Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Producing a Life

"Radical Homemakers are aware of the misplaced priority on increasing the bottom line. Quite often their incomes are significantly below the norm. But that is because they have learned that there are two ways to make a living. In one method, the convention of our culture, substantial money is earned and then spent on purchasing life's necessities. In the other method, significantly less money is earned, and basic necessities are produced or otherwise procured. Packages from the mall, plastic-wrapped food, designer labels and television sets are seldom seen inside these households. Rather, they are filled with books, simmering pots, some dirty dishes, musical instruments, seedlings, wood shavings, maybe some hammers or drills, sewing machines, knitting baskets, canned peaches and tomato sauce, jars of sauerkraut, freezers with hunted or locally raised meat, and potted herbs. Outside the door there are no multiple new cars or manicured lawns. Whether in the country or the city, one is likely to find a garden plot or potted tomatoes, fruit trees, bicycles, probably a used car, shovels, spades, compost bins, chickens, maybe a wandering goat or some other livestock, and laundry blowing in the breeze. These people are producing their life, not buying it."

~Radical Homemakers,p. 208


TechChik said...

Whoa - for a minute there, I thought you were announcing that you were pregnant. :)

Eh well, I'm producing that kind of life too - the garden and chicken kind, not the "under the cabbage leaf" and stork kind. ;)

Tony R. said...

This is an awesome quote! This is how we are living our life as well. I like the idea of producing life and not buying it.

Great way to start the morning! Do you mind if I borrow this?

Amber said...

LOL! No, not that kind of life production, but now I can see how the title of the blog post could be confused that way.

My seedlings feel a little like my babies. Does that count? :)

Hey Tony! I love that quote. It was like reading a check list of my life: canned fruit- check, jars of sauerkraut- check, potted herbs- check, garden plot- check, bicycle, yarn basket, laundry on the line- check! check! check!

By all means copy and spread, just be sure to include the source and author. The more people reading Shannon Hayes' book the better!