Welcome to the Front Porch
In many parts of the world the front porch — or its equivilant — is a social focal point. It is where neighbors meet, news is shared, and advice is given. This is Simply Living Farm’s Front Porch.
It is where we want to meet each other. It is a place to talk, ask questions, share concerns, and offer advice. Like the literal front porch, it can only perform this function if the community is engaged. So please, feel free to ask questions, make suggestions, and offer advice. We can all learn as we walk through life together.
Through our conversations here on the Front Porch, elsewhere on this website, and in other ways, we will be discussing the numerous ways that we all can live more simply, more sustainably, and less stressfully.
We are honored to author ongoing columns on the broad topic of sustainability in our local daily newspaper, Wenatchee World. Here is our latest article:
Waste: The inverse of sustainability
Part of what we focus on in this column is the various components of a simpler, more sustainable life. In this column, we will focus on components of a complex, unsustainable life.
In a word, waste is a sign of an unsustainable life.
Indeed, the garbage you take to the street for pickup is a good indicator of your unsustainability. If you have one or two full garbage cans each week for a household of one or two people, that is a lot of waste and evidence of an opportunity for improvement.
While a full recycle bin is better than a full garbage can, it is still desirable to reduce what we need to recycle. Remember the strategy: reduce, reuse, recycle (in that order).
Water is a resource that, in one generation, has gone from being seemingly limitless to a scarce resource. In looking at the statistics, we waste far more water than we use wisely.
Money is also a resource that is all too often wasted. A simple example: interest. Money spent on interest is a waste. But there are many other examples if we look for them.
Time is the most valuable resource that each of us has, yet it seems to be spent randomly, unproductively, wastefully. Each moment of our lives is a gift. Use it wisely.
If we become more involved in our own supply chains, we address several important elements of a sustainable lifestyle. Consider this:
♦ If we grow even a small portion of our own food we eliminate waste at several different levels, not the least of which is packaging
♦ If we have a vegetable garden to tend, we spend less time on wasteful pastimes, and likely reduce our waist as well
♦ If we have backyard chickens, they can eat much of our table waste
♦ Some table waste can be composted to feed your garden
♦ Having a worm bin will help your garden, and they too love some of what we might otherwise through away (like coffee grounds).
In the “old country,” they didn’t have garbage cans. That had dustbins because that was all that they threw away.
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