This is the story of our now Colorado family as we try to live a more sustainable lifestyle. We are turning our small town plot into a sustainable venture that will provide us with food, nourishment, and many adventures for us and our 2 boys. This includes growing our own food, becoming more energy-independent by using renewable resources and reducing our overall consumption.
It is almost March in CO, which means Sunna is at a higher angle and providing more Sun and warmth, but it also the snowiest month of the year, so only the Gods know what will happen.
Our system is working nicely, which both a raft system and a grow medium bed. We had quite the episode of trying to get the bell siphon working and while it is still not working as well as we would like, it is working. We have greens, peas, and radishes growing in the beds.
We transplanted our 40 tomato plants last weekend and sowed some more peppers and other seeds we got from the Baker Seed Company who specialize in heirloom and non-gmo seeds. Please support them if you need seeds that are non monsanto virus seeds.
On the garden side of things, now that the ground is soft enough to dig in, we are working identifying the plumbing for the in-ground sprinkler system, so we can replace the heads with drip irrigation heads and hose to mitigate water loss during watering.
We will be building companion beds for planting around our fruit trees with swales in between them. In middle will eventually be a pergola area for relaxing and holding Blots. On the outside along the whole food forest will be 4 sets of hops.
We are getting into Aquaponics as another way to grow food with less resources that will provide through the Winter. We will also be raising Talapia fish as a way to get some protein from the fish we will be using for producing our fish fertilizer.
We have a 30 gallon tank where we will start with 2-3 fish and we will using a system to pump water from the task through a 15-20 gallon grow bed with a gravel bed as medium for the plants to grow on. The medium displaces about 60 percent of the volume of the bed, so we will be cycling through ~6-9 gallons of fish water through the bed before it returns back the task cleaned by the plants.
For now, we have created a raft style system floating in our fishless tank that is being used as an experiment to see how well the bio-filtering works. Here is a picture of the raft in the tank. We have planted 17 pots with different greens ranging from lettuce to green onions.
The next step is to run the plumbing from our tank and pump to a grow bed filled with medium and then a tube coming back to the tank from the bell siphon used to drain the bed. We also want move the raft to a bed and use a sump type system for this, where we will use an auto-siphon to siphon water from the tank to a tub where we will the raft floating in water with shrimp underneath. From the tank, we will pump water to the medium filled grow bed and back to the fish tank via the siphon again. We will post pictures as time progresses.
This picture says it all about food security and maybe politics in general. We know the government does not promote food security, as they are bought and owned by big-ag, bio-chem, and corporations in general, so it needs to start locally. Demand your local politicians support ALL aspects of urban farming!
Do we really have fair and equal access to infrastructure as cyclists? Based on this post my city's residents do not feel we should, but you notice the post about running me over, as been removed. I wonder if she did it or the city did it.
Chelsea Johnson The city of Longmont does a fantastic job on our streets. Plowing is a lot of work they put a lot of hours into making sure traffic flows smoothly and minimizing accidents. If you aren't satisfied with the city of Longmont and the way they plow I hear Boulder plows the bike lanes.
Devin Quince So, I should move because my city does not do what they claim to be doing according to the requirements to be a bike friendly town? Also, if the lanes are not clear, I take the whole lane, as is my right legally and I am sure you will tell me to get off your road.
The snow was late coming last night and this morning. Snow Team A started work as scheduled at 3:00 a.m. and worked through the night. The team lead reports snow routes are a combination of clear and snow packed. Turn lanes are mostly snow packed. Little to no accumulation is present in travel lanes. This morning snow flurries exist with temperatures around 15 degrees. Twelve hour shifts will continue at least through today and into tomorrow.
According to statistics, The state produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. Across the nation, US consumers regularly purchase several crops produced solely in California, which this will have a severe impact on the food systems in the United States, if not the world. Could this be the start of food disasters and the dismantling of food security in the states?
Folks need to start looking at how they live their lives, their food and energy consumption and make hard decisions by choice before they are forced to. Start easy by choosing to covert the kentucky blue grass in your yard to a food garden, getting a community garden plot, preserving food, etc. These are easy steps to take with big rewards that are helpful to the Earth, your pocketbook, and your health.