Friday, August 24, 2007

Beyond The Lawn

As an important addition to the overall idea of green living, the conversation of home grown food seems to be barely above a whisper. So many of us have lawns we don’t use and continue the endless watering and fertilizing processes that inevitably lead to both waste and terrible runoff issues. Rarely if ever in the United States does one hear about the idea of using our own land as a tiny farm. Growing food for the household has its obvious benefits: we know with certainty where the food comes from, what it was fed, and how it was grown, but other, more subtle reaches of that process lie reducing the use of oil products for shipping; the use of electricity for cooling, and the general reduction of the carbon footprints with every new tomato grown at home.

This project was a top 25 finalist in the Sundance Channel's "What's The Big Idea?" Contest. Here is the film we made to enter:

XXO Yvette

1 comment:

fred davis said...

As valid as all the reasons Yvette has presented are, I'd like to add that perhaps the most rewarding aspect is the act of tending to and eating the end results of our labor. Those that know me are probably tired of hearing me say this, but I never knew that lettuce had flavor.

I must disclose that I am Yvette's husband, co-gardener, composter, heavy lifter, reacher of out-of-reach-things and full-time Nut Grass Hater.