Do you garden or raise some of your own animal food? What do you grow or raise? How much of your diet does it account for?
Also - do you gather, hunt or fish? Do you eat the weeds (the edible ones) in your yard/garden? Does this contribute significantly to your diet?
City or country or suburbs? Location or climate?
I live in a very, VERY rural area in Vermont. Both my husband and I hunt for game birds, turkeys, and deer. We fill all of our tags every year and stock up the chest freezer. We also fish plenty and there is always ample supply of local fish. We also willingly take people's 'last year's' game meat that they are going to toss to make room for fresh meat every year. I would say that 75% of our protein is wild caught. Also, we did start a garden this year AND occupy over half of my in-law's garden that we eat fresh and are going to start canning this year. I also forage for fiddleheads, ramps, and 'shrooms. Now that I am paleo, very little of my food actually comes from the store.
I have a backyard garden. The spinach is all done now, but I am eating Swiss chard, green beans, sweet peas, carrots, beets, eggplant, tomatoes and peppers. I have a friend who grows my beef and another friend who supplies my eggs.
I hunt, but it's a recreational hobby and not the base of my families meat intake. One of my favorite hunting areas has two wild tangerine trees, one pecan tree, and a slew of blackberry patches (I avoid them in the summer months, as they attract rodents, which in turn attracts very nasty Florida poisonous snakes, plus the fruit isn't properly ripe until it gets cold anyway). Even if I don't shoot anything, I still come home with a bag of wild food.
I forage mushrooms and greens but it doesn't amount to much. I suppose the mushrooms kind of do since without the foraging there's no way I would pay for chanterelles and we end up with about 5-10lbs raw chanterelles each year. In addition to those I find puffballs and Hericium mushrooms. The greens I find include common yard weeds like chickweed, plantain elongata and wild mustard plus the stuff I find in the woods like miner's lettuce and stinging nettles. I live in a coastal suburb with a lot of easy access to open spaces and designated wilderness. Someday maybe I will try surf fishing.
I live in a Pacific NW suburb bordering on a rural area. My backyard garden makes up about 75% of our summer vegetable/berry intake and the stuff I preserve (mostly tomatoes and various fermented veggies) lasts through May of the following year. We have chickens for eggs, but not for meat. We rarely eat chicken anyway, so it's no loss. We do a LOT of fishing and some hunting, but we still order a side of beef every six months or so from the farmer down the road.
I would love to expand my garden and start raising my own meat animals, but that will have to wait until I have more than 1/4 of an acre to work with.
It's not much of my diet, but I do forage for spring greens like mustard, plantain, chickweed, miner's lettuce, dandelion, and sheep sorrel. There are a few months in the year I can just step outside to the parts of our lot that we keep more natural and get a salad.
I live in rural Oregon, and there is a lot of great foraging possibility. I'm hoping to take advantage of more of them this year. Mushrooms galore, though I've only searched for morels, but I hope to find some chanterelles this fall. Berries, of course. Blackberries and huckleberries are everywhere in late summer. I found some hazelnut trees and am hoping to go harvest those this fall.
I wish I was a more motivated fisher, but alas. I grew up in New Mexico and just don't have a taste for fish. I also wish I had access to more wild game, but instead I try to source all my meat from local ranches.
Suburban garden - I have 3 square-foot style raised beds, 2 are 4'x8' and the other is 3'x8'. I also have 4 half-barrels with food plants in them. Currently I'm growing raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, onions and garlic, carrots, mesclun mix lettuces, and cucumbers. The raspberries and strawberries have taken over one of the raised beds and are in the process of occupying a second one, since they're semi-invasive perennials, and I'm doing the blueberries in barrels to control the acidity of the soil - we live in Colorado and our soil is on the alkaline side.
I can't say that we are remotely self-sufficient even in what we do grow, but it's a nice addition to our diet - and much fresher than we could get elsewhere.
I grow about 16 green bean plants every year on the back porch railing of my 1 bedroom efficiency, in recycling containers filled with soil. I like them best finely chopped raw in salads now. I do pole and bush beans, the pole beans make a nice privacy wall from the liquor store parking lot next door.
I have an apartment garden. I found an old flower bed and decided to repurpose it. It's always easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, so I just put things in the ground and then informed the office :)
It's pretty simple to do, and if you don't have ground access, you can use containers. My garden inspired my neighbors, and soon there was a small green belt in the back of the complex. My brother also (in a different city) had decent success with gardening in the planter boxes around his apartment.
Right up until the arrival of my twins (and the subsequent loss of anything resembling time for cooking/gardening/sleeping/etc) the garden accounted for a good amount of our diet. Lots of tomatoes, squash, peppers. I never got to enjoy the melons, unfortunately, but I'll try again next spring.
We move to a new place in 3 weeks, and I'll have a much larger area to work with. I plan to expand the garden and to build a chicken coop as well. Here are some pictures of my apartment garden (over 2 summers).
-EDIT- I live in South Texas, zone 8b.
This summer (prior to planting):
A typical spring day's haul (this year, before the tomatoes ripened):
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