Many different people in my life have expressed that they don’t understand why I live the way I do. Things like growing vegetables from seed, making my own pizza dough instead of buying it, burning wood for heat, trying out new things like making my own pasta or cheese, wanting to get chickens or apple trees, canning jam or tomatoes, baking pies from scratch. Why do we live this way? It makes us happy. I enjoy spending the time kneading dough instead of mindlessly watching television. I love the look on my husband’s face when he enjoys the supper I’ve made. I also love getting outdoors, tending to my plants, and photographing nature.
A few remarks that I’ve heard: “I wish I had time to crochet a present.” “Why would Ed make that furniture when you could just buy it?” “Couldn’t you just buy plants instead of starting them yourself?” These statements imply that we’re simply sitting around bored, but the truth is that we’re busy people, too. We both work full time jobs and enjoy spending time together and with our families. I’m also a part-time graduate student, and Ed works with his brother’s aquaculture business. We don’t have a ton of free time, but we make time for the things we enjoy.
The question has come up: What if living this way doesn’t improve the environment? What if it’s too late and doesn’t make a difference? Even if we had more money, even if it didn’t matter, we’d live this way. Living from scratch makes us happy.