“This magical, marvelous food on our plate, this sustenance we absorb, has a story to tell. It has a journey. It leaves a footprint. It leaves a legacy. To eat with reckless abandon, without conscience, without knowledge; folks, this ain’t normal.”
― Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
We blame the zombies.
When “Walking Dead” first came out, my now-husband and I started challenging ourselves to think about more “what if?” situations and survival tactics. It began as keeping a stash of emergency supplies like bleach and bandaids, but then we started thinking deeper – less about surviving and more about thriving. How would we continue to grow food and provide for our family, or keep them warm and safe?
Years of reading and research led us to understand that as a society, we’ve become more and more distanced from our food and our food has become increasingly unhealthy with the depletion of our soil through mass agriculture systems. Not only that, but the climate crisis is not just a product of diesel engines and global transportation but a product of unsustainable animal agriculture and the lack of local and seasonal products – how far did the tomato travel to get on your table in January, and how healthy is it, actually? Our grandparents ate healthier carrots just by nature of how they were grown – in smaller farm operations with better soil, fewer unhealthy fertilizers, and less damaging weed control methods.
We’ve set out to provide as much food as we can for ourselves, to educate ourselves on the best organic, permaculture practices to help heal the land as well as make it more nutritional for us, to live life more holistically and seasonally- and regionally-focused, and to cherish the earth we have.
My husband and I currently garden a suburban homestead in Kansas, where we enjoy building all sorts of vegetable and leafy mazes for our cats to explore. Thank you for joining us on our homesteading journey.