This blog represented Annette’s journey as an urban mom with two small kids going from supermarket to farmer-fresh food one step at a time.
In January 2009 she vowed to re-channel her grocery money away from mono-crop farmers, processed food companies and animal feed lots, buying foods from outside Washington state only after exhausting all local options, and gave up out of season foods.
When it was all said and done, the garden met all vegetable needs for her family of four from May (it was planted in April) until mid December and then started producing again by February.
In 2010 she resolved to grow even more fruits and vegetables in the front and side sections of her in-city 1/5 acre lot. She took out the parking strip and some backyard space and no longer needed to buy any vegetables at any time of year. She added 22 fruits or berries, 2 nut varieties, black pepper, tea, medicinals and countless herbs in addition to backyard chickens, mason bees and composting worms.
Rather than canning, freezing and drying so much food in 2010 she began lacto-fermenting and simply eating seasonally in order to maximize nutritional intake and reduce carbon footprint.
In 2011 she added meat rabbits and ducks and was on the verge of adding dairy goats when she found her dream property outside the city and relocated about 30 minutes from town. At her new property, Dancing Goat Gardens, she grows food together with a handful of other families from the city. She also added turkeys.
In 2012 she plans to add honey bees, mushrooms, pigs, and greenhouse tilapia.
Along the way the blog journey became a book, and co-author Joshua McNichols joins her with posts about his food journey as well.
She still remains rooted in the city, coordinating local bulk produce buys in order to keep local food affordable and ensure that small, diverse permaculture, organic and biodynamic farmers will have guaranteed markets for their crops.