Back in 2010 I set myself the goal:
It is Sunday the 7th of June, 2015 and after many years of practice I am now producing 80% of my families vegetables. I feel really chuffed with myself as this was one of my biggest challenges requiring patience and dedication . The garden is beautiful, rough and wild, a food forest. I love every minute I spend in it, feeling the rich soft soil between my fingers,and smelling the sweat tomatoes. My children regularly spend time with me in the garden. I feel proud of myself as a parent imparting practical and fundamental knowledge while also developing mine and their appreciation and spiritual connection with nature. I am reminded of this great achievement every time I sit down to eat.
On of the thing I have learnt about achieving goals is to make them public. Let as many supportive people as possible know about your goal and its progress. In doing so I have found I feel more supported, confident, accountable and energetic. Thus the reason I added the chart in the top right corner of this site. Nothing gets more public than a blog, except maybe a royal wedding.
Every time I harvest something out of the garden, close to nil at the moment, or purchase fruit and veg from the store, currently allot, I record it on the chart for you all to see.
It latter occurred to me there are probably many others aspiring to a similar goal as myself and just as many who are already living it. The ones who are aspiring I would like to encourage in making their goal public and those who have achieved it already I would like to also encourage to make it know to inspire the aspiring, like me.
So if you would like to join my challenge and have a blogger blog (sorry to those who don't) simply click the above button to add the chart gadget to your site. If I get enough takers I was thinking of putting up a list of participating sites. Love to hear your feed back and ideas.
If you have a goal target and are happy to make it public you can do so by entering the target value in the field labelled Goal. Your goal does not have to be 80% like mine.
When convenient, once a week, once a month, or ad hoc, enter the percentage of fruit and/or veg that your have grown vs purchased into the gadget. To do so open up the configuration of the gadget and enter the data into the field labelled Data. Put the date followed by an f or v (fruit or veg) then the percentage. Examples: On the 30 March 2011 you consumed 40% of your own home grown vegetables. Enter: 30Mar2011 v40
You can enter fruit and veg separately or in one entry. Example: On the 14 February 2011 you grew 30% veg and 70% fruit. Enter: 14Feb2011 v30 f70
It is perfectly ok to make multiple entries on a single day. Say in the morning you did some harvesting and record it, then in the afternoon you popped out to the shop and record that. You could also keep a paper log and make just one entry per month. It's up to you. The gadget will average it out.
Note the Preview - Update button does not work. I don't know why. If you find any other problems let me know.