It has been such a long time since I posted on Live Life Sustainably. Talk about neglect! I have not stopped living life sustainably, however. (I made that word up btw and then added it to my dictionary so it would quit telling me it was spelled incorrectly! lol)
Way back when, I began with aquaponics using tilapia in a tank to feed my vegetable grow beds. Aquaponics is a symbiotic system where the fish provide ammonia which converts to nitrogen for the plants and in return the plants take up the nitrogen and other nutrients delivering clean water back to the fish. It’s an amazing system that will grow three times the vegetables of a traditional garden and is completely organic. Not to mention a great STEM project. 😉 Over time, I learned that tilapia are high maintenance and expensive. They need heaters and special food. Plus, originally I thought I would farm tilapia to put in my freezer along with my organic vegetables, but it turned out, I did not have the heart to “kill” my fish. Failed farmer. So, I made the decision to switch to Koi. Koi are beautiful to look at and feed my vegetables just as well as the tilapia.
With three times the organic vegetables being produced, I now needed to get busy in the kitchen! One thing that is incredible about growing my own food; I have total confidence in exactly what I am eating. There is nothing like the taste of home-grown organic vegetables. For the past couple of years now, I have been able to whip up some pretty delicious meals with ingredients that came right out off my aquaponic grow beds and regular garden. Here are just a few:
It made sense that if I was going to grow my organic vegetables, then I should also have my own organic eggs… right? Ok maybe it was a little crazy to have chickens in town, but I wanted my own organic eggs. We had a dog pen that was going to waste. “Why not convert it into a chicken pen,” my son said, “and we can have organic eggs!” …and so it was. We jumped on Pinterest for ideas… because Pinterest has the best of ideas and soon were busy creating our hen house.
Then, of course we had to add chickens and yes, they all have names… oh and no we are not eating the chickens! Only the eggs. There is nothing quite as delicious as truly organic, grass-fed chicken eggs.
As if we didn’t have enough to do, we (Kelsey, my oldest, joins me on many of these quests!) decided we should attempt to make some homemade yogurt today. It really is quite simple. The only truly tricky part is keeping the temperature of the milk consistent for 24 hours while the bacteria does the job of eating the lactose and turning it into delicious yogurt. We are anxious to try out our latest adventure. 🙂
That is is for now. Hopefully it won’t be so long before I post a little something on our next sustainably living adventure!