Ok, so if you are new here you might imagine me as a lifelong green goddess or some super earthy mom and while I have adopted many green changes most of them are very recent- in fact many of them are happening right before your eyes via my blog posts.
Some of the changes are so easy I stop and think, "Why didn't I do this sooner" and some are more of an effort. I decided to share with you the changes that are so easy I think everyone should know about them so that you can *hopefully* choose to try them too. There is a bonus to some of these changes beyond the positive environmental and health impacts- some of these changes save some major money. These may not all fit your life but some just might make you feel like a green goddess too.
I made yogurt!!! Ok, I am super excited about this because we consume a ton of yogurt, about two of those big containers a week. I buy the organic local yogurt at our CSA for $3 which is a much better quality and price than organic yogurt from our grocery store but it still equals out to about $24 a month. So lets see if I can do better...
Best price for good quality organic yogurt- $3 for 32 oz.
$312 a year on store bought
Organic 2% milk- $2.99 for a half gallon (64 oz.) so $1.49 for 32 oz.
$155.48 a year on homemade
$1.51 per 32 oz.
$3.02 a week
$12.08 a month
$157.04 a year saved making yogurt instead of buying it!
Well- there are no recipes for week 2- our fridge decided to turn into a freezer and all of our produce froze and (of course) upon thawing was limp. I am trying to see if there is anything that can be salvaged- possibly the broccoli raab or tokyo bekana. What a disappointment and a waste!
I was really looking forward to making a slaw out of the bekana and some shredded carrots. Looks like if I can salvage anything it will have to be a saute of some kind or become an addition to the compost bin.
Well today is CSA Friday and I am pleased to report that I am still happy with our decision to join Red Hill Farm! As a one car family CSA Friday means more than a trip to pick up our produce, it is a full day out and about and I hope that we continue to enjoy our Friday adventures.
*This subject may be taboo, most of us don't talk candidly about our cycles, but we should. Please read with an open mind. This isn't just about the environment or saving money, it's about our health.
If you've been following along with the blog you know that I started on my green path with the birth of my first son, Canon, four years ago by deciding to use cloth diapers. I made some easy small changes but didn't fully throw myself into this green mission until my second son was born this past September. I decided to use cloth diapers again and also found that in the interest of being environmentally friendly and cutting costs to help us survive on one salary I wanted to do more.
Something that I had never thought about or even heard of kept grabbing my attention as I was shopping for Colt's cloth diapers -
After years of wanting to join a CSA we finally did it and although it was a bit of a financial stretch to come up with a lump sum to pay for our share it will (hopefully) be worth it. For those who have not heard of a CSA, don't worry, I didn't know about them until I watched Food, Inc. and started researching fair and organic farming. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is basically a prepaid membership into a farm- you pay for a share of the seasons produce ahead of time and you get a percentage of the harvest. I researched many CSA's in our area and found one that I am so happy to have joined, Red Hill Farm in Aston, PA. RHF uses organic practices, though they do not have certification they are very open with their farming practices. This is so major for us as I strive to feed my boys organic, and that can be really expensive! On top of picking up produce and getting the experience of u-pick with herbs, flowers and berries there is the experience of my sons getting a connection of where their food comes from and social events like outdoor movies, happy hours and just the weekly visit to a farm. I am going to do a weekly post of the weekly bounty as well as some recipes on how we utilize our food.