Being Kind to the Earth

Being kind to the earth was something that I thought little of when I was living the city life.  Sure, I put out my recycling with the weekly trash pick-up, but that was about it.  My attitude has certainly changed since moving to the farmette.  This being Earth Day and all, I thought it relevant to take a moment and reflect upon how we can all do small things that make a difference. 


Limiting the use of pesticides is something that has been brought to the forefront for me.  We eat produce that we grow and also raise our own beef.  I don't want to consume chemicals with my meal.  


How about using your own bags at the grocery store?  Not something I do enough of, I must say.

What about a compost pile?  Go Secret Agent Man, is all I have to say about that. 


How about visiting your farmer's market and do a little local shopping?  I did yesterday and enjoyed fresh strawberries, asparagus, pear honey, and homemade wheat bread with supper. 


Thanks to Pinterest, I have even taken to making my own household cleaners.  

What about you?  What things do you do to help the environment?  

Comments

  1. Happy Earth Day to you Michelle, I do about the same as you. By locally,bring my own grocery bags,recicle, never ever litter, thats one of my pet peeves!!! Love the photos, great old red barn, Blessings Francine.

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  2. Not much, but I do not have a car and I like to walk... Isn't enough, just for now?

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  3. That first photo was stunning! Do you have an etsy shop or sell your prints? That blend of colors is amazing.

    I try to buy locally whenever I can. I dream of one day raising our own chickens and buying a stand up freezer so we can buy a side of beef from the local farm every year instead of buying the chemically tainted stuff at the grocery store. Just a dream right now, but hoping... We're just not there yet. Those eggs look delish! We just ate some 7-up biscuits, btw. Thanks again for that recipe. :)

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  4. i could probably stand to buy more stuff at local farmer's markets...

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  5. Your photos are splendid as usual!

    Being a city dweller, the compost heap is a tad difficult ;-) but I try to buy organic, seasonal and local (yes, yes, even in greater Paris you can get local!, I avoid using too many detergents, I've shunned plastic bags for a long time now, I take public transport when possible, I rant against people who don't recycle properly... Okay, okay, I get it, you don't want a novel here!

    Great post!

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  6. I love my reusable bags from Envirosax. They fold up so tiny, but hold up to 44 pounds, are very durable, and have awesome designs. We compost, try to avoid chemicals in our garden (although we do use them in a pinch if we really need to), and teach our kids to turn out lights, use just one paper towel, be conservative w/ water, etc. I love Earth Day :-)

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  7. Hi lovely lady.
    Love your Earth Day post sweet.
    Im also turning the light off all the time..Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Earth Day Tablescape. Hope you and your family have a wonderful week coming up.
    XXOO Diane

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  8. We recycle as much as we can, use filter strips along our waterways to help clean any run-off from our field into natural waters, grind our own feed for our cattle, and try every day to be good stewards of this land God gave us so our girls can continue to farm it if they choose to do so.

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  9. Earth Day seems to have passed us by in Scotland...
    However, we celebrated it anyway by working on our allotment - I planted onions.
    Apart from that - walking or taking public transport in the city, recycling, not having a clothes drier, turning off lights/turning down the heating. But we could do more!

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  10. What a wonderful post and I love the new banner.

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  11. I must admit, that I need to do a better job at this... I am beginning to understand, more each day of how important these things are! I have had a lot of inspiration from my blogging friends and I so appreciate it...
    hugs.

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  12. Much the same as you, Michelle -- but living in the country makes it easier somehow, or at least, I'm more aware of the possibilities.

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  13. Awesome post and great reminder to us all.

    We should reevaluate our efforts so that tomorrows children inherit a healthier planet.

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  14. Fantastic thenme for a post and wonderful photos- I am have been trying for 30 years to get people to think about our planet more, urban and rural, and am glad others feel the same!

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  15. So important. Because of your post, I am going to take time on Earth Day this year to really stop and think and take one step of at least one thing to help the environment this month.

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  16. I agree with all you've shared! I really want to create a compost pile - just need to find the right spot! We are blessed to have a number of local farmers - organic too - that I can purchase my fresh vegies - I am convinced that it is all the chemicals and hormones added to the foods that cause a number of illnesses and allergies today.
    Lovely photos and great post!
    Kathy

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  17. I think being closer to nature has a lot to do with the changes in you !

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  18. I hang our clothes on the clothes line and just started making my own grocery bags. Like you, we grow our own veggies and hunt. I am not into eating all that chemical crap either

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  19. No pesticides here either, but I don't make my own cleaners. I recycle, donate books & magazines to the library or thrift shop, grow our own produce in the summer, and visit our local farmers' market. What I need to learn is how to compost and how to can. I guess it's never too late to learn.
    I have Tomtar and Troll on my post today. I thought about you since you mentioned you like them.

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  20. Love, love the picture of the barn. Is that your barn??

    cindy

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  21. everything we do to save Mother Earth is a good thing!

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  22. We do all the above as well. Composting is new to me this year and I am loving it!

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  23. Composting, no chemicals in our food and, since going all digital, no chemicals are used or trees killed to process the thousands of photos I shoot each year.

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  24. Jenn - I don't have an etsy shop, but I have toyed with the idea. Still thinking of trying it!

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  25. Cindy - That is my barn in that first picture.

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  26. Chip - I forgot all about the fact that digital photography is kinder to the environment. Good point!

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  27. Great post, Michelle. I do a lot of the same things :)

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  28. I need to do better! We recycle and reuse but there is always room for improvement. I did a compost pile for a couple of years and then fizzled out! I should start that up again!

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  29. Loving the Sunflower!! I try to use reusable bags... and I would love to plant a garden, but we don't have a ton of room. We eat cows that my dad raises on his ranch. Joshua just really got into recycling things after watching a Curious George movie about it. So I am trying to gather recycled items to use at his birthday. What a great post!

    Happy Earth Day!

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  30. Love that first shot.

    You know, I don't know why but I can't bring myself to eat the brown chicken eggs, even though I knoooowww they would be better for me and probably taste the same. I guess I'm just enough of a "town girl" to do that. Homegrown tomatoes...now that's a different story. I could eat a dozen of those at each meal. haha

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  31. Love the photos. When my children were little I used cloth dippers instead of disposable. I also brest feed a way to save on bottles and the containers that formula comes in. This is better for the children also.

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  32. Michelle -- Wonderful that you are suggesting ways for people to be kind to Mother earth. I would like to add one more -- buy less while treading lightly on the earth. -- good post --- barbara

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  33. Beautiful captures :D especially the first one

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