Admittedly, I am a crazy person. The further I get into this Paleo world (over 5 years as of this post), the more paranoid I become about Big Business trying to poison us all. I heard the other day that 80% of foods in the US listed as organic are not organic, and that most come from China which is heavily polluted with things like arsenic. AGH! We do not eat all organic, but I do buy organic when the price is reasonable and we can afford it. I’ll be pissed if I’m not getting what I pay for.
If you do reading on the state of the world’s food supply, you’ll hear things like we’ve only got 30 – 60 years of top soil left before we can’t grow crops here anymore. You also hear about the chemicals, like Monsanto’s Roundup, that are poisoning us all. I live in a farming community with farmland on the south side of my house. In the summer, the crop duster comes around 5:00 AM spraying nastiness that makes us all wheeze.
Then, of course, there are some theories that the reason we’re all getting autoimmune diseases is that our soils (and therefore the foods we eat) are depleted of nutrients and/or loaded with chemicals.
Remember when I said I was crazy? Ok, so then I think about how far our food travels (like from Chile or China), and how the way we raise animals to eat is both inhumane and destroying the planet. That’s starting to keep me up at night. On top of that, Colorado has a significant lack of water problem (on top of being in the high plains desert, the oil and gas industry takes most of our water for fracking). We don’t even have the rights to water that falls from the sky in our yards in Colorado. They just passed a law last year that now allows us to keep two 55 gallon drums of water from rain. That’s not much. Scary, huh? That starts creating scares not just about water security, but food security as well. Colorado has an ever shrinking agricultural economy.
I started thinking about all of this, and thinking it is completely wasteful to be watering a lawn in my yard, when I could grow food and at least recoop that water in food that I eat. When we moved into our house in 2003, we made a few garden beds in our back yard, which I have used every year. This year, with my new found craziness, we expanded our endeavors with 5 new 4 foot x 4 foot wood square planters, 4 for food, and 1 for compost. So, here’s what I’ve got in pictures so far. Most of these were taken on June 7th, so still very early in the season.
There’s a lot more going on in the yard than this. It looks pretty messy, but I don’t care. I do eventually want to kill off the grass, so we won’t have to mow. We are composting everything we can get our hands on, so you’ll see cardboard on the ground in some of the pictures. Very little is going to waste in our house, but I’ll save that for another post.