Has anyone else noticed that the general population (at least in America) seems to quickly becoming more lost, more depressed and more disconnected? This is something we have been both noticing and feeling. And it is our personal belief that a better connection with nature could be the key ingredient to improving all of these other aspects of life. Through living with the land and navigating through the ups and downs of building our homestead, a better connection with nature is exactly what we are trying to achieve.
The modern American (including ourselves) has grown used to the "luxury" of immediate satisfaction. Why spend four months tirelessly growing and caring for a tomato plant when the local grocery store has bins upon bins of giant GMO versions? Except when we buy these grocery store vegetables and fruits, we miss out on the personal satisfaction of working for ourselves. The modern American has a good solution for this void though: money and materials. You need a lot of one before you can get the other. The more money you make, the more materials you buy, and the more materials you buy, the more money you need. It is a never-ending cycle of dissatisfaction and unreachable happiness. And feeding ourselves genetically modified NOT food along the way certainly adds to the problem.
It is not our goal to put down the lives of others. This modern American stuff can be pretty cool..and it is difficult not to indulge sometimes (in fact, we have a lot of work to do ourselves in this department when it comes to thrifty "treasures" and delicious Thai restaurants.) We are merely trying to improve our own lives and happiness, and we feel there is no better way than to look to whose bounty got us here in the first place: Mother Nature.
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