Hey there, everyone! I thought it was time to have a little fun. I realized the other day that we don’t all come here to One Green Generation for the same reasons. I write about sustainability because that’s extremely important to me. But maybe it’s not for you. So… what does concern you most in the world?
Here’s My Answer:
I’m most concerned about climate change. Followed by world health, poverty, and protection for other species. These are things that I think about every day. (You know, just the little things!)
Other things I care about most are my family, and my own health – so that I can do the work I’d like to do, and to be the companion I want to be.
Together, these concerns drive me. They are a big part of who I am today. I write about sustainable living because I believe very strongly that if we all lived sustainably, each of these concerns would be addressed. It doesn’t matter how we start, nor really how we get there, as long as we do come to live sustainably. And so I write about many different ways to do so.
So, What About You?
What concerns you most in the world? Please share your thoughts and join the conversation!
Welcome! Come, tell us all what seeds you’ve planted, and what seeds you’re saving!!
If you missed it, here was our last check-in. Oh, and a couple of you hinted at joining last time – I’ve added you here, but if you really don’t want to do it, let me know and I’ll remove you. Otherwise, think of this as a little friendly push!
Who Are We?
So far there are 148 participants signed up for The Growing Challenge: From Seed To Seed, and we’ve reached 200 participants in The Original Growing Challenge. Congratulations, Mangochild – you’re #200!
Together we’re an awesome support network for learning new things! Welcome, everyone who has recently joined. And if you haven’t already, please join us in taking a new step toward sustainability by growing your own food from seed to seed. It’s not too late to join.
New participants of The Growing Challenge From Seed to Seed are in orange at the bottom of the following list, and new participants of The Original Growing Challenge are listed below that (the whole group is listed here). Let’s visit, support, and learn from one another!
- Jules, The Garden of Plenty, Melbourne, Australia – zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
- Jena, Married To The Farm, Caro, Michigan – zone 5
- Amanda, You Reap What You Sow, South Central Pennsylvania – zone 6-7
- Jen, Toward Arcadia, Michigan – zone 5-6
- Deb G, Bee Creative, Pacific Northwest – zone 7
- Greeen Sheeep, Wisconsin – zone 4
- Kory, Kicking And Screaming, Central New York – zone 5
- Abbie, Farmer’s Daughter, Connecticut – zone 6-7
- Margaret, Margaret’s Ramblings, Nottingham, England – zone 8
- SusanB, Southern New Jersey – zone 6b-7
- Karin, Fleecenik Farm, Central Maine – zone 4
- Kelsie, Hobbit’s Feat, Kentucky – zone 7
- Monica, Northern Ohio – zone 5-6
- Jen, Aaron-N-Jen: Living Life Simply, Iowa – zone 5
- Di, Path To Greendom & World of Yardcraft, Southern California – zone 10
- TomB, My Simple Home Garden, Central Massachusetts – zone 5b
- Judy, My Freezer Is Full, East Central Iowa – zone 5a
- Julie, Towards Sustainability, Newcastle, NSW, Australia – zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
- Dina, Hip Chick Chronicles, Portland, Oregon – zone 8-9
- Milkweed, Milkweed Diaries, Swannanoa Valley, North Carolina – zone 6-7
- Melanie J, Ember’s Lighthouse, Jacksonville, Florida – zone 9a
- Risa B, Stony Run Farm, Western Oregon – zone 8
- Maureen, Fotos By Meg & Suburban Sharecroppers, Central Valley, California – zone 9
- Amy Crump, Crump Family Blog, Chapel Hill, North Carolina – zone 8
- Rob, Rob’s World, Burien, Washington – zone 8
- The Rachface, This Evolutionary Life, Virginia – zone 8
- Janice, Going Off Da Grid Janice, California – zone 8-9
- Green Bean, Green Phone Booth, Bay Area, California – zone 9
- Daphne, Daphne’s Dandelions, Winchester, Massachusetts – zone 6
- Jimmy Cracked-Corn – zone 5
- Lisa, Domestic Accident, Southern Coastal Maine – zone 5-6
- Hannah, The Purloined Letter, Takoma Park, Maryland – zone 7
- Suzan, Scrub Oak, Rocky Mountain southern foothills (6,700 feet) – zone 4
- The Cheap Vegetable Gardener
- Onemotherslove, What’s He Up To Now?, North Central Texas – zone 8
- Red Icculus, Red-Icculus.com – zone 5
- Jocele, Knitting On Call, Idaho – zone 6-7
- Matt, Florida – zone 9
- Sara, Mama Craft, Canada – zone 3a
- Tyra, Tyra’s Garden & The Greenhouse In Tyra’s Garden, Vaxholm, Sweden – zone 6
- Inadvertentfarmer, The Inadvertent Farmer, Western Washington – zone 8
- Melody, Merrie Melody, Utah – zone 6
- Melinda, One Green Generation, Seattle, Washington – zone 8
- Michelle, Alpaca, Chook, Garden, Travel and…., Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
- Laurel, Nefaeria, North Bay, Ontario, Canada – zone 4a
- Mary, Freedom Gardens Journal: Mecar, Crete, Illinois – zone 5
- Susan, How Green In My Garden, Southern California – zone 8b
- Mary, Cat’s Fiber Adventures, Oregon – zone 8-9
- WIlla, Plants And Animals & Yumminess Ensues, S. Central Pennsylvania – zone 6A
- Jenn, Attempted Simple Life, Osgoode, Ontario, Canada – zone 5a
- Shibaguyz, Here we go! Life with the Shibaguyz…, Seattle, WA – zone 8
- Tina, Bee Content Ranch, California
- Cassandra, The Urban Trowel, Southeastern BC, Canada – zone 5
- Nico, Self Sufficient Life, North Germany – zone 8
- Sadge, Firesign Farm, Carson City, Nevada – zone 6
- Leanne, At The Good Life, New Zealand – zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
- Jenny, Studio J
- Sarah S, Life At The Ranch, Northern California – zone 9
- Sarah Z, Ward Road Garden, Northern California – zone 9
- Christy O, Farm Dreams, Georgia – zone 7
- Jason L, Vegetable Garden Planner
- Annette, Ward House, Hot Springs, Virginia – zone 6
- Paige, Clausen In The Hausen & Out In The Garden, Saint Peters, Missouri – zone 5
- Rhonda, FarmHouse Style, North Georgia Mountains – zone 7b
- Kelly, Taurus Rising, Adelaide Hills, Australia- zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
- Laura, Mas Du Diable, France – zone 9
- Christina, A Thinking Stomach, Altadena, California – zone 9b
- Latigoliz, Cowgirl Up, Enumclaw, Washington – zone 8
- Lisa, Natural Gardening, Upstate South Carolina – zone 8
- Chris, Chattagarden, Chattanooga, Tennessee – zone 7
- Mary B, Tampa, Florida – zone 10
- Kathy, Birmingham, Alabama – zone 7-8
- Kathy and Skippy, Skippy’s Vegetable Garden – zone 6
- Katrien, MamaStories, suburb of Boston, Massachusetts – zone 6-7
- Maggie, Mama What The
- Christa, Lazy Toad Farm, New Hampshire – zone 4-5
- Emma, The Berry Patch, Sydney, Australia – zone 10 (Aust. 4)
- Jenny, Seeded, Toledo, Ohio – zone 6
- Melissa, Rabbit Hill Farm, rural North Carolina – zone 7-8
- Jessie Earth Momma, Pacific Northwest – zone 7b
- Catherine, Love Living Simply, Texas – zone 8
- Ian, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada – zone 6b
- Christy, Growing Human, Coastal Virginia – zone 7b
- Amanda, A Homegrown Life, California – zone 9
- Robbie, Going Green Mama – zone 5
- Pamela, Suburbancrunch – zone 6-7
- Beth, Potager Gardening, Columbus, OH – zone 5
- Tammy (+ her 6 cherubs!), Simply Beck’s Bounty, SE Tennessee – zone 7
- Ottawa Gardener, The Veggie Patch Re-Imagined, Ottawa, Canada – zone 5a
- Laura Chandler
- Lisa Cohen, Life Is In The Details
- Darlene, Stover Lane, Kansas – zone 5-6
- Sherri M, Sherri’s Mad Blabber Blog, Erin, Ontario, Canada – zone 5a
- Chad M, Minnesota – zone 4
- Shelby, Eat Local Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM – zone 5-6
- Linda, Garden Girl, Chicago, Illinois – zone 5b
- Stacy, Canada – zone 5b
- Joan, Young Girl, Old Life, Northeastern Missouri – zone 5
- Kim & Victoria, Living And Gardening In Idaho, Boise, Idaho – zone 5-6
- Sinclair, Nature With Me, Oregon – zone 7
- Jenette, Sacramento, CA – zone 9b
- Jennifer, Jen & The Bean Stalk, North Idaho – zone 4-5
- Laurie and Tim, Golden Gaits Garden, Colorado – zone 5b-6
- Phoebe, Cents To Get Debt Free, Southern Missouri – zone 5-6
- Megan, Raised On Sunshine, Dallas, TX – zone 8a
- Crunchy Chicken, Seattle, WA – zone 8
- Jenn, Jenn’s Coop, central valley, CA – zone 10
- Veriance, Michigan – zone 5
- Sande, Sow This, Sew That, Southeastern Michigan – zone 5
- Jenn, Newlyweds!, Texas – zone 9
- Carri, Home Of The Petersonclan, South Central Kentucky – zone 6
- Amber, Cloud9 Design, Texas – zone 9
- Jo, Little House By The Railway Line, England – zone 8
- Andrea, Colorado – zone 5-6
- Kendra, A Sonoma Garden – zone 9
- Stuff, Proactive Bridesmaid – zone 7
- LiBBy BuTTons, US – zone 6
- Healing Green, Gaylordsville, Connecticut – zone 6
- Carpe Diem, British Columbia, Canada – zone 3
- Trish, The Promised Land – zone 8-9
- Diana, Backyard & Community Gardening, Northern Colorado – zone 4-5
- Tricia, Little Eco Footprints, Australia – zone 9-10 (Aust. 3)
- Juliette, Abielle A Miel, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA – zone 8-9
- Ciera, Ciera’s Garden, Pittsburg, PA – zone 6a
- Kara, Garden of Eatin’, Canada – zone 4
- Vickie, In The Acorn, Winnetka, CA – zone 9
- Paula, Buckets Of Gardening Ideas, Idaho – zone 4-5
- Jennifer, Seeds In The City, Bay Area, CA – zone 9-10
- Anne-Marie, Cheeseslave, Los Angeles, CA – zone 10-11
- Shea, The Lion And The Little Red Birds, Australia – zone 4
- Vermontmommy, McKinney, Texas – zone 8
- Christina, Closer To Fine, Bay Area, CA – zone 9-10
- Transition Housewife, Suffolk, UK – zone 8
- Lori, Life In Webster Groves, St. Louis, MO – zone 6a
- Nature Deva, Colorado – zone 5-6
- Bettina, Unterm Walnussbaum, Alsheim, Germany – zone 7
- Kelly, Simply Dawson, Columbia, SC – zone 8
- Berryvine Farm, NE Georgia – zone 7b-8
- Plant Lady, Trillium Grove Farm, Southern Ontario, Canada – zone 5b
- Saara, Garden Journal, North Cascades, WA – zone 6b
- Melissa, Melissa’s Ramblings, Kansas – zone 6
- Cheap Like Me, Denver, CO – zone 6
- Maybelline, Maybelline’s Garden, Bakersfield, CA – zone 9
- Heather, Heather’s Homemaking, Massachusetts – zone 5-6
- Aimee, Project GROrganic, Ohio – zone 6a
I’ve added everyone’s name, blog, location, and hardiness zone. Please check your info to make sure I have it right as I had to guess on some of them. And if I’ve left you off, be sure to tell me.
New Original Growing Challenge Participants:
- Tracy, Sunny S’African Garden
- Mama What The
- Jacqui Jones, Our New Country Life
- Jane, A Nice Blue Plate
- BevB, BevB’s Backyard
- Sarah, Going Green, In Little Baby Steps
- Cammy Harbison
- Lorina, Lorina Lately
- Jules, The Garden of Plenty
- Joy, El Mundo De Mamacita
- Trudy, Loving Home
- Maureen, Fotos By Meg
- Greg, Utah Valley Gardens
- Darlene, Stover Lane
- Sherri M, Sherri’s Mad Blabber Blog
- Paula, Buckets Of Gardening Ideas
- Jennifer, Seeds In The City
- Deb, Simple Not Easy
- Kara, Garden of Eatin’
- Allison, Adventures In Container Gardening
- Jason, Two Thousand Trees
- Krista, Provincial Pie
- Bunny, Carrot Wishes And Cilantro Dreams
- Chessa, Maybe Local Vegan!
- Roz, Gaea’s Box Of Rocks
- Mangochild, Living In A Local Zone
I’ve been writing a lot about gardening and food lately. So I wanted to touch on some other subjects. For the last several years, Matt and I have been working toward a sustainable lifestyle in numerous ways – and growing our own food is only one of many things we’ve been doing.
Those of you who have been following our story for a while now, know that back on November 2, 2007, Matt and I joined the Riot For Austerity. Like many challenges we have taken, this was for us a good motivator to make quite a few lifestyle changes we’d been thinking about. Sort of a kick in the behind, shall we say? Basically by joining the Riot For Austerity, we agreed to attempt to reduce our CO2 emissions and natural resource usage to just 10% of what an average American uses.
We achieved our goal of a 90% reduction back on September 24, 2008, and we’re still there! I don’t write about the Riot For Austerity much, because it has become a way of life now, and I don’t think about it much anymore. We have redefined normal.
But not all of us are as far along in our journey toward sustainability. Some of you may not even be on that trajectory, and that is ok. The things we’re doing have also decreased our spending considerably. And not only that, they have made us much healthier, happier people. Those are two great reasons to make some changes!
So I thought I’d just list some of the things we’ve done, to see if it helps any of you find some changes you haven’t thought of before. Please share other things you’ve done in the comments!
Ways to Reduce Electricity Use
- Give away microwave on Freecycle.
- Use very few electric appliances, doing everything we can by hand.
- Consolidate oven cooking, so we cook several things while the oven is hot.
- Use toaster oven in place of regular oven whenever possible.
- Turn fridge to low setting that just keeps things at the right temperature (40F), no colder (when we lived in Geyserville, we were able to use our own tiny energy efficient fridge, but unfortunately this apartment came with a fridge).
- Remove window A/C.
- Turn off wall heaters from the electric box. Instead, use energy efficient space heaters on low heat, only in rooms where we need the heat.
- Turn off computer monitor whenever we step away from the computer.
- Stop watching television except on special nights when we rent a dvd. Turn off at power strip when not using.
- When our old tv died, we purchased an energy efficient LCD tv.
- Replace all light bulbs with CFLs.
- Turn off any lights when not in use.
- Shower in warm water, not hot. And shower fewer minutes, and less often.
- Wash dishes in the dishwasher, on cold, using energy saver, and without rinsing dishes first.
- Wash clothing in cold water.
- Use a light spray water mister to unwrinkle clothing, rather than an iron.
- Lower water heater temperature.
- Turn off computer at power strip at night.
- Use laptop while working at home as much as possible.
- Live in a small apartment – making heating, cooling, and lighting more efficient.
This isn’t really that much – it’s mostly simple things that just add up. I encourage you to try a new way to reduce your energy bill, and begin living more sustainably this week!
Please Share – What Do You Do To Reduce Electricity?