If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a city girl. I WANT to be a country/farm girl. But the closest to camping I've ever been is staying in a cabin in the woods (no it wasn't the premise of a horror movie, but hey there was a giant carpenter ant nest above my bed, that counts for something, right?) and the closest to livestock I've been is a petting zoo (or eating livestock...I'm so sorry cows and chickens and pigs and turkeys and lambs and man let's not even get started on my oceanic offenses...). If you'll please recall, I was a vegetarian for 9 years. I'm very very aware of animal suffering and the cost on the environment and I try to make the best decisions possible with the money I have available.
Anyway, this year I am working to get more familiar with homemade things and being a little less "urban." In that spirit, I took a canning class at my local co-op (and omg I've wanted to be one of those people who is part of a CSA/co-op forever and finally there is one near me!). With that in mind, after work the other day I went to my local Urban Acres and got ready to get my hands dirty.