6 cords of firewood a year, fencing and a couple of buildings.
Except for the fuel for the chainsaw, burning firewood is basically carbon neutral.
Our gardens are almost tucked in for the winter. We grow rye grass for cover and mix in rotted wood, compost, reeds, cardboard, ash and egg shell from our chickens. We also mix in sand because our soil is clay based.
Aki planted 109 garlic bulbs worth of garlic for next year, saving 20 or so to plant in the spring between other crops. After the potatoes were harvested at the beginning of September we dug in the potato plants, planted rye and let it grow 6". We then covered the bed with 4" of sand mixed with rotted wood, turned the bed with a fork, planted the garlic toes, watered with manure tea, then covered the bed with reeds. In the spring Aki will pull the cover back and as the garlic comes she'll give it another shot of green manure tea.
We will do the same with some parsnip seed.
This year we were able to save more seed: garlic, parsnip, peas, fava bean, squash, zucchini, spinach, chinese greens, potatoes. Almost had some broccoli seed...next year.
Out there in the world the environment is once again on the back burner, the rich are richer and we are a little poorer.
We've been duped again.
It is hard to see that anybody gives a hoot about children.
Adults are bizarre. To leave the kids our problems because we're too selfish to give up a bit of decadence.
Our food is canned, dried and in the root cellar. Warmth is taken care of.
We have 16 chickens this year, the most we've ever had. All laying - we've discovered pickled eggs... Reinsulating the coop - the mice love it in there.
This year has been a good solar power year. Every day that's sunny we appreciate the power of the sun, and every day that it's not we appreciate it even more.