I admired the ‘back to the land’ hippies of the sixties, and started growing vegetables in my backyard as a child. It was mostly play, but, I have Mediterranean heritage on my mom’s side and both my dad’s parents came from very old farming communities. In addition, our family always took vacations camping. My dad was a Boy Scout leader for 25 years, so whether it’s nature or nurture, relying on Mother Nature for my life, whether physical or spiritual is the only way I can live.
I’m also an accomplished artist and craftperson, so creating things has been my life as well. I have a rare blood disorder that prevents me from bearing children, so my creations are the result of my hands, whether wielding a brush, a hammer, a shovel, a spatula, or a crochet hook, I’m am passing something of myself on to future generations.
Hence, Home Economics of the 21st Century. I developed this idea while demonstrating whole food preparation with wild and organic produce at the Erie Farmer’s Market. I wanted to demonstrate how healthy food could be made simply and deliciously. I process all the food I put in my cupboards, refrigerator and freezer. I raise at least 75% of my own food, with the goal of 100%. I also have a Permaculture Design Certificate that informs me how to build this 21st century homestead with self-sustaining mechanisms. I believe that we can build a local economy based on cottage industry, really making a ‘living’ rather than simply trading our time for dollars. So, I’m also a ‘do-it-yourselfer’ because that is the most satisfying way to be truly connected to the web of life, opening the heart to the broader community of living things.
Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine thy food.~Hippocrates