Friday, June 26, 2009

Made from Scratch

I recently finished "Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life" By Jenna Woginrich. I loved it so much that I read it in an evening. The author, Jenna, discusses her experiences with her first homestead and explains how to get started with your own sustainable lifestyle, even if you're living in a tiny apartment (like moi).

As someone who can bake her own bread and sew the random pair of pajama pants, this book about reviving useful skills like bee-keeping, gardening, and yogurt-making really spoke to me. I think because I have been living in such a small space for so long. I really would love a backyard to garden and would even go for having chickens, goats, and rabbits.

Urban homesteading (basically living the farm life while you live in a big city) is a huge movement right now. I love this quote, from the authors of Urban Homestead, :
"Urban homesteading is about life – it is a way of life founded on pleasure, not fear. Our preparedness comes not so much through what we have, but what we know. We are recollecting the almost-lost knowledge of our great-grandparents, those most essential of human skill sets: how to tend to plants, how to tend to animals, and how to tend ourselves."

Seeing as I just paid $6 for a couple of cups of Greek yogurt, I'm definitely going down the DIY-path. Now where do I find a pair of Angora rabbits to knit sweaters from?

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