We are a suburban family of 4 growing our own vegetables and fruit on a 2/3 acre lot. We can, freeze, dehydrate to preserve our harvest. Susan grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota so a garden was part of life. Jim on the other hand grew up in Saint Paul where a garden was not as practical as on the farm. Since being married in 1993 Susan and Jim have always had a garden and fruit trees, preserved the surplus and have tried to live a sustainable lifestyle as possible.