I can’t be the only one who excitedly buys a bunch of veggies only to come back to the fridge after a few days and see them starting to wilt.
They’re a little mushy, definitely not crisp, and definitely not very flavorful.
You might be tempted to throw them right in the trash, but there’s another solution for the waste!
So here’s the tip:
Use your leftover, on the edge veg for meatball add-ins. Just chop them finely or grate them, and give those meatballs a little extra bulk and nutrients. Much better than having your money go straight into the trash instead of your stomach where they belong.
Let me know if you try this out 🙂 the soil that grew those vegetables will thank you.
Who doesn’t enjoy biting into a juicy strawberry or slurping on an orange slice? The sweet yet sour flavors make these fruits a staple in most American diets, and they are especially popular among youngsters. 🍓🍊
Yet, the mass production of these delightful fruits comes at a cost – the usage of herbicides and pesticides.
At this point in time, the dangerous, life-threatening effects (especially for agricultural workers) of using chemicals on the produce we eat is well-known. Cancers, disruptions to our endocrine (hormonal), nervous, and immune systems, and more are all exacerbated by sprayed chemicals. These “cides” are also a burden to our environment.
So, these are the dangers. But what can we do?
Well, first off, we can grow these yummy berries or citrus foods right in our own backyard! That way, we know exactly what is being applied, in what quantity, and for how long.
If this is not possible, then consider buying organic if that is within budget (I have found organic is sometimes cheaper, especially when selecting in-season fruits or vegetables). You can also reach out to you state and local representatives urging them to support legislation against heavy chemical use on our food. Finally, consider eating some of the “Clean” (or least contaminated by fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides) fruits and vegetables, like pineapples, papayas, or kiwi.1
Our gut microbiome can stay resilient to harmful bacteria or viruses when it is not inundated with pesticides and other chemicals. A healthy gut means a healthy and happy life!
Two farmers in France share their journey in creating a lush, bountiful microfarm with the potential to feed hundreds, even thousands, of people on only a few acres. Truly revolutionary and what many believe to be the future of agriculture.
Mainly, they give a brief overview of some of their methodology and challenges. Since they only really scratch the surface and never get specific about how other land stewards can tend to the garden – I give this one an 8/10.
Here are some of their practices!
Mandala Garden. (Layout garden in the shape of a mandala to promote proper rotational cropping and honor thousand year old tradition.)
See problems as a resource. See waste as a resource. (When turning thin soil into vibrant soil, you’ll need tons, TONS, of “waste”.)
The Hotbed Technique.
The Forest Garden.
Diversify, Diversify, Diversify. This is the most important point that the authors continually go back to. If you have an orchard, add chickens to munch on the tree scraps, aerate soil, and you can also use them for profit. If you have chickens, add cattle because the chickens will aid in spreading out their dung, thus helping in soil productivity (and another profit stream).
Be wary of the end of oil. They spend a decent amount of time on this. When developing your farm, try to stay away from relying heavily on anything with a fuel tank that is not a mouth.
These are really only a handful of the dozens of techniques mentioned throughout the literature.
If you’re a beginner to regenerative farming, I’d totally recommend this. They do a nice job of showing you what’s out there and what you may be able to utilize. They are trusted and successful land stewards.
If you’re looking for detailed and concrete explanations of how to garden or farm, check out some of my other posts for recommendations!
Before I leave, I’d like to share only *one* of my favorite quotes from the book (although there were many lines that made me smile, laugh, and/or cry).
You think you can stamp on that caterpillar?
All right, you’ve done it. It wasn’t difficult.
And now, make that caterpillar again…
Lanza del Vasto
Thanks for reading! Comment if you’ve already read or are planning to read this wonderful book. Books like this give me incredible hope – I bet it will for you, too.
Hi all. My name is Tiffany, and I am stoked to be sharing my knowledge and passion with the world. I am a farmer, graduate with a BS of Science in Sustainability, and an avid reader.
My journey in living a sustainable lifestyle peeled open about seven years ago when I took an English course my first year of college. The entire semester we had to read and write about perspective problems in society, like social media, technology, fossil fuels, and food. The food one really sparked something in me. The next semester, I volunteered as a note-taker for a lower level English class. In that one, the entire semester was focused on the food industry. That spark in me really began to spew.
While before these experiences I had heard about factory farms, the entire reality of them never really struck through to me. I loved, and still love, meat. But, our meat does not have to be produced and processed the way our government and the industry seems “necessary”. A massive goal in my lifetime is to eradicate CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). My hope is that the people I reach will aid me in this goal.
A few months later, one of my coworkers – who I now consider a spiritual guide in my life – commented on my acne. She alluded to the idea that the craters on my face could be from eating processed meat. The next week, she brought me a book titled Skinny Bitch. I was on the very last page of the book when I called my boyfriend sobbing to him that I would never eat meat again. The next day, I went vegan – cold turkey. My dedication for food and the planet quickly became my life’s purpose.
A few years later, after much more education and experience on land and climate management, I’m no longer vegan. But, I still believe, and have an overwhelming desire to share, that the food we grow and eat is vital to the survival of human existence – both in the present and in the long-term future. We have SO much power. I whole-heartedly believe that with food we can and will overcome the cumbersome threats to humanity.
Now that that little debrief is over… In this blog, you can expect plenty of reviews and briefs of my recent reads. These will mainly be regarding regenerative farming, homesteading, the magic behind nature, sustainable lifestyles, and soil. You will also find studies and research on all things sustainability, from agrivoltaics to cows, and from nuclear to pollinators and more.
I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I love writing! If you ever want any information on a specific topic, or just to chat, please reach out!