How Hard Is It to Go Off the Grid and Eat Locally in Quebec?

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This is the first post in an occasional series by Deane Brebner and Don Bissonnette, who will be guest blogging about living of the grid. The Challenge
During a lull in the conversation on a road trip, Don suggested to Deane that we go off the grid for a month. A long silence ensued and then Deane said, "That's not hard enough. We should also eat locally." The challenge was taken up and the month of June chosen to begin. June is not the best month for the vegetables grown in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, but a summer birth and fall wedding limited our choices.

As preparation during the winter we read The 100 Mile Diet, by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver.

The Rules
No electricity (no use of electrical appliances, hot water, lights etc.), no propane (no bar-b-q), no gas (so, no car, no tractor, no lawn mower). No foods to be eaten other than those grown in a hundred kilometer radius (so, no salt or spices, no tea or coffee).Since our challenge is only for one month we decided to be very strict!

The Point
Our aim in doing this is to draw attention to our energy use and to find local sources of available food. In this way we will learn how to adjust our carbon footprint and cut down on the environmental costs of our food traveling such long distances to feed us.

Coming up: The First Week

Deane Brebner and Don Bissonnette live in Sutton, Quebec. They will be guest blogging frequently about their experiences with taking their home off the grid and eating a local diet.

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