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 and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats 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 am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

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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