Until recently, I lived on a small mixed farm on the west coast of British Columbia in a remote First Nations village town. In 2008, I quit my job, returned to the farm and committed to a project that I have dreamed of attempting for several years. That is, to provide all the food we will eat for a year. This will entail growing vegetables, raising meat animals, fishing, and learning to hunt. At the time, I did not have an agricultural background, but knew that farming is in my blood. It is almost all I can think about. If I won the lottery, I would buy a large farm or ranch and spend the rest of my life spending the money farming!
A new/late addition to the list of provisioning options is trading. I am far enough into the project now to realize I simply cannot do everything. Recently, while at another farm in town, I asked if the family was interested in trading eggs for milk. Thankfully, they were! When I decided to quit my job, I had the fantasy that I would ‘indulge’ my dream. That I would have time to read books, ride my horse daily, write my book, co-author another one, having puttered in the garden provisioning for myself in the mornings. The reality is far from that. I’m up early daily, going non-stop either in the garden or in the kitchen preserving the harvest, I’ve not read a book and only ridden my horse three times this summer! So, I’m adding trading to the definition of Personal Food Sovereignty and calling myself a ‘Food Provisionist’.
In June 2011, the book that I wrote about the experience was published by Caitlin Press. It is called Chicken Poop For The Soul: in search of food sovereignty.
I have a Master’s Degree in Social Science with a background in Community Development. I now live in Grande Prairie, Alberta.CONTACT: Email: email@example.com