For many years, I would drive to my small-town grocery store and pick up food for me and my family. Little did I know, I was completely oblivious and blind to the horrors and pitfalls of industrial agriculture. At that time, I couldn't see what was so wrong with an industry that provided our country with cheap, affordable food right in the aisles of our local grocery stores. The up-and-coming local food movement, however, vastly changed my opinion about who has our back when it comes to providing us with healthy, sustainable food.
I'll never forget the first time I read Michael Pollan's book "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto." It was like my eyes and mind were awoken to a world I never knew existed, and that world was right outside in the roots of the earth around me. For years, we as a country have been devouring food that is stripped of its necessary nutrients and packaged into wrappers and boxes. Not only is this food making us unhealthy, it is even making us sick. It would be nice to (Read More....)
Creating a pleasant décor on your property is something we all would like, and there are quite a few ways to go about it. Being Eco-friendly is an important part of your living space, both inside and out. I have a few recommendations that can provide your property with a natural and functional beauty that will benefit our lifestyle and the lifestyle of the natural world around you.
For the Eco-conscious person creating a vegetable garden can be a satisfying project on a few levels. Growing your own food is a highly rewarding experience that also benefits your health. Not only that, it makes your property look beautiful once the produce begins to bloom. That’s what the earth is there for, so put it to good use.
First off, decide where you want to put the garden, make sure you choose a spot that gets plenty of sunlight. Each yard is different, so you’ll have to decide what size garden you can make, but I always went with 8’ X 6’ beds to accommodate a few different veggies. 1’X8’ beds are good for things like lettuce, or anything that grows better by itself in a single row. I’ve run into a (Read More....)