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bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:34 am    Post subject: Wannabe a food hero.  Reply with quote

The forum is lucky enough to have a number of members who I would consider to be food heroes. They may blush a little at the compliment but you are. The idea of producing good food in an ethical manner is something to be commended in this era of factory farming and food production.
We're all at different stages of our lives, both finacially and family wise,   does anyone harbour short or long term ambitions to join their ranks ? Whats your dream ? It doesn't  matter how small it is, its not got to be a massive, it doesn't even have to be commercial.

I think my goal is pretty simple one. At my tender age, I'm not prepared to make a massive committment in time or money ( even if I could ) into trying to create a business, so I'm going to be quite, or should I say very  happy ? To make and sell apples juice and apples. To have free range laying chickens and sell their eggs to friends at the gate.

That'll do for me, nothing too exciting I know, but how about you ?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking back over my time here I can see the rise and fall of ambition.
We are back at square one. My OH is living in a rented house 500 yards from the first house we bought. I'm living in a rented room in Scotland.
The house in the country with the veg patch, fruit trees, chickens, ferrets and gun dogs is sold at huge lose. My guns have not been out the cabinet for over a year and I will have to sell them to pay the rent.

Mind, I have picked up a lovely roe from the local stalker which is in the oven for tea with the outlaws, so life is good.  
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep going Phil.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I  have no great ambitions to become a major Honey supplier,along the lines of say "Gales Honey" I too am just happy selling from the house door.
I must say that it gives me a buzz when people come back for more, and tell me how they have really enjoyed my efforts. It's also nice to meet people and have a natter, answering many questions,queries regarding Bees. The public seem to have become more aware of the plight of Bees this last year or so.

All my Honey has been processed for this year, but next year I hope to be able to take photo's and try to show how I do it.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has this year been a good one for your enterprise. Hows the poor summer affected production ?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
Has this year been a good one for your enterprise. Hows the poor summer affected production ?


Yes, I have had a very good year,inspite of July, the main Honey take month being a wash out.

I have also managed to rear some of my own Queens this year, grafting eggs from my best colony. This is a very interesting, if fiddly process, and very rewarding when you see a new Queen that you have reared laying like the clappers.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My ambition is to be as self sufficient as possible.  I'm watching your egg to oven thread Bodger, because as you know, that is my next big project! Now we have the allotment that project is definitely closer...  

I would love to be able to stop the commute and cook.  A long time ago OH and I lived in France for a couple of years, and I used to cater dinner parties. I'd love to do that again.  Oh, and finish my cook book!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can we have a definition of a food hero? What really makes a good food hero?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its not just my opinion, what do you think constitutes a food hero ?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A preserver of traditional local food recipes as these often use local produce? Preferably not the WWII ones if this is a sample ..... I suspect that we've lost the makers of dock pudding and nettle soup around here.

A breeder of traditional livestock? Well it seems that there's not a lot of interest up here and it's only small farmers who bother because they think that traditional suits the climate better - maybe other areas do better.

A grower of traditional flowers and vegetables? Hmm - that's a bone of contention then as most people seem to be more interested in the greater productivity and resistance to disease and ease of growing than in companion planting and heirloom varieties.

Someone who makes full use of food grown locally, maybe even working with in season produce? That someone could be the centre of all of the above.

Someone who can provide an greater than average amount of their family's food by growing, swapping, foraging?

If food prices keep rising and the environment continues to change, then all of the above may be food heroes because they will be helping to feed their local community.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would consider that anyone able to produce and possibly share that produce for the sheer pleasure and passion for doing so to be something of a food hero......

We both work full time- through varying changes of circumstance we have to.....we keep chickens at home and sell the eggs at the gate simply as we have a surplus......people enjoy them and will knock on the door if there are none out

We grow veg at home and also on the newly acquired allotment with varying degrees of success.........the quality and taste far exceeds that available commercially

And for our sins we keep two breeds of sheep as a hobby and manage to produce beautiful sweet tender lamb from them..which again if we have surplus we sell to friends and family we are constantly asked what we have available........I like being able to give and share that sort of pleasure with others...........does that make sense without being too intense?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There' a number of strands that I think may go towards making a producer a 'food hero'. They should represent the best of both old and new. I also like the notion of ' slow food' people should take time to produce, prepare and above all eat their food. I hope that makes sense.
There are many other things that go towards the making of a food hero.

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