Since the industrial revolution people’s lives have steadily become more complex. In the period of one lifetime, this complexity has increased geometrically. There are numerous negative unintended consequences of this. Environmental degradation, decreased quality of food, rampant obesity, pervasive chemicals, massive debt, and an over-dependence on petroleum are but a few of them.
A complex society and economy may work when everything in the system works, but eventually the complexity of any organization makes it vulnerable, unstable, and unable to adapt to changes. Yesterday’s mistakes, masked by both size and momentum, become obvious and crippling when that momentum hesitates.
The recent global economic downturn has revealed this. High unemployment and reluctant investors persist.
Yet a positive outcome of this is that some people are starting to recognize just how much they are dependent on others and on “the system” for their lives – literally. People are starting to seek out ways they can become more independent, to make their lives more sustainable, not just from an environmental standpoint, but from a survival standpoint. They seek more understandable, simpler, healthier lives.
Simply Living Farm exist to encourage and amplify this trend.
We believe that a decrease in the complexity results in an improvement in the quality of life; that being informed about and involved in our food chain saves money; that eating healthier is also better for the environment. Individuals, by taking personal accountability for their circumstances, can reduce their vulnerability, reduce the impact of an increasing volatile society, increase the quality of life, all while decreasing stress.
We also believe that sustainability is not just about the environment. The triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) illustrates how it is not enough to consider just the environment if we seek true sustainability. In order for any concept, decision or lifestyle to be sustainable, consideration must also be given to human sustainability and financial sustainability.
The lifestyle we have tried to live has evolved naturally. Although we didn’t use the term “sustainable” as we adopted this lifestyle, others have come to use that term. Like all of us, it is a journey; we are pleased with our progress and eager to do even more to lead simpler, more sustainable lives.
Several years ago, we decided to help others learn and implement simpler, more sustainable lifestyles. Simply Living Farm, LLC was formed in 2012.
We viewed this as a process, starting with motivating people to strive for simplicity and sustainability (we have learned that in many cases, external forces have provided ample motivation). This is followed by education about what sustainability is and how each of us can live more in concert with those concepts. Lastly, we equip people with high quality, well-designed and unusual tools that support a simpler more sustainable life. This latter step is supported with products of our own design as well as those produced by select others.
Our first website was launched in early 2013, and a retail shop in Leavenworth, Washington, was opened in May, 2013. In May of 2016 we moved our retail shop immediately east of downtown Leavenworth to avoid the congestion. We can now be found at 11007 Highway 2. We are under the same roof as Prey’s Fruit Barn and the Leavenworth Quilt Company.