Start to cook with good lard and you will wonder how you ever managed without it. I can guarantee people will be asking for you secret ingredient!
So it is important that no matter how self-sufficient you want to become that you remember you really are part of a larger world. Getting out and meeting people is vital, especially in farming communities which have been hit by the economic downturn.
We were looking for a way to bring the community together in a spirit of giving rather than getting. We took inspiration from the Native American tradition of Potlatch.
My family has a tradition we started our first year together. Itâ€™s simple and timeless, and a perfect end to Christmas Day.