Rules of the Game

Even though we are not in overwhelming harvest season yet (whether that is good or bad, I’m not sure), the garden is constantly on my mind. Sometimes I wonder if it’s silly to invest so much time and energy into just this one week – but I think the long-term benefits are going to be far-reaching. To really know what our yard is capable of producing, and how long it could feed us? Valuable knowledge.

So with this in mind, I finally convinced Matt that we should expand our chicken flock. They are now 2 1/2 years old, and not producing as many eggs as they used to. Come October, we’re really going to need those eggs – both to eat and to trade! So we welcomed four beautiful hens into our farm family on Monday, and they’ve already given us 3 eggs. (Integration into our existing flock is yet to come – I’ll certainly post on how that goes later!) I’m looking forward to having more eggs on hand for baking and high-egg count recipes like frittatas.

One of the keys to successfully meeting goals can be accountability, so I thought it would be good to post the “rules” of our Eat-VERY-Local Challenge week for everyone to see.


  • During one week in October, participants will eat exclusively from the food production in their yards.


  • Take on the ultimate gardening challenge—sustaining ourselves with what we grow.
  • Demonstrate the incredible potential for abundant and diverse food production in small spaces like suburban lots. It is possible to eat VERY LOCAL!
  • Demonstrate creativity in meal-planning despite the constrained, garden-sourced ingredients.
  • Gain a more fundamental understanding of the challenges faced by farmers and food producers who use sustainable and environmentally-responsible practices.


  • Don’t starve!
  • Maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet during the week that can support our active lifestyles.
  • Enjoy a wide variety of interesting and tasty meals.
  • Document our experiences and inspire others.

Project Caveats

  • Begin the week with an allotment of salt, black pepper, olive oil, and vinegar.
  • Previously harvested food can be eaten (frozen, dehydrated, pickled, or fermented).
  • Can trade our produce among ourselves and with other local gardeners and non-commercial food producers.
  • Foraging for food in local public areas is allowed.

3 thoughts on “Rules of the Game

  1. Jennifer Downing says:

    I am so excited about this challenge!!! I am so inspired by your blog posts and your preparation! Here in SF, we are purchasing one flat of yellow peaches and one flat of nectarines from our CSA farm, Marquita Farm, to preserve. Is there anything more delicious than opening a can of peaches on a rainy Sunday morning in January????
    You are my garden inspiration!!!!

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