By Robyn Chambers
Williams Lake Tribune
While the title Chicken Poop for the Soul: In Search of Food Sovereignty is a bit of a retread of the popular Chicken Soup series, the content definitely is not.
Author Kristeva Dowling penned what she sees as the “next step” to the 100-mile diet over an 18-month period at her home in Hagensborg in the Bella Coola Valley. Her goal was an attempt at “food sovereignty.”
“To grow all my own food. Can it. Preserve it. Learn to make cheese, etcetera, right down to butchering, hunting and fishing,” Dowling explained.
A mind-boggling feat for most but made all the more extraordinary considering the fact that Dowling had once been a vegan, didn’t have an agricultural background or experience with hunting and was occupied at the time with a full-time job in Saskatchewan which she “loved” but left to follow this new dream and chronicle that experience in a book.
Initially Dowling dreamed of all the free time she would have to pursue personal pleasures like reading books and riding her horse.
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