I believe in a simpler life. In slowing down, getting out, and reconnecting.
I believe in knowing your farmers, and where your food comes from (“a box” is not a valid answer). In eating food that’s as close as possible to the way that nature made it (here’s why!). In getting your hands dirty and breaking a sweat. In trying new things, and not being afraid to take a risk once in a while.
I believe that this doesn’t mean you have to ditch all electronics and plant a field of wheat to make your own bread; it just means that we, as a collective and as individuals, don’t always have to be go-go-going at 100 mph. Each person has their own idea of what that means. To me, it’s what this blog encompasses – growing a lot of our own food, making a lot of our own stuff, and trying to support and connect to people in the local community who share those same visions.
I believe that you don’t need an arsenal of fancy kitchen gadgets to make really good food, and you don’t need a state-of-the-art greenhouse to grow really good food. Just a little dedication, some curiosity, and maybe a bit of (gasp!) hard work. If you’re passionate about something, you find a way to make it work.
I believe that you need to keep learning and doing new things to keep life interesting. I’ll try just about everything (legal, mostly) at least once. If it works, great; if it doesn’t turn out the way I planned, then I learned something for the next time. I make lots of mistakes; I just try not to make the same one twice.
I believe that I’ll try to keep things clear, concise, and on a level that a beginner could understand. My intent with this site is to share some of what I’ve learned so others can replicate it, and if nobody can make sense of it, then I’m not really accomplishing anything. So feel free to let me know if I ever get too rambly or technical-sounding!
Life is short, and I think that we have a way of making it feel even shorter. And truly, that’s no way to live. So slow down, get out, and reconnect, with your family, with your roots, with the land… start living your life from the ground up.