Michelle B. has a strong push-up. She does them for her National Guard combat fitness test.
Before I opened True Spirit CrossFit, I worked as an Outreach Scientist with the US Geological Survey and as an Extension Agent for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. For the past 6 years I have been slowly integrating my love of ecology, horticulture, gardening, and local agriculture into True Spirit's message of community, fitness and my own ethic of sustainability.
This spring has knocked us all sideways and many of us are equilibrating by returning to sustainable activities likes sewing, gardening, knitting and other things that help us be independent.
I have always had a garden. If you've been to my house you'll notice that my front and backyards are planted with edibles and pollinator friendly plants. This year my edible garden is going to be EPIC! I am doing a garden share with my friends and we plan to grow and preserve so much food that we can last much of next winter on our homemade reserves.
Gardening is my way of providing for my family, being connected to my micro-ecosystem, and being independent from the industrial food system.
You don't have to have a giant garden to gain a little independence. A few herbs and cherry tomatoes in a pot on your patio can go a long way to making you feel like a homesteader.
Over the next few weeks I'm going to share a series of articles I wrote many moons ago (for the Nevada Cooperative Extension) to help you set up a garden and get growing. I'm calling this series, Homegrown Paleo and I hope you enjoy this journey!
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