Thursday, April 22, 2010

Looking back

last year I took the Footprint calculator quiz and was surprised to learn how much I was using. So I took the quiz again this year after changing more of how we live. Our results are as followed

Last year - we needed 3.8 earths to live like we did- NOW - 2010 we need 3.5

Last year - we needed 16.9 global acres to sustain us - NOW 2010 we need 15.8

Of course we are not perfect. But just a little bit of change and being aware of what we buy makes a big difference.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Where I'm at

is a place I love. I live in a place where even the paved roads are mostly dirt come Spring. The tractors from the fields going too and froe. I live in a place where having a garden is a natural thing we do. I live in a place where 24 hours is never enough time in a day.
Those are the things I love about where I live. But I also live in a place where planting 51 cabbage plants means only 1 will survive to the next day. I live in a place where the frost will hit the peach trees right after the blooms come out. I live in a place where the rain is not plentyful.
So what does a person do that depends on these things for the winter months of feeding a family of 5. Well I plant more plants, spray the trees with homemade orgainic fruit tree spray, and pray. Pray that we will get through this and get rain. But in the mean time we will collect as much water we can and plant more veggies that the birds will leave alone.

What do you love about where you live?