This is a shot of the back yard last summer. We are doing what we can to grow food on our city lot. We have created a micro urban farm. We have a buck and two doe rabbits that we will breed next week. We have had back yard laying hens going on four years now. We can not grow all the food we need for our family in our gardens but we have created a stronger link with the natural world. We have a deeper appreciation for all food now that we have a better understanding where food comes from and how much hard work and risk is involved.
Last fall I installed a wood stove in our home and bought a big professional chain saw. I discovered how much work a stack of seasoned fire wood represents. We use the stove in the house from time to time. The wood stove in the carriage house studio is burning every week day and sometimes through the week end. Keeping a stove fire going requires a certain mindfulness that a thermostat does not.
We are facing a dramatic contraction in our nations standard of living. The availability of fossil fuels is becoming more challenged every month we go forward. We need to create life styles that require less power. We need to drive less and walk of bike more. We need to develop tighter community with our neighbors and family. We need to learn to share what we have. We need to learn how to make what we need and grow what we eat. If we begin now the changes that are coming will not be such a big shock because we will have already begun to adjust.