Living HOMEGROWN: Am I Doing This Right?


| 7/28/2011 2:14:11 PM


Tags: urban, youth, beginning, newbie, sustainability, life, post-college, graduation, Farm Aid and Homegrown.org,

 Living HOMEGROWN 

Caroline Flock Tender
I am the Flock-Tender here on HOMEGROWN.org.  I am keeping a chronicle of my experiences learning, living, and growing a homegrown lifestyle fresh out of college. 

It’s a question I find myself asking more often as I delve deeper into a homegrown lifestyle – What does it really mean to live HOMEGROWN? Am I doing this right?

Llama
 

(Photo via Caroline Malcolm)

Growing up as one of five in a rural New England town, I was accustomed to canning jam, green tomato pickles, and whatever else we could preserve, digging for potatoes and harvesting lettuce, wearing hand-me-down clothes and playing in the woods.  We lived more simply than most of our neighbors.  My parents built our log home together, we raised animals, and we ate dinner together at home, usually sourcing from the garden or from local farms.  It was our way of life and it was second nature to me.  We lived “homegrown” in order to survive, and to keep traditions alive in our family – and it was easy for us.




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