From the laundry basket of the Homegrown Mama...
Hello! I'm so excited to be sharing my journey to sustainability from the trenches of motherhood in Ohio! As a long time reader of The Green Phone Booth, I cannot tell you how much fun it is to don my own cape and participate with everyone!
I grew up in a home that was eco-friendly in the sense that it's often the most frugal lifestyle. I often laugh that we didn't use paper towels until I was in high school! I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology and after my graduation from college, I became a Biologist for the Toxicology department at a contract research lab. Many of the studies I worked on required that Tyvek suits and respirators be worn at all times. At some point during the first year of my employment, I experienced health problems and became curious about the studies I was working on and a possible connection to my health. What resulted was an intense desire to rid my home of chemicals and a personal need to become less reliant on conventional products.
So now, here I am, 5 years and 2 kids later. My determination is to live a natural life. This desire for a life that is as free from waste and toxins as possible is fueled by my hope to make sure my children get the benefit of a healthy childhood to be the cornerstone for their amazing lives. We cook from scratch and cloth diaper. We play outside and are a little antsy to get our garden started. We live the way we do because my husband and I truly believe it's better. Not better in the I'm-awesome-and-you're-not-sense, but better for our lives, or children and our world. And if I'm really being honest, I like living this way!
This year, I'm working my way through a list of Eco-wishes:
- Plant our garden! I'd like to produce a sizable amount of our food both for consumption and preservation, so I'm working on plans and writing out my seed orders. Since I am hoping to keep the garden producing up to the last frost, I'm going to have to learn a little bit about succession planting, too!
- What we don't produce in the garden, I hope to find from local sources. Sometimes, it takes some work, but I love knowing that the food on my table was produced within an hour of our home!
- Host another Low Impact (First) Birthday for my daughter in April. We will be hosting it at the local Children's Museum, so I will have to plan ahead since everything will have to be transported to the site.
- Successfully switch our food storage over to glass or stainless steel. This includes the containers for my freezer cooking and the kids' dinnerware.
- Since we moved to this house, there's been no landscaping and I hope to plant some native shrubs and ground cover in addition to some fruit trees!
- And finally, starting this spring, I plan to line dry all our laundry (with the exception of disaster laundry loads or laundry that gets caught in a rainstorm). Last summer, I only used the dryer 5 times in the month of August (considering that I do roughly 7 loads of laundry a week, this was huge) and the impact on our electric bill was significant enough that even though I had been running the stove daily for canning and we had fans and the air conditioner running due to the miserable heat, our bill only went up 2 dollars!
This year, I'll be checking in with you twice a month with my updates on the garden, new ideas for our natural homes and hopefully have some posts that give you a new or interesting perspective on our everyday lives!