Welcome to the August 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Living Sustainably.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about steps their families have taken, or hope to take, to live more sustainably. We hope you’ll find inspiration for your family’s journey towards sustainable living, and share your tips with us as well!
Growing up, I knew where my food came from. We had a large garden. We had chickens for eggs. We raised pigs (and one cow) for meat. And we went fishing frequently so we always had fresh caught fish.
I see so many children these days who have no real sense of where their food comes from. Sadly, many people are so disassociated with the source of food that they see no difference between a box of processed food and real, whole foods like meat, fruits and veggies.
We don’t want our children to go down that path, so we have taken conscious steps to ensure our children understand – and see for themselves – where our food truly comes from.
We tried to have a garden last summer, but we moved mid-summer so it wasn’t fruitful. However, this year we decided to container garden so that even if we moved again, we could take our garden with us.
The girls get so excited every time they see a tomato ripen or a strawberry start to form from one of the beautiful pink flowers. I love seeing their eyes light up as they watch the garden grow.
We raised rabbits for meat for a short time. Unfortunately, the females kept dying during childbirth, so we decided to move away from that for now. We still have one rabbit left, Abbey, who has pretty much become a pet who roams the backyard (she’s cage free).
We started raising chickens for eggs back in April. They are 4 months old and haven’t started laying yet, but I’m so excited for when they do. My aunt has chickens and the girls stayed with her recently. They loved collecting the eggs from the coop and I’m so excited to watch them do that with our chickens.
Over the past 4 months, we realized that raising chickens is pretty easy (although they are quite messy), so we recently made the decision to raise more chickens for meat. They are only a week old now, and I’ll be writing more about that soon. It will definitely be a lesson for the girls in where meat comes from
While not everyone has the space to raise animals, anyone can start a small garden, even if it’s just a few herbs in the kitchen window or hanging from a balcony in Smart Pots. There is always something you can choose to do to live more sustainably.
There are many ways to teach your children about sustainability. What is your favorite way to teach your children about sustainability?
Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed: