Posts tagged ‘organic’

To tag or not to tag…

That is the question. My good friend Susie just tagged me. I’ll give this a shot, but I’m really bad at these things and usually end up just deleting it all before I post it. So, if you’re reading this, you all should feel very lucky I decided to go through with it!

I’m supposed to tell you readers 6 random facts/interesting/crative things about myself.

1. I basically have 3 1/4 degrees. In college (Luther College, Decorah, IA) I received BA’s in History and Religion. I was working on a minor in Africana Studies, but didn’t quite make it. I guess trying to do an entire minor degree your senior year doesn’t quite work! I also have an MA in Old Testament from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

2. I’ve started sewing. I do have a sewing machine that was graciously loaned to me by one of my pastors. It was her mothers machine and it’s been in their basement for years as she has her own. I’ve completed 2 projects: a bucket hat and a tank top. I’ve started a blog about my sewing adventures. If you’re interested, head on over to read about my bucket hat project!

3. My husband and I are attempting to be more green/organic. To that end we have now joined a total of 3 co-ops. One for meat, one for produce and one for dairy. We get our first batch of Raw milk in a week…yippie! We’re also learning to can (we’ve made one batch of tomato sauce). One of the reasons I took up sewing was to help further our goal of being able to provide most of our own goods. I also knit upon occasion. One day we hope to have a garden so we can grow most of our own produce as well. I’d like to start baking bread on a regular basis as well, so we can cut that cost down significantly.

4. I grew up in a small town in Minnesota called Spring Valley. Growing up, I always said I would stay in Minnesota and most likely stay in Spring Valley (Population 2,600). Of course, by the time I reached High School, I couldn’t wait to get out! I now live in Chicago, IL (Population 2,842,518). I LOVE Chicago!

5. I am an Aunt to 2 beautiful nieces and 1 adorable nephew. Nicole is 15, Hannah is 2 and Logan is 6. Logan is the newest addition, as his mother just married my brother in law. He’s a lot of fun and calls me Aunt Mae! I am also the god-mother of 1 amazing little girl. Jannah is her name, and she is the daughter of one of my best friends, Susie, who tagged me for this post.

6. YAY! I’m at 6!! Only one more thing to try and think about…crap…what should I tell you?? I LOVE TO READ!! I just ordered 4 new books today, and they probably won’t last me a month. When I get a new book, everything else takes a backseat and I read every spare moment I have. I love fantasy books the most. The more wizards, dragons, fairies, vampires the better! I also enjoy some SciFi…all fiction though. Not a fan of most non-fiction.

Whew! I made it…I will actually post this one! So now to tag others: Tripp. Obsquatch, Bethany, Christi, Sarah: Queen of Ur, Sister Robbin, David.

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November 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm 6 comments

Why I go Organic…

My friend Susie and her husband have been experimenting with the “Organic Revolution”. You can see their process by going to her blog: SusQ.  I’m so happy that they are trying this out, and I was commenting on one of her posts about Organic Milk. I sort of got sidetracked and starting discussing my whole philosophy of organic and sustainable foods and thought I would post the whole comment here for your viewing (with minor edits). I’ve added links to specific organic food suppliers that I mentioned. If you’re going to go Organic or are thinking about it, I encourage you to think about WHY you are doing it – is it because it’s the it thing to do, or is it because you have thought about the ramifications of the food you eat and want to be more conscious about those choices. I think if a person can pinpoint the reasons for going organic in their own lives not only will the higher cost be more worth while, but you’ll feel better about your decision and be more committed to it.

“Hey Susie…

“As far as the Organic Milk, Justin and I love Organic Valley…you can go to their website and print $1 off coupons for their gallons and 1/2 gallons…I’ve never had trouble with “cardboard” taste…maybe you just got a bad batch. It helps that I grew up on raw milk (straight from the cow with no processing) because organic milk does taste more like that – richer, fuller, and you can taste when the diet of the cow changes from feed to grass during the varying seasons. I happen to enjoy that, but I know some people have issue with that. Maybe the problem is that you’re drinking Skim, which is basically white water in my opinion! 😀

“Here’s my philosophy on organic foods: because of my value system, I feel organic is the way to go. It’s better for the environment, it’s better for your body, and buying locally is better for the economy! Keep the $ here instead of sending it around the country or around the world…The food tastes WAY better also.

“The main issue with local and organic foods is the cost. Justin and I have decided though that it is worth the extra expense to support something we both strongly believe in and feel is right. We feel that if we can be more organic, we should be more organic. Not everyone can afford to do that and we completely understand it. Justin and I are by no means making the big bucks (I’m a church secretary for crying out loud!), but we are in a pretty stable financial situation and in the grad scheme of things we can afford to be as organic as possible.

“Our produce share we get every week is $22 for a 1/2 share – we get tons of great tasting produce and figure we spend MUCH less on fruits and veggies doing that then going to the store and picking it up, especially looking at the way food prices have been jumping over the past year. Our local organic grocery store is True Nature and the farm that our produce comes from is Farmer Tom’s CSA.

“We are also part of a meat share (Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm). We get a delivery of meat from a small farm in Illinois every month that we split with some friends. This is pricey: about $950/year (but split so only $475 /year) upfront, but our meat is completely paid for, for the rest of the year! And it tastes amazing! And we know where our meat is coming from, it’s local, the animals are treated well and have plenty of room and are not eating ground up sisters and brothers! We can go down and tour the farm and see how the meat is raised. Not only does it taste great, but we can feel better about the way our food is produced and know that we are contributing to an inhumane farm and that the food is not being shipped hundreds of miles, wasting resources.

“Okay, well that’s all I wanted to say. Hope that helps!

September 29, 2008 at 11:22 am 2 comments


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