This year has been a huge one for my family and I, with more greening activities than ever before. All our goals for this year were achieved in the first half, which was quite an achievement as were all the other additional skills and events we learnt and attended.
So to refresh my memory and yours, here are the goals we set out to achieve;
The 160km diet started off well at the height of the summer with most foodstuffs being about to be located within our local zone. As Autumn drew into Winter, it became more difficult to source our daily fare, and had to look further a field. If I really had have been serious, I would have preserved as much food as I possibly could have in the 6 months before I started the challenge. I think that this would have been the only way I would have been able to meet this goal for an entire year. In hindsight, it was a difficult task in this age of just in time logistics and the 3000 mile salad. I learnt that there are major flaws of the agri-business system that we have all created. A viewing of the documentary Food Inc helped confirm this, as did the books “The End of Food” by Paul Roberts, and Barbara Kingsolver’s work, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. I learnt that it is best to grow your own where you can, and learn the skills necessary to feed yourself. Still working out where I can put some more garden beds. 😉
Kim and I have been kept busy in our spare time helping to run the Melton Sustainable Living Group. With events and workshops throughout the year, I believe all group members have helped to raise awareness in our community, which from just over a year ago was non-existent. I am proud to be one of the founding members and the President for the last couple of years. We have grown in strength to 23 members who all get along and promote the lifestyle in their own way.
Stay tuned on New Years Day for my 2011 goals. I think they will be a cracker.