While I did grow up in a family that thought about how our actions impacted the earth, raising our own food was not a part of the whole picture.
We reduced our energy consumption, we recycled, we ate healthy, and we spent time digging and playing outside.
Now, as we steadily increase our food production through our garden and animals, I am amazed at the change in perspective that comes from becoming more self reliant. As we bridge the gap between consumption and production, I am increasingly aware of the real cost of our food and the small nuances that shift in our garden and animals from year to year. Here are a few of my new perspectives as we move into this year's growing season:
- When I sit quietly in my yard and look at the apple blossoms, I am now more interested in the number of bees on the blossoms then on how pretty they look
- On the rare occasion that I buy eggs - I become obsessive about where they come from (crazy obsessive and willing to drive far distances to get my eggs)
- The beauty of a garden is no longer judged on its composition, color and texture, but by its ability to provide food
- There is nothing, absolutely nothing more lovey in the garden than a handful of dark, rich compost
- The extended forecast is now more valuable for predicting my growing season than for planning outings, get togethers and vacations
- A yard is simply an open space of potential - there are endless possibilities in a patch of open space
- All those farms I drive past are no longer a meaningless jumbles of buildings, but an important learning tool for how to grow my own homestead
- A $4 heirloom tomato doesn't seem all that expensive anymore - just a fair price for hard work.