To garden well is to coax desired results from an already perfect order. If you can stand behind such an admirable method, but lack the decades of experience, Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Harvest is a must read.
The trap went like this: I allowed myself to buy into the idea that, after graduation, adult life would proceed in a linear fashion.
A few really extraordinary friends of mine are asking important questions. “How can I tell people about it?” “When does it go live?” “What can I do to help?” I want to address these queries in one fell swoop, so that all of you (if you are so inclined) can hop on board and help my little engine up the hill.
So, about this Big News of mine. The Solution. The Plan.
The developed world’s worst habit may be the waste of energy in all of its forms; caloric, solar, mental, physical and industrial. We’re only now beginning to comprehend the amount of irreparable damage our wastefulness has done to mankind and the planet. We’ve wiped out entire species and habitats, created and fought racial and sexual inequality, bled the planet’s carbon reserves dry, grown overweight, diseased and apathetic. I haven’t spoken to a twenty-something American who isn’t concerned about being “green” or saving money, and yet… as so often happens… they forget the small steps it takes to do either.
I’m starting to see the disconnect. Those of my peers who will one day have the power to redefine agriculture, couldn’t care less. They send away plates full of half-eaten food, talk over the state legislator who is making a plea for local organic business support, and trip over themselves to shake a hand or make a “connection.” I understand. I do. I’m looking for work in a rough economy as well, but there are far more important things to do in the meantime.
If this is illegal, please don’t bother telling me now. What’s done is done, readers. I am not proud.
The most rewarding aspect of composting is knowing that you’re reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills, returning nutrients to the soil, and stemming the flow of greenhouse gases which decaying, shipped and buried garbage creates. So once you’ve started composting, it is your right to bask in the glory of your sustainable awesomeness.
The American diet has become a monochrome mess. Every plate seems to boast something between brown and yellow. Bread, potatoes, muffins, pies, cakes, queso, cookies, fries, chips, chicken, pancakes, corn, pasta, ground beef, cheese pizza… the list continues on and on. When is the last time you ate something magenta?
It isn’t hard to understand how we’ve become so detatched. We were sold microwaves, magazines, sitcoms, couches, meals in boxes and cans, and all sorts of useless ilk. We’ve become depressed, anxious and dull, and have forgotten our true potential. Almost as terrible; we’ve forgotten food.
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