Creating this blog has been a means of self-expression for me. I wanted to put down in words my thoughts and ideas of why eating locally grown food is so important to me without sounding preachy or judgemental. My goal was to enlighten others that there is a different way to feed ourselves and society. One just needs to think out of the box a bit. Little did I know that I would receive feedback from my readers that they indeed have heard my message and are also inspired. To say that I am surprised as well as flattered is an understatement!
Inspiration didn't come out of thin air. I knew there had to be a different way, and thanks to the internet it isn't hard to find like-minded people. I'd like to introduce you to some blogs and websites that have inspired me to begin this journey. Food can identify a culture, but the way the food is acquired and enjoyed defines it. Take a look at these sites, maybe you'll understand how I have been influenced.
- http://www.slowfoodusa.org/-This is a site that puts into words what eating "slow foods" is all about. Think of it as the antithesis of "fast food". Probably the most all encompassing of all the sites.
- http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/-This site is huge and can be a bit confusing with all it's twists and turns, but you'll get the idea. There is also a Youtube video that I'd recommend you watch. Their ideas may be considered a bit radical, especially for the average "joe",but you can take away knowledge that you can apply to your own life.
- http://eatclosetohome.wordpress.com/-This blog is written by my friend Emily. She is from Ann Arbor, she definitely knows her stuff! Look for inspiration to eating what is growing NOW in Michigan. She inspired me to have a totally local Thanksgiving last November where everything (OK, most everything) I served was from a local source. Look for a link to http://preservingtraditions.wordpress.com/ where she talks and teaches of disappearing food preparation and preserving practices.
- http://childreninthecorn.blogspot.com/-Another Michigan farmer who actually shows how to butcher chickens. I'm not sure where my chicken ownership will lead me...I just wanted them for the eggs. However,if my mind changes and I'd like to use them for meat I can just open up my laptop and use her step-by-step guide.
- http://a-homesteading-neophyte.blogspot.com/-This gal is a homesteader who doesn't gloss over any of the details or hardships for that matter. I also like the picture at the top of her blog...kind of explains the life I aspire to.