Freedom Harvest Challenge

I’ve recently rediscovered the Urban Homesteaders’ website and all the knowledge they offer.  They are doing pretty much exactly what I envisioned doing on our own little piece of land.  It’s been our goal to turn our entire back yard into a jungle paradise.  Well, now we’ve been inspired to turn into into an edible jungle paradise. 

The first challenge from Path to Freedom that we are going to take on is to contribute to their 1 Million Pounds Harvest Drive.  You can see it on their website FREEDOM HARVEST CHALLENGE.  But since you are here, and they’ve given permission to repost this challenge I’m including it here for you.

Urban Homesteaders Journal
Path to Freedom
Freedom Gardens
Peddler’s Wagon

I’m posting it here for all to see that it is our goal to participate.  I will keep you updated on our progress.

So what is this challenge you ask?

Freedom Harvest Challenge


Collective Growing and Harvesting Effort

Path to Freedom and Freedom Gardens aim to show people that they don’t need acres of space to begin growing food, and that gardening can reduce your food bills, food miles and create a more sustainable way of life right in your own backyard.

Last year we launched the successful 100-foot Diet Challenge encouraging individuals and families to eat at least one homegrown meal a week. The overwhelming response led to the creation of Freedom Gardens, an online social networking community of nearly 2,500 gardening enthusiasts who are fed up with foreign oil, frequent food miles and high food prices—and who want to band together with like-minded folks.

So, this year, we want to expand the scope and impact of the 100-foot Diet Challenge and think big—
really big! Are you ready for the 100-foot Diet Challenge 2.0?


Freedom Gardeners Dig for their Dinners—Together!

For over eight years now, we have tallied our garden’s yearly harvest from our 1/10 acre plot in Pasadena, California. This year, we are encouraging backyard gardeners from around the world to join us and dig for their dinners, weighing-in for a secure and free future.  Collectively, we hope that our final harvest tally will reach or exceed 1 million pounds!


A typical meal made from supermarket-bought ingredients consumes between four to 17 times as much oil for transportation than a meal made from locally grown ingredients (2002 report from the Worldwatch Institute).

What does “freedom” look like? How can “freedom” be quantified, made tangible? At Freedom Gardens, we don’t just want to talk (or write) about freedom. We want to SHOW what true food security is – food grown by the people.

With the economic downturn and looming food crisis a case has made that home gardens could grow 50% of humanity’s food supply on less than 10% of the world’s arable farmland. []

Home gardens are one of the most reliable, efficient and democratic ways of producing food ever invented. An average of 1/10 of an acre (4,300 square feet) of well-tended, intensive garden is all that is needed to meet the food needs for a person (including adequate protein) who eats rather low on the food chain. []

Imagine all these food that doesn’t have to be truck, shipped, stored or flown in from hundreds/thousands of miles away.  By cutting the distance from farm to fork we are cultivating a more local food system.

During times of crisis in the past, people have banded together to grow their own food. For example, in 1943, Americans planted over 20 million wartime gardens, and the harvest accounted for nearly a third of all the vegetables consumed in the country that year.

There a number of benefits for growing local – saves money, contributes to good health and the overall environment. Now, with our ever increasing awareness of food security, more and more people are growing and preserving their own food.

These one-trowel revolutionaries are digging their way to a free and secure future!


By keeping track of your harvest (Jan 09 – Dec 09)!  Every little bit counts, it all adds up.

We understand that each person has a different situation: amount of growing space, climate and soil challenges, and limited time.

Not all garden plots are equal. But backyard and front yard gardens, windowsill, patio, container, community gardens, allotments, school gardens—they all count.

However, through a collective effort, we can show—together—just how much food can be grown!

So, get yourself a reliable scale and keep a clip board or notebook and pen or pencil nearby.

Every time you harvest something from your garden, weigh it.  Tally the numbers at the end of each month and post your results here (until we get a live widget).

And take pictures! Remember, we want to SHOW what freedom looks like! Take pictures of your garden; your harvest; your homegrown, home-cooked meals; your pantry stocked with home-preserved goods.

Share those photos online at Freedom Gardens or at FG Flickr group

If you have extra bounty consider sharing with local food bank, senior center or homeless shelter.  Let everyone enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Tally Guidelines

What counts?  Food grown from January 2009 – December 2009

Any “poundage” grown by you on your property, patio, window sill or community plot including fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and mushrooms that goes toward feeding yourself, animals and community.

Honey, dairy, eggs and meat can be tallied also but will not be counted in the 1 million “pound” tally but listed separately as in a numerical total of food produce.

Freedom Harvest Challenge - I dig my dinner

Join in

Sign up for this challenge at our sister site Freedom Gardens


Start tallying up your harvest here (we are counting harvest starting in January 09 thru December 09) — you have to be signed in to view the forum


Feel free to post this graphic (please SAVE AS) on your blog/website and let everyone know that you are participating in the Freedom Harvest Collective Growing Challenge or save the following code

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Feel free to link, reference this post about our latest challenge wherever you can.

You dig it?

So grow, weigh, eat and preserve it! Let’s see what 1 Million Pounds of Freedom looks like!

This is the start of a one trowel revolution, let’s get growing.

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