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June 30, 2017

Confession time.

 

I have been suppressing my inner hippie for a while now. I don't know why really, I guess I just always felt it might come off as elitist, annoying or worse - trendy.  But I can't ignore any longer: guys, I am a hippie. I can't say that I follow a particularly 'organic lifestyle', nor am I strictly scouring every label for GMO's or specific ingredients to avoid. I don't consider myself a locavore, or a minimalist or anything really. It's just not my thing.  But the hippie is in there. 

 

My best friend and I recently read Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I know, I'm late to the game, I usually am. Most of the information I had a vague idea about already, but it certainly helped put some things into perspective for me:

  1. We are only as healthy as our farmland, and our soil

  2. Small diversified farms are incredibly important 

  3. We should be buying locally 

  4. Giant industrial farms suck

  5. And as an offshoot of caring about these things, you also find out that big companies are the worst

 

Building our awareness about these things, we have made some very slow transitions. I have been trying to make more things from scratch, especially those that I once thought had to be purchased (crackers, bread, cheese, pasta, granola), finding local pasture raised meat,  planted some vegetables on my balcony and took an interest in gardening. 

 

Yep, there it is. The dreaded elitism, ugh gross.  But hang in there, my goal is to make this as accessible as possible! That list of stuff doesn't have to be only for those lucky souls who have 10 hours of free time a day, you know, the skinny vegan women whose hair always look like tiny fairy angels sneezed on them, and their kitchen is always clean and sunny and they are never sad or burn things. I assure you, I burn pizza crust onto non-stick pans, angels almost never do my hair, and sometimes I forget how to tell time. 

 

Normal, flawed humans can do these things. Yes, even you. 

 

I have neglected and killed countless herb plants, houseplants and lawns. I never thought I had much of a green thumb. But the urge was there, just waiting to be nurtured. Even before reading Pollan's book, GGI was brewing, stewing and growing. The idea sparked with the aforementioned bestie in the parking lot of a random park about a year ago. Community gardening but more engaging, slightly more badass, and maybe even funny. 

 

Ok, sorry, back on track. Gardening. This is what I'm here to talk about. Gardening is good, just do it, okay? 

 

Top 10 reasons to grow some vegetables:

  1. It is POSSIBLE to save money 

  2. The food is arguably more nutritious 

  3. It's definitely more tasty 

  4. Even disorganized scatterbrains like me can do it 

  5. You don't need to be good at it 

  6. You don't need as much space as you think 

  7. You can start with one plant 

  8. You get to control exactly what goes into it 

  9. It's definitely more tasty 

  10. It's definitely more tasty 

Okay, so there were only 8 things. But that last one is important enough that it counts extra...

 

I'll help, don't worry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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