So here we are, got a couple of polytunnels, one with raised beds, one with 3 or 4 hydroponic systems in, a couple of greenhouses, some land outside and some raised beds outside.
We’re going to try and do this and see what works. One thing – our weather can be simply grotty. It rains often so we scrabble to grow things sometimes. We are going to have to rely on technology a lot and don’t really have time to do everything. Also we love to cook and I’m a photographer so I’m apt to spend 4 hours in the studio getting the perfect shot of a basil leaf.
What we want to find out is can we do this? Can we provide a fair amount of our food, with not too much effort, relying on the rest from locally sourced suppliers. We’ve made a start with our chickens – they’re paying for themselves at the moment…We’ve got free eggs!
Why do this?
It’s difficult to know exactly when, but we’ve had an increasing distrust of the commercialisation of food production for some time. You see films, Food, Inc., read books, Farmageddon, all talking about the demise of the modern day food industry. The mis-sell of sugar and the addition of high fructose corn starch in our food chain.
The media then oscillates between one opinion and another – things are good for you then bad. We couldn’t help thinking that what we ate when we evolved in a non commercial state is probably what our bodies are designed to process best.
We dug deeper and wondered about how some of the most basic life sustaining ingredients are making us ill all of a sudden. An important moment for us was finding out that the industrialisation of bread production by the Chorlywood process removed the stages of fermentation that process gluten into something we can handle. Bread’s really important – we started making our own and felt better almost straight away.
Seeing supermarkets reduce the shelf space for ingredients in favour of processed meals is accelerating and quite shocking…
So this is where WE are now.
We think it’s time to look at personal food production. It’s been done before. Wales has a great history of organic and grassroots food production and we feel the time to evolve is here again.
We’ll apply all the technology we can to try and produce and cook decent food for ourselves and others. We’ll source or swap everything else locally and from people who believe in similar ideals to ourselves.
We’re talking about feeding ourselves good honest food.
This is not about clean eating or diets. It’s about enjoying food.
Time to take responsibility for what we eat. Knowing what goes into our meals and its provenance.
Going back to basics, learning to cook well with the simplest of ingredients.
Seasonality in the modern world.
I hope you join a couple of tech hippies on their 21st Century food production adventure.
Why Not Just Pots?
If you follow our journey you will see that we throw convention to the wind at times. Pots are not necessary for cooking or planting there are other options.