Friday, February 6, 2009

defending the stereotype

If you’re the first of your friends to move to the country, get some chickens and plant an organic garden there will be some inevitable social fallout. It’s not your fault, but you’re going to raise the eyebrows of some of your more cynical friends. While there are plenty of people out there excited about self-reliance, there are just as many folks jaded by the hype and greenwashing that society has been slinging at us ever since Al Gore shared his slideshow. As green living gets trendier, it can’t help but jump the shark. You just can’t blame people for rolling their eyes when oil companies air commercials about sustainability. Read the rest here at Mother Earth News Online...

11 Comments:

Blogger Vermonster said...

Yup, I appear to be the first insane one. Planted broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, chive (regular and garlic) oregano, lemon and lime basil, and thyme today. Florida has the opportunity have 2 planting seasons a year. As far as I can see, it's the only benefit of being in FL.
Thank you for sharing your life.

Marina

February 6, 2009 at 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

call me crazy too.I read mother earth and countryside magazine and my kids ask me why I buy them,hey a girl can dream can't she? You're doing what makes you happy and that's all that counts. Love the embellishment on your hat.cool! Great blog and excellent book you got there.Rock on Jenna!

February 7, 2009 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I'm the crazy one at the office. I get a lot of questions, and I give a lot of answers. I bake them bread and provide fresh eggs. I'm the "hippie" of the department. Doesn't bother me a bit!

February 7, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

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February 7, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Very well written commentary.

February 7, 2009 at 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jump the shark it will, but unlike subprime mortgages for anyone with a pulse, credit default swaps, 22" chrome wheels on SUV's that never even see a dirt road, a plasma TV in every room of the McMansion, and many other trappings of our time, homesteading will endure. If anything, oil companies talking about their sustainability and green energy efforts tells me that the Fonz is already in the water with his skis on! Is it Chevron that spends more on their PR campaign talking about their alternative energy research than they actually spend on the research?

People can pooh-pooh it all they want, but in the end, who is living the more rewarding life?

Russ

February 7, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
Anonymous tammy said...

Jeez... I had this happen to me last night, talking to a friend I hadn't seen in years. She's a city lawyer now and when I talked about gardening and hopes for chickens and bees she looked at me with total pity. I didn't mention how much I love to can. I was afraid her head would explode right there in the bar

February 8, 2009 at 1:32 PM  
Anonymous dogear6 said...

Jenna - thanks for again sharing some insightful wisdom. You are right - anytime you change your life, there will be fallout. It's worse when it's family.

But I've finally reached a point in my life where I can respectfully tell them all that it's too bad. I am enjoying being an urban homesteader and working towards self-sufficiency. Yes, I cook my food from scratch, preserve it, and grow it. And I enjoy it very much.

The naysayers need to get a life and leave mine alone

February 8, 2009 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

hey guys, thanks for reading this. i don't usually point to stuff off-blog, but thought a lot of you could relate.

February 8, 2009 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger denny said...

That little chick on the hat... adorable!!

February 10, 2009 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Susannah of Cricklewood Farm said...

Yup, I'm experiencing this now - my two best friends find what I am doing ridiculous, but it's only shored up my resolve. I know the path I'm on is the right one. :-D

August 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM  

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