Monthly Archives: November 2015

My Tips for Sustainable Living

I am loving Nathan Crane’s series on sustainable living.

I am learning a lot from the people in this series and gaining new insights and new ideas. I am also realizing that almost every change I have made in my life over the last 20+ years, including my focus on organic gardening, has brought

Community gardens are gifts.

Gardening is good for body and soul.

me one step closer to living more sustainably. That was not why I made the changes.

Being sustainable never entered into my choices. Watching, listening, seeing and, at some deep level, awakening, knowing and choosing to make changes in my life and my home that are ethically in tune with me began with a diagnosis of cancer.

Once started, the changes didn’t stop. Here are some simple things I did, you can do, to just start down the path of being kinder to yourself, your loved ones and your world.

Buy organic meat and poultry. My husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. Everything changed.  And this was one of the first changes I made.  I found neighbors who were farmers who were organic and we bought our first pasteur-raised, free-ranged food.  I am a vegetarian now but we still buy organic meats from our friends.

No paper towels.  Sounds silly, small, but it was the first choice I made.  I weaned the household (and my husband) off of them in a year.  We have not had paper towels in our home for 7 years.  I buy fabric napkins at thrift shops and use them and wash them and use them again.

Drying clothes on a line.  I live in a relatively affluent neighborhood where

Breezecatcher 4 arm dryer

My Breezecatcher dryer saves me $100’s every year.

there are no clothes lines.  My solution? Buy a “solar dryer” that I can put out in the morning and take down in the afternoon.  I save about $80 a month on electricity just by drying towels, sheets and heavy cloths outdoors, year round.

Lettuce is an easy crop to grow and so tasty.

Lattuga in any language is a great addition to your garden.

Growing My Own – organic gardening has moved from an idea to a full-blown love of mine and it all started with lettuce!  Twenty plus years later, I have never looked back.  I am cheap, pragmatic and able to raise almost every veggie or fruit we eat using nothing but time, sunshine, water and love.

Making my own laundry detergent.  I decided to do this because I live in well country – and there are a lot of families downstream from my septic system and tile field.  Commercial laundry detergents are pretty harsh so I found a recipe (on the internet) using washing soda, laundry soap – Fels Naptha – and water. I add a few drops of Thieves oil for scent and make 3 gallons at a time for pennies on the dollar.  And I get the peace of mind of knowing that I am not poisoning my neighbors’ wells.

Making kombucha and sauerkraut.  This is my newest venture and I LOVE it. Fermented foods are so easy to make and so inexpensive to prepare.  You can pay $6.50 for a pint of sauerkraut or make a gallon – 8 pints – for $2.00.  Same with Kombucha — fermented black tea.  Pay $5.00 a bottle or about 15 cents a bottle.  It’s easy to make, delicious to drink and again, so very good for you.  Save money, feed your family and save resources.

Don’t listen to me.  Listen to yourself.  Take a step that works for you. Grow something. Save something. Make something. Don’t wait for someone else; make the change you want to see.

Let’s go back to Edward Abbey’s America.

“If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others.”                                                                                           Edward Abbey

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Gleanings from Sustainabilty Series w/Nathan Crane

Day 3 of this fabulous series and I am just learning so much and being validated in a whole lot of ways as I enjoy the Search for Sustainability.

Episode 3 is about health, your health and how you can get it back.  and do so without medicines, doctors, surgery.  The easiest change? Get rid of processed foods.  Just get rid of them and grow your own!

Organic gardening depends on dirt.

Growing your own organic veggies is easy.

You will save money.  You will save yourself.  And you will feel better.  Those messages come through loud and clear and I am living proof that they are true. I’ve lost 60 pounds I didn’t know I had to lose.

My husband has lost 45 pounds and is still losing.  His blood sugar is normalizing — after 20 years of Type 2 diabetes.  It’s good news and it is easy to do just by making that the choice to grow or buy organic produce.

Organic gardening for everyone who thinks it's hard.

Tips & tricks to make gardening easy & fun.

Growing organic veggies and fruits is easy, it’s fun and it’s a way to share what you learned from your mom or dad, your aunts and your friends like I did in my book.

There are other choices that are also coming through loud and clear in this series.

Do it!

The motto of a very famous shoe company should also be your motto.  Just do it.  Once you start, you will find it just gets easier and easier because you start feeling better.

Live it!

Live this life of health and renewal and joy.  Step back into the real world with other people who are choosing health and growing or buying organic foods.

Teach it.

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to share what you have learned on your journey through life.  This is where Nathan Crane is.  This is where many of the people in this series are – teaching it.  This is what I do in my book.

Even if you don’t feel you are ready, just watch. Maybe just take one small step because that’s what sustainability is all about.  Make one small change, today.

Sustainable Living Advocates Offer Information & Hope

If you have ever felt alone in your quest to grow your own food, shrink your carbon footprint, learn new ways to help yourself, your family and your community be healthy and happy, watch this free series of videos from Nathan Crane.

Crane traveled with his wife and daughter, met with an eclectic group of people who aren’t just talking about sustainability; they are living it.  There are, “…49 Concerned Citizens, Environmentally Conscious Educators, International Authors, Green Business Owners, School Teachers, Hip-Hop Artists, and Politicians…” who participated in this 12 part series.

These are my people. They make me smile. The give me hope.  They let me know that I am not alone; you are not alone.  We are out there and each of us is making a difference.

Watch and hear their thoughts and feelings about our current state and get ideas for how each of us can make changes.  Small changes can become big, very quickly as those of you who are fighting Monsanto know.

I don’t know what will happen to this series after its web debut – each episode is only available for 24 hours after posting so watch and learn, be heartened, be part of the change that might help save the planet.

Source: Watch The Search for Sustainability Documentary Series FREE! — The Self Reliance Summit