A New Zealand family of 6 has made a huge new years resolution. Lydia Harvey, husband Matt and their four kids are a month and half into their year journey of spending $0 on food.
Lydia and Matt began to think seriously about their lifestyle and the food their family was eating after one of their children was diagnosed with coeliac disease.
“I started wondering why our food was making him sick. And then I started asking questions – reading all the ingredients on packets and googling anything that I didn’t understand. I realised that so much of what we eat isn’t even proper food.”
Now, along with the fruit, vegetables and eggs from their own garden, the family acquire food through a type of bartering arrangement.
“My motto is that if you give freely, it will come back to you freely. We always have so much surplus, and we give what we have – fruit, vegetables, eggs, baking – and although we don’t ask for anything in return, people are happy to give back to us,”
The family have been making delicious looking food from the look of their FB updates:
While we have fruit trees and a veggie patch, we certainly don’t have enough to keep our family of 6 eating for a year yet.
Good Luck to the family on the rest of their year journey, I look forward to seeing how they go.
Could you go a year without buying food?
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