)
* Land capable of growing food
* Forrests and biomass
* Produce and livestock
* Unpolluted bodies of water
* Mined minerals and metals
Secondary Sector (manufactured goods)
This is everything we make, process, manufacture, or ‘finish’ from primary sector resources.
Tertiary Sector (services)
These are all the things we do for each other through commerce, including financial instruments that ‘represent’ primary and secondary sector wealth.
Household Productivity Index
Present Productivity Index =
100 (past household cost of living / present household cost of living )%
If your pre-homesteading annual household cost of living last year was $56,000
But now your monthly food costs have gone down due to gardening and building an effective larder system, and you’ve even made a little money you make selling surpluses from your homestead and now your annual household costs this year are $49,500…what is your present productivity index?
100 (56,000 / 49,500) % = 113%
Indexes >100% are excellent and reflect your increased household productivity!
On the homestead this weekend, I am taking inventory and updating our larder. In this video I share:
* Why it is important to establish a larder in your home
* A 90 day shopping list that will feed your family -AND- establish the foundation for your household food stores
* A shopping guide and considerations for ongoing quarterly larder maintenance
Did you know that every year we import 1.5 billion dollars of food to the Spokane area? Meanwhile we only spend 4.2 million dollars a year on food locally grown! At Fruit Hill Farm, LLC we are working to reverse that trend.
We recently submitted an application to the NASDA 2019 Women Farm to Food Business Competition. Please take two and a half minutes and see how we are trying to change how we buy food in our region.
Last week we had our quarterly staff/board meeting. In this video, I will share what we are up to and what we have planned for 2019!
How do we get children to LOVE eating healthy food?
Get the them out into the garden, helping grow their own food!
Not only are there health benefits to eating fresh fruits and vegetables, but it teaches our children where their food comes from and how it’s grown. Having children take an active role in growing and harvesting, teaches responsibility. It also increases their environmental awareness…perhaps even sparking a love affair with the natural world!
At Fruit Hill Farm, we are excited to announce that coming in the Spring 2019! These workshop will specifically designed to introduce children to the love of gardening.
The age old gardener debate to buy seeds and start your own plants, or buy seedlings?
The seed catalog season is just around the corner, and we anxiously for those first catalogs to arrive in the mail like children on Christmas morning. Certain plants like tomatoes need to be started well ahead of the last frost date, and a lot goes into sprouting those tiny seeds. Not only do you need seeds but also, potting soil, containers, nutrients, light, warmth, and regular care. Money, time, and space are some of the first things to consider when starting your seeds.
The correct answer is what fits your lifestyle and schedule!
Do you start your own seeds, why or why not?