Many people now a days are thinking about growing vegetable gardens in their backyards. Urban farming is a lot like that but it is more! This section is dedicated to vegetable gardening and raising your own crops, do it yourself projects, and recycling for a greener lifestyle.
What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been
Back in 1970 I first became aware of the back to the land movement and homesteading . Mother Earth News and Organic Gardening were my Bibles and there where visions of living off the land raising my own food and even being off the grid (the power grid) to be truly self sustained. But life happens and I have never really been able to get all the way back to those visions of my youth. I have been able to keep the dream alive by learning and implementing many of the techniques that I learned and researched.
Living A Sustainable Lifestyle
While not everyone is cut out to be a farmer or a homesteader there is much to be said for trying to live sustainably. Of course there are economic benefits to this but more important I believe is that it will change you as a person.
*Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. *From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The definition above from Wikipedia tells you what a sustainable lifestyle is but it really does not tell you what it means. They say that money can not buy you happiness and that is an irrefutable fact because happiness is an emotion or feeling . Now if you were to say the pursuit of money can make you happy then that would be true because you are enjoying the challenges and the work that goes into making a great deal of money.
So it is with pursuing a sustainable lifestyle. The feelings that you get will not be driven by money but by you relying on yourself to make changes that will not only affect you but will help to change the world to a better place not only for today but for countless generations to come.
There is nothing so rewarding and uplifting then attempting to do something you have never done before and to succeeded. Learning new skills, reaching goals and meeting objectives all stimulate good feelings about yourself and your abilities.
While not everyone is cutout to be a Master Carpenter it is possible with a little patience and applying oneself that you can create simple projects that will not only make your life easier but save you money which will be a way of preserving your personal resources.
Growing some of the food you eat is another way to preserve your personal resources as well as to cut down on your carbon imprint on the planet because that is that much more food that will not have to be trucked long distances from it’s point of origin to your local food store stopping along the way to be held in cold storage facilities and the associated environmental impact of burning fossil fuels to transport it.
Yes the food you and your family consume is just a microscopic amount of the world food supply chain but remember “Watch the nickles and dimes and the dollars will take care of themselves”. The important thing to think about is while you are just a tiny part the more people that join in the bigger the impact will be made.
So yes we talk about a lot of gardening here as well as other horticulture but I am sure there will be a lot of more DIY and Bootstrap Business as well as practical Homesteading advice as well in the future. I guess sometimes it is just hard to clear your head of those days of your youth when you were one of those long haired Hippie freaks just dreaming about living off the land, doing your own thing and not being part of the rat race. Hopefully you will become apart of it and join us.