“Shut Up & Grow It” Part Two

First, let me say it has been great having a companion that is experienced in the ways of the road.  Brenda Durbin and I have been travelling together and it just works so well it’s amazing.  She and I stopped at a  library this evening to write this post and upload it to the blog.

Also, A special thanks to all the folks at “Shut Up & Grow It” for sharing their Christmas dinner with us.

Christmas dinner spread in the community kitchen.
Christmas dinner spread in the community kitchen.

 

To get you up to speed on this post we first have to go backwards a little bit…

I encourage you to follow the link to the first visit to this intentional community. https://dancordray.com/2014/07/08/just-shut-up-and-grow-it/  Now that you’ve seen where they were back then let’s fast forward to about a year and a half later.

The kitchen has been improved
The kitchen has been improved
The community table is a little less exposed since the last time I was here.
The community table is a little less exposed since the last time I was here.

The kitchen has been closed in more and the cooking area gained an oven, a griddle surface, and the grill has been rebuilt.

Stirring up some of the beans on the grill while using a blow pipe to stoke the fire.
Stirring up some of the beans on the grill while using a blow pipe to stoke the fire.

The addition of some LED solar powered lighting has made it a little easier to prepare meals at night.

I hated using the flash and disturbing the low level lighting that gave this a comfortable "homey" feel.
I hated using the flash and disturbing the low level lighting that gave this a comfortable “homey” feel.
A peek into the stores reveals no junk food just good things to eat.
A peek into the stores reveals no junk food just good things to eat.

They grow their own, trade, barter, or recover otherwise wasted food.   In America there are tons and tons of food that is wasted or otherwise thrown away for being beyond a “sell by date” or looking not “fresh”.  These guys are a testament to learning how to do more with less and wisely using available resources.

They even let me help with breakfast the next morning
They even let me help with breakfast the next morningL

Let me show you what I found on a stroll around… Not all food go directly to consumption, some crops are sold at the local farm market.  These guys were pretty excited about some Jerusalem artichokes bringing a little higher dollar at market.

I’m going to take a break and finish the post tomorrow night.  It’s getting late and everyone (including me) in the van is either yawning or sleeping.

Get out, Be safe, and Go adventure.

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