Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun. To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Friday, 14 March 2008

Leek and Potato soup!! mmmn! and musings on living the "30 MILE DIET"

This is what we had for lunch.

Home made,home grown, Leek and Potato soup with home made wholemeal bread ( all the ingredients from within 30 miles of here!) and some organic pate which is UK, but not sure where from, BUT we only bought THAT becaues we had run out of compostman's yummy homemade pate ( which, again , is made from organic ingredients sourced from within less than 30 miles from here.)

We are trying to minimise our food miles so as to eat stuff grown or reared from within a 20-30 mile radius as far as we can...obviously the coffee does come from a lot further away...( but it IS Organic, Fair Trade etc.....!) BUT our dairy, meat, sausages and bacon, flour, vegetables, juices, apples, cider, beer, soft drinks come from growers within that radius....

and the stuff from further away is bought from within 5 miles away....

AND it was a yummy lunch, too!!

I know we are not going to achieve an 100% 20 mile radius food diet...( Bananas, coffee, tea, some wine, cat food etc...) but still...WE ARE TRYING!!

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